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Local Attractions

Discover the Rich History of San Antonio, TX

You’re coming to ONS Congress® to rejuvenate your spirit and revitalize your practice, but take advantage of our beautiful venue by making time to steep yourself in the diverse San Antonio culture. Whether you experience the area between sessions, after sessions conclude, or by extending your trip, you can receive discounts and special offers at more than 50 restaurants and nightlife establishments just by showing your conference badge.   

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Within Walking Distance of Conference Location

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The Alamo 

This historic Spanish mission and fortress is one the most popular historic sites in the United States. As the renowned location of Battle of the Alamo, this site is an important part of U.S. history. Entrance to the Alamo church and grounds is free.  

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San Antonio River Walk  

Lined by walkways, shops, and restaurants, the beautiful River Walk is a San Antonio gem. Set below street level, the pedestrian-only city part offers visitors a relaxing cultural experience. Guided tours and dinner cruises by barge are also available.  

Within Three Miles of Conference Location

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Historic Market Square 

Discover shops, restaurants, and vibrant surroundings at this three-block outdoor shopping center in downtown San Antonio. Dubbed the largest Mexican market in the United States, the Historic Market Square calls people from all over the country to experience the El Mercado and the Farmer’s Market Plaza, which boast more than 100 locally owned shops and stalls. If you have time to stick around a few days after ONS Congress, El Mercado is also the site of central San Antonio’s Cinco do Mayo!  

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San Antonio Museum of Art  

Travel around the world with a visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art. This museum is known for its extensive collection of ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art. Additionally, the Latin American art wing features art that spans from the ancient Americas through the present day, the Asian art wing displays important works from Korea, India, Japan, and China, and contemporary art is on display throughout several galleries.  

Other Can't-Miss Activities

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Natural Bridge Caverns

Formed from water passing through cracks and pores among the limestone layers, San Antonio’s Natural Bridge Caverns are large underground chambers. Join a cavern tour or visit one of the surface attractions, including zip lines, a 5,000 square foot outdoor maze, and more.   

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Fiesta San Antonio

Occurring from April 20–30, 2023, Fiesta San Antonio is an annual celebration of the city’s rich and diverse cultures.  

Exclusive offer for ONS Congress attendees: Get a discount on Sea World San Antonio tickets.