In Texas, you’re guaranteed plenty of time for fun in the summer sun – until it’s just too dang hot. But in San Antonio, where there’s a will to enjoy the summer, there’s definitely a way. Whether you’re looking for an energizing adventure or a tranquil escape, here are our favorite places to stay cool and keep the fun going when the temperatures start to soar.

Bowl in Style

With a menu boasting fried quail bites, blue cheese-stuffed dates wrapped with bacon, and mini corn dogs for the kids, this sure isn’t your typical bowling alley. Bowl & Barrel offers ’boutique bowling,’ where anyone can appreciate the creative touches of comfort, modern American cuisine with a craft beer bar, and the latest in scoring technology. Even if you’ve never held a bowling ball in your life, you’ll find that this is an excellent place to start.

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Feel the Real San Antonio Spirit

Sports fan or not, you shouldn’t leave town without catching a Spurs basketball game. San Antonio has always been proud of its strong sense of community, and taking in a Spurs game is one of the best ways to experience this firsthand. The raw energy, the roar of the crowd – this is where you’ll feel the real spirit of San Antonio come alive. Inside the recently renovated AT&T Center arena, mingle with local fans while you enjoy an ice-cold craft beer or cocktail and indulge in some refined comfort food at the always lively Rock & Brews bar downstairs. For a classic Texas experience, don’t forget to grab a juicy burger from Whataburger, a local favorite.

Make Your Dreams of Flight Come True

In San Antonio, anything is possible – you can even learn to fly. At iFLY, an indoor skydiving experience, you’ll feel the exhilaration of pure flight under the watchful eye of expert instructors. Savor the rush of floating through the air – without having to jump out of a plane – and forget all about that summer heat for a couple of hours of pure bliss.

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Refresh Your Mind and Body

You may have been to the spa for a massage or facial, but the salt cave at PuresolSpa takes rejuvenation to a whole new level. The owner of PuresolSpa decided to build this 22-ton salt cave to offer central Texans the same benefits that people have found for centuries in Europe’s renowned salt caves. No matter where you live, your body is constantly absorbing air pollution and electromagnetic waves, and PuresolSpa’s salt cave gives your body the detox it truly needs. Not only will a halotherapy (salt inhalation) session in the salt cave provide myriad benefits for your circulation and respiration, but it will also markedly decrease your stress, anxiety, and exhaustion while improving your ability to focus.

Soak Up Some Culture

This is the year to visit San Antonio as the city celebrates its 300th birthday. Part of the year-long festivities include the stunning Spanish art exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art. From the world-famous museums of Madrid comes this collection that will take you through 500 years of Spanish painting. From El Greco and Goya, to Murillo and Zuloaga, watch centuries of Spanish culture and history come alive as you stroll through the pleasantly cool halls of one of the city’s most treasured museums.

For special deals at these locales, book the Explore Like a Local package through your Hilton hotel in San Antonio and you can live it up without needing to plan a thing.

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