From July 4 through July 7, I headed to San Antonio with Mr. BFS, Isabelle, and Ivy to celebrate Isabelle’s 30th birthday. Woot! It ended up costing a bit more than my expected $500 budget though.
Our Weekend Adventures
We started Thursday off by driving to San Antonio in about 3.5 hours. We stopped at Buccees along the way, but the day mainly boiled down to a fun car trip to our hotel and a walk to the Riverwalk for dinner. On Friday, we spent the majority of the day at the water park nearby, Schlitterbahn, and ended it at a delicious place called Canyon Café. Then Saturday was spent at Sea World and then another fantastic restaurant, Sorrento. And on Sunday we checked out of the hotel, walked to The Alamo, and then headed to The Natural Bridge Caverns before finally making the trek home (5 hours thanks to crappy traffic).
The first highlight was that the Fairfield Inn and Suites that I booked on Priceline was EXACTLY as described. I love it when a hotel lives up to its own description. I love it even more when it’s $133 a night instead of the normal $175.
The second highlight was inner-tubing at Schlitterbahn. Ivy didn’t sleep very well and ended up lounging back at the hotel, but Mr. BFS, Isabelle, and I headed out. The lines sucked, but we giggled and talked all day. Watching the people close to you in tubes that get tipped over once in a while is a ton of fun! We only had one meal in the park since it was so expensive.
Sea World was also pretty awesome. We found a great deal at our hotel for $52 tickets that are actually good for 2 days. That was cheaper than the one day ticket and saved us from standing in line. That’s a win to me. Plus, the sea lions were extra fun to feed (even if they do charge you $6 a tray for 4 small fish). And of course, Shamu is a spectacle too.
The Alamo would totally be a highlight to anybody who hasn’t already been there, but I’ve seen it at least 6 times so I was just hot and tired, lol. But it is totally worth checking out anytime you are in San Antonio if you haven’t been there before! But the Natural Bridge Caverns were definitely my Sunday highlight. Even though my leg hurt from the last 2 days, I LOVE CAVERNS. It’s just so pretty and I love how cool underground caverns are to walk around in…just sort of out-of-this-world!
Here are some of my favorite pics:
- Hotel – $266 (we split the 3 nights with Ivy as a birthday gift for Isabelle)
- Schlitterbahn – $140 (2 tickets, one refillable drink, and lunch)
- Sea World – $150 (2 tickets, parking, lunch, and feeding the sea lions)
- Caverns – $45 (2 tickets)
- Food and extras – $150-$200
- Total = $750-$800
Overall, it was an amazing weekend! The vacation account over at Capitalone 360 (formerly ING Direct) will take the hit, but at least we have some brand new memories.
Ever spend more than you meant to on a vacation?