Rent from a rental company
Sounds simple. If you google RV Rentals there are plenty of companies that will rent you an RV. Most people use this for the occasional camping trip with the family. Recently, my friends from California piled their five kids into a rental RV and drove to Texas for a wedding and then toured around before returning the RV. They made all the classic mistakes (and some that I somehow avoided, like spilling the black tank…)
In the end they loved RVing and look forward to it again. Now that they rented, they feel ready to buy.
They used Cruise America, which is a good company. There are plenty of other companies too.
Rent an RV at An RV Park
Woodland Oaks RV Estates in San Antonio has 10 RV units available for rent. These can be rented for a single night or weekend, or they can be rented for months at a time.
If you are visiting San Antonio and don’t want to be in a hotel, you can stay in a very nice rental RV unit, which is only 15 minutes from Downtown. You’ll get the feeling of the country with the access to the city, all without having to purchase an RV and deal with that whole pesky maintenance part. If you live in the San Antonio area and you are contemplating buying an RV, this is a great affordable way to get a feel for the lifestyle.
For those considering full-time RV life, remember, when you buy an RV the major difference is that you are responsible for absolutely everything. When the A/C goes out, it is up to you to fix it or purchase a new one. That black tank is backing up, then you will need to call someone to drain it for you. Flat tire? Better have roadside assistance or you’ll need to pay for it all yourself. And on and on.
Of course there are a ton of benefits to owning your own RV. I own my RV. However, I do wish that I had rented first. That way I would have been more knowledgeable about my own needs and wants for this lifestyle. Personally, I believe that I purchased an RV that was slightly too big for me. Of course I love my RV and have been traveling for many months now. After first living in the RV for a couple days, I realized I didn’t need it quite this big.
Boy, would it have been helpful to have rented first!
Who doesn’t love to go out to a fancy restaurant once in a while? Sure, you’re getting married or it’s your 25th anniversary, don’t go to burger king. Go wild and visit that restaurant you’ve been dreaming about. For most of us, we want to go dining on a budget. Especially if we are living in an RV full time. Grilling tastes amazing, but we all know that it takes a bit more work to cook in an RV then at a home.
If San Antonio is known for anything it’s food. Of course, we have the best tacos (waayy better than Austin. Just sayin). There are dozens of great chains to try. Obviously there’s Whataburger, but you already knew that. There’s Texas Roadhouse and the ever-popular Cracker Barrel.
Below we have compiled a list of the hidden gems of San Antonio. Those places the locals love but spots that may not pop up as first in your search for places to go out. To make things even better, these are all very affordable locations whether dining alone or taking the whole family.
Of course you have an RV, so you can easily make a trek out to New Orleans and enjoy their world famous beignets. Or, you can stay at your comfy park and take a trip over to NOLA Brunch and Beignets for authentic New Orleans brunch. You won’t be able to tell the difference. Enjoy live jazz and arguably the best coffee in San Antonio. They are located in North Central part of town and open Tues-Sunday. Besides Brunch, NOLA is a great spot to sit and hangout or work for hours. Start with a beignet and Cafe au latte and then get a Blue Crab Omelette. You won’t be sorry you did!
Pancake Joe’s is a more traditional option for your breakfast lovers. They are so confident they actually put their live yelp reviews on their website! They’re most famous for having something for everyone, oh! And pancakes. Ihop ain’t got nothing on Joe. Only downside is the wait. Due to the big helpings of eggs and bacon and blueberry toppings for waffles, you are in for a decent wait Saturdays and Sundays. But hey, what are families for if not killing time in-between waiting for food?
The food at Feast has won it numerous awards. For that reason alone the price is slightly higher than the other places on this list. It almost doesn’t’t make it. However, their budget and hearty omelettes stuffed wish shaved brussel sprouts, Chiffonades of chard and blue cheese. Wash it down with a $7 bloody mary.
This is an editor’s choice spot!
For the funky atmosphere alone, this should win every prize in the book. Immediately upon walking in you feel as though you’ve been transported through Alice’s looking glass. The multi-colored walls and even the slanted floor work in its favor. To make things better, the breakfast is phenomenal and, even better, great on a budget! Your basic eggs bacon and toast breakfast is only $6. So grab a crazy hat, order yourself tea and breakfast and read Through The Looking Glass with the whole family.
Most of the places above are near the downtown area. Sea Island and the following restaurants are on the south side, near Woodland Oaks RV Estates.
NOTE: Kids eat free Mondays!
This place feels like a chain, but it’s a local one. There are six locations in San Antonio and one in New Braunfels. So you get the prices of a chain with the feel of a local hot spot. Best yet, the shrimp are from the Texas Gulf and the budget lunch specials ($7.49-$9.99) are a catch. The regular menu lets you off the hook too. Two fish tacos, fully dressed and garnished, are served with fries for just $8.49. Shrimp cocktails ($7.39) are filling on their own.
If you’re staying in an RV park in San Antonio for more than five minutes, you have no doubt been stuffed with tacos. Even the best food can get a bit old. Why not try some diversity? Persia-meets-Greece at this artistically converted fast-food spot that is a beacon of culinary diversity in a taco world. Try their budget koobideh kabob ($6.99 for a wrap, $7.99 as a plate with fantastic seasoned rice and a salad), a typical Persian dish of seasoned minced beef, formed into long, flat patties and cooked on the grill. Or go Greek with a lamb gyro wrap for $4.99.
Bout as Texas as you can get here. They’re even humble like San Antonio. Their tagline is “probably the best place in town to eat.” They have been serving San Antonio for over 30 years now, so they must be doing something right. Maybe it’s just the hearty helpings or maybe it’s their budget prices. A breakfast standard of two biscuits with sausage gravy fills the bill and belly for $5, and breakfast tacos start at $1.25. There are “high-dollar” entrées like $16 steak and $8.75 fried shrimp at lunch and dinner, but choose the special club sandwich ($5.75) of ham, bacon and cheese. Feeling Tex-Mex? Two basic chalupas are on target at $5.25.
Now approaching its 55th year, the Hernandez family still runs this all-Angus steakhouse featuring hand-cut steaks and made-from-scratch everything else. Most entrées are in the $12 to $16 range. For the price conscious, choose the pulled pork sandwich ($9.95) or 8 ounce chopped sirloin ($10.99). Both are served with a salad (and legendary homemade dressings), a potato, a roll and a touch of Texas sass.
There are over 1,000 vendors in this sprawling flea market, so make sure to bring your walking shoes. You’ll find everything from jewelry and tools to home furniture and rims. Plus, there are hidden gems you can’t find anywhere else in the world, because they’re exclusive to the San Antonio culture. This could be a religious trinket or a piece of pottery based in San Antonio’s 300 year tradition of decorative art.
Trader’s Village is more than just a flea market. It’s more than just a great location to buy fresh fruits and veggies. This flea market just opened up the first and only corn maze in San Antonio!
The Corn Maze:
This is not your average pumpkin patch maze. This is a real corn maze. The maze is over 10 acres in size, consisting of your choice of three trails.
First up is the easy trail for children. On this trail your small children can stretch their adventuresome side by exploring a small section of the maze. You can tag along with them or wait till they return out the other side.
The next trail is medium difficulty. This will take you anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on your skill in navigating a maze, of course. Don’t get too lost!
The last trail is, you guessed it, the hard difficulty. This one takes even the most skilled treasure-hunters at least an hour and a half to complete. For others it will take two hours or more. You’d better bring some bread crumbs to leave behind you for this one.
The corn maze is a great place to spend a few hours testing your navigation skills with your family. Which family can get out the fastest?
While Traders Village is open year round, the Corn Maze is only open October & November. Make sure to put this at the top of your list when visiting San Antonio!
Unlike other flea markets Traders Village not only has over 1,000 vendors, but also a wide assortment of differing vendors. This location likely has the most diverse grouping of vendors you will find at a flea market, and the prices are absolutely unbeatable.
If you’re a frequent visitor of flea markets then you know that one annoying factor are dirt floors. As you’re exploring the rugs, you find dirt floating in from the hundreds of stomping boots. Fortunately, Traders Village has all concrete sidewalk and no dirt. You can enjoy your turkey leg without worrying about getting a mouthful of dirt.
While buying your goodies, you can stop and enjoy the musicians placed throughout the venue. Traders Village is a great location to find all the uniqueness of San Antonio in one location. You may find a lone guitarist to serenade you or a full mariachi band to pluck at your fun chord.
Besides musicians scattered about this huge flea market and corn maze, there are regular events and concerts to enjoy.
In October visit the market and enjoy Dia de los Muertas, the Day of the Dead. Or try Halloween Boo Bash (usually 2 or three days prior to Halloween). You’re children will love an extra chance to show off their horrifying costumes.
Check the calendar of events for all the exciting and unique treats. Here is a short list of regular events to find:
- Amateur boxing
- Live Wrestling
- Crab Fest
- Car Show
- Roller Derby
- And so so much more!
There’s more to the entertainment here than dudes in masks! This flea market doubles as a carnival. There are a dozen fun rides for both children and adults. Prepare your kids for exciting rides by taking them on the “bouncer,” which is a very small version of a drop tower that bounces the kiddies with joy, or plop them in the arcade while you enjoy your fruit cup.
Here are a few of the rides available:
- Fleafall A 128 foot drop from a tower! This one is for adults only.
- Pharaoh’s Fury sweeps like a pendulum, racing back and forth in an arc that soars five stories.
- Fender Bender Bumper cars.
- Rumpus Room A multi room, multi-story playground for kids.
- StarDancer travel up the 80′ tower and then the carousel begins to rotate.
And much more!
There’s so much to enjoy, eat, and revel in at the Traders Village. Most importantly, take the chance to spend quality time with your family and see San Antonio the way San Antonians see it.