San Antonio is a beautiful city full of a diverse culture and history. Whether you want to learn more about its traditions, visit some museums, enjoy the local cuisine, or discover as you go, this Pirate Excursions weekend is meant for you to design your experience. You can build an exclusive a la carte experience just for you and your friends and family.

Join us April 12-13, 2024, as all members of the Southwestern University community (e.g., alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends) are invited, for an immersive experience into the heart of San Antonio.

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Pirate Excursions: San Antonio  |  April 12 13, 2024

Friday, April 12, 2023

  • 6:00 p.m. San Antonio Missions vs. NW Arkansas Naturals Baseball Game

The San Antonio Alumni Chapter presents a Kick-off Event with the San Antonio Missions vs. NW Arkansas Naturals baseball game and Fiesta Medal distribution. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
$25 per ticket (Dinner and private seating are included in your ticket price.)
Located on the Fiesta deck of the Nelson Wolff Stadium.
5757 US HWY 90 West, San Antonio, TX 78227

Saturday, April 13, 2023

  • 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. - *Alumni Council Meeting

(*council members only)
Conference Room, DoubleTree
502 W. Cesar E. Chavez, San Antonio, Texas, 78207

  • 9:00 a.m. Visit the historic San Fernando Cathedral

Start your visit in Main Plaza and see why the Cathedral has been the heart of the city for 300 years. The Spanish missionaries who settled the city held the first Mass there and it’s been the center of the city ever since. Karen Roe ’82, a professional tour guide, will tell you the story of the city’s origins and take you inside to see the beautiful interior.
115 Main Plaza, Meet in front of the Cathedral by the statue of St. Anthony.
Parking is available at City Hall, 100 Military Plaza, or City Tower Garage, 100 Main Street

  • 10:00 a.m. Mission Concepcion

Explore one of the Spanish colonial missions that has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status. This mission has the oldest unrestored stone church in America and some of the original mission buildings. Karen Roe ’82 will provide a private guided tour of this mission to see the beautiful 300-year-old fresco paintings. Mission Concepcion is also home to El Camino San Antonio Missions, the only place outside Europe where you can walk El Camino de Santiago to experience the sacred journey along the mission trail.
807 Mission Road
Parking is available in the Natural Park Service lot, follow brown NPS signs

  • 11:00 a.m. – Mission San Jose

The Queen of the Missions. Tour the largest of the UNESCO mission sites and learn about the efforts of the Spanish to establish a hold on the new world by converting indigenous peoples to the European way of life by successfully irrigating and farming the land while teaching Catholicism. The National Park Service Visitor Center exhibits and award-winning movie are available after the tour.
6701 San Jose Drive
Follow National Park signs to Visitor parking

  • Alternate Morning activities:
    • Visit Hemisfair and Civic Park - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Super Fun Saturday with H-E-B: Fiesta Fun - Enjoy a day of FREE activities and entertainment for the whole family like maraca making, flower crowns, vendors, and much more! They also have a splash pad, so be prepared for fun!
  • Lunch on your own Explore the taste of San Antonio
    Listed below are just a few of the many restaurants available to check out.

    • Lala’s Gorditas, 1600 Roosevelt (near the missions)
    • Dining along the Riverwalk
    • Pearl Complex:
      • Sam’s Burger Joint
      • Down on Grayson
      • Best Quality Daughter
      • La Gloria
      • Bottling Complex (food court)
      • Farmer’s Market
      • Supper/Hotel Emma lobby
  • 1:30 p.m. Witte Museum

Science exhibits, Texas Dancing Heritage Center, Fiesta gowns, historic cabins, and children’s interactive treehouse. Located on the edge of Brackenridge Park.
3801 Broadway

  • 3:00 p.m. Carver Community Cultural Center

Cassandra Parker-Nowicki ’94, executive director of the center, will provide a behind-the-scenes tour and share some cultural significance of the center.
226 N. Hackberry

  • 6:00 p.m. Supper Club

You can register to attend dinner with other Southwestern alumni, parents, and guests on the trip. A reservation will be made for tables of eight. When registering, please list all who will be attending the dinner, including children, and if a high chair will be needed. Once registration closes, you will be notified of your restaurant reservation location and time.

  • 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. The Saga

This unique video art projection by international artist Xavier de Richemont depicts the historical discovery, settlement, and development of San Antonio, our wonderful Lone Star State, and United States history. The Saga projection covers 7,000 square feet of light, color, and visual narration projected onto the majestic façade of San Fernando Cathedral - the oldest cathedral in the United States. Showings are at 9:00 and 9:30 p.m.
Main Plaza, Home Of San Fernando Cathedral, 115 N. Main Avenue

  • 9:30 - 11:00 p.m. Prost Haus

End the day with a gathering at Prost Haus, serving as one of the late-night spots in the area.
231 S Alamo St.

If you plan on staying through Sunday, here are some other suggestions of things to do:

  • Go Rio river barge – 3 locations: Historia- 706 River Walk (across from Hilton Palacio del Rio); River Center Mall 849 E River Walk (near Commerce); Aztec Theater 731 River Walk (near St Mary’s and Commerce) Tickets can be purchased in advance online, or in person
  • The Alamo – new exhibit center features donated collections from Phil Collins and a respected local artist. Free admission to the shrine, $14 for the exhibit center
  • Japanese Gardens – free admission. Brackenridge Park
  • Brackenridge Park train and San Antonio Zoo
  • McNay Art Museum
  • Institute of Texan Cultures – Hemisfair grounds. Free.
  • Yanaguana Park, Tower of the Americas – Hemisfair
  • El Mercado – a shop containing Mexican touristy souvenirs as well as two popular Tex-Mex restaurants with strolling Mariachis.
  • San Pedro Creek Culture Park
  • San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Briscoe Western Art Museum
  • The DoSeum

Visit the official Visit San Antonio website for a complete guide of things to do and see.