New and Exciting Things Coming to San Antonio in 2018 and Beyond

 

 

San Antonio is already a great place to live, and it’s getting more interesting all the time. We wanted to share our excitement with this list of new attractions, shops, restaurants, and more that are coming to San Antonio in 2018 and beyond.

Tricentennial

San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebration, San Antonio 300, will observe the city’s 300th year since its founding in 1718. The high point of the Tricentennial year will be Commemorative Week, May 1–6, 2018, with different themes for each day. Read more: KSAT; San Antonio Business Journal.

San Antonio 300 Tricentennial Celebration

Attractions

San Pedro Creek is being redeveloped into a linear park that runs through the western side of downtown. The first phase is expected to be complete in time for the Tricentennial’s Legacy Day on May 5, 2018. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; Rivard Report.

San Antonio’s nonprofit museums, gardens, and education centers are preparing new exhibits and facilities for the Tricentennial and the big summer season.

Family Adventure Garden at the San Antonio Botanical Garden | Alamo City Moms Blog

The San Antonio Botanical Garden will open the Family Adventure Garden, another phase of its expansion project, on March 3, 2018. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; Rivard Report. In the summer, the garden will host Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects, an exhibit of larger-than-life LEGO sculptures. Read more: San Antonio Charter Moms. Changes are also underway at the Garden’s Sullivan Carriage House—more details in the food section below.

The McNay Art Museum‘s big summer exhibit, Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations, will run June 7–September 2, 2018. The exhibit will feature room installations by local artists as well as internationally known figures like Yayoi Kusama.

The San Antonio Museum of Art‘s Cowden Gallery will feature two exhibits related to the Tricentennial: San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico, February 17–May 13, 2018, and Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid, June 22–September 16, 2018.

The Witte Museum is planning two special exhibits to support the Tricentennial: Gathering at the Waters: 12,000 Years of People, January 13–July 1, 2018, and Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History, March 2, 2018–January 2, 2019. Their big summer exhibit in the Mays Family Center will be Predators and Prey: Dinosaurs on the Land Before Texas, May 26–September 3, 2018.

The San Antonio Zoo will go back in time for Zoorassic Park, a summer exhibit of more than a dozen life-sized dinosaurs. The zoo is also planning an overhead catwalk that will expand the cats’ habitat and enrich their interaction with visitors.

In 2017, the Linda Pace Foundation broke ground on Ruby City, an exhibition space designed by David Adjaye. Construction will complete in 2018, and the galleries, showcasing Linda Pace’s collection of contemporary art, will open to the public in 2019. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; Rivard Report; Glasstire

EPIcenter is taking shape at a former power plant south of downtown. Plans include collaborative work space, education programs, a museum about the energy industry, and event space. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; The Rivard Report.

The San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology is open for visitors—currently, by appointment only—at Port San Antonio (historically, Kelly Field). The nonprofit has plans to develop a comprehensive science complex to support STEM education and economic development. Read more: Rivard Report; San Antonio Business Journal.

BiblioTech will open a third all-digital library branch at East Meadows in February 2018. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Current.

SEALIFE and LEGOLAND San Antonio opening 2018 | Alamo City Moms Blog

Two new attractions downtown are sure to be popular with kids: SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center. They will both open this summer at the Shops at Rivercenter. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; KSAT.

Pump It Up San Antonio Southeast will open in January 2018, and more locations are in the works.

Urban Air Trampoline Park continues to expand, bringing indoor play to northwest (Bandera and 1604), north central (Blanco and 410), and New Braunfels locations.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas Wonder Woman Golden Lasso | Alamo City Moms Blog

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is preparing a new roller coaster for 2018, the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster. Read more: San Antonio Express-News. The Scooby-Doo ride has closed; no word yet on its replacement. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.

Outside of San Antonio, but it will be worth the drive: Kalahari Resorts is building a hotel and indoor water park in Round Rock, Texas, with an expected opening of 2020. Read more: Austin360.com; KXAN. In the meantime, make the drive to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to check out Epic Waters, opening January 12, 2018 in Grand Prairie.

Someone wants to build the world’s largest Ferris wheel in San Antonio. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.

Parks

As Heather explained in her guide to San Antonio parks, big and small improvements are happening at different parks around town all the time. The most notable parks event in 2018 will be the grand opening of Confluence Park. The park features dramatic pavilion architecture and will serve as a focal point for events and education along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Walk. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.

Also along the Mission Reach, two additional portals to the San Antonio Missions are under construction. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.

At Hemisfair, the Civic Park is under construction, with completion expected in 2020. It will be complemented by intensive commercial office, retail, and residential development, including structured parking; for more details, see the downtown section below. Also at Hemisfair, new restaurants are opening in the family-friendly Yanaguana Garden area—more details in the food section below. (Our team will be doing another cleanup in that area in 2018 as well.)

In Hardberger Park, construction may begin soon on a land bridge spanning Wurzbach Parkway. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsRivard Report.

Will more parks get fancy Portland Loo public restrooms, like the new one at Lion’s Field? They’re pricey, but they sure are a big improvement over port-a-potties. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Current.

The city has approved a master plan for Brackenridge Park, but it may take years for the changes to take effect. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsRivard Report.

On the far north side, part of the former Classen-Steubing Ranch will become a major park in the Stone Oak area. Read more: San Antonio Express-News

Retail

Lidl and Aldi, two German-based grocery chains, are expanding in Texas. Read more: Texas Monthly; San Antonio Business Journal. Lidl has purchased land for stores to be located in Alamo Ranch, on the west side at Culebra and Westover, on the east side on FM 78, and in Universal City. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Business Journal. There are rumors about Aldi coming to the northwest side near UTSA. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.

These two projects are still on track. IKEA will break ground in Live Oak in 2018, and the store will open in 2019. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsSan Antonio Current. And Buc-ee’s is coming to I-10 in Boerne, with groundbreaking expected in 2018 and opening in 2019. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; KSAT.

Speaking of Boerne, the Bevy Hotel Boerne, a Doubletree by Hilton, will open in 2019. Read more: San Antonio Business Journal.

Food

New restaurants are opening and expanding so fast that it can be hard to keep up, but it’s fun to try all the new flavors. Here are some dining options to watch for.

Chef Johnny Hernandez will open a new seafood restaurant, Villa Rica, in Southtown. It will be next to Burgerteca, which serves burgers and frozen treats with flavors from Mexico. Read more: San Antonio Express-News. Also, he is opening El Machito and La Gloria restaurants at Brooks. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Magazine.

Burgerteca San Antonio | Alamo City Moms Blog

Southerleigh is also expanding to Brooks. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Business Journal.

Rosella is taking over the Sullivan Carriage House at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Business Journal. In 2017, Rosella opened a downtown location at the Rand. Read more: San Antonio Express-News

CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery recently opened at Hemisfair and near North Central Baptist Hospital, with more locations in the works. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; Rivard Report.

Dough Pizzeria will also open a Hemisfair location soon. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Current

Con Safos Cocina Y Bar will open its kitchen soon at Hemisfair; the bar is already open. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.

La Panaderia will open a third location in the Leon Springs area in 2018. A downtown location opened on Houston Street in 2017, joining the original Broadway location. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Current.

Silo Prime will open in early 2018 at the Fairmount Hotel near Alamo Plaza, joining Nonna Osteria; a rooftop oyster bar is also coming in 2018. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.

In Southtown, the Maverick will open in 2018, and looks like a promising fine-dining date night spot. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.

Clementine will offer Southern cuisine in Castle Hills. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.

Bakery Lorraine will add a third location on the northwest side at the Rim. Read more: San Antonio Business Journal.

Shake Shack will add a second location on Broadway. Read more: San Antonio Business Journal.

Jerusalem Grill, a local Mediterranean eatery, will open a third location in Stone Oak. Read more: San Antonio Business Journal.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. may be coming to the River Walk. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Current.

Buddy V’s Ristorante is coming to the Shops at La Cantera. Read more: KSAT.

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is coming to the Rim. Read more: San Antonio Current.

La Villita‘s Maverick Plaza will host three new restaurants by leading local chefs. Read more: San Antonio Business Journal; Rivard Report.

Downtown

San Antonio’s downtown skyline is changing before our very eyes. New office towers and apartment buildings will include street- and river-level dining, and some of the new hotels look highly staycation-worthy. Here are some dispatches from the downtown crane-watch. For a good overview, see these recaps in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Antonio Business Journal.

Hotels and apartments:

Offices:

  • A renovated office building that used to house the San Antonio Light newspaper will have a rooftop party zone, perfectly positioned to watch Fiesta parades. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.
  • Tech offices, and a street-level coffee shop, are planned for 401 E. Houston Street. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.
  • Offices will fill the Kress Building at 311 E. Houston Street, with a food hall planned for the building next door (formerly the children’s museum). Read more: San Antonio Express-News.
  • Office building at 711 Broadway, formerly Cavender Cadillac. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.
  • Office building at 900 Broadway. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.

Frost Bank Tower San Antonio | Alamo City Moms Blog

Frost Bank is building a distinctive office tower downtown, near City Hall. It’s won’t be the tallest building in San Antonio, but hopefully it will have a skydeck or restaurant that we can visit. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; image source: kdc.comCPS Energy is also building a new headquarters downtown near the Museum Reach. Read More: San Antonio Express-News.

At the Pearl, Credit Human is planning an office tower at the corner of Broadway and Pearl Parkway. Read more: San Antonio Express-News. Our friends at the Pearl tell us they are working on several exciting things; dates and details to come soon.

Real estate developers are also paying attention to the east side at Essex Modern City, the Red Berry estateEcho East, and the Tobin Estate.

Schools

Great Hearts Western Hills, a classical education public charter school, will open in August 2018. Read more: San Antonio Charter Moms

Great Hearts Western Hills Headmaster Robby Kuhlman with student | Alamo City Moms Blog

IDEA Ingram Hills, a public charter school offering a college-preparatory education for all students, will open in August 2018. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Business Journal.

BASIS Shavano, a rigorous college-preparatory public charter school for grades 6–12, is moving to a permanent campus for 2018–19.

San Antonio ISD is offering new specialized programs for the 2018–19 school year, including Irving Academy, a dual-language program. 

CAST STEM magnet high school is opening in Southwest ISD in 2018. Another CAST high school, with a medical focus, will open later at Brooks as part of San Antonio ISD. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsRivard Report.

As more families move to San Antonio, school districts are welcoming new students and building new campuses.  

Will Smith Zoo School, an early childhood program at the San Antonio Zoo, is moving to a new campus in early 2018. Read more about this nature-based program in our earlier post and at KSAT; San Antonio Current. Little Sunshine’s Playhouse is opening a new location in Stone Oak; read more about their model in this earlier post. Primrose Schools is opening a new location at the Medical Center.

Last But Not Least

In 2018, you can be a good citizen by voting in elections on March 6, May 5, and November 6, plus any runoff elections. Make sure you are registered to vote at least a month in advance by visiting Bexar County Elections or VoteTexas.gov.

The San Antonio Airport‘s consolidated rental car facility, with increased short-term parking, should be fully operational in 2018. Read more: San Antonio Business Journal; Rivard Report.

Some homes in San Antonio already have Google Fiber high-speed internet service, and it may be coming to your neighborhood soon. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; Rivard Report.

SpaceX‘s spaceport at Boca Chica Beach, near Brownsville, is under construction and may host rocket launches by late 2018. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; Rio Grande Guardian.

If you’re curious, hop in the way-back machine to visit the 2017 post. That was an eventful year in San Antonio, right? The year 2018 is shaping up to be full of change and excitement, too. 

What are you excited about that’s coming to San Antonio soon?

 

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