PHOTO: A view of San Antonio, Texas from the River Walk. (photo via Flickr/Joe Diaz)
San Antonio may trail Austin, Dallas and Houston as the Lone Star State's most coveted tourist destination, but the city is second to none when it comes to being fitness-friendly.
Boasting an average high temperature of 80 degrees and plenty of outdoor attractions—including the River Walk and The Alamo—San Antonio is the ideal place for active travelers aiming to stay fit or work themselves into better shape this summer.
JW Marriott San Antonio
The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is expanding its fitness center this spring, adding 1,237 additional square feet of workout space that will include Hammer Strength Smith Machines, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and cross trainers.
In addition to the renovated fitness center, guests seeking a less traditional form of exercise will have access to trails, swimming pools, tennis courts and a lazy river.
Paddle down the San Antonio River in a kayak for the ultimate upper body workout. Mission Kayak offers hourly kayak rentals and river trips ranging from two to five miles.
River trips start as low as $40 per adult, while visitors can rent a kayak and paddle around Davis Lake for just $20.
San Antonio Bike Tours
San Antonio Bike Tours are arguably the best way to take in the city's top attractions comfortably while also breaking a sweat. Riders don't have to worry about coming home sore or numb because each gets a recumbent tricycle with full back support. Visitors can also bring their own bike for the tour or make the journey on a conventional bike if they're up for it.
The company offers more than half a dozen different tours ranging from two to six hours in length and $75 to $200.
If running is your preferred exercise but you still want to see all that San Antonio has to offer, check out River City Run, which offers 5K, 10K and private tours year-round for runners of all ages and fitness levels.
A 5K morning running tour lasts 90 minutes and costs just $30 per runner. Runs are available on the weekends and take runners to 18 different local landmarks.
Those visiting San Antonio with kids will want to make a stop at Yanaguana Gardens at some point. The vast playground area offers more than enough room to run, jump, swing, climb and dig. There are also games and even a splash pad for cooling off.