New and Exciting Things Coming to San Antonio in 2019 and Beyond

San Antonio is more than 300 years old now and just hitting its stride. It’s already a great place to raise a family and entertain out-of-town guests, and soon we will have even more choices of things to do. Have a look at many of the new shops, attractions, restaurants, schools, and more that are coming to San Antonio in 2019 and beyond.


Architectural rendering of future San Antonio-area IKEA | Alamo City Moms Blog

Moms are revving their shopping carts for the opening of IKEA in Live Oak on February 13, 2019. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsSan Antonio Current.

The Bevy Hotel, a boutique hotel and conference center, will open in Boerne in 2019. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsSan Antonio Business Journal

Also in Boerne, Buc-ee’s is expected to open in 2019. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; KSAT.

Movie buffs will enjoy several new theater complexes. Flix Brewhouse bought land on the Far West Side, in the Alamo Ranch area. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Business Journal. On the Northeast Side, in Cibolo and Schertz, two large developments are planned for the same area. Cibolo Crossing will host a Santikos theater complex and more retail options. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsRivard Report; KSAT. In Schertz, The Ranch at Old Wiederstein will feature a movie-and-bowling complex by EVO Entertainment and an outdoor amphitheater for live events. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsSan Antonio Business Journal; KSAT

Will San Antonio get new grocery options like Aldi and Lidl any time soon? My Magic 8 Ball says to ask again later. Read more: Business Insider.


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

Downtown San Antonio will welcome a LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Aquarium in May 2019. Read more: San Antonio Express-News (LEGOLAND); San Antonio Express-News (SEA LIFE); KENS; San Antonio Business Journal.

The San Antonio Zoo will open a new rhinoceros habitat in 2019, including a 17-foot bronze sculpture and a breeding group of Southern white rhinos. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsKSATSan Antonio Magazine. The zoo will also add a parking garage by summer 2019. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsKSAT. The zoo has ambitious long-range plans. Read more: San Antonio Business JournalKSAT.

SeaWorld San Antonio is adding Turtle Reef, which will include a habitat with rescued turtles and tropical fish, and two rides, Riptide Rescue (a spinner ride) and Sea Swinger (a pendulum ride). In Aquatica, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls will be a multi-drop tower slide—the floor will appear to fall away below your feet. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; KSAT.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas new pendulum ride Joker is Wild | Alamo City Moms Blog

At Six Flags Fiesta Texas, an interactive gaming experience, Pirates of the Deep Sea, will open in January. Read more: San Antonio Express-News. Six Flags is also preparing a new pendulum ride for summer 2019, the Joker Wild Card, and adding operating days in January and February. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Business Journal.

The San Antonio Museum of Art‘s major summer exhibit will be Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, June 22–September 1, 2019. Organized by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, this exhibit will explore artistic responses to Superman and Wonder Woman. Also, sometime in the first half of 2019, the museum will receive the gift of a six-ton scholar’s rock from Lake Taihu, near sister city Wuxi, China. Read more: The Art Newspaper.

Ruby City, the new home of the art collection of the Linda Pace Foundation, is expected to open to the public in 2019. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsGlasstire

The McNay Art Museum’s spring exhibit, American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings, February 14–May 19, 2019, will feature mid-century paintings from its collection alongside classic cars from the now-closed Dick’s Classic Garage in San Marcos. Read more: San Marcos Record.

The San Antonio Botanical Garden‘s GROW campaign is its final stages, adding an education and event space, event lawn, and administration building. These new features complement the Family Adventure Garden.

The Witte Museum has an upcoming exhibit for would-be space explorers: Planet Pioneers, February 2–April 7, 2019. 

Urban Air Trampoline Park Northeast San Antonio

Urban Air Trampoline Park continues to expand, bringing indoor play to north central (Blanco and 410) and south (SW Military and S. Flores) locations. House of Air is coming to the Northside at 281 and Thousand Oaks. 

Worth the drive to Austin: Kalahari Resorts is building a hotel and indoor water park in Round Rock, Texas, that is expected to open in 2020. Read more: Community Impact; KXAN


As Heather explained in her guide to San Antonio parks, big and small improvements are happening at different parks around town all the time. Here are some of the parks experiencing the biggest changes in the near future.

For Brackenridge Park, the City has approved a master plan. Soon, part of the San Antonio River will be “de-watered” for a survey, and the San Antonio Conservation Society is planning to restore the pump house. Read more: Rivard Report.

Future site of Hardberger Park Land Bridge | Alamo City Moms Blog

At Hardberger Park, a land bridge spanning Wurzbach Parkway is under construction. It will connect both sides of the park for people and wildlife. Read more: Texas Public Radio.

The Civic Park at Hemisfair is under construction, with completion expected in 2022. Next up: the Tower Park, including the Tower of the Americas and the Institute of Texan Cultures. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsRivard Report.

San Pedro Creek Culture Park Phase 1 in downtown San Antonio | Alamo City Moms Blog

Phase 1, segment 1 of San Pedro Creek Culture Park—the stretch from I-35 and Santa Rosa to Houston Street—opened in 2018. The second segment, extending south to Nueva Street, is under construction and expected to open in 2020. San Antonio Express-NewsTexas Public Radio.

O.P. Schnabel Park is expanding. Read more: News 4 San Antonio.

On the Far North Side, a major new park is taking shape on the site of the Classen-Steubing Ranch. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; Rivard Report.


San Antonio’s food scene is changing all the time. Here are some new restaurants on the horizon that we are excited about. 

At Brooks, Chef Johnny Hernandez will open El Machito and La Gloria restaurants; Southerleigh will also add a location along the Greenline. Read more: San Antonio Business Journal; Flicks and Food.

Hernandez, along with Elizabeth Johnson of Pharm Table and Steve McHugh of Cured, are planning three new restaurants at La Villita‘s Maverick Plaza that will highlight San Antonio as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. Read more: San Antonio Express-NewsSan Antonio Business Journal; Rivard Report.

La Familia Cortez restaurant group—best known for Mi Tierra Café y Panadería at Market Square—is planning a restaurant at the Rim shopping center on the Northwest side. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Business Journal.

Chocollazo is expanding to Hemisfair. In the same building as the paleta shop, they will open a chocolatier (like their Broadway location) and a candy store called Sugar Sugar. Read more: San Antonio Heron; Flicks and Food.

At the Pearl, the CIA‘s student-run restaurant will relocate and reopen in January as SAVOR, and the old space will be renovated and open as Victoire in August. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio HeronRivard Report. CHEF, the Culinary Health Education Program, is planning a teaching kitchen at the Pearl; learn more about CHEF in our post about farmers markets.

Waffles at CommonWealth Coffee House in San Antonio, Texas | Alamo City Moms Blog

CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery is opening a new location inside the Burns Building on Houston Street. Read more: San Antonio Heron.

The Good Kind, offering healthy grab-and-go eats, is expanding to Southtown. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.

Shake Shack on Broadway will open in early 2019. Read more: San Antonio Express-News.


Besides being a roost for flocks of electric scooters, Downtown is also sprouting new high-rise office, apartment, and hotel buildings. As the skyline changes, we are also on the lookout for new places to visit for date nights and staycations. For a good overview, see this recap in the San Antonio Express-News.

Hotels and apartments:

Inga Cotton riding a Bird scooter in downtown San Antonio | Alamo City Moms Blog


Several banks are locating offices at or near the Pearl: Credit Human, Bank of America, and Jefferson Bank. Read more: San Antonio Express-News. Also, a 20-story tower, including offices, retail, a hotel, and a penthouse, is planned for 1603 Broadway. Read more: San Antonio Business JournalRivard Report.

The East Side has new multi-use projects coming at Essex Modern City, the Red Berry estateEcho East, and the Tobin Estate.


Promesa Academy Charter School at the South Side School Choice Fair in San Antonio | Alamo City Moms Blog

San Antonio is welcoming new schools of choice for the 2019–20 school year.

Herff Elementary in Boerne ISD | Alamo City Moms Blog

As San Antonio’s suburbs continue to grow, school districts are building more campuses to serve the larger student population. 

UTSA is planning a massive expansion of its downtown campus. Read more: San Antonio Express-News; Rivard Report.

Last But Not Least

In 2019, you can be a good citizen by voting in elections on May 4 and November 5, plus any runoff elections. Make sure you are registered to vote at least a month in advance by visiting Bexar County Elections or

Autonomous vehicles, including a ridesharing service from that uses self-driving vans, are already on Texas roads, and will likely come to San Antonio sooner or later. Read more: The Verge; Dallas Morning News; CNBC.

In West Texas, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is funding the construction a clock that will tick for 10,000 years—the Clock of the Long Now, a.k.a. the 10,000 Year Clock. Read more: Wired.

If you’re curious, hop in the way-back machine to visit the 2018 post and the 2017 post. Those were eventful years in San Antonio, right? The year 2019 is shaping up to be full of change and excitement, too. 

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

Inga is passionate about parent-driven education: helping parents be the best advocates for their children, finding the right schools (or homeschooling resources), and enjoying San Antonio's variety of arts and cultural events for families. She was born in California but has called Texas home since high school. She works part time as a lawyer and also blogs at San Antonio Charter Moms. Her eight-year-old son, F.T., and five-year-old daughter, G.N., attend a public charter school in the heart of the city. She married a techie and is a bit of a geek herself.