I'm attending my niece's graduation at Lackland and will be in San Antonio Oct 10th-13th. Unfortunately, my hubby won't be able to get away so it's going to be a solo trip for this first time visitor. I am planning to use Priceline or Hotwire for a nice Riverwalk hotel, so not sure which one it will be yet...just that it should be centrally located. She will have a town pass on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. She will be in charge of the itinerary while we are together, but will need to be back on base and in her barracks by 8:00, so that will leave me with a couple of nights to figure out how best to enjoy my own company.
I am flying in, but not renting a car. I'm planning to take a cab from the airport to the hotel, a public bus to/from the base, and plan to use my feet and the trolley/streetcar service to get around the Riverwalk area.
I would appreciate any advice or safety tips I should consider as a solo female traveler (such as areas to avoid), as well as suggestions for activities I might enjoy doing by myself. I'm 44 and love all the historical and cultural allure of the city. I am a super-early riser who would be ready to start exploring at daybreak if there's anything open or available to do that early, and also looking for fun things to do in the evenings after 8:00 p.m. It would be nice to find a place to hang out with friendly people who don't mind striking up a conversation with a chatty stranger!