There didn't seem to be much shopping here, but that's something it sounds like the town is hoping to remedy. There's a big movie theater and several restaurants, so you could easily spend a fair amount of time here and the area has a very energetic vibe to it. I haven't been to San Antonio, so I can't comment on the comparison, but I thought this was a nice area. The statues of the land rush are very cool and worth the walk along the canal to see up close. We took the water taxi ride, which is about half an hour, so maybe kind of pricy for $9. The ticket IS good for the whole day, so it would be fun to take it in the day (like we did) and then again at night with the area all lit up. The taxi driver/tour guide, Nick, was very fun and personable. We didn't eat here, but there was a Starbucks which was nice since it was pretty windy/chilly in November!