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Escape from Newark to San Antonio on a budget

No travel bucket list would be truly complete without San Antonio, Texas. From the iconic history of The Alamo to amusement parks, SeaWorld, the San Antonio Aquarium and Zoo, this city has plenty of attractions for every taste. The River Walk in downtown San Antonio is full of shops, bars and restaurants, along with plenty of nearby theaters, Texas' first modern art museum and numerous universities.

Luckily, there are heaps of relatively inexpensive flights between Newark and San Antonio. We pulled a short list of flights and hotels from travel site Skyscanner, handpicked with the trendy adventurer in mind. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to San Antonio

The cheapest flights between Newark and San Antonio are if you leave on Sept. 17 and return from Texas on Sept. 21. United currently has tickets for $186, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in November. If you fly out of Newark on Nov. 16 and return from San Antonio on Nov. 19, United can get you there and back for $216, roundtrip.

Top San Antonio hotels

In regards to lodging, here are some of San Antonio's top-rated hotels that we selected from Skyscanner's listings, based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Hotel Havana (1015 Navarro St.)

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If you're looking for a solid place to stay, consider The Hotel Havana. This hotel has a 4.7-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $105/night.

Situated on the river, this San Antonio hotel is close to the Alamo, San Antonio Central Library, the River Walk and Rivercenter Mall.

The Grand Hyatt San Antonio (600 E. Market St.)

There's also the 4.8-star rated The Grand Hyatt San Antonio, which has are currently set at $119/night.

"Their amenities are wonderful and the rooms modern and spacious," wrote visitor Tyson.

The Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio (205 E. Houston St.)

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If you're looking for a slightly less expensive place to stay, there's The Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio, which has a  4.6-star rating on Skyscanner and rooms going for $98/night.

Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub and a fitness facility. 

Featured San Antonio food and drink

If you're looking to snag a bite at one of San Antonio's many quality eateries, here are a few notable culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.

Bakery Lorraine (306 Pearl Parkway, #110)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to Bakery Lorraine, which has an average of five stars out of 12 reviews on Skyscanner.

"Scrumptious in every way — truly [an] authentic French patisserie," wrote visitor Margaret. "Quiche, croissants, pain au chocolat, eclairs, delicious salads and sandwiches to boot. Must leave room for one of their magical macarons!"

Tiago's Cabo Grille (8403 State Highway 151, #101)

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Another popular dining destination is Tiago's Cabo Grille, with five stars from eight reviews.

The restaurant features hand-shaken margaritas and says it has been voted Best Happy Hour, Best Chips and Salsa and Best Guacamole in San Antonio.

Magnolia Pancake Haus (606 Embassy Oaks)

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Also worth considering is Magnolia Pancake Haus.

What started with a wild idea back in 1998 turned into San Antonio's favorite spot for breakfast.

"So delicious. The buttermilk pancakes melt in your mouth — you won't be disappointed," wrote Alexis. "I hear the wait on the weekend might be long, so either aim for a weekday or go early."

What to see and do in San Antonio

Not sure what to do in San Antonio, besides eat and drink? Here are a few activity recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

The San Antonio River Walk (849 E. Commerce St.)

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First up is The San Antonio River Walk.

Once hailed as The American Venice, the San Antonio River Walk is much more than a typical walkway — this Texas attraction has the best dining, attractions and entertainment around.

"I walked the River Walk twice during my time in San Antonio, and I much prefer it at night," wrote visitor Taylor. "It's beautiful all lit up ... Still, it is worth a visit in the daytime, if that's when you find yourself in San Antonio. There are so many great restaurants lining it, and you can also take a boat ride!"

The Shops at La Cantera (15900 La Cantera Parkway)

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The Shops at La Cantera is another popular destination.

"[An] all-around great shopping center with a wide selection of stores," wrote visitor Stephen.

SeaWorld San Antonio (10500 Sea World Drive)

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Lastly, spend some time at SeaWorld San Antonio.

"Whether you're a Texas local or on a family vacation, SeaWorld San Antonio has it all," wrote visitor Joe. "From interactive touch pools to live shows, there is an animal experience, thrilling rollercoasters and a waterpark."

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