There’s nothing like a helicopter ride to experience a city in the most unique way possible. With many iconic buildings dominating its skyline, such as Tower of the Americas, and The Alamo, San Antonio is an excellent city to explore from above. Luckily there are some great helicopter tours over the city available, with some even flying north of the city to take in the lush green hills south of Fredericksburg, known as Texas Hill Country.
Helicopter sightseeing tours of San Antonio can last anywhere from ten minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the type of experience that you’re looking for. All fees listed in the following tours include taxes and handling charges, your guide and the private helicopter tour. Please note that all of the tours listed below require a minimum of two passengers per booking. Maximum passenger capacity is three.
FROM $197/per person
Departing from Stinson Municipal Airport, as all of the helicopter tours on this list do, you’ll get up into the air and follow the San Antonio River north. As it reaches Downtown, you’ll glide past the Alamodome stadium and the unmistakable Tower of the Americas en-route to seeing the Alamo, before swinging back towards the airport. This helicopter tour is available from Mon–Sat each week and you’ll spend a total of roughly ten minutes in the air.
From $286/ per person
It’s amazing how much of San Antonio you can see on a short helicopter tour. For a slightly longer version of the tour listed above, this 15-minute flight manages to cram a whole host of additional sights into the itinerary, each one offering a particularly intriguing vision from the sky: Spot the animals of San Antonio Zoo and the Botanical Gardens, then pass the characteristic cement chimneys overlooking Quarry Market. This is a particularly good trip for photographers and anyone wanting to do something a little different during their time in San Antonio.
From $368/ per person
To better appreciate the city’s surroundings, as well as seeing all of the highlights included in the two tours above, you need to opt for a tour that lets you spend longer in the air. This ultimate helicopter tour is a 45-minute aerial exploration of sights like San Antonio’s beautiful, historic Mission Concepción and San Antonio Downtown. But it also continues north beyond the city, out over Texas Hill Country, where you might even see the vineyards stretching over the rolling hills towards Fredericksburg and off into the distance.