Looking for something to do, but not sure what’s actually open during these strange times? To be honest, it really is a bit confusing. But not to worry, we’re keeping up with what’s open and what’s not.

Here is a list of businesses that are reopening in San Antonio along with their reopening dates, and new health and safety protocols.


What’s Open in San Antonio:

Briscoe Western Art Museum

  • Members can go to the museum on May 21-22 with exclusive member access and the first look at the museum’s Night of Artists exhibition.
  • The Briscoe then will open its doors to everyone on May 23 
  • The museum is also offering Mother’s Day membership specials, which include curbside gift shop grabs and more. For more information, visit the museum’s website here.

The Historic Pearl

  • The Boiler House SA, La Gloria, Larder (patio seating), Supper American Eatery, Hiatus Spa + Retreat (retail only), LeeLee (appointment only), Green Vegetarian Cuisine, Adelante Boutique, and Dos Carolinas and The Sporting District are open and ready for business.
  • All other retail shops in the pearl will also operate via online and curbside service only, according to officials. For more information, click here.


  • Restaurants must limit occupancy to 25%.
  • Parties must maintain 6 feet of social distancing from all other parties.
  • Tables may not contain more than six people.
  • Condiments, silverware, flatware, glassware, or other traditional tabletop items may not be left on unoccupied tables
  • Condiments should only be provided on request and should be single-use (non-reusable).
  • Menus should be single-use and disposable.
  • Buffets must be served by employees.
  • Restaurants “should consider” appointing an employee to open doors.
  • Dining surfaces must be disinfected after each group leaves.
  • Bathrooms must be cleaned regularly and documentation kept.
  • Bathrooms must be sanitized each day.

Natural Bridge Caverns

  • Natural Bridge Caverns will reopen cavern tours on May 8. Cavern tour capacities will be limited so guests can keep physical distancing between each family group. 
  • Natural Bridge Caverns has a cleaning and sanitation crew that will clean and disinfect all high touch surfaces throughout the park.
  • There are also new handwashing stations at the entrance, exits, and inside the park, so guests can cleanse their hands frequently. 
  • The park will also give out complimentary hand sanitizer and guests are encouraged to wear face masks while touring. 

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

  • Visitors can visit the ranch by staying inside their own vehicles by participating in a safari drive-thru experience. The Safari Trading Post gift shop and Petting Barnyard will remain closed until further notice, according to the ranch’s website.
  • Restrooms are available at the entrance and exit in the Safari Camp Grill and at the halfway point in the Safari Sweet Spot. Dining is limited to carry-out only, but picnic tables will be available on-site and are appropriately spaced apart.
  • For information on admission prices and hours, click here.

San Antonio Botanical Garden

  • Visitors to the garden must reserve a ticket in advance online at sabot.org. No tickets will be sold on-site, in an effort to promote social distancing. Daily tickets are timed entry, which will limit the capacity to 25%.
  • Visitors are also reminded to wear face coverings, stay six feet apart from others, wash hands, cover coughs, and continue to practice good hygiene.

San Antonio Zoo

  • The San Antonio Zoo is reopening to offer a “one-in-a-lifetime drive-thru zoo experience.”
  • Zoogoers can drive through the zoo on select dates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and stay within the comfort of their vehicle.
  • Admission, which is priced per vehicle, is $60 for non-annual pass holders/members while Annual pass holders and monthly member pricing can participate in the drive-thru zoo for $32 per vehicle.

Witte Museum

  • Witte Museum members can access the museum starting May 27.
  • The Witte Museum will reopen May 30 for the general public. 
  • The museum has installed safety measures like Plexi protections, a stylus for every visitor, and amazing decals that will provide learning at a distance for patrons.
  • “Witte Where You Are” will still be available for online museumgoers. The online content from the museum curators and educators feature Witte’s award-winning camp, demonstration, and school program curriculum, as well as behind-the-scenes tours. To learn more, click here.

Santikos Entertainment

  • Santikos Movie Theatres has reopened three locations across San Antonio (Palladium Imax, Cibolo, Casa Blanca)
  • The theatres are enacting strict social distancing rules to keep occupancy to 25%.
  • This means every other row is empty and groups of guests remain six feet apart from each other in an occupied row, or at least two empty seats.
  • Santikos has also restricted concession sales and only allows employees to handle fountain machines. Face masks for customers are not yet mandatory, though.
  • Santikos says armrests, cup-holders, and tray tables are being disinfected between every screening.

Stars and Stripes Drive-in Movie Theatre New Braunfels, TX

  • The movie theatre is putting on a “welcome back ticket special” where tickets will only be $6
  • Groups entering the 50’s Cafe will be limited to 2 people only and the drive-in requests that guests please wear a face mask before entering the cafe.
  • The playground and green spaces will be closed and children need to remain in the car at all times. Likewise, park every other parking space and keep chairs/tables within your space to allow proper social distancing within the parking lots will be mandatory.

Boerne Lake

  • Boerne Lake has reopened for Kendall County residents only.
  • Temporary reduced hours will be from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Visitors must wear face masks when not exercising. No groups of more than 5 may gather, and social distancing requirements are in effect for all non-family members.
  • Gates will lock at 5 pm, so please make sure you are out on time.

Barbershops, Hair Salons, and Nail Salons 

  • Barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons will open this Friday.
  • Only one-on-one appointments are allowed.
  • Customers may only wait inside if six feet of social distance can be maintained.
  • Masks are encouraged but not required for both customers and stylists.

Gyms won’t reopen until May 18th, and there is still no word on when bars will reopen.

Governor Greg Abbott’s orders on April 27, allowed all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls in Texas to begin reopening May 1, as long as they maintain only 25% occupancy and follow social distancing guidelines.