Where Rec is Wrecked
San Antonio falls flat as one of America's worst cities for recreation
San Antonio simply doesn't cut it when it comes to recreation. That's according to WalletHub, which set out to find which U.S. cities are the best (and worst) for public spaces and recreational facilities. With a sad little ranking of 98 out of 100, Alamo City is nearly the worst in the country.
Thinking this all sounds a little familiar? WalletHub did a similar study back in June, using much of the same criteria, that crowned San Antonio one of the worst places to staycation. Things such as number of public golf courses, parks, hiking trails, water parks, shopping centers, and swimming pools were scored, along with nightlife options, zoos, museums, cultural attractions, affordable restaurants, coffee and tea shops, and beer gardens per capita.
In this study, quality of parks were weighted more heavily, and weather played a part. Regarding the former, San Antonio ranks a sad 91. We rank 74 and 73 for climate and entertainment, respectively, while semi-cheap expenses keep us in the middle, No. 57, for costs.
The highest ranked Texas city is El Paso, at No. 34, and usual suspect Austin shows up at No. 49. Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, and Arlington aren't much better off than San Antonio. Irving comes in only one spot above.
There is one surprise at the top, which is mostly dominated by golf-heavy destinations: Cleveland comes in at No. 4, following Orlando, Florida; Tampa, Florida; and Scottsdale, Arizona. Las Vegas finishes out the top five.
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