This is definitely the best place that I've ever visit here in Texas. This beautiful place has an unforgettable environment, and you will never be satisfied visiting it just once. I hope you go the with your family, friends or your loved ones and have fun.
The most interesting things about San Antonio lie in the fusion of Texan and Mexican culture. For example, Tex-Mex cuisine is widely available here: chili con carne, fajitas, burritos ... you can try these specialties at the market, El Mercado, west of downtown. Full of color and life, you'll see merchants in both sombreros and cowboy hats. A great place to visit with a margarita in one hand and a plate of nachos in the other!
The Battle of the Alamo was a 13-day siege from February 23 until the final assault of March 6, 1836. The Mexican army fought against a secessionist Texan militia made up mostly of American colonists who were basically naturalized Mexicans. When the Mexican troops arrived, the Texans dug into the Alamo. The defenders couldn't hold them off and the attackers penetrated the walls, killing all inside. There aer still many myths and counter-myths surrounding the battle of the Alamo, both in favor and against the Texans and Mexicans. Today, it's a historical monument and is a must in San Antonio. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM tO 5:30 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
In 2006, this museum was built at Buckhorn (founded in 1881). In it you can have a look at a variety of objects that belonged to the famous Texas Rangers in the late nineteenth century. It also includes a recreation of what the city of San Antonio was like at the time. You can see a prison, the telegraph office and a blacksmith, complete with a horse.
The Tower of the Americas is located in HemisFair Park. Both the tower and the park were built for the World Fair of 1968, and were preserved after the fair finished. The 229 m tower has the same height as a 68 story building. At the top is a revolving restaurant, Chart House, which overlooks all of San Antonio. There's a circular viewing deck surrounding the restaurant, for those who want to enjoy the scenery without staying for lunch. The top can be accessed by a glass elevator.
My first visit to SeaWorld was for work. Finally getting to go for pleasure was a blast. I'm pushing 50 and being able to ride the rides, aside from the big roller coaster, (back injury from playing too hard back in my younger days), I felt invigorated. We went at the end of the school year so the buses full of children on field trips joined us. So great to see their smiles as they waited with anticipation from the 'big splash' caused by the killer whales. Even more fun too hear the screams on the rides and the scenes of kids outside and not sitting in front of the television or playing 'virtual' games based on outdoor activities. SeaWorld in San Antonio is a nice addition to this wonderful city.
If you're in the San Antonio area and want to go shopping, I recommend you drop by La Cantera. This shopping center, just outside the city, has all the shops you need for a good day. In addition, outdoor stores occupy the entire length of the various streets within the grounds of La Cantera. There are fountains and sitting areas scattered all over the place. Clothing, accessories, beauty products, household items ... The offer is wide and varied. They also have cafes and food stalls spread along the walk, if you feel like a lunch break. If you prefer, you can sit and eat at one of their restaurants, located at the ends of the commercial area. If you fancy Italian, try Luciano's.
The Main Plaza is located in downtown San Antonio, and is home to the oldest church in Texas: San Fernando Cathedral. It is a large square with numerous benches and tables in the shade, making it a good place to stop and rest while exploring the city. You will often see several street food stalls dotted around this square.
The Torch of Friendship was made by Mexican sculptor Sebastian. It was given to San Antonio as a gift from Mexico City in 2002. The 20-meter iron sculpture, which represents friendship between the two cities, is situated on a roundabout at the intersection of Losoya, Commerce, Market and Alamo Streets.
The Witte Museum is the first museum to showcase South Texan history, culture, and natural science. Located in Brackenridge Park on the banks of the San Antonio River, the Witte offers permanent exhibits like dinosaur skeletons, cave drawings, wildlife dioramas, and even some live animals. Several historic homes have been reconstructed on the premises, including the popular Science House.
In the U.S., the snow cones are a common refreshment, made with crushed ice, served in a glass, and with different flavors, usually fruity, poured over them. You can eat them through a straw, so it takes you a while. In Alamo Square there are always several stalls where you can buy them. A great way to try to beat the heat!
Aztec Theatre which was built in 1926 is one of the most beautiful and popular theatres in San Antonio, along with Le Majestic. Decorated with aztec motifs and on the Riverwalk it has hosted both musical and theater performances. Currently, in 2013, it is closed, but do not miss the opportunity to visit, even if you only see the exterior.
The Tour of Gruene is a bike ride that takes place every year. It's not a race, and you can choose one of three different routes. You'll see bikers of all ages, health conditions and weights, and it's a really fun ride.
Rei is more than a store: as well as providing all the equipment you'll need for different sports, it is a school for outdoor activities. The brands they sell here are prestigious, and they offer courses on camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, skiing, snowboarding and more. They also run campaigns about environmental conservation and protecting the planet. The employees are well-trained to help you choose the right product to suit you, and are happy to share their experiences with you, so the customer service is really top-quality.
This house was never actually a palace. Instead, it was built in 1722 as the office and residence of the commander to protect the Alamo's settlers. More rooms were added at different times, including a shop and a school. A trip here is short and pleasant, and you can admire the typical Spanish architecture and decor.
The San Fernando Cathedral is located in the Main Plaza and is the oldest church in Texas. It was built in 1731 in the center of the city by a group of settlers from the Canary Islands and has remained in active use ever since. It's interesting for both its historical and its cultural value.
In their mission to colonize the vast area of Texas, the Spanish built many missions. Today, many of these magnificent stone buildings are well-preserved, and house small museums containing historical objects and maps. You can complete a circuit of 4 missions accessible by car, the most important being those of Concepcion and San Jose. After that, head to San Antonio, the beautiful city where you can visit the Alamo.
Symbol of the Texas Revolution, the Alamo is one of the most popular places to visit in San Antonio. Another of the top things to do in San Antonio is visit the four Spanish missions (Mission San Jose, Mission Espada, Mission San Juan and Mission Concepcion) of the city are within the San Antonio Missions History Park, an area of 25 kilometers which has numerous green areas and a bike path 12 kilometers long. If you're still thinking about what to do in San Antonio, pay a visit to city center and see the Paseo del Rio (River Walk), another of the top things to see in San Antonio which attracts millions of visitors. It is a network of roads and canals along the river of San Antonio in which you'll find restaurants, hotels and shops. Near River Walk you'll find also other San Antonio attractions such as the Cathedral of San Fernando or the Governor's Palace. San Antonio is considered one of the best family tourist destinations in the United States and there are plenty of attractions in San Antonio designed for families with children. The most famous is Sea World San Antonio, the world's largest water park, as well as Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the San Antonio Zoo. You also can't visit the city without climbing the Tower of the Americas. Its 229 meters make it one of the tallest buildings in the state of Texas. One of the best San Antonio activities is a visit in to the Texas Hill Country, where there are plenty of outdoor activities to be had like visits to wineries and rural villages. Have a look at all the experiences shared by minube users and find the best stuff to do in San Antonio.