A city rich in history, bursting with culture, and booming with modern attractions, San Antonio invites visitors to discover what’s old and explore what’s new. From spectacular parks and green spaces, to festive seasonal events, to local shopping, dining and drinking. The city has it all!
“Remember the Alamo!” was the rallying cry during the Texas Revolution, and it’s certainly hard to ignore the landmark on any visit to San Antonio today. This small colonial mission building is one of the destination monuments for US history, and a key part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park – a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site including four other missions: Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada.
Weaving its way through the heart of the city is the San Antonio River Walk. A network of paths and walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, the 15-mile (24-kilometer) route is flanked by the multicolored parasols of bars, cafés and restaurants. True, it’s a well-trodden path, but it’s well worth the walk to get a flavor of the city. And if a sojourn on foot does not appeal, book yourself onto one of the boat tours, which depart regularly from various points along the promenade.
Enjoy panoramas over San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country beyond from the top of the Tower of the Americas. Built for the 1968 World’s Fair, the tower is the highest building in San Antonio, standing at a proud 750 feet (230 meters), and was the highest observation tower in the entire US until as recently as 1996. Once you’ve descended and are back on terra firma, you can explore the manicured gardens and fountains of Hemisfair Park – the original site of the World’s Fair. Today, it’s home to a number of additional cultural attractions including the Instituto Cultural de México and lively Yanaguana Gardens – a modern adventure park for children, crammed with climbing structures and a cheerful kaleidoscope of artwork.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures makes for an interesting visit, even if a museum is not usually on your agenda. Situated in Hemisfair Park, it strives to raise awareness and appreciation of Texas’s long and diverse history, through an engaging series of exhibits, programs and special events. The sprawling establishment is also extremely family-friendly and always offers some hands-on elements to keep little ones entertained.
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