San Antonio, TX

San Antonio SkylineThe city of San Antonio sprang up around the Alamo in the years that followed the famous battle and is now the jewel of central Texas. There are many more surprises waiting in San Antonio to take you back in time to the 17th century when the first Spanish Explorers and missionaries came to settle the land. The Alamo is the most recognizable, but there are many other missions in the San Antonio area. All are located in Missions National Park and are available for touring. San Antonio, steeped in history and American / Latino culture, has for many years been recognized for its unique ability to blend the past with today’s bustling arts community. With galleries and museums abounding, the city is a Mecca for artists and historians from around the country. Some of the museums that you’ll want to visit include: Witte Museum, Fort Sam Houston, Hanger 9, The Institute of Texas Culture, Marion Koogler McNay Arts Center and the most recognizable; Museo Alameda. For a closer walk with history the list of historic places in San Antonio just goes on and on and includes: La Villita (little village), Enchanted Springs Ranch, Hemisfair Park, Sunset Station at St Paul Square, King William Historic District, The Market Square and the Old Spanish Trail. The people of San Antonio hold nature in high regard. This fact becomes clear when you start to explore the area. Some of the wonders of nature in San Antonio include the Texas State Botanical Gardens, Brackenridge Park, Japanese Tea Garden, Natural Bridge Caverns, and the San Antonio Zoo. San Antonio is alive with exciting attractions for the young and young at heart. There is so much to do and see here that you will want to come back year after year. The center of San Antonio is dominated by the River walk, originally designed for flood prevention, it has become a tourist attraction in its own right. Located nearby is The Rivercenter Mall, The Arneson River Theatre, the Institute of Texas Cultures and the Tower of the Americas, The Tower Life Building and the newly renovated Pearl Brewery. For a look into the strange and fascinating visit the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum and wax works. You can also take a river cruise right through the middle of downtown and get a one of a kind tour of the city from the tranquility of the San Antonio River. If you want to venture from the city, you can visit Sea World San Antonio or Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Also located just a short drive away in New Braunfels you can visit Schlitterbahn Water Park and Resort. Scattered around the area you will also find smaller parks like Green Acres Golf and Games, Morgan’s Playland and Splashtown to name a few. San Antonio has something to offer everyone and has plenty to do for the whole family!