San Antonio Tourist Attractions
San Antonio, a city of more than 1 million people, lies on the San Antonio River and the narrow San Pedro Creek, on the south-eastern edge of the Texan tableland.
It is the centre of a prosperous agricultural area (livestock farming), with important industries (engineering, aircraft servicing for the U.S. Air Force, oil). San Antonio, originally a Spanish foundation, reflects more clearly than any other Texan city the influence of different cultures on the history of Texas. The western and southern districts in particular have a distinctly Mexican character, but there are traces of a once large German community. All come together in the annual San Antonio Fiesta in April, when celebrations take place in every corner of the city, the strains of Mexican conjunto music blending with the German polka and aroma of enchilada with that of roast potatoes.History The Spanish military post of Presidio de Bexar and the Franciscan mission of San Antonio de Valero were established here in 1718, and soon afterwards San Antonio de Bexar became capital of the Spanish province of Texas. After the expulsion of the Spaniards (1821-36) the town was under Mexican sovereignty, until Texas broke away from Mexico in 1835. The famous battle of the Alamo was fought in the following year. In April 1836 Texas achieved its independence from Mexico, and until the incorporation of Texas in the United States in 1845 San Antonio belonged to the independent republic of Texas.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park oversees four 18th C missions just south of the city center.
San Antonio Botanical Gardens
The San Antonio Botanical Gardens features a variety of areas with individually designed gardens. Some of the highlights include a children's garden, conservatory, a garden for the blind, butterfly garden, rose garden, and many others. Check with the gardens to see what's in bloom and also to see about featured displays and exhibits.
Official site: www.sabot.org
Address: 555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX 78209-6631, United States
The large marine entertainment showplace, SeaWorld, lies 16 mi. north-west of San Antonio on Loop 1604. It has over 25 shows, attractions and exhibitions, including the killer whales, Cypress Gardens West Botanical Gardens, a large white-water run and, for children, Capt'n Kid's World.
Official site: www.seaworld.com
Address: 10500 SeaWorld Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251, United States
U.S. Army Medical Museum
In 1862, the original museum was a research facility in Washington D.C. Everything was transferred to Texas in 1946.The collection consists of Army medical equipment, uniforms, artwork and photographs as well as M170 Front Line Ambulance, an H13 D Model (Korean War) helicopter, and a UH1 Huey from the early Vietnam War.
Official site: www.ameddgiftshop.com/museum.htm
Address: Box 340244, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234, United States
Buckhorn Saloon and Museums
The functioning Saloon is over 100 years old. While you have a drink or meal prepare to be entertained with trick roping, an old west card act, cowboy poet and gunfighters. There is also an arcade and wax museum.
Official site: www.buckhornmuseum.com
Address: 318 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78204-1707, United States
Hertzberg Circus Museum (closed)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.The Hertzberg Museum has stopped operating due to the condition of the building in which it was located. It may resume operations at some point in the future.
The Lyric Opera was established in 1997 by Mark A. Richter, a local tenor and businessman. The company began with modest budget productions and has evolved into more full scale, major performing arts organization.
Address: 709 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78207, United States
Mexican Cultural Institute
The center displays permanent and changing exhibits with a focus on contemporary Mexican and South American artists. The institute also provides lectures, films, and workshops.
Address: 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, San Antonio, TX 78205-3204, United States
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch has over 50 species from around the world that roam freely in the drive-through safari. The ranch does a good job of offering educational tours and turns the "wild" into a place of learning.
Official site: www.wildliferanchtexas.com
Address: 26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, San Antonio, TX 78266, United States
San Antonio International Airport
The airport is located in north central San Antonio, approximately 15 minutes from the downtown area. The airlines servicing the airport offer direct flights to many destinations around the USA and Mexico.
Official site: www.sanantonio.gov/aviation/
Address: 9800 Airport Boulevard, San Antonio, TX 78216, United States
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Six Flags Fiesta is a musical, theme and water park set in a former rock quarry. Rides include the Wagon Wheel, the Road Runner Express, the Rattler and Poltergeist coasters, a steam train and old-fashioned carousel.
Official site: www.sixflags.com/parks/fiestatexas/
Address: 17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257, United States
The museum is aimed at children 2 to 10 years of age and features hands-on, educational displays.
Official site: www.sakids.org
Address: 305 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205-1802, United States
North of downtown San Antonio is the spacious Breckenridge Park, with the Chinese Sunken Gardens, the Japanese Tea Garden, and the San Antonio Zoo. To the east, beyond Funston Place, are the beautiful Botanical Gardens.The park is a favorite with families who come here with children.
The Witte Museum offers history and science exhibits, traveling exhibits, family events, live gallery theater, and overnight camp-ins for children.
Official site: www.wittemuseum.org
Address: 3801 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209, United States
San Antonio Zoo
750 species are represented here, many in their natural habitat.
Official site: www.sazoo-aq.org
Address: 3903 North Saint Marys Street, San Antonio, TX 78212-7183, United States
McNay Art Museum
The McNay Art Museum, specialises in modern art, including contemporary Indian art.The museum is located on the former estate of Marion Koogler McNay in a large Spanish Colonial Revival house. McNay moved to San Antonio in 1926 and was an avid collector of 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. Today the museum has a vast collection of works ranging from Medieval and Renaissance pieces to modern paintings and sculptures.
Official site: www.mcnayart.org
Address: 6000 North New Braunfels Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78209, United States
San Antonio Museum of Art
The San Antonio Museum of Art features collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian, European, American and Latin American art.
Official site: www.samuseum.org
Address: 200 West Jones Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78215-1402, United States
This amusement park features miniature golf, baseball batting cages, go karts, a video arcade, bumper boats, and other fun games for kids.
Address: 3330 Cherry Ridge Drive, San Antonio, TX 78230, United States
San Angel Folk Art
The center features Latin American folk art, including Oaxacan wood carvings, furniture and Aguilar ceramics.
Official site: www.sanangelfolkart.com
Address: 110 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204-1774, United States
Texas Transportation Museum
The museum features a variety of antique vehicles and fire equipment, vintage railcars and horse-drawn carriages.
Official site: www.txtransportationmuseum.org
Address: 11731 Wetmore Road, San Antonio, TX 78247-3606, United States
Yturri-Edmunds Historic Site
This adobe block house was built sometime between 1840 and 1860. Also on the property are a mill, carriage house, and a stone rubble house.
Address: 128 Mission Road, San Antonio, TX 78210-2709, United States
Splashtown San Antonio
Over 50 rides and attractions as well as water slides and activities.
Official site: www.splashtownsa.com
Address: 3600 North Pan Am Expressway, San Antonio, TX 78219, United States
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