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An urban Southeastern Texas city, San Antonio blends a colorful mix of colonial culture, southern pride and urban city life. Located along the San Antonio River, you can discover the past at the famous 18th Century Alamo, explore modern attractions along the River Walk, and get a birds-eye view from the 750-foot Tower of the Americas at HemisFair Park. San Antonio is a perfect destination for history buffs, families, and foodies. With several San Antonio hotels located in and around the city, you are only steps away from some of the favorite attractions.
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San Antonio River Walk
A popular activity for locals and visitors is exploring the miles of walkways that connect guests with amazing views of the river, culinary delights, shops and special events. Born in the late 1920s, the River Walk continues to grow and expand even today, forming the largest urban ecosystem in the nation. Stroll under the Cypress trees and colorful umbrellas that shade the riverbanks. Pick up some University of Texas memorabilia or sample the southwestern flavor with a bowl of San Antonio’s famous chili.
Take a ride on a river boat tour or wander the 15-miles of pathways - by foot or bike - that connect to popular sites like: the Majestic Theatre, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, La Villita Historic Arts Village, Briscoe Western Art Museum, and Tower of the Americas. Built for the 1968 world fair in Hemisfare Park, the tower is a great place to see how the city’s present blends with its past.
The Alamo & Spanish Missions
Perhaps the most famous San Antonio site—thanks to the movie starring John Wayne as Davy Crockett — is the Alamo. The film depicts the historic Battle of the Alamo where 200 Texans fought for their independence from Mexico in 1836. After 13 days, the Alamo fell and Texas lost the battle. Davy Crockett was a real soldier who lost his life during the battle.
During the 18th century, Spanish friars built five missions along the river: Mission San Antonio de Valero, Mission San José (The Alamo), Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada. The remarkable stone structures are all within three miles of each other and were meant to be self-sustaining in farming, ranching, and trades. They are the largest concentration of missions in North America and were named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). See them all as you walk along the Mission Trail in San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.
Things To Do with Kids in San Antonio
After learning so much about Texas history, it’s time to have some family fun and there’s no shortage of activities for kids in San Antonio. Feed the giraffes or visit animals of the Amazon at San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium. Nearby, find some quiet time at the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden or the San Antonio Botanical Garden.
Swim with the dolphins at SeaWorld,sup>® San Antonio or ride the Boomerang roller-coaster at Six Flags® Fiesta Texas. For more animal fun, visit Wildlife Ranch at Natural Bridge Caverns to explore the caves and mine for gems and fossils.
When visiting this central, historic Texas town, our Best Western San Antonio hotels are ready to welcome you with the warmest southern hospitality.
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