Attractions in San Antonio
300 Alamo Plaza • San Antonio, TX 78205
More than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2 acre complex known worldwide as "The Alamo." Most come to see the old mission where a small band of Texans held out for thirteen days against the centralist army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo Defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty. The memories of James Bowie, David Crockett, and William B. Travis are as powerful today as when the Texan Army under Sam Houston shouted "Remember the Alamo!" as it routed Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. Just a short walk from the River Walk, the Alamo is a "must see" for all who come to San Antonio. Admission to the Alamo is free.
- BUCKHORN SALOON & MUSEUM
318 East Houston • San Antonio, TX
The World Famous Buckhorn Saloon & Museum. A San Antonio tradition since 1881. Wildlife and the Wild West at its best. Join us for lunch and enjoy the exhibits. The museum is open daily at 10:00 a.m. Closing times vary. Admission charged and group rates are available.
- GUADALUPE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
1300 Guadalupe St. • San Antonio, TX 78207
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (GCAC) was founded in 1980 as a non-profit, multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to preserve, promote and develop the arts and culture of the Chicano/Latino/Native American peoples. Each year the Center presents and produces a season of events, exhibitions and festivals, including the San Antonio Cinefestival, the Juried Women's Art Exhibit, the Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio, the San Antonio Inter-American Bookfair & Literary Festival, Hecho a Mano/Made by Hand fine arts and fine crafts market, a season of plays by the resident theatre company Los Actores de San Antonio, the Performing Arts Series, and productions featuring the Guadalupe Dance Company.
- IMAX THEATRE
Rivercenter Mall downtown • San Antonio, TX 78205
Street Level, Crockett Street entrance
Relive history's unforgettable thirteen days of glory as 189
Texian and Tejano defenders fight for Texas Independence.
IMAX puts you in the middle of this historic action with its
six-story screen and six-track stereo sound.
- JAPANESE TEA GARDENS
3800 North St. Mary's St. • San Antonio, TX 78212
Winding pebble walkways, stone bridges, a waterfall and tranquil pools highlight this lush garden. Admission: Free. Hours: 8:00 am-dark.
- KIDDIE PARK
3015 Broadway • San Antonio, TX 78209
America's Original Kiddie Park, as verified by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. Established 1925. A highlight of any visit to Kiddie Park is the 1918 Herschell-Spillman Carousel featuring 36 jumping horses and two Chariots. This lovely carousel was created in North Tonawanda, New York and originally located in Miami, Florida. It has been working its magic on the children of San Antonio and many visitors since 1935.
- KING WILLIAM HISTORIC AREA
1032 S. Alamo Street • San Antonio, None 78210
(A 25-block area near downtown on the south bank of the San Antonio River.)
In the late 1800's the King William District was the most elegant residential area in the city. Prominent German merchants originally settled the area. It was zoned as the state's first historic district, and has once again become a fashionable neighborhood. A self guided walking tour brochure for the King William area is available from the San Antonio Conservation Society.
- LA VILLITA
418 Villita • San Antonio, TX 78205
Inside the shops of La Villita, you'll find artists and craftsmen at work making unique items you'll treasure. Whether you're searching for the perfect gift for that special person in your life, something for yourself, or just looking, you'll find shopping at La Villita is always a pleasure.
- MARKET SQUARE - EL MERCADO
514 W. Commerce • San Antonio, TX 78207
From early morning until late at night, Market Square is alive with activity. Visitors browse through 32 shops at El Mercado, - an area patterned after an authentic Mexican market. In addition, there are 80 specialty shops in Farmers Market Plaza.
- Natural Bridge Caverns
26495 Natural Bridge Cavern Road • Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266
Natural Bridge Caverns is the largest cavern in Texas and attracts more
than 250,000 visitors a year. It is located 30 minutes north of downtown San Antonio, eight miles west of I-35 at exit #175, Natural Bridge Caverns Road/F.M.3009.
- San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Place • San Antonio, TX 78209
San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Global flora, native Texas plants, and a greensward for South Central Texas. Promoting plant conservation, public education, and enjoyment of our natural resources.
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
2202 Roosevelt Ave. • San Antonio, TX 78210
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a cultural oasis located in the heart of one of the nation's truly dynamic cities. Contrasted to the teeming activity of metropolitan San Antonio, the 819-acre historical park offers visitors a unique opportunity to escape from the present and journey back in time to a fascinating episode in Texas history. Preserved within the park are four Spanish Colonial missions, each with an active parish church - Missions San Jose, San Juan, Espada, and Concepcion - and two of the best surviving examples of Spanish Colonial irrigation systems in the United States.
- San Antonio Zoo
3903 N St. Mary's Street • San Antonio, TX 78212
Recognized as one of the top zoos in the country, the San Antonio Zoo exhibits a vast collection of 3,400 animals representing over 600 species. Our natural rock cliffs offer a scenic, realistic backdrop for our African savanna and bear species, while the tree-lined San Antonio River presents a naturally-occurring environment for one of the largest bird collections in the country.
- Tejas Rodeo
401 Obst Road • Bulverde (just outside San Antonio), TX 78163
Let's Rodeo at Tejas Rodeo, a live pro rodeo facility that offers tons of fun for the whole family! Enjoy the excitement as real cowboys and cowgirls compete in Bull riding, Calf Roping, Barrel Racing and more! Dine at our outdoor bbq joint or enjoy indoor dining at our new Steakhouse (opens March 2011). Try your hand riding our mechanical bull, get your picture taken on our popular Photo Bull,enjoy our fully stocked cantina and dance the night away to live music! Check out our calendar for upcoming events and bands. Tejas Rodeo is Open March - November.
- Tower of the Americas
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way • San Antonio, TX 78205
Built for the 1968 World's Fair, the Tower of the Americas stands 750 feet tall with breathtaking views of the city. There is an observation deck and restaurant with banquet and meeting space.