The city of San Antonio is a destination that is a unique experience. This Texas city is has many outstanding dining options, important US historical sites, cultural events, and Mexican, Spanish, and Franciscan history. Plan your trip to Texas today and do these five things you must experience in San Antonio.
Things You Must Experience in San Antonio
See The Site of One Of the Most Famous US Battles
The Alamo is without a doubt, the must see attraction in San Antonio. This is the site where the legendary 1836 battle took place. A small force including Davy Crockett and James Bowie, defended the site against a Mexican army of 3000. The Alamo eventually became a symbol of Texas independence, and the phrase ‘Remember the Alamo’ became a part of American history and culture. On this site, guests can experience living history from 1830s Texas, and view historical documents and artifacts from the period. Visitors that wish to enter The Alamo Church are required to make a free timed ticket reservation.
Cruise the San Antonio River
At the heart of San Antonio is the amazing River Walk. This area is set below street level with stone walkways lined with numerous restaurants. You can live Oktoberfest year round at Bier Garten Riverwalk, grab a half pound burger at The Republic of Texas Restaurant or sip fine wine Italian eatery Zocca, plus much more.
A great way to experience the River Walk is to take a guided tour or join a dinner cruise. For an unbelievable river cruise, Go Rio operates narrated river cruises that leave the walks three docks every 15 minutes. Throughout the year, many seasonal and cultural events such as the Ford Parade of Lanterns and Summer Artisan Show take place at the River Walk.
Besides cruises, there are number of other great activities and attractions available at San Antonio River Walk. Historians can visit the Spanish Governor’s Palace and San Antonio Missions Baseball Club. San Antonio Bike Share has many bike docks in the area where you can have quick bike adventures around town. For family fun in the sun, catch waves at Splashtown San Antonio.
View One of San Antonio’s Most Visually Compelling Attractions
San Fernando Cathedral, built 1750, is one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. This cathedral is the final resting place of the Alamo’s heroes. At night in the Main Plaza, is where you can see the awesome spectacle of San Antonio/The Saga. A 24 minute video is projected onto the side of the cathedral that tells the history of San Antonio. This attraction occurs every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening and is free of charge.
See Franciscan History
One of the best attractions in Texas is the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park & Mission Trail. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains five missions, including the world famous Alamo. These missions date back to the early 1700s and established by the Franciscan Order to evangelize and colonize the region. Ranger led guided tours are available every day in the park and begin at the Visitor Center. Visitors can walk, bike or drive along the scenic, eight mile long Mission Hike and Bike Trail that connects all five missions.
Chill in the Trendy Pearl District
This historic district of San Antonio has developed a reputation as a foodie destination. This pedestrian only street is has many restaurants, shops bars, and nightclubs. For tasty Texas grill combined with a great wine garden, stop by Boiler House. If you are in the mood for some great Asian-American cuisine, dine at Best Quality Daughter. The Farmer’s Market features a wide variety of fresh produce, baked goods, and other special items.
Besides dining, there are a great many unique shops in the district. These include the eclectic gift shop The Tiny Finch and artisan goods at Ten Thousand Villages. At night, you can catch a live show at any music venue in the district, such as Jazz, TX, which combines an upscale jazz club with a Texas dance hall.
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