San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas is the seventh most populous city in the U.S. and the second in the state, with a population of 1.3 million. The city is located at the axis of these three different geological terrains: Hill Country South Texas Plains, Lakes and Prairie. What's more, the city's Hispanic heritage is very rich and its culture scene very vibrant.
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Here are the places you should see while touring San Antonio.
Museums and Galleries. Arts and culture is big in San Antonio. In fact, it is home to the first museum of modern art in the state, the McNay Art Museum. Named after its original owner Marion Koogler McNay, the museum is a 14-room Spanish Colonial Revival-style mansion sitting on 23 acres of landscaped lawns with a Japanese-inspired garden, a fishpond, and fountains. The museum, which houses McNay's art collection, has been expanded to include medieval and Renaissance art galleries and a large collection of 20th-century European and American modernist artworks. Important pieces include works by Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Georgia O'Keefe, Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper and Mary Cassatt. The museum is also home to the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, one of the premiere collections of its kind in the country.
The San Antonio Museum of Art is also worth a visit. You can find permanent exhibits of art from antiquities to Asian contemporary art. Make sure to tour around the La Villita Historic Arts Village, too. This art community in Downtown San Antonio has many fine arts galleries, gift and souvenir shops, custom jewelry and pottery, as well as Mexican folk art.
You also have the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, Instituto de México, and the Southwest School of Art & Craft.
Performance Arts. One performance arts venue that you should not miss is the Majestic Theatre, known not only for its theatrical history but also for its ornate architecture. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Majestic is the largest theatre in Texas, with a capacity of 2,311. The theatre is also on the National Register of Historic Places and was named a National Historic Landmark.
You might also enjoy the Arneson River Theater, which is an outdoor theater where a river separates the stage and the audience. The audience sits on grass-covered steps, making up 13 rows of seats that can accommodate over 800 people. This open-air theater offers music concerts, performances by folkloric groups, plays, dances, and opera.
The city is also home to a few other historic vaudeville theatres like The Empire and Aztec. Live music venues include White Rabbit, Sunset Station, Blue Star Arts complex, Scout Bar, and Pearl Brewery.
Other cultural venues. For one of the ultimate cultural experiences in Texas, head over to the River Walk area, which is an excellent place to explore during the day and during the night. The River Walk has guided barge tours where you can see and try out the restaurants, hotels and other attractions lining the riverside.
If you want to know more about Texan cultures, you can make a stop at the Institute of Texan Cultures, which is a museum that features Texan history and the cultures of over 20 national and ethnic groups of people living in the state.
Events. Check if you are visiting San Antonio in time for these cultural events:
The Alamo is San Antonio's most popular landmark and top tourist attraction. Originally known as the Mission San Antonio de Valero, this former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound was originally built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century as a venue for the education of local Native Americans after they converted to Christianity. It later became the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. Now, it is a museum in the Alamo Plaza District in Downtown San Antonio housing weapons, paintings, and other artifacts. The Alamo has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You should also visit the Cathedral of San Francisco, which was originally built in the early 1700s and is the oldest cathedral in Texas. This Gothic structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Another National Historic Landmark is the Spanish Governor's Palace in Downtown San Antonio. Built in the first half of the 18th century, the palace was originally intended to protect the Alamo, or the San Antonio de Valero Mission and the growing colony. The building is considered to be the state's only remaining example of an aristocratic early Spanish house. The fact that the National Geographic Society called the palace as the most beautiful building in San Antonio should be enough to warrant a visit from you.
Other historic places and landmarks you may want to see include:
Restaurants. San Antonio has restaurants that serve various cuisines and that cater to different types of people. If you are on a budget, you may want to try Mexican Manhattan, Casa Rio, Schilo's Deli, Taco Cabana, Teka Molino, Las Palapas, Lulu's, Moroccan Bites, and Main Street Pizza.
Mid-range restaurants include Green, Rosario's Cafe y Cantina, Mi Tierra Cafe and Bakery, Sushi Zushi, Joe's Crab Shack, Yokonyu Sushi Bar and Restaurant, Paesanos River Walk, and Vegeria Vegan Restaurant.
If you want to splurge, head out to Boudros, Zuni Grill, Azuca, Il Sogno, La Margarita Restaurant and Oyster Bay, Biga on the Banks, Little Rhein Steak House, Magic Time Machine, and Old San Francisco Steakhouse.
You should also try Bun N' Barrel, which is famous for its great burgers and its mouthwatering BBQ. This diner dates back to the 1950w and has retained its nostalgic feel.
The Cove is also another must-try. It is where you can get amazing fish tacs, salads, lamb burger, beef burgers and fish.
Shopping. For some retail therapy, you can head to the Rivercenter Mall at the River Walk. The mall has some 100 retail shops. The mall's convenient location gives you access to major brands such as Macy's, Victoria's Secret, Gap, Chico's and Express.
You can also go to The Shops at La Cantera, which is open-air mall that is anchored by Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and Dillard's. There are also high-end stores like Juicy Couture, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Anthropologie, Vera Bradley, Burberry, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Aveda, and the Apple store. The mall also has many restaurants.
Other shopping venues in the city are:
The city also has major supermarket chains like Walmart and H-E-B and many organic supermarkets like Whole Foods Market, Central Market, Trader Joe's, and Sprouts Farmers Market.
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If you have kids, a visit to San Antonio would not be complete without visiting SeaWorld. This marine life theme park is home to the world-famous killer whale, Shamu. Aside from the aquariums, the sharks, the penguins, the sea lions, the seals, and the dolphins (which you can pet and feed if you get lucky), there are also thrill rides and a small water park.
San Antonio also has Six Flags Fiesta Texas, where you can get on several thrill rides and watch exciting shows. You may want to try Splashtown San Antonio, too.
Then there is the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, which has a drive-thru safari park. Kids can get up close to animals like ostriches, wildebeest, deer, giraffes, and zebras, and feed them. It also has a petting barnyard, where kids and even grown-ups can pet, feed and chase farm animals like goats and Llamas.
The city also has the 56-acre San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium, which houses more than 3,500 animals from 750 species.
The city has more than 14,000 acres of parks and 114 miles of bike and hike trails. Most of the parks have playgrounds for the kids, as well as picnic tables, sports facilities, pavilions, and open or green spaces.
In Downtown San Antonio, there is The River Walk, where people can enjoy the sights of a cool river lined with trees, restaurants, museums, cobblestone paths, and other attractions. There are also canoes and kayaks that you can paddle along a 1.6-mile stretch of the San Antonio River starting from Mission Road to Padre Park.
Other parks you can find downtown are:
When it comes to wilderness areas, you can visit Eisenhower Park, which is 320 acres' worth of wooded hills, dry creek beds, and rocky canyons. Enjoy the hike and bike trails, the playground with a climbing wall, the picnic pavilions, and the interpretive house.
Other parks and wilderness areas include:
In San Antonio, you get to play where the pro golfers play. The city is home to two Tournament Players Club courses: JW Marriott AT&T Oaks Course and JW Marriott AT&T Canyons Course. AT&T Oaks hosts the Valero Texas Open while AT&T Canyons hosts the AT&T Championship.
There are also many golf facilities in the city that offer you a luxurious golf experience. These include The Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa and The Westin La Cantera Resort, which provide golfers with world-class amenities.
Other courses in the city include:
San Antonio is just a sports lover's haven. You must know about four-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, which play regularly at the AT&T Center east of downtown.
The AT&T Center is also home to the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA and to the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.
The city also has the Nelson Wolff Stadium, which is the home of the minor league baseball team Double-A San Antonio Missions.
The STAR or the South Texas Area Regional Soccer Complex is a 13 field soccer venue, which has the Toyota Field and is affiliated with professional soccer team San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League.
Other stadiums and athletic fields in the city include Heroes Stadium and Alamodome.
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