San Antonio’s River Walk, Spanish colonial architecture, and fountain-laden parks and plazas make it one of America’s most picturesque cities. Today, this 17th-century metropolis is the seventh largest city in the nation with contemporary venues and lavish accommodations, all while maintaining an old world heritage exuded through diverse artistry, ethnic cuisine and an intimate and exquisite culture.
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Beside the San Antonio River, stone pathways connect shops, restaurants, hotels and museums with a blend of historic and modern architecture. At the heart of the city, the River Walk will soon extend to 13 miles, connecting many of San Antonio's prestigious museums and historic districts with beautifully preserved Spanish colonial missions.
The first mission established in San Antonio, the Alamo (San Antonio de Valero) served as a way station between east Texas and Mexico. Already 100 years old when it fell in the Battle of the Alamo, you'll find in the heart of the city the often-photographed church façade, as well as relics in the Long Barrack Museum.
Built to host the 1968 World's Fair, the park's lushly landscaped areas and dramatic, cascading waterfalls offer a refreshing retreat from city streets and includes the 750-foot tall Tower of the Americas. For more than 35 years, the Tower of the Americas has provided breathtaking views from the observation deck and dining at the Tower's revolving restaurant.
Hugging the headwaters of the San Antonio River are 343 acres of woodland, trails and a historic par-72 golf course. You will also find the San Antonio Zoo, an elegant Japanese Tea Garden and the Witte Museum, which features historic and science artifacts and the H-E-B Science Treehouse. Kids will love riding a miniature train that circles the park.
From the Sesame Street Bay of Play, the pulse-pounding Great White and interactive encounters with sea lions and dolphins, SeaWorld San Antonio offers something for everyone. Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark, blends up-close animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high-speed thrills and more than 42,000 square feet of white, sandy beaches.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas offers an array of award-winning musical shows, a complement of thrill and family rides, and a free waterpark, White Water Bay, in the summer.