In 1718 Franciscans and Spanish representatives established the first mission. Within 13 years, five were located along the San Antonio River. The missions' purpose is to acculturate and Christianize the native population and make them Spanish citizens. Today, visitors can retrace the footsteps of the mission Indians and friars. And possibly, meet descendants of those first inhabitants.
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 López 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. Located on Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio, Texas, the Alamo represents nearly 300 years of history. Three buildings - the Shrine, Long Barrack Museum and Gift Museum - house exhibits on the Texas Revolution and Texas History. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the beautiful Alamo Gardens. Just a short distance from the River Walk, the Alamo is a "must see" for all who come to San Antonio.
The River Walk is one of the quintessential San Antonio attractions . It was conceived in 1929 when the downtown area had serious flood problems, and Robert Hugman suggested that the city turn the San Antonio River into an asset rather than a hindrance. The city's most popular attraction, it is often crowded and filled with children, party goers, tourists and locals. In the heart of the River Walk has restaurants, shops and nightclubs, punctuated by fountains and towering Cypress trees. The River Walk is particularly crazy during Fiesta.
The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) is a castle-like building that houses a collection ranging from ancient art to Mexican folk art. Original home of Lone Star Brewing Company. Elegant setting are also offered for indoor or outdoor themes. The San Antonio Museum of Art is currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary.
The mission of the San Antonio Zoo is to foster appreciation and concern for all living things. The zoo is dedicated to providing the highest standards of care for animal and plant collections. Also to provide a diverse educational and high quality recreational experience for all visitors. And to provide all the resources at its disposal for conservation of the Earth's flora and fauna.
Designed by nationally recognized golf course designer Keith Foster, The Quarry is recognized around the country for it's unique setting and character. The front 9 plays through native rolling grasslands while the entire back 9 is nestled in a 100-year-old quarry pit. The golf course offers a challenge to any level player, from the scratch golfer to the weekend warrior. This will definitely be one of the most memorable rounds of golf you will ever play. Amenities include: Rental Clubs, Golf Cart Rental, Driving Range, Putting Green, Chipping Area, Teaching Pro, Practice Bunker, Golf School, Food Service: Back Nine Grill (Breakfast/Lunch), Bar Service: All Day. Beverage Carts on Course
Housed in the former home of the late Marion Koogler McNay, the McNay Art Museum focuses primarily on 19th and 20th century European and American art. Contemporary art and modern sculpture are growing strengths of the McNay collection, which now consists of more than 14,000 objects. The McNay Museum was the first modern art museum in Texas.
Discover the origins of San Antonio on a sightseeing tour featuring sights including The Alamo, Mission San Jose and the Japanese Sunken Gardens, as well as modern day attractions such as the Imax Theater.
For total flexibility, the Alamo Hop On Hop Off Trolley is the way to go! Discover the best of San Antonio at your own pace. The trolley stops at all of the best places to see and you are free to stop and browse at your leisure. When you're done, simply board the next trolley that comes along!
The tour begins in Stonewall, Texas where you will visit the LBJ Ranch located on the Pedernales River. Here, you will see the "Texas White House" and hear all the tales of one of Texas favorite sons, Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States, and former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. Trace the history of the Johnson family in the area, beginning with the establishment of the ranch in the 1860's. You will also see several displays explaining life in the Hill Country and the cattle business. There's even a chuckwagon and longhorn cattle. The park exhibits two video presentations - one about the Johnson Administration and the other concerning Mrs. Johnson's life and achievements. In addition to museum exhibits, you will see: *A working cattle ranch, true to how it existed in the 1860's. *A reconstruction of his birthplace that President Johnson personally oversaw. *The ranch is also the site of the former President's final resting place. *In the spring, behold the beauty of Texas wildflowers, a longtime project of Mrs. Johnson's. Come along and enjoy the culture, beauty and history of this unique area. The exhibits and history of the ranch give visitors a thorough look at the life of an American president.
Get the most out of your stay in San Antonio with a day trip to Texas' wine region, Texas Hill Country. Stop in the quaint German town of Fredericksburg to browse local shops and antique stores before visiting three wineries to taste some excellent wines and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You'll also take guided tours of the wineries, depending on availability, and enjoy commentary from your friendly guide. Round-trip hotel transportation by air-conditioned vehicle is included.
Experience the best of San Antonio on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Board an open-top, double-decker bus at any of the 11 stops around the city and enjoy recorded commentary about San Antonio's history, culture, architecture and arts. Visit San Fernando Cathedral, see HemisFair Park's Tower of the Americas, explore the Alamo and spend time shopping and browsing galleries at the Rivercenter Mall along the River Walk. Choose a 24- or 48-hour ticket, giving you flexibility to sightsee at your own pace. Special Offer - See more of San Antonio - add a second day for just $1 more than the regular 1-day ticket price! - Book Now!
The Highlights tour takes you to the best San Antonio has to offer. Scheduled stops to include: *The Alamo - The most famous spot in Texas. *Mission San Jose - Founded in 1720, San Jose became the largest of the Texas missions with up to 300 inhabitants at one time. *Market Square / El Mercado - A visit to historic Market Square is a unique and exciting experience. *Texas Adventure - Kids young and old alike will enjoy Texas Adventure. *Mission Concepcion - Be transported back in time to the era of Spanish conquest and experience the strength of the Friars who Christianized the Native Americans.
Experience San Antonio lit up at night and see some spooky sites on this Segway tour. When dusk falls, follow your guide on a 1.5-hour tour to see haunted historic buildings and hotels such as Menger Hotel, Emily Morgan Hotel and La Villita. Pass the illuminated Tower of Americas in HemisFair Park, built for the 1968 World's Fair, and cruise by San Fernando Cathedral, where the remains of the heroes of the Alamo are entombed. You'll hear some great stories and learn the history about the sites you visit.
Executive Chef and Owner Mark Bohanan personally invites you to his life-long dream - Bohanan's Prime Steaks & Seafood. Bohanan's offers only Prime Grade, center-cut Aberdeen Angus Beef with exclusive selections of ultra-marbled Japanese Akaushi Beef. Over 35 varieties of succulent seafood which is day-boat caught and flown directly to the restaurant. This exclusive establishment is a playground for cattle barons, captains of industries, and athletes of all venues. Bohanan's is conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Antonio's historic theatre district within walking distance of the famous River Walk. Sophisticated yet cozy, Bohanan's excels with an AAA Four Diamond award-winning menu and the Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence. The staff sommelier's wine list offers over 700 selections. Famous rolling Cognac cart, with an impeccable array of smooth single malt scotches, and only the finest easy-smoking cigars for our patrons' pleasure. Truly a "one of a kind" destination.
Cappy's Restaurant is owned and operated by the Lawton family. Cappy Lawton began in the restaurant business at age 26 and has developed and built over 25 restaurants throughout Texas, including Mama's Restaurants, Mama's Cafes and EZ's. Cappy's was his 5th restaurant and opened in 1977.
Located at the Tower of the Americas, the landmark symbol of San Antonio since 1968, Chart House is legendary for its top-of-the-catch seafood, succulent steaks and decadent desserts. Enjoy outstanding cuisine, spectacular views and exceptional service as you marvel the city below. Be sure to relax with a cocktail in the sophisticated setting of Bar 601.
Eddie V's Restaurants brings Wildfish Seafood Grille to San Antonio. Open for dinner nightly, Wildfish is committed to offering fresh prime seafood, aged USDA prime steaks, creative cocktails, and an award winning wine list. Set in a casual, contemporary atmosphere focused around the combined energy of the centerpiece bar and lounge, innovative oyster and raw bar, open-air patio and exhibition kitchen. The menu is made up of imaginative creations prepared fresh with superior quality seafood, utilizing the best preparations, and simple, light sauces to enhance the delicate flavors.
Myron's Prime Steak House is located in Alon Towne Centre at Northwest Military Highway and Wurzbach Parkway. We are open nightly serving Chicago prime beef, the top two percent of all prime beef in the U.S. A full bar and award winning wine list are available. Owner Bill Been, known to most for his 34 years of restaurant experience In San Antonio, has created a casual but elegant dining experience and invites you to come to Myron's, and enjoy!
San Antonio debut of Celebrity Chef Stephan Pyles, pioneer of New American Cuisine and founding Father of Southwestern Cuisine. This architecturally significant restaurant serves Pyles' newest style of cooking, New Millennium Southwestern with emphasis on cultures that are related to Spain - The Latin New World, The Mediterranean and Arabia.
Bliss is consistently among San Antonio's best restaurants in terms of quality, service and atmosphere. Bliss is located just blocks away from downtown San Antonio in the burgeoning Southtown area. Our mission is to express excellence in the most inclusive, genuine and hospitable way.
Built on three levels that descend down to the River Walk, the AAA four diamond Las Canarias is known for its romantic and relaxing atmosphere. Sitting under the graceful palms, watching the flow of the river, or being caught up in the festivities of people strolling by, diners are carried away to another place and time. Inside, Las Canarias recreates the graciousness that accompanies fine dining while providing the comfort that contemporary lifestyles demand. Executive Chef John Brand delivers his award winning refined American cuisine with a Texas twist.
Located just a few minutes from downtown in architecturally rich Monte Vista, La Fonda on Main is the oldest Mexican food restaurant in San Antonio. La Fonda serves both the best of Tex-Mex cuisine as well as authentic dishes of interior Mexico in a fun and casual setting with beautiful patio dining. Open daily serving lunch and dinner as well as a memorable Sunday brunch menu, we offer a full bar with a wide variety of liquor, beer and wine. Our famous margaritas are made with hand-squeezed limes and your choice of a large selection of tequilas.
Zocca offers contemporary Italian cuisine, fine wine, and cocktails at one of the most scenic spots on San Antonio's renowned Riverwalk, where towering cypress trees shade the restaurant's riverside patio. Zocca's casually elegant interior of burnished copper, rich wood, and handsome onyx panels creates a relaxed, welcoming ambiance. The culinary artists in Zocca's kitchen bring a contemporary spin to traditional Old World flavors, focusing on locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients to create delectable and memorable dishes. Zocca's private dining options can accommodate from 10 guests to 100, in an al fresco patio setting to the convivial Chef's Table to buy-out of the entire restaurant.
Citrus features an innovative New American menu in a dramatic setting along the River Walk. Chef Jeffery Balfour, recognized as a rising star in Texas' culinary scene, has developed an ever-changing menu that takes the finest ingredients available and prepares them in elegant, imaginative ways. gulf shrimp, prime tenderloin, and other seafood, beef and wild game are house specialties. Chef Balfour seeks out Texas-based game and seafood along with locally grown produce, and combines these with ingredients from around the globe. Located in downtown San Antonio's theater district only footsteps from the Majestic and Empire Theatres, Citrus is the ideal place to begin an evening on the town. Theater-goers can take advantage of Citrus' prix fixe Pre-Theatre Menu, a three-course meal designed to get diners well-fed and on to the show. Stop by often - the menu is continuously updated to reflect the freshest ingredients in season.
Bruce Auden's award-winning Biga on the Banks is located in a spectacular setting in downtown San Antonio's modern International Center. Overlooking a romantic tree-canopied bend in the river, the historic and the new find common ground in Biga's dynamic re-emergence with ultra contemporary cuisine propelling San Antonio's recent ascent to a new level of River Walk dining. Gourmet Magazine named Biga one of the five best restaurants in Texas. Fine dining has never meant "fussy" to Chef Auden. Biga's ambiance is casual and relaxed - San Antonio style. Auden's celebrated culinary background, coupled with creative and energetic design, has marked Biga on the Banks as one of Texas' truly outstanding restaurants.
The city's largest theme park now boasts not only the shows and musical reviews that made it popular, but also dozens of rides and a water park. Prepare for everything when you visit Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Each year the park adds new and faster rides, primarily in the roller coaster category. The water park expands exponentially each year, as well.
The San Antonio Children's Museum provides engaging hands-on experiences where kids play to learn and adults learn to play! The museum offers three floors of interactive exhibits, including the newly opened Tot Spot, PowerBall Hall, the HEB Kids' Market, a bubble ranch, and weekly science and arts activities for children ages 0-10 years. The San Antonio Children's Museum depends on admissions, membership dues, and contributions to provide important financial assistance that allows us them to continue their mission of providing quality programming, exhibits, and events to the children of San Antonio.
Open for lunch, dinner, and late night. Great food and fun.
Showcasing premium spirits alongside house-made cordials, bitters and juices, craft cocktails at The Brooklynite are supremely balanced, unapologetically playful and totally unique. Not yet a seasoned cocktailian? Tempting selections of new and old world wines, as well as a variety of beer.
Located in the heart of downtown, The Esquire Tavern is the oldest bar on the San Antonio Riverwalk, opened the year, month and day that Prohibition was repealed. Tending bar in the early days was a highly prized and much sought after craft. Bar keeps then created many of their own syrups, mixes and concoctions and used the freshest of juices with the intention of serving the best products. We at the Esquire have taken a serious approach to the old world of bartending and spun it with a modern twist. Combining classic techniques and new world flavors and culinary concepts, our goal is to lead and set San Antonio's emerging cocktail culture on the map.