San Antonio Area Attractions

Here are just a few attractions to see while visiting San Antonio.

The Alamo

The Mission of San Antonio de Valero, otherwise known as the Alamo, was estabished in 1718. The Long Barrack Museum, the oldest building in San Antonio, displays the dramatic battle of March 6, 1836 where Davy Crockett, Colonel William B. Travis, and 187 Texas partriots lost their lives fighting for freedom against Mexican General Santa Anna's army of 2,500. Alamo Plaza (Downtown) Mon-Sat 9-5:30 Sun 10-5:30. Free admission.

For more interesting information about the alamo, visit American West's page on the The Alamo.

Paseo del Rio (The Riverwalk)

Picturesque River Walkway and a community of restaurants, clubs, art galleries, and entertainment on the banks of the downtown San Antonio River. Nestled 20 feet below street level, Paseo del Rio is one of the nation's unique areas, blending the river's natural beauty with an exciting commercial development. Paseo del Rio is literally a world-wide shopping tour. Take the River ride for a memorable experience.

Also, check out Heart of Texas' Paseo del Rio Virtual Tour.

La Villita

The original village of Old San Antonio on the Downtown River. San Antonio as it was in the early days, recreated in the shadow of skyscrapers in fascinating La Villita, the little villages where weavers and glass blowers still ply their ancient crafts.

Market Square

Unique shopping area modeled after the Mexican markets. Also array of specialty shops at El Mercado. Location of the famous Mi Tierra and La Margarita Restaurants.

Hemisfair Plaza

The plaza has rides, canals, boat rides. Entertainment - live shows at Theatre of performing Arts. Fun for all. Mexican Food, Mexican Wares. Visit Lone Star's Texas Wax Museum - Over 50 historical figures. Institute of Texas Cultures a unique research, education and communication center focused on Texas history and culture.

The Missions

Visit our four Missions:

  • Mission Concepcion. Established 1716 (moved in 1731).
  • Mission San Jose. Established 1720.
  • Mission San Juan. Establisted 1716 (moved in 1731).
  • Mission Espada. Established 1690 (moved in 1731).

Sea World of Texas

Boasting as the world's largest marine life showplace, this 250 acre park features killer whale, dolphin/beluga whale, sea loin, water ski shows,penguin and shark exhibits, botanical gardens, and concerts.

Fiesta Texas

Opryland Theme Park with authentic German, Mexican, Country and 1950 Villages, Rides and Water Park.


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