San Antonio tourists are charmed by the city’s Southwest flavor and rich Tejano culture and San Antonio is quite possibly Texas’s most beautiful and atmospheric city, so it’s no wonder it’s the state’s number-one tourist destination. According to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city receives approximately 26 million visitors per year.
Remember the Alamo? It’s here, sitting in a plaza right downtown, so you can easily walk to it from your hotel. But while most visitors check out this famous symbol of Texas liberty when they come to town, the historic mission is by no means the only reason to visit San Antonio.
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In fact, the heart of the visitor area is the Paseo del Rio—the River Walk—a festive, almost magical place that winds through downtown at 20 feet below street level. Nestled in by tall buildings and cypress trees, and tucked away from the noise of traffic above, the River Walk draws crowds to its high-rise and boutique hotels, specialty shops, and plethora of restaurants with alfresco dining.
San Antonio Museum of Art
The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in the Lone Star Brewery building, which was built in 1884. The museum’s American collection features art from the Colonial Period through the early 20th century. The comprehensive contemporary collection showcases work by abstract artists such as Hans Hofmann, Helen Frankenthaler and Frank Stella. The museum also features Asian art and antiquities from the Greek and Roman eras, among many other collections. San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave. San Antonio, TX.
The Alamo was the site of one of the Texas Revolution’s most important battles in 1836. To mark the spot where 189 Texan defenders died at the hands of Mexican General Santa Anna’s army, the Mission San Antonio de Valero, or the Alamo, was established in 1718. The site’s Long Barracks Museum and Library features Republic of Texas artifacts and a narrated tour. Meander the Alamo’s green landscaped grounds any day of the year except for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Admission to the Alamo is free. The Alamo 300 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX.
Recognized as one of the most ornate facilities in the country, the Majestic has long held a special place in the archives of Texas theatrical and architectural history. Located at 224 E. Houston Street in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Majestic was designed and built in 1929 by John Eberson for Karl Hoblitzelle’s Interstate Theatres, and stood proudly for many years as the largest theatre in Texas and the second largest motion picture theatre in the country. It was intended to be the most modern and ornate building in South Texas – complete with new sound and projection equipment – and was the first theatre in the state to be totally air-conditioned.
Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita was San Antonio’s first neighborhood. It was originally a settlement of primitive huts for the Spanish soldiers stationed at the Mission San Antonio Valero (the Alamo). After a flood in 1819, brick, stone and adobe houses replaced the earlier structures. In 1836, La Villita was the site of General Santa Ana’s cannon line in the Battle of the Alamo and a map from early that year showed the village to be of considerable size.
When in San Antonio…
- Book a room with a view at Hotel Contessa
- Take a stroll through the King Williams District
- Do not miss Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bakery
- Check out the Liberty Bar…if it’s still standing