San Antonio is, to say the least, an interesting vacation destination! No other city in the entire country reflects its Mexican roots as San Antonio does.
The first settlement of the area coincides with the major attraction of San Antonio – The Alamo. It is one of the most exciting historical sites in the USA. Here, the famous battle of The Alamo happened. In 1836, nearly two hundred volunteers resisted the Mexican army for thirteen days. This heroic act of bravery has been honored ever since. The present remains of the Alamo aren’t in the best condition, but you can still enjoy a visit to the central chapel and the mission premises.
For a glimpse at contemporary Mexican art, head to Instituto de Mexico, then continue to the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center and the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum. The San Antonio Museum of Art will take you on a tour from ancient times towards Asia and then back again to the present with the contemporary art exhibitions. The Institute of Texan Cultures displays the history of the state, and is also a must-visit. The Museo Alameda, Witte Museum and the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum will make your art and historical tour of San Antonio complete.
Take a walk down the King William Historic Area, featuring the Guenther House from the 19th century, the Pioneer Flour Mills and the mansion of King William. Rambling around this area, you will feel like some of the first German settlers that came to Texas. For an exciting and rather unconventional way to tour a city, take a river walk. One of the most spectacular ones is the Aztec on the River, but the ordinary one also gives you a great view towards San Antonio. Exploring downtown by boat is an unremarkable experience.
Explore the Casa Navarro State Historical Park, once the home of Jose Navarro. You can visit his 19th century house with its authentic furniture and some of his possessions. The San Antonio Mission National Park features interesting historical spots from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The remains of the missions of San Jose, Espada and San Juan are displayed in the park.
For a true nature experience, San Antonio offers various choices. Start with San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium where you can see nearly one thousand animals located on more than 50 acres. Don’t miss the safari park Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch and the exciting park, Sea World. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is also a great place to visit.
San Antonio is known as “the city of fiestas” and you simply can’t leave without attending one! They are bright, colorful, musical street celebrations. The Texas Folklore Festival is a dynamic event worth going to. It includes dances, music and crafts of all the cultural groups of the state. The mixed cultural heritage of San Antonio is Spanish and German, so when on vacation, expect rodeo and brass band! One of the most thrilling events in all of Texas is the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
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