San Antonio, Texas is located on the north-western corner of South America. It was founded in 1718 by Spanish conquistadors and colonists. The city is named after Saint Anthony (San Antonio) and has many landmarks that are steeped in history dating back to the 18th century.
The Alamo – This landmark occupies a large amount of acreage just south of downtown San Antonio. Construction for this limestone mission began in 1724 and was completed in 1755.
San Antonio Riverwalk – This is a vibrant artery that runs through downtown San Antonio. This town has been built up along this waterway for centuries. It is the location of many restaurants, cafes and shops. This walkway also includes the famous Arneson River Theater which hosts free public performances throughout the year.
Gallo Plaza – A large circular park surrounded by retail shops and restaurants in downtown San Antonio at the corner of Durango Street and El Paso Street (next to Rivercenter mall). Spanish Governor’s Palace – situated on Commerce Street directly across from Milam Park, this Texas State Historic Site was constructed between 1749-53 as an administrative building used initially by Spanish colonialists but later served the Mexicans who were in control between 1821-1836.
SeaWorld San Antonio – located on the north-eastern edge of San Antonio near US Route 281 and Loop 410. Situated on 15 acres, this marine life adventure park provides visitors with a variety of shows and exhibits featuring more than 300 species of marine animals as well as educational opportunities such as interactive demonstrations.
The King William District – This historic district lies just south of downtown and has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places . Many homes dating back to the mid 1800’s can be seen along strolling distance from one another in this neighborhood.
San Fernando Cathedral – Established in 1738, it is the oldest existing church in Texas that was designed according to Spanish missions architectural style. It is located among other historic buildings at Military Plaza across from San Fernando City Hall.
Hemisfair Park – This park is located in Mission San Antonio de Bexar and re-located in 1968 to its present location at South Alamo Street and Cesar Chavez Blvd. It commemorates the World’s Fair that was held here between April 6-29, 1968 .
The Spanish Governor’s Palace – situated on Commerce Street directly across from Milam Park, this Texas State Historic Site was constructed between 1749-53 as an administrative building used initially by Spanish colonialists but later served the Mexicans who were in control between 1821-1836.
La Villita – A former residential settlement for early inhabitants of San Antonio, it is now being developed into a showcase of life during Spanish and Mexican rule with shops, galleries and restaurants.
The Majestic Theatre – This theater was built during the Spanish Revival , Art Deco style between 1926-1928 as a vaudeville and movie palace. It is located at 224 E Houston Street in downtown San Antonio.
La Mansion del Rio Hotel – Located on the Riverwalk, this luxury hotel features upscale amenities including fine dining options (José Muldoon’s). During your stay you can browse through their art gallery or just go for a leisurely stroll along the riverwalk.
There are many more to explore in San Antonio Texas! Enjoy!