San Antonio, located in the ferociously independent “Lone Star” state, is a city that manages to effortlessly mix Texas culture with Mexican culture, coming up with its own very unique Tex-Mex flavor. Located in southern Texas the city is home to Texas’ most famous tourist attraction and historic landmark, The Alamo?. The city mixes its history with some slightly more contemporary delights like the carefully crafted 3-mile River Walk?, filled with restaurants, shops, and clubs, the Tower of the Americas? observation deck, which is used to shoot off fireworks during special occasions, and SeaWorld San Antonio? the world’s largest marine-life theme park. Also, throughout the year, many parades and festivals take place in the city's downtown area to commemorate the state's rich cultural background.
On the feast day of St. Anthony in 1691, Spanish explorers discovered the San Antonio River and named it after the Saint. The city started out as a mission when it was built in 1718 by the Spanish. The Battle of the Alamo took place in 1836 during the larger Texas Revolution from Mexico. The Texans lost the battle over the Alamo, but the long delays that it caused for the Mexican army allowed the Texas army to regroup and eventually win the war. Texas remained as a republic for a decade until eventually joining the United States in 1845.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
River Walk is downtown and pedestrian centered, so if you stay in this area, you'll be able access much of what San Antonio has to offer without the stress of traffic.
Tower of the Americas?
Six Flags Fiesta Texas?
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum?
SeaWorld San Antonio?
Located near San Antonio, Natural Bridge Caverns has a variety of experiences for cave buffs'. The main tour is suitable for families. Expect the floors to be wet and the air a bit chilly. This guided tour goes through the North Cavern and involves a bit of climbing up rather steep inclines and a final flight of stairs. We have taken children as young as four and not had any trouble. We carried a younger child. There is also a more adventerous tour for those prepared to climb, crawl and rappel. We have not visited the Jaremy Room, which was opened in 2002. They have also recently added a sluice and climbing wall for children.