Livestock Show and Rodeo San Antonio
San Antonio can throw in a party with style.... for those with a cowboy or cowgirl heart we offer the world class Livestock Show and Rodeo. It's an amazing two week event that offers fun and entertainment for the whole family. You can enjoy just touring the lifestock, or watching the rodeo, or listening to the live tunes of your favorite country musician.
MISSION TRAIL - In addition to...
MISSION TRAIL - In addition to the Alamo, which is managed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, four other San Antonio missions form the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. They were established by Franciscan friars in the early 18th Century. A map for the Mission Trail driving route (signed on city streets) is available from the Visitor Information Center. Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisma Concepcion. Established in 1731, more than 20 years under construction. Massive church with twin towers and cupola is oldest unrestored stone church in U.S., standing as completed in 1755. Adjacent cloister arcade is partly restored. Church acoustics are equated with the Mormon Tabernacle. 807 Mission Rd.Mission San Francisco de la Espada. Also established 1731, favorite of many students of Spanish period in Texas, and popular with photographers. The little church building, restored several times, is still in use. Ruins of walls that once surrounded the mission compound; foundations of a granary; baluarte, or fortified tower, can still be seen. Espada Rd. south. Near the mission is an aqueduct over Piedras Creek, part of mission's irrigation system built in 1740s. System includes dam on San Antonio River and acequia (irrigation ditch) still in use after more than 200 years. The aqueduct is a National Historic Landmark. Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo. Known as the Queen of Missions, is both a State and National Historic Site. Founded 1720; church built between 1768-82. Entire mission compound has been restored, including outer wall with Indian dwellings, granary and workshops. Rebuilt flour mill outside north wall was originally constructed about 1790, first in Texas. Visitors are fascinated by rich facade of domed church, and by sculptured exterior of sacristy window known as the Rose Window, or Rosa's Window. In granary is model of mission as it looked in late 1700s. 6701 San Jose Dr. at Mission Rd. Visitor center open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. For information, call 210/932-1001. Mission San Juan Capistrano. Like both Espada and ConcepciSn, established 1731. Extensive restoration work has been carried out. Besides charming little chapel with open bell tower, there are ruins of a larger church that was never completed. Restored missionary residence displays artifacts from Spanish colonial period. Church still serves community of Berg's Mill, now part of city. Graf Rd. off Mission Rd.
Going to Mexico??? Try Autobuses Americanos
If you are coming from or going to Mexico by bus, then I suggest you use Autobuses Americanos, which offer reliable bused to Monterrey, Mexico and beyond. They're located downtown on 301 Broadway, between 3rd and 4th St.
Sample prices in USD and times as of December 30, 2002:
San Antonio to Monterrey Mexico - 8 hrs - $36
San Antonio to Mexico City - 20 hrs - $92
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Your best bet on the Riverwalk
If you enjoy the atmosphere on the Riverwalk but still want good food, Boudro's probably is your best option. It's slightly more expensive than the other restaurants around, but the food is also much better. The menu has some very interesting items on it, most of it being Tex-Mex with a refined twist. If you order guacamole, the waiter will come to your table with a service tray and prepare it right in front of you! They also offer a nice selection of Texas wines. Definitely one of my favorites in downtown San Antonio! You can't go wrong with the fresh guacamole!
Being the first time I have been to the Alamo, I was very much suprised by what I found. Due to watching Pee Wee's Big Adventure and laughing at the silly Alamo guide in the movie, I pictured this fast-paced, cool kind of tour. First, you don't have to take a tour, you can just walk right in free of charge. Secondly, it is a MUCH more sober atmosphere than I was expecting. Little did I know, but the Alamo (rightly so) is a memorial to those who lost their lives in the battles. Davey Crockett was the most famous, followed by Jim Bowie, who the "Bowie" knife is named after. There are no photograhs allowed inside, but the front entrance has camera clickers galore. Inside there are seperate rooms with artifacts, mainly from Davey Crockett, but also the histroy of the building. Of course, even without Pee Wee flying through on his red bike, the Alamo should be your first stop in San Antonio.