As we admired San Antonio's cityscape from the Tower of the Americas, we discovered the Alamodome. After doing an internet search, I gathered a bit of information on this huge structure.
The Alamodome comprises 57 acres, can seat more than 65,000 people (72,000 when expanded), has two Olympic-size permanent ice rinks, contains 38 executive suites, 6,000 club seats and Sports Club, hosts concerts, trade shows, professional and college football teams, hockey, speed skating events and the San Antonio Spurs basketball team. It's quite the multi-purpose construction!
The Alamodome was nearly debt-free when it opened in 1993 due to additional sales tax levied on the community in 1989. The first major ice event to be held here was the U.S. Olympics for the speed skating, ice hockey and figure skating competitions in July 1993.
The Mall--Lots of Shopping Here!
River Center is a huge shopping mall containing all your favorite shops! The IMAX theatre is located here, so we strolled through the corridors but didn't have time to shop.
If you do make time for some shopping, you'll find just about anything here. Shops like Aeropostale, Chicos, The Disney Store, Gap, Express, Zales, Foot Locker, American Eagle Outfitters, Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop, Best of San Antonio, Sports Mania, Victoria's Secret, The Body Shop, Sunglass Hut, American Greetings are only a few of the 125 stores.
There is a food court with Starbucks, Dairy Queen, Le Petit Bistro, Great Wraps, Sbarro's Italian Eatery, Philly Grill, Marble Slab Creamery, Nestle Toll House Cafe, Little Tokyo and many, many more. Restaurants are Chili's, Hooters, Luciano's Ristorante Italiano, Morton's-The Steakhouse, Steers and Beers and Tony Roma's Ribs. Bank machines are placed in several areas of the mall, as well as restrooms. You name it!
The Vineyard , Clear Springs...
The Vineyard , Clear Springs Catfish, Alamo Cafe, Naco Mamas
These are all off the riverwalk. If you stay on the river you almosts can't go wrong. Try these others too!
Eating is not to exspensive in SA. The Vineyard is the highest $13. a plate or so-but worth it. All the others are about $7-9 ea. Salmon at the Vinyard, Blackened Catfish @Clear Springs, Chili Reno @Alamo Cafe, Fajitas @Naco Mamas
Promoted as French "fushion", whatever that is. The owner has family ties to Viet Nam, but I just find great French food. Perhaps it means the restaurant is not French Bistro food, but I don't expect this type of menu unless going to a bistro. The place is always packed, mostly with local, frequent customers -- reservations essential. Everything, especially any type of fish offered.
Sea World is a wonderful experience. The shows are both informative and entertaining and especially enjoyable for children. It costs only $3 to feed most of the animals. It has a small water park to cool off in so bring clothes you don't mind getting wet and maybe a towel. A very nice day trip for families ad adults. Ithink this would be fun first date too!