One of those little details that the Riverboat guides like to point out is this lovely little jut of land that sticks out into the Riverwalk with some pretty impressive trees that outline this little oasis. It is called the Marriage Island and it is said that whoever is married here will have a long and happy life together.
It's located behind the Hotel Contessa
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As you probably notice as you guild ever so slightly under at three historical iron bridges. These bridges date back as far 1880. They are an intricate part of the Riverwalk and are continuously maintained within keeping of their historical detail.
Presa Street Bridge, Augusta Street Bridge, and Commerce Street Bridge are the oldest.
Robert H. H. Hugman was considered the father of the Riverwalk. It was his vision and genius that came up with the design that transformed the riverwalk what it is today at the tender age of 27 in 1929. Much of his engineering knowledge came into play to the construct ion of floodgates that could regulate the water level. It was also his vision to model the Riverwalk like many of the old cities of Spain to contain some of nicest shops, restaurants and family entertainment. Unfortunately, he was fired due to some differences before the project could be completed.
The Clifford building was built in 1893 and was his former riverside office and you can still see Hugman's name inscribed along the balcony of the turreted building on W. Commerce at the bridge.
The Republic of Texas Restaurant & Nightclub is established in this building that caters to Tex-Mex-Southern food. 526 River Walk San Antonio, Texas 78205
The Ursuline Sisters who founde San Antonio's first school for girls in 1851 would surely be pleased to see their beautiful old convent alive once more with learning. The sisters may have moved on but the historic campus has become the Southwest School of Art and Craft. Visitors are welcome whether their interest is in the work that is being done there now or in the graceful architecture of the limestone buildings, the beautiful chapel with some of the original stained glass windows, and the tranquil gardens and courtyards. As well as a changing programme of exhibitions there's a cafe, a Gallery Shop and a small museum. Guided tours of the complex are on offer too. This is a lovely, peaceful place, well worth seeking out when you are in San Antonio.
Address: 300 Augusta, San Antonio TX 78205
Guided tours (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. by appointment)
Exhibitions open: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday- Saturday; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.
Visitors Center Museum open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday. Shop open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday.
Just 50 miles from San Antonio , the small town of Fredericksburg was once another world. Unlike San Antonio's Spanish beginnings, Fredericksburg was founded by Germans in 1846. Mostly liberal, educated Prussians, the settlers were granted land for a farm and a small holding in the town.
In the beginning a single church, known as the Vereins's Kirche - the Society Church - served all the different groups of the community - even the Catholics- each taking their turn for their services. As the settlement prospered, the different denomination built their own church and the Verein's Kirche eventually fell into disrepair and was demolished in the 1930s. Now rebuilt, the church is both a distinctive landmark in the town and an interesting little museum.
Vereins Kirche Museum
Centre of Marktplatz in the 100 block of W. Main
Open: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday 1 - 4 pm
The Pioneer Museum, just a couple of blocks further down Main Street, tells of the lives of those pioneers. Housed in a lovingly restored collection of original buildings from the town and the surrounding district - farmhouses, a Sunday house, a schoolhouse, a barn, a store, etc, all set in several acres of gardens planted with native and historically accurate plants and trees- it is a delight, full of domestic detail and charm. A short explanation of the museum is given as you enter, after that you are free to wander as you like.
309 W. Main St.
Open Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm
I do not know if you are familiar with the tradition of the Tussaud's, but many of their museums are located across the country and across world in fact. This museum boast 225 life like figures that represent many popular individuals of past or present day by giving each figure complete attention to detail of all there character features. Its unbelievable how life like they are. So check it out!
301 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
Across From The Alamo
I have seen these museums all over the country. One in Hollywood, Vegas, Canada and now San Antonio. Although, these museums are fascinating, but a little scary too. So be prepared. I know it scared me...lol!
301 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
Across From The Alamo
As you wonder either to and from the downtown area, enjoy many of the historic buildings that surround a square or plaza topped off with a beautiful fountain. The Bexar County Courthouse 1731-1978 is just on of many structures that are truely buildings of art. As quoted from a web page listed below: "The Wharton Independent, in 1888 observed: "It has been truly said that the glory of a people is inspired by the genius of their institutions, by the monuments they build and the edifices they erect . . . How well it is then, in this era of progress, that we people of Wharton should set up in our gateway a structure that shall proclaim to the world our advanced ideas, our high conception of patriotism, and our love for the beautiful in art . . . Build, build high this temple of justice, that the virtues of our people may endure forever." I think this illustrates the pride of past, present, and future citizens of San Anotonio have for their city.
Located Main Plaza, San Antonio TX 78205
Well, I thought I would post pictures of the Convention Center as I've come here many times for the bigger conventions in San Antonio. The biggest one being TMEA, or Texas Music Educators Association. Since a lot of people visit San Antonio for business first, the convention center and connecting hotels are right on the River Walk! So, when it's time for sightseeing, dinner, or a drink after the seminars it's right there.
Just some fun information from the website:
-The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (HBGCC) plays host to more than 450 events each year with over 750,000 convention delegates from around the world.
-The HBGCC once built as part of the 1968 HemisFair is but a memory as it has expanded into a beautifully decorated and spacious facility.
-The HBGCC spans an impressive 1.3 million square feet to include 63 meeting rooms, 3 beautiful ballrooms, 4 exhibit halls with a contiguous space of approximately 440,000 sq. ft. and 7 registration areas.
-The HBGCC complex also features the Lila Cockrell Theatre, a 2,521-seat Performing Arts Theatre.
If you're planning on visiting the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in full then you will come upon the Espada Aqueduct. You actually see parts of it at each misison as it (expertly) flows continuously, and has since the 1700s.
"The Espada Acequia, or Piedras Creek Aqueduct, was built by Franciscan friars in 1731. It was built to supply irrigation water to the lands near Mission San Francisco de la Espada. The acequia is still in use today and is an Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and a National Historic Landmark." (Taken from Wikipedia link below)
Without this aqueduct life in this dry, hot area would have been next to impossible. The successful missions were built well, using expertise that is now evident in modern technologies.
It's a very peaceful stop on the Mission Trail. It's a bit off the beaten path, not on a regular, busy San Antonio street. It was a beautiful area, but being there alone was different and I was a bit uncomfortable. If going again, I would definitely go with a friend. But it's a nice stop and photo opportunity. I believe there are even picnic tables here in the area with the historic markers.
While I was exploring the Missions Trail I found these tin men in a field by the Mission San Juan. It was funny to see them in the middle of a field so I had to pull over on my leisure trip. San Juan is a bit off the beaten path, far from the main, busy city roads. So, it's quite the cute sight and it's probably even more fun with the kiddos.
Although it is connected with the San Antonio Missions National Park, Espada Dam is not a mission, and is sometimes overlooked. However, to me it was one of the more beautiful parts of the whole mission trail. The sound of the running water at the dam was very peaceful. In fact, I bet it would make a very nice picnic spot!
The dam was built bewtween the years 1731 and 1740. It helped provide water for the missions and their crops. It is said to be "the best existing example of the four Franciscan-designed dams and is still in use today" (www.visitsanantonio.com).
Also at the dam is the Kennedy Memorial Tree dedicated to President JFK, John F Kennedy who was assassinated in Dallas, Texas in 1963.
This place is amazing and right in the heart of the artist district of San Antonio! A must-go in the Spring, it's in walking distance of the S.A. Zoo, so stop here if you have the time. The garden features beautiful flowers, ponds, and a waterfall to enjoy. They're opening up the reconstructed home of the Japanese family that once lived on the land, which is a very interesting tale of San Antonio history. Other than that, there really isn't any other attraction on the garden, but it's still worth the look. I come here to study, do photography, and get fresh air. There's also little hidden paths you can duck into that will lead you out to a road that connects to Brackenridge Park. Don't be alarmed if you see black cats! They're everywhere, but skiddish. All in all, this place is gorgeous and a nice break from the city. Best of all it's FREE!
Near our hotel we saw this statue of Samuel Gompers, the founding President of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and it's President from 1886 until his death in San Antonio in 1924. The statue has Gompers in the center surrounded by what I thought were children but it appears that there are children and laborers all of whom are less than 1/2 of his height .
At the base of the statue there is the following quote from Samuel Gompers:
“What does labor want?
We want more school houses and less jails
More books and less guns
More learning and less vice
More leisure and less greed
More justice and less revenge
We want more ... opportunities to cultivate our better natures”
This is another away from downtown spot that is my favorite in the city. The Rim is a gorgeous shopping center that has a high-end movie theatre, Jc Pennys, Ross, Cost Plus World Market, and plenty of eateries too. Maggiano's will be there soon along with Lion Rose, and some others. Across the way is La Cantera mall near the Westin Resort. My favorite mall in the city.
Take 10W to La Cantera/Fiesta Texas to the Rim. Its a nice drive from downtown (30mins) but well worth the visit.