This sculpture, I read on a plaque somewhere, was a gift of friendship from Mexico. It's not easy to get close and stand right next to it because it's in the middle of a 3 way street. However it's... more
The unique 30-story Tower Life Building was completed in 1929 and originally called the Smith Young Tower. Built as the great depression was beginning, it is said the architect included Medieval... more
Here, in this modern building, is an extensive collection of memorabilia that illustrates the history of all the major cultures that have contributed to Texas. That includes not only Mexican, German,... more
This museum tells the tale of the brave men and women who tamed the Texas frontier. Most famous of all are the legendary Texas Rangers. Here, one can learn about this elite, larger-than-life group of... more
One of the largest Flea Markets in these parts, it extends into three different areas, many many acres of shops selling all sorts of chochkes and if you are a bargain hunter you are in a for an... more
Mission San Jose y San Miguel De Aguayo (known as Mission San Jose) was founded 1720, just two years after the first mission to be built by the San Antonio River and only five miles downstream. The... more
River Cruise - make sure you take a cruise. They pack you tightly onto the boats probably a little too much but its very interesting having everything explained to you as you meander along getting a... more
Brackenridge Park is about 2 miles north of downtown. The park includes a miniature railway which travels around for about 2 1/2 miles, a carousel and skyride and the Japanese Tea Gardens. The latter... more
the famous american short story writer william sidney porter (o' henry) was born in greensboro n.c. he later moved to texas living in austin, houston, and san antonio. during his stay in san antonio... more
Before visiting the Alamo we stopped by the Menger Hotel which is very close by. Open since 1859 it has quite a list of famous people who have slept here, Civil War Generals from both the Union and... more
The San Antonio Arsenal was built in 1859 to provide munitions to the border posts throughout Texas. It was captured by confederate forces before Texas succeeded from the Union and supplied southern... more
Situated on the south edge of the Parade Ground of the Old Post, the museum holds a series of exhibits that go a long ways towards explaining the long varied roles the Fort has enjoyed over time,... more
I decided to tour the missions because of the article in 1000 Things to See Before You Die: USA Edition. There are four churches that make up the mission trail: Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan... more
I thought this is such a lovely idea if you want to see San Antonio as our ancestors did. Although some do not like horses being a beast of burden, I think carriage horses are taken better care of... more
Ballooning - a relaxing float over "Hill Country" - San Antonio/Austin area - at sunrise. Wind and weather determine whether a balloonist will fly. Fortunately we had good weather, a little wind and a... more
Often considered one of the best Gothic revival buildings in the United States, the Emily Morgan Hotel was built in 1926 and was original known as the Medical Arts Building. It is 13 stories high,... more
The Sunken Gardens or The San Antonio Japanese Tea Gardens was built on an abandoned limestone rock quarry with prison labor in 1899.It included walkways, stone arch bridges, an island and a Japanese... more
In 1770 the Ruins of Convento was completed. On the ground floor was various storerooms, while on the first level is where the missionaries lived.
During the 1850’s the mission had an attempt at... more
Another must see on the Riverwalk, is the Hard Rock Cafe. Yes, I went all touristy, and had to have a T'Shirt.. ha,ha...
My visit here was pre vt days, so I don't really have many photos, and have to... more
Enjoy the party at Six Flags, San Antonio Style :). Fiesta Texas was a park in itself that has since been taken over by Six Flags. Progress is for the better for now there are plenty of new and... more
In addition to the Alamo, which was originally established as a mission, there are four other missions just south of downtown San Antonio that you can visit.
Driving down Alamo Street from downtown... more
The oldest building on post at Fort Sam Houston is the Quadrangle which was originally built as a supply depot in 1876-77, but converted to a headquarters later. The building encloses a courtyard area... more
The Guinness World Records Museum is a state of the art, interactive experience that brings the world famous book to life. Explore 16 themed galleries spread over 10,000 sq. feet featuring exhibits,... more
UPDATE (January 2008): We took our son's family to San Antonio for New Year's Eve this year. They were visiting from Chile, so it was quite the spectacle for them. The dazzling Christmas lights strung...
Since its simple beginnings back in 8000 BC when the Paleo Indians hunted and gathered along the San Antonio River called Yanaguana, to 1535 when Spanish explorers crossed paths here, till finally in...
the area around san antonio was first discovered by europeans in 1691. san antonio is named after the italian saint, saint anthony of padua. in 1716 the spanish government of mexico approved a site on...
Sarah and I really love San Antonio. It has a great feel to the city, with plenty of things to see and do. It makes for a great weekend trip for some, and a place where they can spend time and explore...
People say that thanks to its diversity, San Antonio truly captures the spirit of Texas. The diverse cultures of Native Americans, Old Mexico, Germans, the Wild West, African-Americans and the Deep......