For more than 35 years, the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas has offered residents and tourists of San Antonio, Texas, the most breathtaking view of the Alamo City. Visitors dine at the Tower’s revolving restaurant or enjoy the scenery from the observation deck. Now, Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. has taken the experience to a whole new level. Among the improvements are an upscale eatery, banquet facility and a Texas-themed 4-D, multi-sensory theater.
It's the Space Needle, in San Antonio. I've seen two or three of these in various parts of the world, and they're never all that exciting. Somehow, it's larger than the Space Needle, but gets much less pub.
It was made for the 1968 World's Fair, and it was probably much more impressive then.
It's a must see, but don't spend too much time there. Just go up, get a quick shot of the scenery, and move on to more interesting adventures.
As for now I have not gone up to the top of the Tower of the Americas, nor eaten here but I just love the pictures that you can take from MILES away. It's really a neat structure and has a lot of fun history, too. The views of San Antonio are breathtaking from the top, I'm sure. But until the future I cannot vauge for the experience.
Buying a ticket to go up to the observation deck for the beautiful view also gets you a 4D ride called Skies Over Texas, that takes you on a neat HD movie that makes you think you're on the aircraft filming the scenes.
They have a (cheaper) cafe on the first floor of the Tower and then they have the nicer Chart House by Landry's Corp. which usually requires a jacket, or nice dress.
One of my favorite parts of the Tower is the gift shop! :) Gotta love a place to get your San Antonio souvenirs.
A bit of history I collected:
"Tower of the Americas is a 750-foot observation tower/restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. The tower was designed by San Antonio architect O'Neil Ford and was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World's Fair, HemisFair '68. The tower was the tallest observation tower in the United States from 1968 until 1996, when the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower was completed (wikipedia.org).
Essential Details for Visiting:
Ticket includes unlimited access to Observation Deck, Flags over Texas & 4D Theater Ride
Adults $10.95, Seniors & Military $9.95, Children $8.95
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10-11pm
**Be careful with parking, since it's downtown!
Self Parking $11.00 and Special Event $8.00
I've been to a lot of cities all over the world who have their own version of the tower of the americas (i.e. CN tower of toronto, etc.) and what changes with each city is basically the view which is what you go up there for anyway. Other than that there's really nothing great about this structure really. They have a restaurant at the top as well as a special ride wherein they show you like an educational video about Texas but that's about it. The views are okay as you'll get to see the city of San Antonio spread out before you but that's about it. For a fee of USD10.95 I don't think its worth visiting honestly.
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the tower of the americas is located in hemisfair park next to the convention center. the 750 foot tower offers an impressive view of san antonio. the tower also has the chart house restaurant and a bar.
Tower of the Americas takes you 750 feet above San Antonio for a birds eye view of the city. As you streak to the top, a glass sided elevator provides a panoramic view. The tower was constructed for the World HemisFair in 1968.
Atop the tower an outdoor area can be accessed. It was extremely windy the day we visited making this area a quick stop, but inside is a different story--you're sheltered from the wind and audio segments present the city's history as you glimpse the streets below.
picture #2 Scenic plaza with waterfalls
picture #3 Tower view of the city
picture #4 Gift Shop for souvenirs of your visit
At street level, take in the 4-D theatre ride featuring the many different faces of Texas. A combination ticket provides a limitless day pass, which was great for the grandkids. We saw this ingenious film twice due to its "kid appeal".
Hours are Sun.-Thurs. 10am-10pm; Fri.-Sat. 10am-11pm for the 4D theatre ride SKIES OVER TEXAS. Hours are Sun.-Thur. 10am-10pm; Fri.-Sat. 10am-11pm for FLAGS OVER TEXAS observation deck.
Admission is $10.95 for adults; $9.95 for seniors and military; $8.95 for kids. For The Chart House dining room and gift shop hours, check the website.
THE PARKING PRICE FOR VISIT THE TOWER DE LAS AMERICAS..IS
SELF PARKING $6.00
SPECIAL EVENT$11 .OO
THE TOWER TKT INCLUDES UNLIMITED ACCESS TO THE OBSERVATORY WITH 360 GRADE VIEW.. PLUS DESK FLAGS TEXAS, AND THE 4D THEATER RIDE.
OPERATION AND THE PRICES ARE ; ADULT US 10.95, CHILD US8.95 AND SENIORS AND MILITARY US9.95 FOR ALL THE PRICES YOU HAVE TO INCLUDED TAX THAT IS 8.25 MORE
Of course through the years this attraction has revolved into adding improvements, but a special memory for me while on my one day pass as a treat during basic training was me and a fellow trooper dressed in our Blues and after getting on the wrong buses and finally getting on the right bus had arrived at the park, but it wasn't open due to the end of the season. We were both bummed and just kind of wondered around not knowing what to do with ourselves. A park attendant noticed our dismay and asked if we wanted to go up into the tower. After we closed our mouths and got to the top we took in all the wonderful sights from the top. The View is awesome! I think we made that attendants day, as he made our day. Thank you still to this day!
4d Theatre Ride
Adults $6.00 Seniors $5.50 Children $5.50
Adults $5.00 Seniors $4.00 Children $3.00
Tower Combo Pass
(Combo includes access to Observation
Deck, History of Texas & 4-D Theater Ride)
Adults $9.95 Seniors $9.25 Children $7.95
Sun - Thur 10am-10pm
Fri - Sat 10am-11pm
Special Event $11.00
This huge tower, built for the 1968 World's Fair, is a symbol of San Antonio that ranks second only to the Alamo. It stands 750 feet tall. From the top, it offers an awesome view of the entire city. I never visited the restaurant up there, so cannot comment on it.
It's currently closed for renovation. It will reopen in 2007. Please check the website or call the number below for updates.
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