San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. Following the San Antonio River, the miles-long River Walk is a landmark pedestrian promenade lined with cafes and shops. HemisFair Park’s 750-ft. Tower of the Americas overlooks the city.
EXPERIENCE LIFE AS A LOCAL IN THE HEIGHTS
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Venture just north of downtown to stroll the tree-lined streets and quaint cottage districts of Alamo Heights. Located along the main stretch of Broadway, Alamo Heights boasts colorful boutiques, upscale eateries and family-friendly attractions including exquisite art museums like the McNay Art Museum. Adjacent to the Broadway Cultural Corridor, the neighborhood is centrally located, easily accessible and bursting with entertainment for visitors of all ages. A close-knit community, residents welcome visitors to experience life as a local in the Heights. Come see what’s new.
In the past, the headwaters of the San Antonio River that attracted early nomadic Texas Indians also beckoned early settlers. One of these early settlers was George Brackenridge. He built a mansion in the area and named his new neighborhood Alamo Heights. Today, that neighborhood is a city surrounded by San Antonio and filled with locally-owned restaurants, boutiques, museums and parks. All just a few miles north of downtown.
DEEP IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN
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In San Antonio, our roots run deep. Deep in the heart of downtown. And while the River Walk is our most popular attraction, there’s so much more to explore. Alamo Plaza houses one of the city’s five Spanish colonial missions, the Alamo, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On Main Plaza, the San Fernando Cathedral houses the oldest, continuously functioning religious community since 1731. Museums, theatres and art schools liven the scene with art collections, musical and theater performances and classes for the students at heart. And markets fill the streets with local shops, eateries and public artwork to enjoy. Come eat, drink, shop and explore what’s new in downtown.
San Antonio’s story begins with Spanish explorers. In 1691, they named the city in honor of Saint Anthony of Padua because they reached this new land on his feast day, June 13. In 1718, Franciscan priests and a military captain founded Mission San Antonio de Valero – the Alamo – to serve as a midpoint between the missions in northern Mexico and east Texas. At the same time, a presidio was established to protect them. Today, you can visit the Alamo – one of the city’s five missions collectively designated as the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas – and explore the Spanish Governor’s Palace, a landmark that once provided housing for the captain of the presidio and served as headquarters for the soldiers stationed there.
Downtown is a bustling business and leisure district, with eclectic bistros and bars lining the popular San Antonio River Walk. Tours of the Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission, recount the site’s role in an 1836 battle for Texas independence. The ornate, Mediterranean-style Majestic Theatre stages concerts and Broadway shows, and the San Antonio Museum of Art has an international collection spanning centuries.