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San Antonio, TX Attractions Guide

Welcome to San Antonio

San Antonio HemisfairSan Antonio captures the spirit of Texas. Now the eighth largest city in the United States, the city has retained its sense of history and tradition, while carefully blending in cosmopolitan progress. The city has always been a crossroads and a meeting place. Sounds and flavors of Native Americans, Old Mexico, Germans, the Wild West, African-Americans and the Deep South mingle and merge. Close to twenty million visitors a year delight in the discovery of San Antonio's charms.

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Family Tours

Hello San Antonio
2:00pm to 5:00pm
(available Sunday and Wednesday afternoon)

With just one visit to San Antonio, the city will capture your imagination just as it captures the "Spirit of Texas". This three hour tour will offer you a few stops for photo opportunities. Enjoy a driving tour giving you an overview of the people, history, layout of the city and places to visit. See historic downtown as well as our newest attractions. Drive by the impressive Alamodome, Tower of the Americas, and a mall designed from a limestone quarry. Learn of our specialty restaurants, trolley system and the famous Alamo and then enjoy a brief visit at the Mexican Market... This San Antonio treasure is the largest and oldest Mercado in the United States.

$25.00pp (this includes deluxe motorcoach and professional guide)
$12.00pp for children 5years to 11 years and children under 5 free
Register Online


Missions of San Antonio
2:00pm to 5:00pm
(available Sunday and Wednesday afternoon)

Discover much of our city's beauty and Old World charm while you visit our famous missions. San Antonio is a wonderful reflection of its Spanish Colonial heritage. The beautiful architecture, elaborate churches and friendly people remain as part of the heart and soul of this cultural exchange. Visit Mission San Jose known as the Queen of the Missions and its new Visitor's Center. A brief stop for photos will be offered at Missions San Juan and Espada. Enjoy the tranquility of the Old SpanishAqueduct and then drive by Mission Concepcion as you end your adventure from our 18th century past.

$25.00pp (this includes deluxe motorcoach and professional guide)
$12:00pp for children 5 years to 11 years and children under 5 free
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Viva San Antonio
2:00pm to 5:00pm
(available Wednesday afternoon)

The style of this unique city was born of a heritage that combined the charm of the Old World with the Spirit of the Wild West. With its vibrant mix of cultures, cuisines, history and architecture, this city offers a remarkable experience and will leave you with more than just the 'Alamo' to remember. Spend the afternoon visiting these famous sites:

The Alamo "Shrine of Texas Liberty", Institute of Texas Cultures, as you learn who the Texans really are! End your tour at the magnificent San Fernando Cathedral... the Spiritual Center of our city for over 200 years.

$25.00pp (includes deluxe motorcoach, professional guide and admissions)
$12.00pp for children 5 years to 11 years and children under 5 free
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Other San Antonio Attractions

Visit the Alamo where you'll find relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and narration on the fall of the Alamo. Take a tour through the largest and most spectacular show cavern in Texas at Natural Bridge Caverns. Explore the Riverwalk with 3 miles of unique retail shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Enjoy a breathtaking view of San Antonio from the Tower of the Americas observation deck. You'll be amazed at all there is to see and do with so many attractions in San Antonio.

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Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza • San Antonio • TX 78205
Phone: (210) 225-1391 x34 • Fax: (210) 354-3602
lgarcia@thealamo.org • www.thealamo.org
On the east side of Alamo Plaza is the most famous spot in Texas where 189 defenders fell on March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna’s army. Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) was established in 1718 as the city’s first mission. The chapel, one of the most photographed facades in the nation, and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort. Long Barracks Museum and Library are near the chapel. The museum contains relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and offers narration on the fall of the Alamo. The Alamo is located in the heart of the city, inside beautifully landscaped grounds. Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed December 24 and 25. Admission Free: donations accepted. Call for more information.

Aztec on the River
201 E. Commerce Street, Suite 300 • San Antonio • TX 78205
Phone: (210) 227-3930 • Fax: (210) 271-7077
www.aztecontheriver.com
The Aztec On The River™ is the RiverWalk’s newest, most exciting attraction. This historic 1926 movie palace has been meticulously restored, complete with a Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ. Modern enhancements have been added to create an incredible experience: a FREE multi-million dollar special effects show in the Grand Lobby every 90 minutes, a giant screen theatre with incredible surround-sound, plus unique shopping and dining. Open daily - call for showtimes. Group, senior and military discounts available. On the RiverWalk at the corner of E. Commerce and N. St. Mary’s Streets.

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
318 E. Houston St • San Antonio • TX 78205
Phone: (210) 247-4000 • Fax: (210) 247-4020
bevin@buckhornmuseum.com • www.buckhornmuseum.com
The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum is proud to have been voted "2002 Best Attraction" by the Downtown Alliance/San Antonio. Discover more than 120 years of history.... Texas style. Marvel at two stories of the most exotic collections you've ever seen, from our unique horn collection, to cowboy memorabilia and fish from the Seven Seas. See a two headed calf and a lamb with eight legs! Test your hand in our authentic shooting gallery and arcade. Don't miss the world's only Wax Museum of Texas History. And, don't forget to swing by the Buckhorn Curio Store, where you'll find extraordinary Texas collectibles and authentic Buckhorn souvenirs for the entire family. Located a short two blocks from the Alamo and 50 feet from the River Walk. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or later, Sunday - Thursday; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. or later, Friday and Saturday. Call for exact closing times. Admission: Adults $10.99; seniors(55+) $9.99; Children (ages 3-11) $7.99. Special rates for group of 10 or more, and discounts for Military with ID.

Casa Navarro State Historical Park
228 S. Laredo St. • San Antonio • TX 78207
Phone: (210) 226-4801 • Fax: (210) 226-4801
jose.zapata@tpwd.state.tx.us • www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/jose
The home site of Jose Antonio Navarro (1795-1871), a Texas legislator under Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the U.S. The site of Navarro’s furnished house, first residence, and store. Navarro’s life illustrates Texas’ rich Mexican history and heritage. Conversational tours and exhibits are provided. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday. Admission: $2, children 12 and under free. Adult group rate $1; school groups 50 cents per person.

Enchanted Springs Ranch
242 Hwy 46 West • Boerne • TX 78006
Phone: (830) 249-8222 • Fax: (830) 249-1131 • Toll Free: 800-640-5917
events@enchantedspringsranch.com • www.enchantedspringsranch.com
An authentic old west town right out of the 1800’s used for western films, commercials, and special events. Adults $10, Kids $5. Fee includes a tour of the old west town plus a tractor wagon ride through a working ranch of Texas longhorns, horses, buffalo and lots of exotic animals. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Call for more information.

Fiesta Farm
8497 FM 1560 N • San Antonio • TX 78254
Phone: (210) 316-3166
gloriaduhaime@sbcglobal.net • www.FiestaFarmLC.com
Fiesta Farm is a fantastic new play farm with pony rides, hay ride, petting zoos, a large sandbox and bubble machine. Open to the public on Wednesday and Saturday mornings for $6 per person. Available for School Field Trips with lots of hands-on education. Open year round with a large warm barn and lots of shade. (Other hours available by appointment).
Visit our website at www.FiestaFarmLC.com for more information and lots of photos.

Guenther House
205 E. Guenther • San Antonio • TX 78204
Phone: (210) 227-1061 • Fax: (210) 351-6372
dvaughan@chguenther.com • www.guentherhouse.com

Located on a bend of the the San Antonio River at foot of King William is one od the oldest historic districts in Texas. Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, built this elegant home in 1860. The restored house offers a museum featuring mill memorabilia. Of interest to collectors are the Dresden China anniversary plates made in Germany until WWII. Museum and River Mill store hours: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., Sunday. Restaurant hours: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. Free admission.

Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley's Haunted Adventure, and Davy Crockett's Tall Tales Ride
329 Alamo Plaza • San Antonio • TX 78205
Phone: (210) 226-2828 • Fax: (210) 226-7462
www.haunted-guinness-crockett.com
San Antonio's newest attractions are all three in one location directly across from the Alamo! 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, artifacts, videos, and games all showcasing exciting world records. Ripley's Haunted Adventure is a multi -million dollar special effect haunted house. Climb aboard the three story ride that empties you into a mixture of live actors, special effects, elaborate sets, and animatronics. Guaranteed to bring terror to even the heartiest of souls. Davy Crockett's Tall Tales Ride is a fantatstic theme park style ride through the life and times of Davy Crockett, according to Davy himself. Enjoy a narrated journey through colorful sets, loveable animatronic characters, and an array of special and visual effects. All three attractions are open daily except for Christmas Day. Call for prices and hours of operation.

IMAX Theatre Rivercenter
849 E Commerce, #285 • San Antonio • TX 78205
Phone: (210) 247-4614 • Fax: (210) 227-5432 • Toll Free: (800) 354-4629
cmyers@imax-sa.com • www.imax-sa.com
"Alamo - The Price of Freedom," is a 45-minute docudrama about the 13-day siege and fall of the Alamo. Watch the battle unfold, where 189 defenders who fought and died for the cause of Texas liberty. Other IMAX features, including IMAX 3D, also show. The giant IMAX screen, large film frames and incredible sound system create The IMAX Experience®. Your movie-going experience is so real that yo feel like you are immersed in the film and in IMAX 3D you will want to reach out and touch the images floating toward you. Shows daily from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission: adults $9.25; children (3-11) $6.24; senior (65+) and youth (12-17) $8.33. The prices do not include tax. Advance reservations and assigned seating are available.

Institute of Texan Cultures
801 S. Bowie • San Antonio • TX 78205
Phone: (210) 458-2330 • Fax: (210) 458-2208
www.texancultures.utsa.edu
Celebrate the cultures of Texas at San Antonio’s cultural experience museum! UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures features interactive exhibits, multicultural family programs, fun activities for children, and colorful special events. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras, and don’t be afraid to touch—many of our exhibits feature hands-on elements! Immerse yourself inside our 360° Dome Theater, boasting the technology of 22 screens and 38 projectors and featuring Faces and Places of Texas, a multimedia experience showcasing Texans and special events from around the state. Step into the lives of early Texans on the Institute's outdoor exploration area, the Back 40, and see how early Texans lived at our Living Texas demonstration areas. Learn the stories of multinational Texans firsthand from our character performers! Guided tours are available for groups. The museum’s retail store offers a broad selection of unique Texas gifts, publications, and international gift items. The museum is a short walk from the Alamo and the River Walk through HemisFair Park. Hours of Operation: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday; closed Monday. Admission: Adults, $7; seniors (65 years and older), $4; military personnel (ID required), $4; children 3-12 years of age, $4; tour groups with guide, $4 each person; children 2 years of age and under, free.

King William Historic Area
1032 South Alamo • San Antonio • TX 78210
Phone: (210) 227-8786 • Fax: (210) 227-8030
King.william@sbcglobal.net • www.kingwilliamassociation.org

A 25-block area near downtown on the south bank of the San Antonio River. In the late 1800's the King William District was the most elegant residential area in the city. Prominent German merchants originally settled the area. It was zoned as the state's first historic district, and has once again become a fashionable neighborhood. The area includes the following attractions.

Note - RESTRICTED ACCESS: Motorcoaches/buses may obtain a Historic District Destination Point Permit to drop off and pick-up passengers (using the most direct route from the city designed arterial) for the Steves Homestead by contacting the City of San Antonio Transportation Dept. at 210-207-7378 or 210-207-7379.

King William Historic District
1032 S. Alamo • San Antonio • TX 78210
Phone: (210) 227-8786 • Fax: (210) 227-8030
king.william@sbcglobal.net • www.kingwilliamassociation.org

A 25-block area near downtown on the south bank of the San Antonio River. In the late 1800's the King William District was the most elegant residential area in the city. Prominent German merchants originally settled the area. It was zoned as the state's first historic district, and has once again become a fashionable neighborhood. The area includes the following attractions.

Note - RESTRICTED ACCESS: Motorcoaches/buses may obtain a Historic District Destination Point Permit to drop off and pick-up passengers (using the most direct route from the city designed arterial) for the Steves Homestead by contacting the City of San Antonio Transportation Dept. at 210-207-7378 or 210-207-7379.

La Villita
418 Villita #900 • San Antonio • TX 78205
Phone: (210) 207-8612 • Fax: (210) 207-4390
www.lavillita.com
A unique arts and crafts community with shops, working artists, restaurants and a post office. The Old San Antonio Exhibit (located in Bolivar Hall) houses a collection of art objects, artifacts and symbols relevant to the history. This beautifully landscaped historic district offers leisurely shopping, dining and five rental venues for special events. Shops open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Closed holidays.

Market Square - El Mercado
514 W. Commerce • San Antonio • TX 78207
Phone: (210) 207-8600 • Fax: (210) 207-4287
www.marketsquaresa.com
From early morning until late at night, Market Square is alive with activity. Visitors browse through the 32 shops at "El Mercado," an area patterned after an authentic Mexican market. In addition, there are 80 specialty shops in Farmers Market Plaza. Market Square is also the scene of many Hispanic festivals where food and beverage booths spring up alongside the Guadalajara lamps and the strains of mariachi music blend with the excitement of Mexican dances. Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., summer; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., winter. Stores closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.

McNay Art Museum
6000 N New Braunfels • San Antonio • TX 78209
Phone: (210) 805-1761 • Fax: (210) 805-1760
www.mcnayart.org
Mediterranean mansion with patio, gardens and an impressive collection of post-impressionist paintings. Number of guests: 112 seated Brown Gallery; 32 Sculpture Gallery; 400 reception using interior garden.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., ; Thursday 10a.m.-9p.m.; Saturday 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday 12 noon-5p.m.

Mission Concepción
807 Mission Rd. at Felisa St. • San Antonio • TX 78210
Phone: (210) 534-1540

This handsome church looks essentially as it did 200 years ago. From 1731, religious festivals were held as friars strove to replace traditional Native American ritual by the demonstration of Christian ideals. Remnants of wall and ceiling paintings in the surviving rooms of the mission’s convento have been conserved. Wayside exhibits lead visitors around the grounds and through the various rooms. The site also features a visitor contact station and a sales area.

Mission San Francisco de la Espada
10040 Espada Rd. • San Antonio • TX 78214
Phone: (210) 627-2021

In 1731, after their retreat from East Texas, the founders of San Francisco de los Tejas moved the mission to the San Antonio River and renamed it San Francisco de la Espada. Espada appears as remote today as it did in the mid 1700s. It boasts the best preserved segments of the historic acequias (the irrigation system designed to provide water for crops) part of which includes the still working Espada dam and aqueduct. The Espada Aqueduct, which carries water from the San Antonio River across Piedras Creek, continues to feed the original mission irrigation system. Espada Dam, built between 1731 and 1740, is the best existing example of the four Franciscan-designed dams placed on the San Antonio River. The dam is still in use today. Combined, these structures represent perhaps the best surviving physical assembly of an 18th century Spanish irrigation network in the United States. In 1995, the ranch that once supported Mission Espada, Rancho de las Cabras near Floresville, became part of the National Historical Park and is currently open on a limited basis.

Mission San José
6701 San Jose Dr. • San Antonio • TX 78214
Phone: (210) 932-1001

Founded in 1720 by Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús, San José became the largest and best known of the Texas Missions and was viewed as the model among Texas missions. After early setbacks, 300 inhabitants were sustained by the vast fields and herds of livestock. A visitor in 1777 referred to the structure as the "Queen of the Missions." The carvings on the church are notable features. The famous "Rose Window" is considered one of the finest pieces of Spanish Colonial ornamentation in the country. Other features are the convento area and the stairway to the belfry and choir loft - each of the 25 risers was hand-hewn from a single live-oak log and constructed without nails or pegs. Also featured is a granary with flying buttresses, a gristmill, restored defensive walls, and quarters.

Mission San Juan Capistrano
9101 Graf Rd. • San Antonio • TX 78214
Phone: (210) 534-0749

Established along the banks of the San Antonio River in 1731 after relocation from East Texas. With a rich farm and pasture lands it became a regional supplier of agricultural produce, which helped support the missions, local settlements and presidio garrisons. The chapel, with its open bell tower is still in use. A more elaborate church was never completed. The site includes a self-guided nature trail.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Road • Natural Bridge Caverns • TX 78266
Phone: (830) 438-7400 • Fax: (830) 438-3494
GotAQuestion@WildlifeRanchTexas.com • www.wildliferanchtexas.com
Have you ever dreamed of going on an African Safari? Well ... Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is your dream come true, only Texas Style. With hundreds of animals from all over the world roaming freely in the picturesque Texas Hill Country. Animals are enticed to come up for nose to nose encounters with the complimentary feed given upon entrance. The Petting Zoo and Walk-a-Bout areas are included in admission and everyone is invited to travel through the Ranch as many times as they would like during their visit. Admission is $14.50 for adults, $7.00 for children (3-11 years) and $13.00 for seniors (65+). Texas' most visited safari park is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, with extended summer hours of 9 am to 6:30 pm (Memorial Day-Labor Day).

Old Spanish Trail
3400 Fredericksburg Rd. • San Antonio • TX
Phone: (210) 735-3503
ost100kahl@aol.com • www.oldspanishtrailcentennial.com
During the 1920s San Antonio's Gunter Hotel was the headquarters for the building of the southern U.S. transcontinental Auto Highway commemorated by the 0-Mile Stone on City Hall lawn. From St. Augustine, Florida to San Diego, California, the Old Spanish Trail links cities of Spanish conquest and settlement. The OST enters San Antonio on Seguin St. along I-35, proceeds south on New Braunfels Ave. to Houston St., west on Houston to Flores St., north along Flores and out Fredericksburg Rd., I-10 and Boerne Stage Rd. into the hill country. A decorative stone bench recognizing the OST is located at 3400 Fredericksburg Rd.
To see a map, click on maps.sanantonio.gov.

Plaza Wax Museum & Ripley's Believe It or Not
301 Alamo Plaza • San Antonio • TX 78205
Phone: (210) 224-9299 • Fax: (210) 224-1516
janiewax@sbcglobal.net • plazawaxmuseum.com
The Plaza Wax Museum and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Two premiere attractions located in the heart of downtown - just across the street from historic Alamo Plaza., the RiverCenter Mall and the famous River Walk. Our Plaza Wax Museum features a collection of wax figures displayed within themed sections of Hollywood, Children's land of Make Believe, Freedom's Journey (contains a 66-foot wall mural dedicated to our country's history), Horror (optional section), History, Religion (this section contains The Passion of Christ - the Last Supper, Cruxification and Resurrection and much more!) Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Allows you to discover one-of-a-kind oddities, curiosities and illusions gathered from all over the world by Robert Ripley. There are over 500 exhibits - one of the largest in the world! Open daily - opening and closing times vary with the season so call for opening and closing times Admission prices are as follows: $17.95 plus tax, Adult combination ticket and $9.95 plus tax, child combination ticket (ages 4-12). Under three is free. Single attractions tickets: $13.95 plus tax adults and $6.95 plus tax children (ages 4-12). Group rates offered. Private receptions, birthday parties, etc., are welcome.

River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)
110 Broadway, Suite 440 • San Antonio • TX 78205
Phone: (210) 227-4262 • Fax: (210) 212-7602
admin@paseoderio.com • www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Paseo Del Rio in the heart of downtown, is the pride of the city. Lush green foliage lines the banks of this peaceful, historic river. Cobblestone walkways lead visitors to the river-level restaurants and shops. The river bubbles to the surface on the grounds of the University of the Incarnate Word and flows to downtown, threading its way through the city one level below the hustle and bustle of city streets. First called Yanaguana by the Payaya Indians, meaning "place of refreshing waters." Along the horseshoe shaped riverbend, the river is shaded by towering cypresses, oaks and willows and bordered by gardens of flowering ornamental plants. River cruisers travel the River Walk s three miles past unique retail shops, restaurants and nightclubs. See Rio San Antonio Cruises, listed in Activites and Rides.

San Antonio Botanical Garden, Lucile Halsell Conservatory
555 Funston • San Antonio • TX 78209
Phone: (210) 207-3255 • Fax: (210) 207-3274
www.sabot.org
This 33-acre living museum, one can enjoy colorful seasonal floral displays, a serene native forest walk, exotic plant specimens from around the world, modernistic glass pyramids, and even an authentic log cabin. Highlights include the Old Fashioned Perennial Garden, Rose Garden, Sacred Garden, Garden for the Blind, Kuamoto En (an authentic Japanese Garden), and extensive native collections representing the hill Country, East Texas and Southwest Texas. The futuristic Lucile Halsell Conservatory features plants from around the world displayed in the Exhibit Room, Desert Pavilion, Tropical Forest Room, Palm House and Fern Grotto. The Aquatic Garden Pool is the central feature of the Conservatory Courtyard. The historic Carriage House, your entry point to the Garden, also includes the gift shop and restaurant (kitchen closed Mondays). Garden is open every day from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Christmas and New Years's Day. Admission: Adults $6.00; Children (3-13 yrs) $3.00; Seniors (55 yrs and up) $4.00; Student/Military (with ID card) $4.00. Tour rates available.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
2202 Roosevelt Ave. • San Antonio • TX 78210
Phone: (210) 534-8833 • Fax: (210) 534-1106
www.nps.gov/saan
The chain of missions established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century are reminders of one of Spain’s most successful attempts to extend its New World dominion from Mexico. Representing both church and state, these missions were charged with converting the local Native Americans, collectively called Coahuiltecans, into devout Catholics and productive members of Spanish society. More than just churches on the Spanish Colonial frontier, the missions also served as vocational and educational centers, economic enterprises involved in agricultural and ranching endeavors and regional trade. They were the greatest concentration of Catholic missions in North America and formed the foundation for what is today the thriving city of San Antonio. The park contains the historically and architecturally significant structures of missions Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada. Other important cultural resources included are the historic Espada Dam and Aqueduct, acequia (irrigation) systems and the Rancho de las Cabras. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Free admission. The visitor center is located next to Mission San Jose and contains a theater showing a 20-minute depiction of early life at the mission, a museum and book shop more info... .

San Antonio Museum of Art
200 W Jones • San Antonio • TX 75215
Phone: (210) 978-8100 • Fax: (210) 978-8101
info@samuseum.org • www.samuseum.org
A castle-like building housing a collection ranging from ancient art to Mexican folk art. Original home of Lone Star Brewing Company. Elegant setting for indoor/outdoor themes. Number of guests: 60, indoors; 1,000 outdoors.

San Antonio Zoo Eagle
3810 N. St. Mary's St. • San Antonio • TX 78212
Phone: (210) 735-7455 • Fax: (210) 734-7291
www.sazoo-aq.org

Miniature railway travels 2 1/2 miles and crosses the San Antonio River Twice. Hours of operations: 9 am - 5 pm Winter; 9 am - 6 pm Summer, 365 days a year (weather permitting). Closes 1/2 hour after Zoo gates closes. Admission: adults $2.25; children (3-11) $2. Other Park attractions listed alphabetically include the San Antonio Zoo, Sunken Gardens, and Witte Museum.

San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium
3903 N. St. Mary's St. • San Antonio • TX 78212
Phone: (210) 734-7184 • Fax: (210) 734-7291
www.sazoo-aq.org
Ranked as one of the best zoos in the nation exhibiting over 3,500 animals of 750 species. At the headwaters of the San Antonio River, the zoo encompasses 35 landscaped acres. Includes one of the largest bird collections in the world. The Zoo has a magnificent mini-zoo designed specifically for children under 5, Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot. Open 365 days a year. Hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. from Labor Day to Memorial Day; 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission: adults $9; seniors (62+) and children (3-11) $7; military $8; under 2 free. Group rates available.

Southwest School of Art & Craft
300 Augusta • San Antonio • TX 78205-1296
Phone: (210) 224-1848 • Fax: (210) 224-9337
sglatman@swschool.org • www.swschool.org
Visitors can see free contemporary art exhibitions and lectures by visiting artists, and scroll the picturesque grounds of the historic Ursuline Campus, once a girls's school and convent. Guided tours (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. by appointment), a sales gallery and a weekday lunch restaurant are available. Exhibition hours: 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. Sales Gallery open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday. Free admission.

Spanish Governor's Palace
105 Plaza de Armas • San Antonio • TX 78205-2412
Phone: (210) 224-0601 • Fax: (210) 223-5562
www.sanantonio.gov/sapar
A national historic landmark, labeled"the most beautiful building in San Antonio" by the National Geographic Society, it once housed the officials of the Spanish Province of Texas. Over the entrance is the original keystone which contains the carved, double-headed eagle of the Hapsburg coat-of-arms and the inscription, in Spanish, "finished in 1749." Distinguishing features include period furnishings and a cobblestone patio with fountain and foliage. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission: adults $1.50, children (7-13) 75 cents.

Sunset Station
1174 E Commerce • San Antonio • TX 78205
Phone: (210) 222-9481 • Fax: (210) 223-6194
www.sunset-station.com
Sunset Station, nestled in the historic St. Paul district, offers you a unique experience in downtown San Antonio. Visit our venue to enjoy dining at Aldaco’s fine Mexican Cuisine or Ruth’s Chris Steak House or experience a self paced walking tour to marvel at the turn of the century architecture; or catch a concert of a nationally recognized touring act which range from blues to country to alternative to rock. Free evening shuttle service is available, just ask your concierge or we are also a stop on the yellow trolley line. Planning a meeting or bringing a convention to San Antonio? Sunset Station blends the romance of the Hispanic culture with the charm of South Texas to be your prime destination in downtown San Antonio to create your own historic event. Please call or visit the website for more information on our banquet space, catering, or concert series.

Tower of the Americas
600 HemisFair Park • San Antonio • TX 78205
Phone: (210) 223-3101
www.toweroftheamericas.com
The Tower, 750 ft. tall, offers a panoramic view of San Antonio and the surrounding area. Glass-walled elevators ascend over 500 feet to the restaurant and observation level. It was the theme structure for HemisFair in 1968, and symbolizes the progress made by the confluence of civilizations in the Western Hemisphere.

 
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