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Around Town in San Antonio, Texas

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The Alamo

The Alamo, originally called the Mission San Antonio de Valero was established in 1718 by Spain at a Native American village along the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country. A customary accompanying presidio, San Antonio de Bexar (Bay-her), protected mission endeavors. Today’s city and county names are derived from those 18th-century Spanish beginnings that predate the founding of the United States.

San Antonio River Walk

Take a walking tour of one San Antonio’s most authentic offerings – the River Walk. As you stroll along the manicured paths of the Paseo del Rio, you will also tour through much of Texas’ early history. You’ll see the famous site where Texas fought for its independence, visit one of the most haunted hotels in the world, pass through a local bar where Teddy Roosevelt used to go for a pint, amble through San Antonio’s earliest settlement and a lot more.

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Fiesta San Antonio

This festival held annually in April has been the pride and joy of San Antonio since the 19th century. Events in this fiesta include exciting carnivals, spectacular sports, fantastic fireworks, lively entertainment, ethnic feasts, art exhibits and parades that glide down San Antonio’s River Walk and downtown streets. More than 100 unique events, each produced by a nonprofit organization that gives back to this vibrant city, will satiate every taste and interest.

San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo is one of the premier zoos in North America and it has more than 3,500 animals belonging to 750 different species. This American Zoo and Aquarium Association-accredited zoo, established in 1914, is the first zoo outside of Africa to produce a white rhino calf. A miniature train winds through Brackenridge Park for an 18-minute ride. Wheelchair access, restaurant and a gift shop are available. Open 365 days a year from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (until 6 p.m. during the summer). Admission fee. 3903 N. St. Mary’s, in Brackenridge Park. (210) 734-7184. www.sazoo-aq.org

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SeaWorld San Antonio

A Worlds of Discovery park, SeaWorld San Antonio features popular shows like “Believe,” starring Shamu and companion killer whales. “The Cannery Row Caper” stars sea lions Clyde and Seamore, and “Viva!” features beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins. The Lost Lagoon water park features “Sidewinders,” a multi-flume waterslide; a wave pool; water slides; a family raft ride; a water-play area for kids; “Splash Attack,” a three-story interactive fun house; and “Castaway Cruisin’,” a 3.5-acre floating attraction. Visitors also enjoy “Journey to Atlantis,” “Steel Eel” and “The Great White”—three of Texas’ favorite roller coasters.

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This water park boasts 20 landscaped acres of cool water thrills, including Kid’s Kove, a children’s area with scaled-down rides and slides for the younger set. More than 50 rides include the Siesta Del Rio and the Lone Star Luge, which sends visitors twisting and sliding the length of two football fields. The park also has concession stands, sand volleyball courts and basketball courts. Open weekends mid-April–late May, daily through mid-Aug. and weekends until mid-Sept. Admission fee. I-35 at Coliseum Road. (210) 227-1100. www.splashtownsa.com.

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San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

Enjoy star-studded concerts, carnival, livestock centers, shopping and PRCA rodeo action. AT&T Center, AT&T Center Parkway at E. Houston Street.

San Antonio Museum of Art

Since its opening in 1981, the museum has become home to an array of Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, European and American paintings, contemporary art, Oceanic art, decorative art, and near Eastern and Islamic art. It is housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery, built in 1884. W. Jones Ave., between Broadway and St. Mary’s St. (210) 227-1100. www.samuseum.org.

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Gonzales County

One of Texas’ powerful places of heritage, the Gonzales County seat is the site where, at the start of the Texas Revolution, the first shot was fired and Texans dared Mexican troops to “Come and take it”. The “it” was the cannon that Mexico had given Gonzales to fend off the Indians but then decided to reclaim when the Mexican-Texan relationship deteriorated. Nicknamed the Lexington of Texas, the town was settled in 1825 and named for Rafael Gonzales, who was governor of the joint state of Coahuila-Texas. Around town, find streets named for saints, as is a Mexican custom, and more than 80 markers that tell the story of the Revolution.

San Antonio to Uvalde

Find the junction of the nation’s two longest highways, U.S. 90 and U.S. 83, and you’ve found the town that’s at the southwestern corner of the Hill Country. While Uvalde rests at the edge of desert, the town has a lushness owed to the three lovely rivers that mingle here, the Nueces, the Frio, and the Sabinal. You’ll find the waters perfect for canoeing, tubing, fishing, swimming, and, perhaps most important, reflecting. Nearby are adventurers’ destinations, including Garner State Park and Lost Maples State Park, the latter famous for its sensational fall foliage and a fine stand of relatively displaced big tooth maple trees.

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San Antonio Children’s Museum

This bilingual hands-on museum is in the heart of downtown just a short distance from the Alamo. Children and their families can check out more than 80 interactive exhibits in this great educational resource. Additionally, the museum hosts a number of ever-changing traveling exhibits. (210) 227-1100.

Lakes near San Antonio

Braunig Lake Park, Lake Calaveras, Woodlawn Lake Park, Canyon Lake, and Medina Lake are all located near San Antonio and offer a variety of beautiful locations to stroll on nature trails, fish, camp, picnic, go boating or enjoy birdwatching.

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San Antonio Botanical Garden

Enjoy 33 acres of display gardens, fountains and natural areas (major walkways are wheelchair accessible). Included is the Lucile Halsell Conservatory, a 90,000-square-foot complex of below-ground houses that use the earth’s insulation to limit plant exposure to the elements. Only the pyramidal glass roofs are visible from above ground. Sixteen feet below ground several ecosystems surround a courtyard and pond. Includes a restaurant and gift shop. 555 Funston at North New Braunfels (just north of Fort Sam Houston). (210) 227-1100. www.sabot.org.