Sights of San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas.  South of Dallas, west of Houston, north of Mexico!

San Antonio is the 7th most populated city in the United States! And it has some wonderful sites to see in the area! Here are just a few –

The Alamo – Originally named Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years. Construction began on the present site in 1724. In 1793, Spanish officials secularized San Antonio’s five missions and distributed their lands to remaining Indian residents. These men and women continued to farm the fields, once the mission’s but now their own, and participated in the growing community of San Antonio.

I took the tour through the Alamo several years ago and enjoyed it immensely!  It was filled with history, and a ton of memorabilia to help you get the true ‘feel’ for the people and  events at the Alamo.

Touring The Alamo

The River Walk – The San Antonio River Walk is a public park, open 365 days a year. It is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath approximately 5 miles of downtown San Antonio.  Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city’s urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels and more. It connects the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall,  Arneson River Theatre and La Villita,  the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery.  Over 20 events take place on the River Walk every year.

The River Walk is a fun place to take a walk or run, ride the gondolas to see the sights, or shop to your hearts content! I’ve heard that it’s especially beautiful at Christmas and can’t wait to experience it this year.  A gondola ride on the river lit by Christmas lights sounds like great fun!!

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio Botanical Garden – Reacquaint yourself with older flower varieties in the Old Fashioned Garden.  Savor sweet fragrances in the Rose Garden.  Engage your senses of touch and smell in the Sensory Garden (Garden for the Blind).  Admire the unique Kumamoto En garden , a gift from San Antonio’s sister city of Kumamoto, Japan, with its finely crafted structures and many symbolic features. Experience the beauty of the Sacred Garden, Shade Garden, Gertie’s Garden and other garden displays.  Learn from the testing and evaluations being conducted in the Watersaver Lane and Ornamental Grass Garden.

I’ve gone to the Garden with my grandkids; they love it because there’s always something new going on.  The Garden is always decked out to celebrate the seasons!

San Antonio Missions– Besides the Alamo, there are four remaining missions that are open to the public, and still operate as active Catholic Churches, offering Mass each Sunday.   According to the National Parks website, many parishioners today are direct descendants of the mission Indians who built the churches.

Beginning in 1690, six missions were established in what is now East Texas. Despite an interval of withdrawal, eastern Texas missions began a period of slow growth. In need of a waystation between these and their source of supply to the west, a failed mission known as San Francisco Solano, was relocated from Coahuila to the San Antonio River and renamed San Antonio de Valero. (It later became known as the Alamo.)

Over the next few years, additional missions were built; they are Concepción, San Juan, and Espada.  The missions flourished between 1745 and the 1780s. Increasing hostility from the mission Indians’ traditional enemy, the Apache, and later the Comanche, coupled with inadequate military support, caused the communities to retreat behind walls. Disease reduced the  native population, accelerating the missions’ decline.

The missions are all located within a few miles of San Antonio.  Although I have not visited all the Missions, I’m anxious to do so to learn more about the San Antonio history.

The above tourist attractions are just a very short list of all that San Antonio has to offer. I can’t wait to experience a lot more of it!  Theme parks, the San Antonio Zoo, the Japanese Garden, so MUCH more!!  Click HERE to check out San Antonio’s tourist site for more information!

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