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  What to see and do in the Alamo City

 

When you're located in a big state like Texas, it must take a lot to stand out as the second largest city in the state, and in the United States. Visited annually by more than 26 million people, San Antonio is a diverse landscape and a beautiful city. With a rich history and lots of natural geological terrains, it is a lively city to visit.

 

The Alamo: One of the most pivotal points in American History is the battle of The Alamo. It is where a small group of Texans held out for 13 days against the armies of Mexico. The death of these valiant heroes symbolizes courage and sacrifice for our country. Located on Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio, it represents 300 years of history where 2.5 million people annual visit to remember this important time in history.

 

River Walk: Start your trip to San Antonio with a walk below street level. It is a picturesque walk during the day and a party haven by night. Numerous restaurants, shops and hotels line the river walk; making it a hustling and bustling area.

 

Witte Museum: What exactly is South Texas history? For the answer to this question, a visit to the Witte Museum is necessary. Located on the banks of the San Antonio river, it is dedicated to the history, science and culture of the area. The permanent collection focuses on the study of ethnography; the study of social and cultural change, which this region has gone through for many decades .

 

Brackenridge Park: Dating back to land donated in 1899, Brackenridge Park is a 343-acre landmass filled with many outdoor activities. From strolling down the city park, having a lovely afternoon picnic, or horseback riding; there is fun for everyone.

 

Market Square- El Mercado: With Texas having a close proximity to Mexico, it has a rich Spanish influence. El Mercado, or Market Square is an example of this influence. It is where Spanish fruit and vegetable stands sold their goods and would later bring new life to the city as part of an urban renewal project. It is also where many Spanish holidays are celebrated, such as Cinco de Mayo.

 

Mission San Jose: This beautiful piece of architecture is one of the largest Texas mission sites. Dating back to 1720, it is where vast fields and livestock were maintained. The structure represents Spanish Colonial influence with large defensive walls.

 

Natural Bridge Caverns: After a discovery by college students in the 1960's, Natural Bridge Caverns began as an exploration site underneath a 60-foot limestone bridge. It is now an adventure tour for visitors to walk below ground, observing natural land formations which still grow today.

 

San Fernando de Bexar Cathedral: With its unique location in the center of the city, San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral always draws tourists to its doors. Constructed in the 18th century, it is the oldest operating Roman Cathedral church in the United States. There is also a museum attached which tells the history of the Cathedral and Catholicism.

 

Tower of the Americas: Every city has its location for the panoramic views of the area beneath them. For 35 years, the 750-foot tall Tower of the Americas has been providing this jaw dropping view. One can also dine or enjoy the scenery from the observation deck for superb photos.

 

King William Historic District: For a walk back in time, the 25-block area in the Southern bank of the San Antonio River is a glimpse into a rich past. In the late 1800's, the King William District was the most elegant part of the city. German immigrants settled in the area and made it a fashionable district. Elaborate mansions and boutique Bed and Breakfast establishments preserve the elegant ambiance of the area.  

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