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Visiting San Antonio, Texas: What to Enjoy While in The Alamo City

San Antonio is a charming and historic city in Texas. My future husband spent many childhood years there. It has the Alamo and so much more!

The Alamo

The Alamo

The Alamo City

San Antonio is a large spread out metropolis named after Saint Anthony by the Spanish missionaries of early years. It is a blending of the old and the new with many influences of its historical past.

Most people hope to see the Alamo when planning a visit to San Antonio, Texas. It is a relatively well-known icon of this city, aptly nicknamed "the Alamo City."

The Alamo was one of several Catholic Spanish missions in the area and is now in downtown San Antonio. When first built, lands were surrounding it, and the nearby river, which would have furnished fresh water for the mission inhabitants, was nearby.

It became well known when this particular mission became a stronghold fort for Davy Crockett, William Travis, James Bowie. They, along with others, fought to defend these lands in the Texas Revolution against the much stronger Mexican forces commanded by Santa Anna back in 1836 during the famous Battle of the Alamo.

Visualizing the Alamo, because of the many films popularized by such actors as John Wayne, it was a shock the first time I laid eyes upon it. While the Alamo and a few adjacent structures of what once was the mission is intact, the modern city of San Antonio has been built up and surrounds it with streets and buildings tightly nestled up against it.

The Alamo is a preserved historical site owned by Texas and operated by the Texas General Land Office. The pockmarked stone exterior shows some of the old battle scars, and it has a hallowed type of feeling when walking through it, knowing of its history as a mission and then the place where many people lost their lives.

San Antonio Missions

There are four more missions, in addition to the Alamo. They are all a part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. These missions can be toured at no cost and are also active churches. Church services, marriages, and other things still happen at these locations.

In my opinion, the mission tour is definitely worth a bit of time to see if one likes buildings of historic nature. They include: Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada.

The famous Riverwalk

The famous Riverwalk

San Antonio RiverWalk

The Riverwalk, also known as Paseo del Rio, a portion of which meanders through the downtown section of San Antonio, is capitalized upon and marketed to full effect.

Those who ride the boats, dine at the numerous riverside cafes, attend performances at the outdoor Arneson River Theater, wander along the tropically landscaped banks of the San Antonio River, or gaze down upon it from the streets above are in for a real treat. It is a must-see destination if planning a visit to this city!

One can even stay at a hotel right on the river if desired. It makes for easy access to numerous sites of interest located in that central location and will make for a memorable stay in the Alamo City.

Be sure and set aside some time to walk through the first neighborhood of San Antonio. It is called La Villita, and it is located directly above the Arneson River Theater on the RiverWalk. Today it is a vibrant arts community, and the old buildings contain a treasure trove of uniquely handcrafted gifts for those who wish to take away a souvenir with some local flavor.

Tower of the Americas

For anyone wishing to have a bird's eye view of San Antonio, a trip to the Tower of the Americas is a must. It is the tallest skyscraper in San Antonio, standing at 750 feet (228 m) in height. The tower became the main iconic structure as a part of the world's fair titled HemisFair in 1968. It still serves people today with an observation deck as well as a revolving restaurant at the top.

The RiverWalk now extends into this southeastern part of downtown San Antonio, adding to the water features in HemisFair Park.

HemisFair Park is a short distance from the Alamo. The city's convention center is there, along with the Institute of Texan Cultures, which was initially the Texas pavilion for HemisFair. One can see and learn much about the history of Texans by viewing the exhibits displayed there.

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Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

Brackenridge Park

Brackenridge is a grand old park consisting of 343 acres of land named after one of the original donors, George Brackenridge.

It is here that you find the San Antonio Zoo. It was one of the first zoos in the country to keep many animals in humane cage-less types of enclosures. Like many zoos, especially in our moderate southern climates, it also supports beautiful botanical exhibits and specimens throughout the park-like setting.

The Japanese Tea Gardens are a site worth visiting within the park. It is an old quarry and has water features, spectacular stone bridges, Koi fish, and beautiful plants. I well remember my first visit there as a young teenager. The exotic beauty of the place amazed my family and me. There is no charge to visit these gardens.

Naturally, there are many picnic areas within the park, trails, playgrounds, a softball field, and even a golf course. Brackenridge Park is a very family-friendly place where one can spend hours or days of enjoyable time doing various activities.

Zoo train in Brackenridge Park

Zoo train in Brackenridge Park

Theme Parks

For good family fun that has nothing to do with the historic nature of San Antonio, one can plan to spend a day or more at one of the city's theme parks.

SeaWorld San Antonio is all that one might expect. There are the beluga and killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, penguins, and many more animals to be seen as one might expect. Different shows and exhilarating rides can keep one entertained happily for an entire day or even multiple days of fun. For those who live nearby or plan numerous visits, a season pass purchase makes economic sense.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is also in San Antonio. For thrilling roller coaster rides, shows, and water park fun, this is another theme park where one can easily spend a day or days. It covers an area of 200 acres.

Both of these theme parks have food concessions, and studying a map and planning one's day is probably a good idea to take in the shows one might wish to see amidst the other offerings.


The San Antonio Spurs are well known to basketball fans. They have won five NBA championships from their first title in 1999 to their last (to date) in 2014 and continually rank among the top-tiered winning teams, almost always making the playoff games. My mother-in-law, who lived in San Antonio for most of her adult life, was an avid Spurs fan.

There are also some minor leagues in such sports, such as hockey and rugby.
There is no professional football or baseball, but that doesn't keep parents and fans from cheering on their high school teams throughout the year. High school football is big business in Texas!


Among the art museums in San Antonio, the McNay Art Museum is a personal favorite. My husband remembers being taken there as a boy when his great uncle Bob (Dr. Robert Rogan) would come over to San Antonio from Beaumont for a visit. Bob was in charge of the art department at Lamar University in Beaumont and relished getting to see the McNay collection of art.

After Marion Koogler McNay died in 1950, she had her 23 acres of land and her 24 room Spanish Colonial Revival house donated to the city. She also left a generous amount of foundation money to keep it operational. Not only are the grounds and home gorgeous. The great art that she had collected over the years, numbering over 700 pieces, became the first modern art museum in the entire State of Texas.

The home has since had several additions of much-needed gallery space added to house the expanded art collection, which now tops 20,000 pieces.

There are many other museums in San Antonio worth one's time and effort to see. If you love visiting different museums when you plan a visit to the Alamo City, there will inevitably be one or more that will spark your interest. They are easy on the pocketbook. Many of them are open and free to the public.

El Mercado

In addition to the things mentioned above, San Antonio can boast of having the largest Mexican market in all of the United States. It is called El Mercado. Mariachis can entertain one while one purchases all sorts of items ranging from crafts and clothing to food and more.

More To Do and See

Like rodeos? There is a massive livestock show and rodeo held here annually.

Like visiting historic and haunted hotels? Check out the Menger Hotel while you are in town!

The beautiful San Fernando Cathedral in the downtown area is the oldest still operating cathedral in all of the United States.

Wish to see a residence that goes back to the early days of Spanish dominion over this area hundreds of years ago? Visit the Spanish Governor's Palace, which has a Coat of Arms of King Ferdinand VI over the entrance door. It is furnished with Spanish colonial furnishings and has a beautiful courtyard.

San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernando Cathedral

Other Reasons to Visit

Another personal favorite is Los Patios. It is a place to spend some relaxing hours under the shade of majestic live oak trees along the bubbling Salado Creek. The site is a great one for wedding photos! Restaurants and shops, along with a garden nursery, complete that picture.

Military bases are also a part of the make-up of San Antonio. Many a recruit has spent time in San Antonio for that reason. Lackland and Randolph Air Force Bases and Fort Sam Houston merged in October of 2010 to become Joint Base San Antonio.

Old Katy Depot Window at Los Patios

Old Katy Depot Window at Los Patios

Sources for Further Reading, or Planning a Trip:

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

Much of San Antonio has a Spanish feel to it. It is such a lovely city. My mother-in-law lived there for many years, so we would often visit her there. In later years she moved to Houston to be closer to us.

manatita44 from london on February 25, 2021:

Exquisite, Peggy.

The whole thing, including videos, has a Spanish with some American feel to it, except the Japanese Tea Garden which is soothing, peaceful ... tranquil. I suspect the musician is playing a Gazhong (Zither), though I saw only half of that video. It is an amazingly enchanting instrument.

Some great history here and yes, I, like so many others, was brought up on John Wayne plus and did see The Alamo. Excellent piece!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 25, 2021:

Hi Alex,

Thanks for sharing a highlight of taking relatives on tours of San Antonio when you lived there. It is such a fun city to visit.

Alex on February 24, 2021:

I once lived in San Antonio. It was always fun to take visiting relatives on tours of this historic city. Mission San Jose was always high on the list.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 12, 2021:

Hi Christy,

Thanks for the shares about what there is to do and see in San Antonio. It is a fun and historic city!

Christy Birmingham-Reyes on January 12, 2021:

From the theme parks to the San Antonio RiverWalk, there is certainly a lot to see here! Sharing to Twitter and LinkedIn now :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 20, 2020:

Hi John,

You know the city better than most since you grew up there. Thanks for reading this article and leaving your comment. I saw the movie about the Alamo. That must have been a thrill to see the premiere of it.

John on December 19, 2020:

Having grown up in San Antonio it was a pleasure to revisit these landmarks in the "Alamo City". I even attended the world premier of John Wayne's famous movie.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

San Antonio is surely a fun place to visit for tourists and a nice place to live for that matter. Thanks for posting this on FB. Hope you are staying cool up there. It is surely hot right now in Houston!

C E Clark from North Texas on July 10, 2018:

Definitely a destination worth visiting and your article should be a great help/guide to anyone wondering what there is to see. I have visited several of the places you describe and I recommend them. Posting this on FB.

Robert Sacchi on June 27, 2016:

Articles like this one bring back many many memories for me. Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2016:

Hi Robert,

When my mother-in-law still lived there we visited San Antonio much more often. There is a lot to enjoy over there but we have now not been there for a couple of years.

Robert Sacchi on June 16, 2016:

This brought back memories. Yes, there was much to see when I was in the San Antonio area and there is more to see now. The zoo is not only friendly to animals but also to visitors. There are good views of the animals and there aren't that many hills.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 05, 2015:

Hello VJGSA,

I also spent many years in the Valley. San Antonio has definitely changed over the years and has become an even better tourist spot mixing the old with the new. Glad you liked this!

VJG from Texas on January 05, 2015:

I live in San Antonio. But when I was a kid my family would drive 5 hours up to San Antonio from the Valley for vaction. It was a vacation in the big city for us. Back then we had Joske's downtown and Playland. Now residents have so many offerings for staycations from the Mission Trail to 2 theme parks. Nice list for newcomers. Thanks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 28, 2014:

Hi Tolovaj,

One could certainly spend that much time in this charming Texas city of San Antonio if one were to leisurely take in all the many sites and get a flavor of the city. If my mother-in-law was still alive, she would be smiling. She loved watching and cheering on the Spurs! :)

Tolovaj on September 27, 2014:

San Antonio looks like an amazing place to visit with so many spots to visit, it deserves at least a full month vacation. Thanks for introducing us to its rich history and numerous attractions. And by the way - Spurs added another championship banner in last season. They deserved it! Although I am a Lakers fan, I hope Timmy and Tony can produce more great games in the future:)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2014:

Hi Shyron,

Nice that you got to visit San Antonio when you were a child. I am sure you would find it interesting in an entirely different way as an adult. So much history there! Thanks for your votes and the share.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 28, 2014:

I did visit San-Antonio with my family as a child, and would love to return one day. I love the history of the Alamo.

The pictures on here are just beautiful.

Thumbs up UABI, and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 28, 2014:

Hi thumbi7,

Happy to be able to tell you a bit about the City of San Antonio, Texas especially since you may never get to visit there in person someday. At least you have some idea of what it has to offer people who live there as well as tourists who visit there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 28, 2014:

Hello Hankscita,

That sounds like you would have had a lot of fun doing those murder mystery dinner theater weekends. Are you still doing them this many years later? San Antonio is a great site. Not surprised at all that you really enjoyed your time spent there. Thanks for your comment, up vote and pin.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Nice to know that this hub is being repinned so often from your travel board. Thanks for another pin and share. :)

JR Krishna from India on June 27, 2014:

Beautiful hub. I don't think I will ever be able to visit these places. Thanks for this virtual tour.

Sandy from Florida on June 27, 2014:

I love San Antonio. I traveled around the country in the 1980's doing Murder Mystery Dinner Theater weekends. Our troop performed 4 times at the hotel not far from the Alamo, which I believe was a Marriott. By far one of my most favorite travel destinations. Pinned and Up-voted, beautiful Hub.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 27, 2014:

This is one of the most popular pins on my 'Travel' board. It is repinned several times a week. Came back to pin it to Awesome Hubpages and share it again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 17, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

That is great! Thanks for letting me know. As to the page view...hope so! :))

C E Clark from North Texas on June 16, 2013:

Thought you might like to know that the Marriott Plaza in San Antonio re-pinned, 'liked,' and commented on this hub saying, "beautiful." Hope you at least got a pageview out of it. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 08, 2013:

Hi Alphadogg16,

Sounds like you had a great time in San Antonio. Nice! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 07, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Glad to see you are joining Pinterest. It took me a while to decide to do it also but I am enjoying it. Hope it brings you extra traffic. Thanks for the pin and extra share. :)

Kevin W from Texas on June 07, 2013:

I literally just cam from San Antonio last week, and it is very nice, visited the Alamo, Riverwalk, Saw the Spurs play and of course Seaworld, had my kiddos with me. It is a very nice & tourist friendly place to visit. Big thumbs up on your hub.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 07, 2013:

Came back to this hub because it is so exceptional. I just joined Pinterest today and am still setting up boards, but I'll be pinning this hub (right now) to my Travel board. I'll be pinning many more of your hubs over time because your photos are always so spectacular and they are always packed with good information. Going to share again since I'm here, too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 07, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

San Antonio certainly is a great tourist spot because of all of its history as well as newer attractions. Thanks for your comment and the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 04, 2013:

This is a city well worth visiting and the Alamo is certainly a place everyone should visit. This hub is packed with interesting information and photos and I hope everyone will read it and plan a visit to San Antonio this summer. Sharing again because this hub is so fantastic!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 19, 2013:

Hello Virtualit,

Happy to be able to introduce San Antonio, Texas to you via this hub. It is a very historical city in Texas and offers much in the way of tourism. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 18, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

You can actually ride that miniature train through Brackenridge Park in San Antonio. It is a fun way to see it while saving some steps. There is much to do and see in historic San Antonio, Texas. Thanks for your comment.

Abdus Salam from Bangladesh on May 18, 2013:

I do not know about San Antonia before reading this hub. very informative hub. thanks for sharing...

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 18, 2013:

Peggy again a very interesting hub. I liked the toy train you have there. Also i liked the picture of the front. Very beautiful. voting it up and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

There are plenty of things to keep tourists happy when visiting San Antonio, Texas. So happy that you like this hub with its photos and explanations of the different sites. Thanks for your comment and share.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 14, 2013:

This is such a great hub and this is a great time of year to visit the Alamo, I'm going to share this hub again since I have many new followers since last time and the info and excellent photos here may be just the thing needed to help them decide where to spend the weekend.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 03, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

So you were stationed at Fort Sam! Small world. My brother Jim is now buried in the Fort Sam Cemetery. My mother-in-law used to live in San Antonio except for the last several years of her life when she moved over to Houston to be nearer to us. I loved visiting San Antonio. I'm not sure about the Woolworth store but I remember it from the past. Thanks for your visit and votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 03, 2013:

When I was stationed at Ft. Sam in the late 1980s, I walked all over San Antonio and visited the Alamo and all of these places you mention. It is a beautiful city to explore. I used to love shopping in the old Woolworth's right across the street from the Alamo, but I guess it is no more! :(

Voted up and awesome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2013:

Hi NicoleMessenger,

San Antonio is surely known for the Alamo and River Walk but has so much more to offer as well. Sounds like you have been there? Thanks for your comment on this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2013:

Hi truthfornow,

Am certain that you would enjoy visiting San Antonio, Texas because of its unique character and history. You don't live that far away living in a neighboring state. Perhaps someday you will get down there. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2013:

Hi Margaret,

At least you have seen the Alamo and River Walk...two iconic sites in San Antonio, Texas. Assuredly there is much more to do and see there. Thanks for your comment, votes + share.

NicoleAnn from Illinois on April 10, 2013:

Awesome place especially the river walk and alamo..

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on April 10, 2013:

Must have missed this the first time around. I have always wanted to visit San Antonio because it seems like a pretty unique city. Thanks for detailing all the great things to do.

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on April 10, 2013:

My husband and I went through San Antonio while going cross country, and really enjoyed seeing the Alamo and doing the River Walk. Thanks to this wonderful hub, I can see that there's so much more to do. We'll have to go back sometime and stay a bit longer in the area. Voting Up, Useful, Interesting and sharing as well.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2013:

Hi Sheila,

Most people who have ever visited San Antonio fall in love with it. It has such a unique flavor and has so much to offer tourists. Nice that you have already been there and intend to go back with your grandkids. Nice if this hub gives you more ideas of things to do and see. Appreciate all your votes and the share. Thanks!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 10, 2013:

I can't believe I haven't read and commented on this hub yet! I love San Antonio! We have been there several times, we first took the boys there when they were young and then again when our daughter was old enough to appreciate it. I am ready to go back again, we can take our older grandkids this time! The Alamo was a bit of a surprise the first time I saw it, but it is still amazing, just not quite what I expected. I LOVE the Riverwalk! We had dinner in a boat during a canal ride, it was awesome! We also went to Sea World both times, I was just as excited as the kids! This is a great hub, so full of wonderful information and facts! I am bookmarking this so I can plan a trip again this summer and I want to see the things I missed before. Voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and sharing! Great job! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 15, 2013:

Hello Amber Vyn,

That compliment about this hub means even more since you are a native San Antonian. Thank you! :)

Amber Vyn on March 15, 2013:

I'm a native San Antonian, and I'm completely impressed! Great article!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

San Antonio is indeed a great place to visit and with a lot of history regarding the State of Texas. So glad that you enjoyed this hub. Thanks for your vote and the share.

moonlake from America on March 11, 2013:

I've always heard San Antonio was a beautiful place to visit. Your photos are so nice like they are on all your hubs. Voted up and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 28, 2012:

Hi Au fait,

Your tip about ideally visiting San Antonio, Texas before the heat sets in for the summer is good. I remember sweltering in the heat visiting some of the missions, etc. However, if that is the only time that one can is still worth the trip because of all the history, etc. Thanks for the star rating, votes and the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 28, 2012:

Yup, been there and have seen a lot of the places you talk about here. All are very much worth taking the time to visit.

I did a lot of traveling around the country a few years. I would recommend spring being the best time to visit most places in Texas, when the wildflowers are likely to be in bloom, and the temperature hasn't gotten too hot yet. Of course our spring can be anywhere from mid February to mid May and in good years it lasts that whole time.

This hub is an excellent guide to people who want to see everything in San Antonio.

Voted up, and BAUI. Will share! Oh yes, and gave you a star.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 14, 2012:

Hi Brett,

Most Texans are really friendly folks. Your impression is correct. At least we have found it to be so. :)) Glad to hear that you liked this hub about San Antonio. It is definitely one city in Texas that has a lot to offer by way of history and beauty. Thanks for the votes and share.

Brett C from Asia on December 13, 2012:

Wow, what an awesome hub. Although you mention some great places, I think my main reason for wanting to visit is the people ... most I've met from Texas are really cool and fun lol.

Shared, up, awesome, and tweeted.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2012:

Hi dwachira,

So happy to hear that you liked this introduction to what you would see if you planned a visit to San Antonio, Texas. Since you like visiting historical sites, you would be pleased as there is much history related to San Antonio. Thanks for your votes and the share.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on December 03, 2012:

Hi Peggy W,

I would like to visit San Antonio mostly because of its historical sites, i like to visit cities with historical sites such as old buildings, harbors or forts and San Antonio looks like a great city. Off course i would also like to see the Alamo and the Missions National Historic Park. You have done a great hub crafting here. Voted up, interesting and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 11, 2012:

Hi epigramman,

So glad to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the many attractions in San Antonio, Texas. Interesting that you have had a life long fascination with the Alamo. Have you seen it in person? It is larger than life in most people's minds because of all that has been written about it and the movies made concerning it. Appreciate your comment.

epigramman on November 11, 2012: are the quintessential and consummate tour guide and the city of San Antonio would be proud of your definite presentation. Natually what caught my attention was my lifelong fascinaton with the Alamo but you captured the beauty of the city itself and so many other star attractions as well - hubbravo to you for your efforts here - and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 2:10pm

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 08, 2012:

Hi rajan jolly,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed this virtual look at San Antonio, Texas. These attractions and many more would keep you happily engaged for many days of vacation if ever traveling this direction. Thanks for the sharing of this hub & the 5 star rating.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 07, 2012:

This virtual tour of San Antonio is a visitor's delight Peggy. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions, images and excellent videos. Loved the Riverwalk and the Tower of the Americas/Hemisfair Park. It is a lovely place. Thanks for sharing such wonderful attractions in San Antonio.

Voted up all the way, shared on G+1 and gave 5 stars.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2012:

Hi The Dirt Farmer,

I gather from your comment that you have visited San Antonio in the past. At least you would have seen some of the highlights. It is a city worth visiting more than once in order to fully appreciate all that it has to offer. Thanks for your comment.

Jill Spencer from United States on October 28, 2012:

San Antonio really is a beautiful city. Reading your hub has made me want to visit it again & do a lot more while there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2012:

Hi Rochelle,

Next time you pass through Texas perhaps you will be able to take some time to visit San Antonio. Am sure that you would like it! Thanks for your comment and votes.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on October 19, 2012:

I have been back and forth across this country a few times, but always missed San Antonio. It looks like a wonderful place to visit, especially the Alamo and Riverwalk. The video of the tower was interesting-- especially the coming down part where people are talking about trying to calculate the possibilities of getting stuck or free-falling.

(Buttons pushed.)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 10, 2012:

Thanks Mary. San Antonio is a delightful place to visit! By sharing this more people will learn about some of the attractions there beyond just the Alamo and RiverWalk.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 10, 2012:

Hi, Peggy. I just came back to let you know the "share" button is back today, so I was able to share this delightful Hub. Goodnight.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 10, 2012:

Hi Mary,

I think that there is much in Texas that you would enjoy seeing especially in the city of San Antonio because of its historic nature. Actually all of the different cities and towns of Texas as well as the national and state parks are interesting if one only has the time. It is a large state as you know! Thanks for your comment and votes. The share buttons appear to be least on this end.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 09, 2012:

You have done yet another beautiful and informative travel Hub. I've never been to San Antonio. I've only gone to Dallas Texas (sort of in and out), but you make me want to go to Texas and visit the wonderful places you write about. I really enjoyed this one. You put so many nice videos on your Hubs that make the Hub so much more interesting.

I certainly voted this Hub UP, etc. and would share, but there is NO share button here. I'll try later. Mary

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 07, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

One could actually spend weeks taking in all of the sites and attractions in San Antonio, Texas. As to roller coasters...riding Space Mountain at Walt Disney World in Orlando cured me from ever wanting to ride another roller coaster! For a while...especially the part of it in total darkness...I wondered if I would come out alive. So I understand why you would skip Six least the roller coaster part of it. Ha! Thanks for your comment + votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on October 07, 2012:

I always thought the only things to see in San Antonio were the Riverwalk and the Alamo. You've corrected that mistake with your hub. Looks like there's enough there to occupy several days, though I'll skip Six Flags because roller coasters scare me. Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

Happy to hear that I could add to your base of information that you already knew about San Antonio. If you are ever visiting San Antonio, you will have an idea of other places to see and enjoy. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on October 03, 2012:

That John Wayne Alamo is okay but the 2004 one is the bomb as in very good. Interesting how you point out that seeing the place in person gives one a much better perspective. You've really gone all out awesome on this adventure, Peggy; quite a visit with all the many and varied places to see in San Antonio. I knew about SeaWorld, the Spurs, and of course the Alamo but all else is new info. Up use and interest!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2012:

Hello Glimmer Twin Fan,

Nice that your mother has seen the RiverWalk in San Antonio. Undoubtedly she would have also seen The Alamo and some of the other nearby sites of interest. Hope that your travels take you there someday. Thanks for your comment.

Claudia Porter on October 03, 2012:

Great hub on a place I want to visit. My mother went there a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed herself. She loved the riverwalk so much.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2012:

Hi Dim,

The fact of my husband having lived in San Antonio from the age of 10 & then his mother remaining there until the last few years of her life when she moved to Houston to be closer to us, made writing this about visiting San Antonio quite easy. It is such a lovely city! Can't wait for a return visit in the near future. Thanks for your comment and the 5 star rating.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2012:

Hi teaches12345,

It is so hard to include everything about such a large city like San Antonio in one article...but this gives one a starting point at least if thinking of visiting San Antonio. Glad that you liked it. Thanks for your comment.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on October 03, 2012:

This is an amazing hub. You must have worked so hard to find so much informaton.

Fantastic. 5 stars yes, of course...

I really enjoyed this. Thank you.

Dianna Mendez on October 02, 2012:

This is one area that my hubby and I would love to visit some day. Thank you for highlighting the places to go and things to do. It has a variety of events for most everyone to enjoy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2012:

Hello healthylife2,

I have never visited the Bronx zoo so cannot comment as to how it compares to the San Antonio zoo. The latter was a pioneer of sorts as to presenting animals with more natural surroundings instead of being caged in small enclosures with iron bars as was the case many years ago. Many zoos all across our country are doing more of that as space and money allows which is so much better for the animals. Hope you get to visit San Antonio someday. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2012:

Hi Fiddleman,

What a shame that you missed seeing the Alamo when you were with the Air Force and in and out of San Antonio. Oh will be there should you ever return. Glad to hear that you liked this hub about the Alamo City. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2012:

Hi kashmir56,

That is the nicest complement to say that you almost felt as though you were right there in San Antonio while reading and seeing photos in this hub. Thanks for that and the share! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2012:

Hi agusfanani,

I think that is the prime reason that many people around the world have heard of San Antonio...because of The Alamo and reading about or seeing movies portraying the Battle of the Alamo. Thanks for your comment. It would be so nice if you could visit San Antonio in person someday!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2012:

Hello Vellur,

Hope you get to visit San Antonio someday and get to enjoy the city. There is so much to see and do there. Appreciate your comment.

healthylife2 on October 02, 2012:

I've never been to Texas but your article makes me want to visit. It's so expensive to travel internationally and there our so many states to see right here in our own country. I wonder if the San Antonio Zoo is similar to the Bronx zoo. They also try to make bigger enclosures for the animals. Voted up and sharing this!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

I believe that you would come away from a visit to San Antonio with a whole new perspective by visiting some of those historical sites. All it takes is your time since most of them are free. So glad to know that you enjoyed this hub. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

So glad that you enjoyed learning about San Antonio and that you liked the photos and videos. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2012:

Hi AliciaC,

So happy to hear that this hub about visiting San Antonio gave you a flavor of what the city would be like if you were to visit. I know what you mean about being unable to visit all the interesting places on this earth of ours. There is just not enough time nor money to enable doing all that we would wish. Isn't it nice that we have the Internet and other ways of taking a look at these places! Appreciate your 5 star rating and comment.

Fiddleman on October 02, 2012:

I was in and out of San Antonio in the early 1970's while in the USAF. I regret I never got to go to the Alamo. Tremendous hub!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on October 02, 2012:

Hi Peggy great hub and so well written and so descriptive in your writing it along with your beautiful photos made me feel i was right there in San Antonio Texas.

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

agusfanani from Indonesia on October 02, 2012:

Wow, what a wonderful place San Antonio is !. I would visit it if I had a chance so that I could see the Alamo fort in person. I read the story about Battle of the Alamo and was impressed by the Jim Bowie who was very skillful in leading a battle and using a stiletto. I vote up and thank you for this beautiful, informative hub not to mention the videos which brought my imagination wandering to those attractive places.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 02, 2012:

Wow, after reading your hub, I want to visit San Antonio. You have showcased the place so well in your hub. Voted up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 01, 2012:

Hi Ruchira,

My husband grew up in San Antonio from the age of 10 and even after he moved to Houston, his mother continued to live there many years. So we have had the experience of visiting and enjoying the Alamo City over the years, and there is obviously much to see and like there. So glad to know that you really liked this hub! Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 01, 2012:

Hello b. Malin,

So glad to know that you enjoyed the photos and videos showcasing the many sites in San Antonio that are worth visiting. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 01, 2012:

Hi Gene,

Obviously we agree that San Antonio is a great tourist area and nice that we have enjoyed some of the same things. Thanks for your comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on October 01, 2012:

Another wonderful and informative hub. Your vidoes and photos are amazing and very interesting. There's a lot of history to learn and admire in San Antonio. My family and I visited San Antonio many times and never visited many of the historical sites. I will visit San Antonio in the near future. A great hub, full of valuable history.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 01, 2012:

Beautiful, Peggy. I can't wait to write about travel hub again. presenting the information about visiting San Antonio very beautiful. It's like jump to a time machine and virtual tour at the same time. Great presentation between stunning pictures and the video as well. I hope I can visit to San Antonio one day...amen. Voted up and pressing all the buttons, except funny. Good job, my friend. Take care!

Best wishes, Prasetio

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 01, 2012:

This is another 5 star hub, Peggy! I love the look of the old architecture and of the River Walk. I enjoy exploring places like San Antonio that have an interesting history and interesting architecture as well. Thanks for a beautiful look at another place that I'd love to see in real life but probably will never be lucky enough to visit!

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