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August 22, 2008

San Antonio, TX with FriendsTravel.com

If you tried to imagine a place where the sights, sounds and flavors of Native America, Old Mexico and the Wild West blend effortlessly with the hustle and bustle of a modern city, it would probably look a lot like San Antonio, Texas. Deep in the heart of Texas. Each year more than eight million people visit the shining star of Texas, and it’s easy to see why. The Alamo, a famous fort where Texans fought fiercely for independence from Mexico, is just one of the many historic landmarks the city has to offer.

Light a candle at the magnificent San Fernando Cathedral or peruse adobe architecture, exhibits and period furnishings at the Casa Navarro State Historical Park. Named after a key figure in the fight for freedom in Texas, the park is located right downtown and offers free guided tours. Roam along the multi-faceted River Walk, a two and a half-mile stretch of cobblestone and flagstone paths along the San Antonio River. If the kids are along, be sure to stop at HemisFair Urban Park and SeaWorld. Past or present, old or young, San Antonio offers something for everyone.

Things to Do in San Antonio

  • Live Music
  • El Mercado
  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • First-time Visitors
  • Nightlife
  • Caves
  • The Performing Arts
  • Day Trips
  • Sports & Activities
  • Southwest School of Art and Craft
  • Entertainment and amusement
    • Amusement parks
    • Nightlife
    • Live Performances
    • Spectator sports
    • Tours
    • Zoo/Aquarium
    All Entertainment and amusement
  • History and culture
    • History and culture
    • Buildings and structures
    • Education sites and libraries
    • Historic sites
    • Texas Hospitality!
    • Military facilities
    • Museums
    • Sightseeing
    All History and culture
  • Outdoor Sports & Nature
River Walk in the center of town and if we are really lucky we can get you a hotel on the River Walk

The Paseo del Rio is San Antonio’s favorite attraction. You can shop, dine, lounge in a cafe, or simply stroll along and let the strumming mariachi soothe your spirit.

Attraction type: Scenic/historic walking area

Mission San Jose

Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San Antonio missions, is best known for its rose window. On Sundays, this Texas and U.S. National historic site offers a mariachi mass.

FriendsTravel.com can put together a city itinerary to keep everyone enthralled! Just tell what would be of interest to you and your friends or family and we will do the rest!

San Fernando Church, constructed from 1738-1755, was located on the civil or main plaza. It was here, on the afternoon of February 23, 1836, that Santa Anna ordered the flag of “no quarter” flown from its bell tower. Much of the original church, however, is gone. In 1868 the bell tower and nave were removed to make way for repairs and renovations. The church was re-consecrated in October 1873 and received the designation “cathedral” the following year. In 1936, remains thought by some to be those of the Alamo Heroes, were unearthed during repairs. In 1938, these were placed in a small marble casket and displayed near the entrance to the cathedral with a plaque inscribed “Here lie the remains of Travis, Crockett, Bowie, and other Alamo Heroes.” Not all historians agree that these are their remains.

Texas offers many wonderful sights. FriendsTravel.com

When in Texas be sure to have some Blue Bell Ice Cream!

Simply the BEST! Ice Cream ever!

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