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Choose from the following attractions:
The Alamo Botanical Garden
Brackenridge Park Buckhorn Saloon and Museum
Fiesta Texas Heart of San Antonio
HemisFair Plaza Hertzberg Circus Collection
Institute of Texan Cultures King William Historic Area
La Villita Los Patios - San Antonio's Other Riverwalk
Market Square - El Mercado Mission Concepcion
Mission San Francisco de la Espada Mission San Juan Capistrano
McNay Museum of Art Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Ripley's Believe It or Not! San Antonio Museum of Art
San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Symphony
San Antonio Trolley Tours San Antonio Zoo
Sea World of Texas Texas Adventure
Texas Air Museum  
Tower of the Americas Witte Museum


The Alamo

Alamo Plaza in San Antonio
Phone: 210 225-1391

San Antonio takes its name from Mission San Antonio de Valero. Established in 1718, this mission became the symbol of freedom and independence throughout the world. On March 6, 1836, 189 Texas patriots met Mexican General Lopez de Santa Anna. All 189 died, and the Texas fight for freedom had just begun. Mission San Antonio de Valero is the Alamo, "The Cradle of Texas Liberty." Admission is free. Donations help maintain the grounds.

Open Mon-Sat 9 am - 5:30 pm; Sun. 10 am - 5:30 pm. Closed Dec. 24-25

The Alamo.org
P.O. Box 2599
San Antonio, TX 78299
Phone: (210) 225-1391)

Remember the Alamo

Wikipedia page for the Alamo

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San Antonio Botanical Garden

555 Funston
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 210-207-3250

A working garde, reflects a part of Texas history. 33 acres of colorful, lush vegetation, native Texas exhibits. All walkways accommodate handicapped. Fee for admission.

See website or call for hours of operation

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Brackenridge Park

Main entrance - 2800 block of N. Broadway
3700 N. St. Mary's

San Antonio, TX

A 343 acre showplace including 3.5 mile miniature railway, stables, rustic stone bridges and winding walks, Sunken Gardens and aerial skyride. The San Antonio Zoo is located in this park.

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Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

318 East Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-247-4000

Recently relocated back to the heart of downtown San Antonio, Buckhorn is still going strong. Along with the massive animal and horn collection and historic bar, the Buckhorn has added entertainment, an old-fashioned arcade and shooting gallery, western memorabilia and cowboy art. Fee for admission. The Texas Ranger Museum is also located here.

Open daily at 10 am.

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HemisFair Plaza

Between Market & Durango on Alamo St.
Mailing address:
200 E. Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Site of the 1968 World's Fair, the Tower of the Americas, art galleries, theaters, museums, rides and amusements and the Institute of Texan Cultures are among the features. No admission to grounds.

Open daily 10 am - midnight

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Hertzberg Circus Collection

At the Witte Museum in San Antonio, TX
3801 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 210-357-1900

More than 20,000 items of memorabilia, including a detailed scale model of the 5 ring circus. Tom Thumb's carriage and oil paintings.

This collection was originally held at the San Antonio Public Library but in 2001, the exhibit was closed. Eventually, the collection was moved to the Witte Museum in San Antonio as per instructions in the Hertzberg Will.

More information on this collection

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Institute of Texan Cultures

801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 800-776-7651

26 ethnic & cultural groups are featured here. 36 screen multimedia show four times daily presents events, places and faces of Texas.

Check the website for hours of operation and admission fees

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King William Historic Area

Office of Historic Preservation phone: 210-215-9274

A 25 block area on the south bank of the San Antonio River. Originally setled by German merchants, today zoned as the state's first historic district. Many mansions are restored and being restored. The San Antonio Conservation Society at 107 King kWilliam Street provides a walking tour.

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Market Square - El Mercado

West Commerce at Santa Rosa
Phone: 210 207-8600

The largest Mexican market outside Mexico. The historic site of San Antonio's municipal market and center of frequent Hispanic festive cultural activities.

Open daily 10 am - 6 pm

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McNay Art Museum

6000 N. New Braunfels
San Antonio, TX
Phone: 210 824-5368

Private art collection and home left by Marion Koogler McNay to become a museum of modern art for San Antonio and Texas. Collection contains Gothic and Medieval, Post-Impressionism, early New Mexican arts and crafts collections.

Free admission. - Please call ahead for hours of operation

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San Antonio Museum of Art

200 W. Jones Ave.
San Antonio, TX
Phone: 210 978-8100

Turn-of-the-century brewery turned art museum houses extensive permanent collections of Pre-Columbian artifacts, Spanish Colonial objects, Latin American Art, Chinese procelains and Greek and Roman Antiquities, 17th-19th century European art and 18th-20th century American paintings. Traveling exhibits.

Fee for admission; Please call ahead or check the website for hours of operation

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San Antonio Zoo

3903 N. St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone: 210 734-7184

Internationally famous. One of the largest animal collections in the United States, over 50 acres housing over 3,000 specimens, over 600 species represented. Best known for its African animal collection, one of the largest and most varied in the world.

Fee for admission; Please call ahead or check the website for hours of operation

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Tower of the Americas

HemisFair Plaza
San Antonio, TX
Phone: 210 207-8615

750 ft. symbol of unity for the Western hemisphere. Ride in the glass elevator to the observation deck.

Fee for admission; Please call ahead or check the website for hours of operation

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Witte Museum

3801 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 210 357-1900

San Antonio landmark founded in 1926. This regional museum of history and natural science includes award-winning, hands-on exhibitions. A walk-through diorama illustrates the flora, fauna and wildlife of the state in "Texas Wild: Ecology Illustrated." The culture and cave paintings of the ancient inhabitants of the Lower Pecos area of Texas are the focus of "Ancient Texans." The Hertzberg Circu Collection is also housed at the Witte.

Fee for admission; Please call ahead or check the website for hours of operation

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Mission Concepcion

807 Mission Road
San Antonio, TX 78210
Phone: 210 229-5732

The oldest unrestored church in the United States. Massive twin towers show traces of the brightly colored designs used to attract the Indians to the missions. Open daily 9 am - 6 pm. Summer; Winter hours - 8 am - 5 pm

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Mission San Juan Capistrano

9101 Graf Road
San Antonio, Texas 78214
Phone: 210 229 5734

Mission San Francisco de la Espada

10040 Espada Road
San Antonio, Texas 78214
Phone: 210 627-2021

Both smaller than the other compounds, only the church structures remain. Beautifully simple architecture and decorative statues of cornstalk pith set them apart from the larger more imposing missions. Restoration is an on-going project at all of the missions.

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Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Have you ever dreamed of going on an African Safari? Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch makes that dream come true - TEXAS style. In the comfort of your own automobile, view and feed exotic species from seven different countries as they roam freely. Petting zoo & picnic areas around the Visitor's Center. Don't forget your camera. Open daily.

Directions: Take I-35 north, exit #175 (FM3009) Natural Bridge Caverns Road & follow the signs.

26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd
San Antonio, TX 78266
Phone: 830-438-7400
Phone: 210 438-7400

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Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Plaza Theatre of Wax
301 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205-2605
Phone: 210 224-9299

Themed galleries with more than 500 one of a kind exhibits from the collection of Robert Rilpley. The Plaza Theatre of Wax presents more than 225 lifelike wax figures from Hollywood, Horror, History and Religion.

Call or check the website for prices and hours.

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Sea World of Texas

World largest marine life park . Rides & exhibits including The Great White, the only inverted steel roller coaster in Texas. Also featured are Shamu and other killer whales. Water fun area and three acre Shamu's Happy Harbor for kids. Tropical birds and the largest zoological population of mysterious hammerhead sharks in North America.

Directions: Between loop 410 and loop 1604, Ellison Dr./ Westover Hills Blvd. Off State Highway 151

Phone: 210 523-3611

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San Antonio Trolley Tours

1731 S. San Marcos, #826
San Antonio, Texas
Phone: 210 492-4144

60 minute downtown Trolly Tour - get off & r3eboard at any of our seven Trolley Hop Locations. Stops at the Alamo, Hemisfair Park, Riverwalk, La Villita, Main Plaza & Market Square. NEW stops - Mission Conception and Lone Star Brewery.

Tours depart from the Alamo Visitor Center next to the Alamo.

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Los Patios - San Antonio's Other Riverwalk

On Loop 410 between Starcrest and Harry Wurzbach

Phone: 210 655-6171

Open daily.

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La Villita - Historic Arts Village

Santa Anna's troops stayed here. Downtown, historic La Villita (little town) is a center for arts and crafts. Restored adobe buildings house shops with unique and original works of art, fine jewelry, antiques, fashions, plants and delicious food. Many major annual events bring thousands of tourists and locals to the area. Open 10 am - 6 pm daily

Directons: On Alamo Street across from HemisFair plaza and The Convention Center

Phone: 210 207-8610

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San Antonio Symphony

Administrative Offices
IBC Bank Building
130 East Travis, Suite 550
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Offices: 210-554-1000
Box Office: 210-554-1010

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San Antonio Spurs

NBA Basketball
Alamodome
100 Montana
San Antonio, TX
Phone: 210 224-9600 for game information.

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The Heart of San Antonio

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas Theme Park

17000 W Ih 10
San Antonio, TX 78257-9503
Phone: 210-697-5050

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Texas Air Museum

Stinson Chapter
1234 99th St.
San Antonio, TX 78214
Phone: (210) 977- 9885

The Texas Air Museum, with its three locations, at Rio Hondo in the Rio Grande Valley near Harlingen; at Slaton, near Lubbock; and at Stinson Field in San Antonio, presents the history of flight from the early days of aviation to the present. Here you will see some of the world's rarest aircraft, including the largest exhibit anywhere of scarce German Focke-Wulf FW-190's

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