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Visiting San Antonio, Texas

Updated on November 15, 2016

Partial view of The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

Partial view of The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas
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The Alamo City

Most people when thinking of planning a visit to San Antonio, Texas hope to see The Alamo. It, along with the Riverfront, are fairly well known icons of this city, aptly nicknamed "the Alamo City."

The Alamo was originally one of several Catholic Spanish missions in the area and is located in what is now downtown San Antonio.

Of course when it was originally constructed, there were lands 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 people like Davy Crockett, William Travis, James Bowie and others when they 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.

Imagining the Alamo because of the many films popularized by such actors such as John Wayne...it was literally a shock the first time I laid eyes upon it.

While the Alamo and a few adjacent structures of what once was the mission are preserved, the modern city of San Antonio has been built up and literally surrounds it with streets and buildings tightly nestled up against it. For comparison purposes...the Alamo is like a small rowboat surrounded by a sea filled with massive ocean liners surrounding it. So if you are going to be a first time visitor to this iconic site, forget the images in your mind from watching movies!

That being said...it is definitely a place to see. The Alamo is a preserved historic site owned by the State of Texas and operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. 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.

Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas

Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas
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Missions of San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio


San Antonio, the second largest city in Texas has a much more relaxed feel to it as compared to the more cosmopolitan cities of Houston and Dallas.

It is a blending of the old and the new with many influences of its historic past.


Texas has 3 of the top ten cities by way of population in all of the United States with Houston ranking in the number 4 spot; San Antonio in 7th and Dallas in the number 9 spot. Austin...the capitol city of Texas falls in the number 14 position.


San Antonio is a large spread out metropolis that was named after Saint Anthony by the Spanish missionaries of early years.


For those who like seeing more of its history, in addition to the Alamo...there are four other missions of note which are a part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.

The missions can be toured at no cost and are also active churches. Thus, church services, marriages and other happenings are still held at these locations.


In my opinion, the mission tour is definitely worth a bit of time to see if one likes buildings of a historic nature.

They include the following:

  • Mission San Jose
  • Mission Concepcion
  • Mission San Juan
  • Mission Espada


The famous San Antonio Riverwalk

The famous San Antonio Riverwalk
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The San Antonio River Walk San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio RiverWalk


Also called Paseo del Rio, the portion of the San Antonio River that meanders through the downtown section of San Antonio has been capitalized upon and marketed to full effect.

Suffice it to say, 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 which are primarily one story above are in for a real treat.

It is a must see destination if planning a visit to San Antonio!

One can even stay at a hotel right on the river, if desired. It makes for easy access to numerous sites of interest that are 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 hand crafted gifts for those who wish to take away a souvenir that has some local flavor.

Tower of the Americas in San Antonio

Tower of the Americas in San Antonio
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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 all of San Antonio standing at 750 feet (228 m) of height.

Originally built as 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 was extended into this southeastern part of downtown San Antonio and along with splashing fountains and waterfalls adds to the water features in what is now called HemisFair Park.

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

Zoo train that can be ridden in Brackenridge Park

Zoo train that can be ridden in Brackenridge Park
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Japanese Tea Gardens San Antonio

Brackenridge Park


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

Additional land has been added over the years and it is the location of the San Antonio Zoo which was one of the first zoos in the country to keep many of their animals in more humane cage-less type 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 was created out of an old quarry and consists of not only water features but 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 me and my family. 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 in which one can spend hours to even days of enjoyable time spent doing various activities.


SeaWorld San Antonio...

Six Flags Fiesta Texas - Boomerang Ride - San Antonio

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 San Antonio'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 in happy fashion for an entire day or even multiple days of fun. For those who live nearby or plan multiple visits, a season pass can be purchased which makes economic sense.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is also located 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 San Antonio 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.

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Sports in San Antonio


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 a majority 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 nor 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!



McNay Art Museum in San Antonio

McNay courtyard
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San Antonio Museums


Among the art museums in San Antonio, the McNay Art Museum is a personal favorite.

My husband remembers being taken there many times 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 the 23 acres of grounds and her 24 room Spanish Colonial Revival house donated to the City of San Antonio along with a generous amount of foundation money to keep it operational.

Not only were the grounds and home gorgeous, but the extensive art that she had collected over the years numbered over 700 pieces and became the first modern art museum in the entire State of Texas.

The home has since had several additions of much needed gallery space 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 types of museums when you plan a visit to the Alamo City, there will surely be one or more that will spark your interest. And they are easy on the pocketbook...many of them being open and free to the public.




El Mercado (Market Square) San Antonio

San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernando Cathedral
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Visiting San Antonio


So much more could be said about this lovely city which attracts the most tourists to the State of Texas. Is it any wonder?

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

Like rodeos? There is a large 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.


Spanish Governor's Palace - San Antonio Texas

Old Katy Depot window at Los Patios in San Antonio

Old Katy Depot window at Los Patios in San Antonio
Old Katy Depot window at Los Patios in San Antonio | Source

Sightseeing in San Antonio


Another personal favorite place is Los Patios...a place to pass 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 and many a recruit has spent time in San Antonio for that reason. Lackland and Randolph Air Force Bases and Fort Sam Houston were merged in October of 2010 to become Joint Base San Antonio.

These are just a few of the reasons why you might wish to visit San Antonio if ever planning a trip to Texas. Has this captured your attention and interest? If you have other favorite places in San Antonio please mention them in the comments below.

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      Robert Sacchi 13 months ago

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

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      Peggy Woods 13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Robert Sacchi 14 months ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      VJG 2 years ago from Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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! :)

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      Tolovaj 2 years ago

      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:)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

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

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

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

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      Sandy 3 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

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

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      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. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alphadogg16,

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

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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. :)

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      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      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.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Abdus Salam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

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

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      NicoleAnn 4 years ago from Illinois

      Awesome place especially the river walk and alamo..

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      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.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      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! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Amber Vyn,

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

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      Amber Vyn 4 years ago

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

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 visit...it is still worth the trip because of all the history, etc. Thanks for the star rating, votes and the share.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ....you 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

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

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

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

      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.)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 here...at least on this end.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      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

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 Flags...at least the roller coaster part of it. Ha! Thanks for your comment + votes.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 well...it will be there should you ever return. Glad to hear that you liked this hub about the Alamo City. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      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!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      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 !

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      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.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Cheryl J. 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      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.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful, Peggy. I can't wait to write about travel hub again. Wow....you 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

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Peggy, another well written hub that has awed me of this place and another on my to visit list.

      Your hubs are so well written that we could just forget a guide to that place.

      Voted up as useful.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Peggy,

      This was so Interesting, having Never been to San Antonio...Now I feel like I have! Maybe Someday, I'll get there,so I'm going to BookMark your Wonderful Hub. Loved reading about the History and Culture. Also Enjoyed the pictures and Videos.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      You missed seeing what most tourists want to see first in the Lone Star State. Trust me, you will love San Antonio if you decide to take a vacation there. I could have gone on and on but thought that the hub was getting too long. I'd enjoy going back sometime soon and taking a mini-vacation there again. Perhaps see and do some things that we did not ordinarily do. Thanks for your comment.

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      Gene Jasper 4 years ago

      Love the McNay Museum and the Depot window at Los Patios. Have been there many times and think It's a great destination for anyone.

      Gene

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Peggy, I have traveled over many miles in Texas and never had the pleasure of getting to San Antonio. After looking at your pictures and reading your hub I feel like packing my bags and leaving. What a fascinating city to visit. I enjoyed your hub very much.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Carol,

      We got over to San Antonio much more often when my mother-in-law still lived there. I miss those visits to that city. It has such unique charm and has such a distinctive character as compared to many other cities. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      We lived in Houston for nine years and went to San Antonio several times..actually almost moved there. It is a wonderful city and we loved the river walk..Thanks for sharing all the photos and great information. VotedUP.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lynn S. Murphy,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed learning a bit about the history and attractions in the City of San Antonio, Texas. You will truly enjoy it when you get to visit it in person someday. Appreciate your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mhatter99,

      Glad that this hub with the photos and videos reminded you of your trip to San Antonio many years ago. Much of its' historic nature would not have changed. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi gmaoli,

      It is a tough order to try & present what there is in a city of any size in one article. Obviously there is much more to do and see in San Antonio, but this hub gives an unfamiliar reader some of the basics. Nice that you enjoyed the RiverWalk + some other areas. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.