Blog Post Type: Summary of a City Guide
San Antonio is known for the Battle of the Alamo and historical figures such as James Bowie and Davy Crockett. The Alamo has stood its ground for over 300 years but faces threats from contemporary San Antonio. The bustling city we know today works to keep the city’s rough, rich history while blending in modern restaurants, beer and wine tastings, cultural attractions, and lively events. If San Antonio is not on your travel list, here are reasons why you should make it your next destination.
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San Antonio Locals Love to Educate Visitors about the City’s History
Join docent-led tours of the missions at San Antonio’s Missions National Historic Park. These tours offer insight into the Spanish missions that were outposts as part of a colonization system in the 17th to 19th centuries in the Spanish Southwest.
For those who want to learn about the Alamo’s history, visitors can take tours of the 4.2 acre complex. With films, exhibits, and talks, the staff offers insights into the history of the Alamo and its ongoing effort to preserve and protect this national landmark. Continue to learn about San Antonio’s history by visiting La Villita (Little Village), one of San Antonio’s first neighborhoods and a settlement for Spanish soldiers in the 1800s.
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Outdoor Fun is Synonymous With San Antonio
Go on a safari Texas-style at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Natural Bridge sprawls over 400 acres and is home to animals such as giraffes, zebras, ostriches, and kangaroos. Visitors can experience this wildlife safari with a drive-thru or walk-about tour. Watch and learn how these wild animals interact in a natural setting.
If you are feeling adventurous, head over to the Natural Bridge Caverns where you’ll traverse your way a half-mile through the largest cavern in Texas. An experienced guide will walk you 180 feet below ground where stalagmites and stalactites show their natural beauty. Natural Bridge Caverns also offers other activities such as a Lantern Tour, Canopy Challenge, and Hidden Passages Tour.
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San Antonio Loves Festivals and Special Events
La Villita offers more than a history lesson of San Antonio. This village hosts the Maverick Music Festival, Fiesta Noche del Rio, Starving Artist Art Show, and a Night in Old San Antonio (a four-day festival celebrating Native American heritage along the San Antonio River). Other events and festivals occur throughout the year so check the La Villita calendar to see what’s going on while you’re in town. Every April, Fiesta San Antonio, a 10-day celebration of Texas’ victory over Santa Ana at Jacinto resulting in Texas independence from Mexico is held throughout the city.
San Antonio offers thousands of special events and festivals every year. There are plenty of cheap hotels in San Antonio to choose from so you can splurge on the city’s many attractions, restaurants, and local celebrations. Riverwalk and the Alamo have international recognition, but San Antonio offers a lot more for travelers. From Tejano culture and music to country dancing and rodeo, San Antonio will have you walking away with a new appreciation of the Alamo City.
About the Writer
Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.
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