San Antonio Tourist Information and Tourism

(San Antonio, Texas - TX, USA)

One of America's largest cities, San Antonio was founded in the early 18th century and has played an important part of Texan history. San Antonio stands on the southeastern side of Texas Hill Country and is well-known for being home of the world-famous 1836 Battle of the Alamo.

Nicknamed by locals as the 'River City', many of San Antonio's main tourist attractions are concentrated in and around the downtown district, including the popular San Antonio Riverwalk. Offering a fairly well-placed location in Texas, San Antonio is within easy driving distance of Austin, the Hill Country and also Houston, which is a three-hour drive from central San Antonio.

The San Antonio River Walk is one of the city's most desirable places to stay and is home to a number of well-placed waterfront luxury hotels, close to shops and fine dining. Other more affordable accommodation options in San Antonio include hotels throughout the city's downtown district, around The Loop, resorts close to SeaWorld and Six Flags, and a number of budget motels on San Antonio's outskirts. Nearby San Antonio Airport is also home to a selection of inexpensive and convenient lodging, ideal for business travelers. More information about San Antonio Hotels.

Tourism in San Antonio is actively promoted and the city's main tourist information center is the Alamo Visitor Center on the Alamo Plaza. Here you will find a range of San Antonio's latest tourist and tourism information, including leaflets, festivals and events, tickets to many tourist attractions, tour booking and general San Antonio tourism information. Popular city districts include downtown San Antonio, Alamo Heights, King William, Monte Vista and northwest San Antonio areas.

San Antonio has countless popular tourist attractions, including the Alamo - a historic mission where in 1836, Texans held out against the Mexican army; IMAX Theater San Antonio - a six-story screen cinema with 3D screenings; SeaWorld San Antonio - the world's biggest marine life theme park; Ripley's Haunted Adventure, Guinness World Records Museum and Davy Crockett's Tall Tales Ride - some of San Antonio's most popular tourist attractions, all standing opposite the Alamo; Six Flags Fiesta Texas - a huge and exciting theme park, with fast rollercoasters; Splashtown San Antonio - boasting over 50 rides, a large wave-pool and fun for all the family; and San Antonio Zoo / Zoological Gardens and Aquarium - containing more than 3,500 animals and permanent exhibitions displaying interesting zoological information.

Other major tourist attractions in San Antonio include the Tower of the Americas - a 750-foot / 229-meter tower offering some of the best views of the San Antonio cityscape; El Mercado de San Antonio / San Antonio Market Square - the biggest market of its kind outside of Mexico; Mission San José - one of San Antonio's most loved landmarks, with stunning architecture; Spanish Governor's Palace - an eye-catching 18th-century building with impressive period furnishings and attention to detail; San Antonio's Vietnam War Memorial - an enormous bronze statue dedicated to war veterans and soldiers; and countless green spaces, including San Antonio Botanical Gardens, Brackenridge Park, Friedrich Wilderness Park and the Government Canyon State Natural Area. More information about San Antonio Tourist Attractions and San Antonio Landmarks.

Some of the best museums and art galleries in San Antonio include the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum - containing a collection of oddities, trophy mounts and a wax museum; San Antonio Children's Museum - a truly interactive experience, with exciting information and hands-on family exhibits; San Antonio's Witte Museum - showcasing exhibitions with historic information about South Texas culture and natural science; Steves Homestead Museum - a beautfiul 19th-century mansion located next to the San Antonio River; the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum - housing a fine collection of 19th- and 20th-century masterpieces; and the San Antonio Museum of Art - featuring many exquisite Greek and Roman antiquities, folk art and American paintings. More information about San Antonio Museums and San Antonio Art Galleries.

Tourist attractions standing near to San Antonio include Cascade Caverns - home to a staggering 100-foot / 30-meter waterfall and underground passageways; Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch - a wildlife ranch nearby San Antonio, with over 50 types of animals; Enchanted Springs Ranch - a spreading, working ranch containing large numbers of buffalo, horses, deer, the Wild Animal Park and Old West Town; Natural Bridge Caverns - close to San Antonio, with guided tours of around half a mile of breathtaking cave rooms; and the Cave Without a Name - a popular natural attraction full of stalactites, stalagmites and other rock formations. More information about San Antonio Attractions Nearby.

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