San Antonio’s lively downtown area is known for its Riverwalk, a tree-lined, flower-filled oasis of cool walkways, shops, and cafes located along the river.

Family Vacations in Texas: San Antonio

This Texas city has been shaped by many cultures. Its Wild West roots are evident, but you'll find a wonderful blend of Native American, Spanish, German, African-American, Asian, French, Polish, Irish, Mexican, and Czech diversity throughout San Antonio. This mix of nationalities results in a busy calendar of ethnic festivals, a wonderful selection of restaurants, and a down-home friendliness that says "Howdy" to its visitors.

For the sake of convenience, plan to find lodgings in the downtown area, where everything is a short walk or trolley ride away. You'll be near the famous Paseo del Rio, or Riverwalk, where giant cypress trees shade 2.5 miles of meandering pathways, shops, and sidewalk café’s along the San Antonio River. Kids enjoy seeing the city from a river's view. Riverboats with narrated tours travel back and forth throughout the day and evening.

One of San Antonio's most famous landmarks is the Alamo, immortalized by the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" as Texas fought for independence from Mexico. Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie were among the brave defenders of the mission who died during the battle. Before touring the fort, stop at the IMAX theater across the street see the docudrama Alamo...The Price of Freedom to understand the events that unfolded there.

There's plenty more to do in this scenic city. Billed as the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico, bustling Market Square is filled with mariachi bands; restaurants featuring fresh fajitas, tamales, and gorditos; and shops selling everything from pottery to pinatas. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a theme park with thrilling rides, country-western music shows, and a water park.

San Antonio's SeaWorld has an aquarium with animal shows, an amusement park and a water park. The 750-foot-high Tower of the Americas at HemisFair Park, site of the 1968 World's Fair, offers rides to its top. There you'll find a wonderful view of the city and a restaurant. Another family favorite is Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort.

San Antonio offers one of the best city-wide parties in all of Texas. To learn more about this celebration, which showcases music from around the world and parades, check out the next page.

San Antonio Information

Address: Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau

203 S. St. Mary's St., 2nd floor

San Antonio, TX San

Telephone: 800/447-3372

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