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Fun Things to do in San Antonio

Things to Do — By charlottetallman on May 21, 2010 at 2:03 am

San Antonio is an area rich in culture and fun! From visiting the Texas Hill Country to strolling along the River Walk, the area is rich in beauty, history and excitement.

The Texas Hill Country starts north of San Antonio and provides miles of lush landscape and rivers. As the name details, the terrain is mountainous and provides year-round recreation including river tubing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, leisurely driving, cycling and antique shopping.

The Japanese Tea Gardens, adjacent to the Sunken Garden Theater in Brackenridge Park, features beautiful floral displays, an impressive waterfall and a pond for Koi and aquatic plants. The garden architecture is known world-wide, bringing visitors to tour the landscaped grounds and quarried rock architecture. The site is designated as a Texas Civil Engineering Landmark, a Registered Texas Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. The Sunken Garden Theater is an open-air amphitheater used for visiting artists and city events. Seating includes 872 installed seats and room for 4,800 spectators.

brackenridge park

Photo courtesy of Sean Loyless

The King William National Historic District is a 25-block area near downtown San Antonio along the south bank of the San Antonio River. The area began as rich farmland watered through aquifers from the San Antonio River until the rich and famous of the late 1800s were attracted by the surrounding beauty, when it became the most elegant residential area in the city. Prominent German merchants originally settled the area and built up gorgeous mansions and entertainment venues. Even after those who built it up left and the area began to deteriorate, a resurgence of interest in the 1980s reclaimed the area and it was once again built up with historical sophistication. The area was zoned as the state’s first historic district, and now offers a look into the past for anyone walking by the grand and gorgeous homes.

king william district

Photo Courtesy of ChicagoGeek

Tags: brackenridge park, japanese tea garden, king william district, riverwalk, san antonio, texas hill country

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