Explore San Antonio

San Antonio Landmarks

Things to Do — By charlottetallman on May 21, 2010 at 2:44 am

San Antonio is a land of history and popular landmarks, allowing visitors to the area an abundance of opportunities.

Spend the day walking along the San Antonio River Walk, the country’s oldest and most extensive Spanish-colonial water system. What once supplied water to San Antonio’s five historic missions now serves as a three-mile winding walkway featuring a variety in dining, art, shopping and entertainment.

History buffs will not want to miss out on the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which was created in 1718 as Franciscan and Spanish council established the first of five historical missions brought to life along the San Antonio River. The five missions were created to turn the Native American population into Spanish citizens, but ultimately became educational centers increasing economic enterprise in the area, leading up to the current thriving River Walk.

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Photo courtesy of jdtornow @Flickr

For a panoramic view of San Antonio, visit the Tower of the Americas. At 750 feet above the city, viewers can walk along an observation deck at the Flags Over Texas Observatory or dine in the rotating restaurant, the Chart House, in a tower built in 1968 for the World’s Fair.

Animal lovers will want to stop by the San Antonio Zoo, named the third largest zoo in the United States. Opened in the 1800s, the San Antonio Zoo features 3,500 animals representing 600 species of animals.

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Photo courtesy of Eddy

The Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo, was originally established as a mission in 1718 and now sits as a reminder for 189 defenders who fell there on March 6, 1836 after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna’s army. The Alamo chapel and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort, but the museum contains relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and offers a factual narration on the fall of the Alamo.

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