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Historic Sites & Landmarks

Enjoy San Antonio’s outdoor historic sites, including parks and gardens, a zoo and a ranch, shopping areas or a grand residential neighborhood.
 

River Walk

Beside the San Antonio River, stone pathways connect shops, restaurants, hotels and museums with a blend of historic and modern architecture. As the heart of the city, the River Walk will soon extend to thirteen miles, connecting many of San Antonio's prestigious museums and historic districts with beautifully preserved 18th century, Spanish colonial missions.  
 

storypicb_botanical-gardens-night.jpgBotanical Garden

This 38-acre living museum entices visitors with seasonal plantings, a serene native forest walk, exotic plant specimens from around the world, modernistic glass pyramids and even an authentic log cabin.  
 

Brackenridge Park

This 343.7-acre park is adjacent to the San Antonio Zoo and River and has many recreational activities for families. The park also includes the Japanese Tea Garden with year-round floral displays, stone bridges, and a 60-foot waterfall.  
 

Brackenridge Park Golf Course

The Brackenridge Golf Course, the oldest 18-hole public course in the state, was designed in 1915 and hosted the first Texas Open in 1922. Today, the course is still a true test of shot-making.  
 

The Guenther House

In 1860, Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, built an elegant home nestled between his mill and the San Antonio River. Today, this beautifully restored home offers a museum featuring mill memorabilia, River Mill store and a charming restaurant that proves to be a local favorite.
 

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Hemisfair Park

Built to host the 1968 World's Fair, the parks lushly landscaped areas and dramatic, cascading waterfalls offer a refreshing retreat from city streets and includes the 750-foot tall Tower of the Americas.  
 

Historic Sunset Station at St. Paul Square

Sunset Station is nestled in the historic St. Paul district, offering a unique experience in downtown San Antonio. Take a self-paced walking tour to marvel at turn of the century architecture, have lunch at Aldaco's Fine Mexican Cuisine then enjoy one of many concerts from all genres of music.  
 

Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden is adjacent to the Sunken Garden Theater in Brackenridge Park. Built in an historic rock quarry, it features gorgeous floral displays, a waterfall and a habitat for Koi and aquatic plants, as well as the historic Jingu House Café.
 

King William Historic District

In the late 1800's, this 25-block area near downtown was settled by prominent German merchants and was the most elegant residential area in the city. King William was zoned as the state's first historic district.  
 

La Villita Historic Arts Village

La Villita is home to many delicious restaurants and shops featuring art galleries, crafts, jewelry and clothing.  
 

storypicb_main-plaza-over-(1).jpgMain Plaza

San Antonio's Main Plaza, home to San Fernando Cathedral, dates back to the early 1700's and was restored in 2008, vitalizing the city's center.  
 

The Market Square (El Mercado)

Market Square, the largest Mexican market in the U.S., provides a variety of dining, shopping and festivals.
 

Natural Bridge Caverns

Experience one of the world's premier caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns. Take one of three tours and see an incredible underground world of natural beauty.  
 

Old Spanish Trail

From St. Augustine, Florida to San Diego, California, the Old Spanish Trail links cities of Spanish conquest and settlement.  
 

storypicb_san-antonio-zoo-sunbear.jpgSan Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo is ranked as one of the best zoos in the nation exhibiting over 3,500 animals of 600 species. Located at the headwaters of the San Antonio River, the Zoo encompasses 35 landscaped acres. Get close to one of nature’s largest mammals! Touch and even feed the Zoo’s two hippos during this truly unique behind-the-scenes interaction. Learn more and book the experience.
 

San Pedro Springs Park

A beautiful place for a family event or afternoon stroll, San Pedro Springs Park is San Antonio’s oldest park and the second oldest park in the U.S. behind Boston Common.  
 

The Steves Homestead

The Steves Homestead, maintained since 1954 as a historic house museum, is a Victorian French Second Empire design, three-story residence in the King William area built for Edward Steves in 1876 and furnished in a late 19th-century style.  
 

Villa Finale

Villa Finale is home to exhibitions focusing on the history of the beautiful King William neighborhood including Villa Finale, the first National Trust Historic Site in Texas.
 
 

Historic Landmarks


Admire the façade of San Fernando Cathedral, the renovated interior of the Spanish Governor's Palace, and the more intricate structures that were built in the early 1900s. The city took shape with simple structures, but soon began building in stone—both around squares in the new city center and south along the San Antonio River. 
 

Alamo

The first mission established in San Antonio, the Alamo (San Antonio de Valero) served as a way station between east Texas and Mexico. Already 100 years old when it fell in the Battle of the Alamo, you'll find in the heart of the city the often-photographed church façade, as well as relics in the Long Barrack Museum.  Also make sure to explore Battle for Texas: The Experience (located nearby at The Shops at Rivercenter) for even more Alamo artifacts and multimedia reenactments.
 

Aztec on the River

The Aztec on the River is set in an historic 1926 movie palace which has been meticulously restored, complete with a Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ. Modern enhancements have been added to create an incredible experience, including a multi-million dollar special effects show in the Grand Lobby, plus shopping and dining options.  
 

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower is filled with significant works of fine art, such as hand-carved Stations of the Cross, a hand-carved retablo above the main altar, marble altars and beautiful stained glass.  
 

Casa Navarro State Historic Site

Casa Navarro is nestled in downtown San Antonio. The half-acre site is the restored home of Texas patriot José Antonio Navarro (1795 - 1871). Today, visitors can tour Navarro's adobe home furnished with period antiques, read copies of his writing, and discuss questions of history with informed interpreters.  
 

storypicb_empire-theater.jpgCharline McCombs Empire Theatre

The Empire has been used as a venue for vaudeville, silent and talking motion pictures, concerts and live theatre. The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre's intimate and charming atmosphere lends itself to first-rate theatre, contemporary concerts, comedians and performing arts events.
 

Fort Sam Houston

Established in 1845, the fort moved to its present location in 1876. The post is known as the birthplace of military aviation and the site of the first flight of a military aircraft in 1910 and is now known as the home of Army medicine.  
 

storypicb_majestic-theatre.jpgMajestic Theatre

The ornate Majestic Theatre is one of the few remaining vintage vaudeville movie palaces. The theater is home to the San Antonio Symphony and the AT&T Broadway Series.
 

Mission Concepción

Arguably the most beautiful mission, Concepción looks much like it did almost three centuries ago.
 

Mission Espada

Mission Espada contains the best-preserved segment of the acequia (irrigation system) that was used to bring water to the fields.
 

Mission San José

Established in 1720, San José became known as the "Queen of the Missions" for its grand design of stone walls, bastions and magnificent church.
 

storypicb_san-huan-belltower.jpgMission San Juan

Mission San Juan's fertile farmlands allowed it to be self-sustainable; its chapel and bell tower are still in use today.
 

San Fernando Cathedral

Texas hero James Bowie married Ursula de Veramendi in its sanctuary, and Mexican General Santa Anna used the church as a lookout. Today, San Fernando still serves the city and citizens, now as the cathedral of the Diocese of San Antonio. Built in 1738, its history includes both religious and secular duties.
 

Southwest School of Art 

On an historic 1851 campus alongside San Antonio's River Walk, the Southwest School of Art is one of the nation’s largest community-based art schools, offering classes to established artists as well as to beginning and intermediate students of all ages.  
 

storypicb_governor-palace.jpgSpanish Governor's Palace

A national historic landmark, labeled "the most beautiful building in San Antonio" by the National Geographic Society, this building once housed the officials of the Spanish Province of Texas. Over the entrance is the original keystone which contains the carved, double-headed eagle of the Hapsburg coat-of-arms and the inscription, in Spanish, "finished in 1749."  
 

Tower of the Americas

For more than 35 years, the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas has provided breathtaking views of the Alamo City. Dine at the Tower's revolving restaurant or enjoy the scenery from the observation deck.