The first people who lived in this lush river valley called the area Yanaguana (refreshing waters). In 1691, a brigade of explorers from Querétaro in New Spain arrived on St. Anthony's feast day. They called the place San Antonio.

Since then, their settlement has played a central role in the history of North America.

For over 100 years, San Antonio was the capital of the Spanish Province of Texas.

The Alamo, one of several missions established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century, was the site of a dramatic battle (in 1836) between México and Texas.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, San Antonio became a major center of agricultural trade and international business.

Today, San Antonio is the eighth-largest city in the U.S. and a major component of economic development in the Western Hemisphere. Its world-class health-care and high-tech research institutions generate new knowledge and adventurous insights. The Riverwalk, near the Alamo downtown, is a meandering, enchanting fiesta of dining, nightlife, and shopping year round. And the city's art adventures, theme parks, music, and theater showcase the bi-lingual, multicultural life of the southwest's most cosmopolitan city.

San Antonio is one of the most fascinating cities in America -- not simply because it has a Latin heritage, but also because its mix of Latin- and Anglo- American is like a dense, delicious cake, multilayered, with unexpected flavor combinations."
--Daisann McLane, The New York Times




   

DOWNTOWN
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center


CENTRAL SAN ANTONIO WALKING TOURS
King William Historic District

La Villita


The River Walk


Texas Star Trail


EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS
St. Philip's College
 
St. Mary's University
 
San Antonio College
 
The Southwest School of Art and Craft
 
Southwest Research Institute
 
Trinity University
 
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Escuela Permanente de Extensión en San Antonio
 
University of Texas Health Science t San Antonio
 
University of Texas at San Antonio


NEWSPAPERS
La Prensa de San Antonio
 
Nueva Opinión
 
San Antonio Express-News


MAPS AND WEATHER
Downtown San Antonio
 
San Antonio Metropolitan Area
 
The current San Antonio weather forecast
 

  ENTERTAINMENT
San Antonio Current

 
RESTAURANT DIRECTORY
Confetti


DIVERSIONS

The Alamo
 
[ArtPace]
A foundation for contemporary art.
 
Brackenridge Park
Miniature railroad, Japanese tea garden, paddleboats, and the San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium.
 
Far West Rodeo
Dance hall and rodeo extravaganza.
 
Fiesta Texas
A Six Flags theme park.
 
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
The arts and cultures of the Chicano/Latino/Native American peoples.
 
Hertzberg Circus Collection & Museum
Circus memorabilia from 19th- and early 20th-century America.
 
IMAX Theater
Alamo: The Price of Freedom.
 
Institute of Texan Cultures
The history and diverse cultures of the many ethnic groups that settled Texas.
 
McNay Art Museum
The first museum of modern art in Texas, founded in 1950.
 
Paris Hatters
World-famous hat store, founded in 1917.
 
The River Walk (Paseo del Rio)
 
San Antonio Children's Museum
 
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
 
San Antonio Museum of Art
 
San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium
 
Sea World
 

For complete information on San Antonio's tourist attractions, contact:
San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau

P.O. Box 2277
San Antonio, Texas 78298-2277 USA
800.447.3372
sacvb@sanantoniocvb.com

 

 
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