San Antonio Visitor's Guide
San Antonio is the ideal blend of Texas history and a
cosmopolitan city. The Omni San Antonio Hotel puts you near everything,
including Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Sea World San Antonio. Discover
centuries of history from the popular Alamo to La Villita (downtown), or tempt
your palette with authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. A visit to San Antonio can
also be just plain fun: Amusement parks, museums, shopping and golf courses are
also popular choices for visitors to this charming destination.
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San Antonio River Walk
The San Antonio River Walk is a
verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush
landscapes. It gently winds through the city center, providing millions of
visitors each year with scenic pathways and waterways leading to the city’s
cultural and historic sites. The River Walk serves as a picturesque link
between restaurants, hotels and shops.
The Alamo & Missions
In the 18th century,
Franciscan priests from Spain established five Catholic missions along the San
Antonio River, primarily to extend Spain’s dominion northward from Mexico, but
also to convert and educate the native population. Today, the five missions
(Alamo, Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan and Mission
Espada) represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in
North America, and they have been nominated for World Heritage Status.
Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) was founded in 1718 as the first
mission in San Antonio, serving as a way station between east Texas and Mexico.
In 1836, decades after the mission had closed, the Alamo became an inspiration
and a motivation for liberty during the Texas Revolution.
For 13 days in 1836, close to 200 Texas defenders held the Alamo from over one
thousand of General Santa Anna's troops from Mexico. The most famous of the
defenders, William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett, died fighting
overwhelming odds for freedom.
You can watch the most accurate depiction of the Battle of the Alamo at the IMAX
The new Iron
Rattler coaster ride at Six
Flags® Fiesta Texas promises a screaming good time.
San Antonio’s whimsical water park, Aquatica, brings the South Seas to
Wonderland offers the ultimate amusement park adventure, as it is designed
for individuals with special needs in mind, but fun for people of all
San Antonio’s family fun includes 50 rides on 20 acres and attractions such
as weekly "Dive In Movies.”
Waterpark in New Braunfels keeps you cool with 17 water slides, three miles
of tube chutes, three uphill water coasters and the newest attraction—The
Falls, the world’s longest water ride.
Acres Golf and Games has an abundance of activities ranging from miniature
golf to bumper boats to paintball.
Ride an old-fashioned Ferris wheel and hard-carved carousel animals at Kiddie
Park, "America’s Oldest Children’s Amusement Park.”
San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium, the nation’s third oldest zoo, houses over
8,500 animals of 779 species and is the only zoo in the country with a
designated area for children age 5 and younger.
Bridge Caverns is a vast limestone cavern carved over millions of
years by underground water and features formations such as "soda straw”
stalactites and waves of "cave ribbon” and hanging "chandeliers.” From May to
October, watch millions of bats spiral out of Bracken Cave during the nightly
Bracken Bat Flight.
Caverns in Boerne is the only cavern in Texas with a 100-foot waterfall.
Bridge Wildlife Ranch offers a safari-like driving experience to
view and photograph more than 500 animals from 40 species of native, exotic and
World Park in San Marcos boasts the nation’s only "earthquake cave”
and includes an observation tower, anti-gravity house and petting park.
Park is a 343-acre emerald of trees and trails along the San Antonio River.
You’ll find several playscapes with slides and tubes, swings and a see-saw. You
can also feed ducks at the river, and ride the miniature train around the park.
Bridge Caverns offers three activities in one. Grapple your way to the top
of the 60-foot, four-tier adventure course, testing agility, balance and strength
on 47 obstacles. A Canopy Kids Course is designed for toddlers and young
children. Take a ride on one of the four zip lines, gliding high above the
Texas Hill Country.
fun and family friendly, this restaurant at the edge of downtown has something
for all ages. Bands play every night to diners indoors or out. Kids get to
scramble over an outdoor playscape with slides and a climbing wall as parents
listen to music and keep an eye on them. Older children can play basketball or
playscape tucked into this 15-acre downtown park engages the imagination of any
child. Winding stairs and pathways, towers topped with spires, slides and
swings, and nooks and crannies will keep youngsters busy for hours.
Walk, run or
ride a bike on the latest expansion of the River Walk. The Mission Reach
extends south of downtown from Lone Star Boulevard to connect missions Concepción,
Juan and Espada.
The eight-mile expansion is now open.
Park is an oasis in the heart of San Antonio’s north side. The 311-acre former
dairy farm is our newest city park and the largest to be opened here since the
1800s. Both sections of the park include walking trails, picnic tables,
playgrounds for children and enclosed dog parks.
collection of shops at the foothills of the scenic Texas Hill Country is not
your typical mall. You’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, rippling water, sweet
scents of baking pastries and, ensconced in the middle, a bright four-level
playscape perched on a foam floor. Trees and overhead tarps filter the sun.
down-home Texas experience, where kids play in the back yard as slow-cooked
meats fill the air with spicy aromas, this pit-barbecue shack across from
Walker Historic Landmark Park is perfect. Linger over cold drinks on an outdoor
patio as children climb and slide on a playscape or have fun in a sandbox.
From the Omni Hotel:
Arts & Culture
San Antonio Art Museum – 10 minutes
Missions of San Antonio, 18th Century missions – 12 minutes
Vietnam Veterans Memorial – 8.5 miles
McNay Art Museum – 10 miles
Institute of Texas Cultures – 10 miles
Children’s Museum – 10 miles
HemisFair historical landmark – 10 miles
Majestic Theater – 10 miles
The Alamo and IMAX Theatre – 10 miles
Witte Museum – 10 miles
Six Flags Fiesta Texas amusement park – 5.5 miles
Riverwalk, cobblestone walkways lined with restaurants and shops – 10 miles
Tower of the Americas – 10 miles
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Plaza Theatre of Wax – 10 miles
Sea World of Texas – 18 miles
Natural Bridge Caverns – 30 miles
The Colonnade, a 66-acre dining, shopping and entertainment complex – adjacent
Huebner Oaks, upscale outdoor mall – 1 mile
Ingram Park Mall – 4 miles
North Star Mall – 5 miles
The Shops at La Cantera – 5 miles
La Villita, a unique arts and crafts community with shops and restaurants – 9
Market Square, a unique area patterned after an authentic Mexican Market – 9
The Quarry Market – 11 miles
Antique shopping in the town of Boerne – 15 miles
San Marcos Outlet Mall – 50 miles
Antonio Botanical Gardens – 8.5 miles
San Antonio Zoo – 10 miles
Splashtown – 10.5 miles
Cascade Caverns – 15 miles
Guadalupe River State Park– 20 miles
Schlitterbahn Water Park – 35 miles
Wonder World caves – 50 miles\
Dining & Entertainment
La Cantera Championship Golf course – 3 miles
Quarry golf course – 6 miles
Cedar Creek golf course – 6 miles
Tejano Rodeo – 6.5 miles
Silverhorn golf course – 9 miles
SBC Center, home to the NBA Spurs and WNBA Silver Stars – 19 miles
Tapatio Springs golf – 20 miles
San Antonio Raceway – 36 miles
Bolo's Rotisserie Grille–
Texas Land & Cattle Steakhouse – 1 block SE
Sushi Zushi – 3 blocks SW
Outback Steakhouse – 1 mile NE
Champs Americana Sports Bar & Grill – 1 mile N
Alamo Cafe (Tex-Mex) – 2 miles SE
Carrabbas (Italian) – 2 miles N
Sea Island (Seafood) – 1 mile
Ajuua Restaurant – 0.2 miles
The Egg & I - 0.2 miles
Luce Ristorante – 1.5 miles
Order-up Restaurant - .3 miles
Wasabi Restaurant – 0.2 miles