Scenic San Antonio

While visiting this famous Texas town, why not take some time to check out its renowned tourist destinations, including the following must-sees? For more information, visit .
River Walk/Paseo Del Rio
110 Broadway, Ste. 440
Ph: 1-210-227-4262
Paseo Del Rio is located in the heart of downtown. Lush green foliage lines the banks of this historic river. Cobblestone walkways lead visitors to the river-level restaurants and shops. The river bubbles to the surface on the grounds of the University of the Incarnate Word and flows downtown, threading its way through the city, one level below city streets. This was first called Yanaguana by the Payaya Indians, meaning “place of refreshing waters.” Along the horseshoe-shaped riverbend, the river is shaded by towering cypresses, oaks and willows, and bordered by gardens of flowering ornamental plants. River cruisers travel the River Walk’s three miles past unique retail shops, restaurants and nightclubs.
300 Alamo Plaza
Ph: 1-210-225-1391
Open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Sunday
Free Admission
On the east side of Alamo Plaza is the most famous spot in Texas where 189 defenders fell on March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna’s army. Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) was established in 1718 as the city’s first mission. The chapel, one of the most photographed facades in the nation, and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort. The Long Barracks Museum and Library is near the chapel. It contains relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and offers narration on the fall of the Alamo. The Alamo is located in the heart of the city of San Antonio.
La Villita
418 Villita, #900
Ph: 1-210-207-8613
Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., daily
Free admission
This is a unique arts and crafts community with shops, working artists, restaurants and a post office. The Old San Antonio Exhibit (located in Bolivar Hall) houses a collection of art objects, artifacts and symbols relevant to the history. This beautifully landscaped historic district offers leisurely shopping and dining.
Market Square/El Mercado
514 W. Commerce
Ph: 1-210-207-8600
Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free admission
From early morning until late at night, Market Square is alive with activity. Visitors browse through the 32 shops at “El Mercado,” an area patterned after an authentic Mexican market. In addition, there are 80 specialty shops in Farmers Market Plaza. Market Square also is the scene of many Hispanic festivals where food and beverage booths spring up alongside the Guadalajara lamps and the strains of mariachi music blend with the excitement of Mexican dances.