La Villita, south of the River Walk in downtown San Antonio, was originally settled nearly 300 years ago as one of the city's first neighborhoods. In 1939, La Villita Historic Arts Village was established and the neighborhood was adapted into a center for teaching regional arts and crafts and to serve as an artists market. Today, nearly 30 shops and galleries offer distinct handcrafted items by artists from San Antonio and surrounding areas. You'll find paintings, folk art, textiles, sculptures, copper wares, jewelry, and more. Plus, in the midst of these tree-lined walkways and plazas, enjoy a savory culinary experience at the area restaurants with options ranging from traditional Mexican flavors to steakhouse favorites. For individual shop listings click the website link located under the logo image on this page.
The McNay Art Museum, located in San Antonio and named for founder Marion Koogler McNay, is the first museum of modern art in Texas.
Becoming the McNay
Ohio-born heiress Marion Koogler first visited San Antonio in 1918, shortly after her marriage to Sergeant Don Denton McNay, who was called to active duty in Laredo, Texas. Later that year Don McNay died from the Spanish flu. In 1926, Marion moved to San Antonio, where she met and married prominent ophthalmologist Donald T. Atkinson. The following year, she purchased her first modern oil painting, Diego Rivera’s Delfina Flores, and the Atkinsons commissioned San Antonio architects Atlee and Robert Ayres to design a 24-room Spanish Colonial-Revival house that would one day become the core of the McNay Art Museum. Marion continued to collect 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings, as well as Southwest art from New Mexico. When her marriage to Atkinson ended in 1936, she returned to using her first husband’s name. At her death in 1950, Marion left her collection of more than 700 works of art, along with the house, the surrounding 23 acres, and an endowment to establish the first museum of modern art in Texas. In 1954 the McNay opened its doors to the public. The Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, built in 2008 and designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, added 45,000 square feet to the museum and created gallery space for major exhibitions, a sculpture gallery and garden, a lecture hall, and classrooms for the museum’s many educational programs.
The McNay Today
Since Marion McNay’s original bequest in 1950, the museum’s collection has expanded to over 22,000 works including:
Medieval and Renaissance art
19th- through 21st- century European and American paintings, sculptures, and photographs
One of the finest collections of prints and drawings in the Southwest
The exceptional Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts
Jeanne and Irving Mathews Collection of Art Glass
Art of New Mexico
Since 1888 the San Antonio Mission Baseball Club has been a historic institution in the Alamo City. The Missions are a member of the Pacific Coast League and the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Missions Baseball offers fans a glimpse of the future stars of Major League Baseball right here in their own back yard.
The Missions have a longstanding tradition of producing top talent to the Major Leagues as nine former Missions are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame including Pedro Martinez, Mike Piazza, Dennis Eckersley, Brooks Robinson, and Fernando Valenzuela.
Bring your family, friends, community group, or business out to Nelson Wolff Stadium and enjoy summer nights under stadium lights at an affordable cost. The ballpark is conveniently located off highway 90 West, just 15 minutes from downtown.
For more information visit samissions.com
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is our multi-million dollar haunted house with live actors and special effects take haunted houses to the next level. Scares lurk in every corner of this creepy renovated mansion, just waiting to “welcome” you to their home.
That high pitched scream you hear… yea that’s you.
Enjoy a combination of world record artifacts, exhibits, videos, touch screen computers, games, and interactive trivia Featuring the NEW Attempt Arena. Take a chance at breaking a world record during your visit!
Journey down into the ancient tomb of the Egyptian God, Anubis in our adventure Tomb Rider 3D! Test your bravery at the Haunted Adventure and feel free to scream your head off!
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Downtown San Antonio's 2 Newest Attractions open in May 2019! LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground! LEGOLAND Discovery Center San Antonio will feature ten themed LEGO play zones, LEGO San Antonio MINILAND®, two LEGO themed rides and our 4D cinema. SEA LIFE San Antonio is an amazing underwater world complete with beautiful creatures from local and international waters. This fun, family-friendly experience aims to amaze and educate visitors with a love for our ocean
Natural Bridge Caverns is so much more than one of the most treasured natural attractions Texas has to offer. This beautiful and historical cavern system offers an experience that is high energy, educational, fun and family oriented. Whether you are a first timer, an avid caver or someone in between, Natural Bridge Caverns awaits with a once in a lifetime experience you'll never forget.
Pan for precious stones, take the ultimate leap of faith from the Canopy Challenge, go caving on one of our adventure tours or simply experience nature on the original Discovery Tour. Bring your family, your church group or your classroom. With so much to do, see and learn, once you've experienced Natural Bridge Caverns, we promise you'll be coming back for more.
ARTS San Antonio’s mission is to entertain, enrich and educate the people of San Antonio and South Texas.
Our beliefs and core values
We believe that performing-arts experiences are integral to the development and well-being of people in all communities.
We aspire to enrich the cultural heritage, elevate the reputation, and magnify the potential of our citizens and community by joining San Antonians with world-class artists.
We seek to inspire our audiences by bringing exceptional and meaningful arts experiences to the people, stages, and classrooms of San Antonio.
We present the highest-quality performing arts and arts education in a manner that represents our values of accessibility, collaboration, diversity, excellence, and financial responsibility.
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The Spanish Governor’s Palace, a National Historic Landmark, is the last visible trace of the Presidio San Antonio de Bexar and the only remaining example in Texas of an aristocratic 18th-century Spanish Colonial town house. Constructed in 1749, it was used as the headquarters and residence of the captain of the San Antonio De Bexar Presidio and given the name the "Spanish Governor's Palace.” The building is a long one-story, U-shaped stone structure covered in stucco that surrounds a traditional Spanish patio and courtyard. Since 1931, it has operated as a Museum of Spanish Colonial History.
The Spanish Governor's Palace is located at 105 Plaza de Armas in San Antonio, Texas 78205. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The fees are $5 adult regular admission, $3 for seniors and military, and $3 for children ages 7 through 13. Children under the age of seven are free. For admission or rental information, call (210) 224-0601.
San Antonio’s a city that marches to the beat of its own drum. It paints to the stroke of its own brush. And it rocks to the tune of its own guitar. Just like Freetail. A little bit of that San Antonio flair goes into each and every ounce of beer we brew—the food, the art, the music, and culture.
We make Freetail for everybody that makes San Antonio the best city in Texas, including you. So whether you’re a long-time resident or just passin’ through, hang with a local. Hang with Freetail.
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It’s a whole new year of thrills at SeaWorld® and Aquatica® San Antonio. There’s more to soak, more to soar, and all new experiences in store. Come nose to bottlenose at Discovery Point with some of the sea’s most extraordinary mammals. It’s the most exciting year ever, with thrilling rides including Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster, and all new Taumata Racer®. Your visit to SeaWorld helps support animal rescue efforts, with over 33,000 and counting. Don’t wait, come celebrate!
Directions: 16 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio at Ellison Drive and Westover Hills Boulevard, off State Highway 151.
Come Visit Us!
Experience Thousands of Species and Interactive Exhibits
…for Kids and Families
Among the exhibits featured throughout San Antonio’s newest attraction are a wide variety of amphibians, an interactive Lorikeet and Parakeet Aviary, and a variety of cold water and tropical fish. In addition, San Antonio Aquarium features sharks, a stingray touch tank, and a rainforest with hundreds of reptiles!
The San Antonio Aquarium welcomes everyone to enjoy the unique interactive experiences found within, and is especially excited to introduce children and families to the world beneath the ocean’s surface. Guests are encouraged to hand feed sharks, rays, birds, and fish, or to get up close and personal with many of the reptiles and other animals on exhibit. Above all, the San Antonio Aquarium promotes education through an interactive experience in a comfortable environment. Kids and adults alike are sure to be amazed at the soft skin of sharks and rays among other experiences.
The San Antonio Aquarium provides children and families access to the excitement and learning opportunities of the ocean without the long trip to the coast. Guests can watch jellyfish gently float and glow and admire the bright and colorful corals, all within easy reach of home. The Aquarium offers multiple educational programs and events for kids, as well as behind the scenes tours for those curious about just what it takes to keep an aquarium in good working order. Popular programs developed by the owners from their other locations, such as Birthday Parties, Octopus Encounters and Sleep with the Sharks programs, will also be featured here at the San Antonio Aquarium.
For more information call 210-310-3210.
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Open Daily from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Splashtown San Antonio is 20 landscaped acres of cool, clean water excitement!
Just 3 minutes north of downtown San Antonio, our Family Waterpark has something fun for everyone!!!
Bienvenidos a Historic Market Square!...one of the largest Mexican markets outside of Mexico! Since the 1820s, Market Square has been a place for generations of residents and visitors to meet, shop, dine, and dance. Explore over 100 locally owned shops in festive indoor malls filled with authentic Talavera pottery, exotic curios, handcrafted gifts and leather goods, and colorful 'south of the border' clothing. Savor traditional Mexican fare at nationally renowned restaurants and surround yourself with the sounds of Mariachi and Tejano music. If that's not enough, nearly every weekend you can experience the rich cultural traditions of Folklorico dancing on one of several stages throughout the marketplace. Historic Market Square is sure to have something for everyone!
Go Rio Cruises offers an unforgettable way to experience the world-famous San Antonio River Walk. It captures the sights, wonders and culture of the River City. Take a guided or specialty tour, chartered excursion or catch a ride on a river taxi to experience the soul of San Antonio. These engaging tours are both informative and humorous. Learn more or buy tickets in advance online at GoRioCruises.com. Tickets may also be purchased at one of three ticket kiosks located on the River Walk. Tickets are non-refundable. The new fleet of electric boats are quiet, roomy, ADA accessible, and environmentally-friendly. No pets except service dogs.
Tours are offered 9am-10pm daily. Taxis are 9am- 9pm. During peak periods, hours of operation my be extended. Boats do not run during inclement weather.
Narrated River Cruises: (leave the 3 docks every 15 minutes)
Bexar County Residents ($10 - I.D. Required)
Children ($6 - 1- 5 years, under 12 months-free on lap)
Active Military ($9 - I.D. Required, validd for spouse and their children under 18 yrs)
Veterans ($9, for veteran only)
Seniors 65+ ($9 - I.D. Required)
Shuttle Rides: (valid 9am-9pm)
One-way pass $10
One-day pass $12
Three-day pass $25
One-day pass $12
One-day pass $16
Three-day pass $25
Bexar County Residents $25
A Breathtaking View at the Tower of the Americas
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