San Antonio is known for...
Fiesta started over 120 years ago with a horse drawn carriage decorated with flowers. Honoring the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, the procession became known as the Battle of Flowers parade. It is considered the most famous part of Fiesta and is the only parade in the U.S. coordinated by women, all of whom are volunteers. These days, there are eleven parades and eleven days of scheduled celebrations. Fiesta hosts over 100 official events all hosted by non-profit organizations or military units. Guests choose from festivals, concerts, parades, contests and more.
2. River Walk:
‘America’s greatest vacation destination’ is just one description of the San Antonio River Walk. Like San Antonio itself, the River Walk is a multi-cultural buffet of experiences. Visitors can stroll along the river banks or take a river taxi. Tex-Mex, Italian, Irish and other fine restaurants line the watersides. Locals and tourists alike sip cold margaritas in the sunshine. Visitors enjoy outdoor musical performances at historic Arneson Theatre. During San Antonio’s eleven day Fiesta celebration, the annual floating Fiesta Flambeau Parade is a magical event. The Alamo and the Tower of Americas attract millions of visitors each year and are within walking distance.
Considered a cultural crossroads, San Antonio is most directly influenced by its Spanish and Mexican roots. Here, Tex-Mex is a dietary mainstay. Jalapeños accompany many dishes (even hamburgers!) and reflect San Antonio’s love for spicy cuisine. Melted cheese and tortillas are the heart of many Tex-Mex meals. Fajitas, a traditional meal made with flank steak or chicken and served in tortillas is a Tex-Mex invention. Diners like to enjoy margaritas, beers, iced tea and wines made in the wineries surrounding the city. With over a million people, San Antonio offers an endless choice of restaurants for all budgets and occasions.
4. Family Friendly Destinations:
San Antonio boasts eight different theme parks. The world’s largest marine life park, Sea World San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas are the two largest. In addition to modern day attractions, the city is home to Kiddie Park, the nation’s oldest amusement park. Locals rent tubes and float down the Guadalupe River. Experience an important part of San Antonio’s history and see the Alamo. Visit the River Walk, see the San Antonio Zoo, play miniature golf, enjoy local museums or take in an outdoor concert. The city also offers a wide range of free or inexpensive options.
5. San Antonio Spurs:
San Antonio is home to spectacular food, beautiful sights and exciting destinations. Still, it can be argued that locals are the most proud and have the most passion about their professional basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs. Spurs’ fans are enthusiastic and dedicated to their team. One family recently named their twin babies after point guard, Tony Parker and power forward, Tim Duncan. The Spurs have won four NBA championships and home court is at the AT&T Center. Many visitors to San Antonio time their vacation to coincide with a Spurs’ game.