San Antonio Texas

snntnMost people will be familiar with the term “Remember the Alamo!” which commemorated the failure of American fighters to hold the former Franciscan mission from Mexican forces in a bid to gain liberty during the Texas Revolution.

To recap, quoting from the official website: “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.”

The Alamo is now one of the most visited sites in America.

Whilst San Antonio is the second biggest city in Texas, it has much more than merely The Alamo to make it worth the visit.

In fact, the San Antonio River Walk is certainly another of that city’s great attractions.

The walk forms part of a public park and constitutes a series of pathways along the banks of the San Antonio River, with a total distance of about five miles until it reaches the Guadalupe River. The walkway is lined with shops, restaurants and cafes and follows both banks of the river. The walkway links a number of other San Antonio attractions including the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery.

Whilst most people do use the walkways, another great way to appreciate the attraction is to take a boat ride along the river. These are run by Rio San Antonio Cruises who host a 35-minute cruise along the river.

Although it is well inland, San Antonio also has a Seaworld. This facility features rides, marine animal exhibits and animal shows. One of the big attractions here is the beluga whales. Nicknamed “sea canaries” by mariners, belugas are often heard before seen thanks to their unmistakable birdlike songs. Instead of dorsal fins, they have a low dorsal ridge that lets them easily swim beneath thick ice sheets and find breathing holes.

San Antonio Zoo is another popular attraction. Open all year, it fills an area of 35 acres within which are kept over 9,000 animals of 750 species. Opened in 1914, it was one of the world’s first ‘cageless’ zoos and has a successful breeding programme that has produced white rhinos and snow leopards.

Whilst the Battle of The Alamo may have been brutal it has ultimately created a fantastic Tex-Mex culture in San Antonio that is best experienced in the many Tex-Mex restaurants within the city and the vibrant Tex-Mex music that should be a feature of any visit there.

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