Rhino Talks and Elephant Walks
Rhino Talks and Elephant Walks

OFF PROPERTY ATTRACTIONS

 

The Alamo. Experience the site of one of the most notorious battles in history, The Alamo, which is not only    one of Texas’ most important historical landmarks, it is also one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions.  The building, which gained fame in the Texas Revolution, was originally built as a mission in 1718.  Today, owned by the state of Texas and operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas has over 2.5 million visitors annually.

 

Alamo Cenotaph. In honor of the fallen, the Texas Centennial Commission erected the Alamo Cenotaph in Alamo Plaza in 1939.  With the theme “Spirit of Sacrifice,” the marble monument’s facades depict images of the Alamo’s defenders – both famous and the unheralded.  It also lists the names of the men who died during the 13-day siege and final battle.

 

The River Walk. Towering oaks, willows, cypresses and lush green foliage line the banks of this peaceful historic river.  Enjoy the jewel of Texas, the San Antonio River Walk from a unique perspective aboard a Rio San Antonio Cruise where narratives are told from the boat captains.  Visitors can spend countless hours frequenting the shops, galleries and restaurants that stretch along the three miles of the famous River Walk.

 

Majestic Theatre. Located across the street from the hotel, the Majestic Theatre is a national historic landmark. One of the few remaining vintage vaudeville movie places, the Majestic is available for general sessions and private events and is home to the San Antonio Symphony.

 

Tower of the Americas. The 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas  has offered residents and tourists of San Antonio, Texas, the most breathtaking view of the Alamo city while dining at the Tower’s revolving restaurant.  The Tower is operated by Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. offering a banquet and meeting space facility to accommodate a wide range of events, and a Texas-themed 4-D theatre.

 

La Villita. Spanish for “little village”, has history dating back to the mid 1800’s.  Its past also includes witnessing the Battle of the Alamo.  Today,  it is a community of artisans and craftsmen, shops and restaurants – even a post office.

 

Historic Market Square – El Mercado. 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 is also 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.

 

Spanish Governor’s Palace. Labeled “the most beautiful building in San Antonio” by the National Geographic Society and a national historic landmark, it once housed officials of the Spanish Province of Texas.  Over the entrance is the original keystone that contains the carved, double –headed eagle of the Hapsburg coat-of-arms and the date, 1749.

 

Historic King William District. This 25-square-block area south of downtown on the east bank of the San Antonio River is the state’s first-zoned historic district.  Settled by many of the city’s more prominent German merchants, it remains one or the city’s most beautiful residential areas.

 

Hemisfair Park. This area’s greenscapes and dramatic water features are a refreshing retreat from city streets.  The grounds were created as part of the 1968 World’s Fair and were preserved to provide a park and playscape for neighborhoods near downtown.  The area includes the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio, Instituto de México and the Tower of the Americas.

 

Pearl Brewery. The Brewery was built on the banks of the San Antonio River in 1883 to turn its clear, cool water into refreshing cold beer. Today, the River is still vital to Pearl, creating a quiet, lush oasis in a profoundly urban environment.

 

San Antonio Zoo. One of the largest zoos in the nation, exhibiting over 3,500 animals of 600 species.  The Zoo’s current Exhibits include: African Plains, Lory Landing, Gibbon Forest, Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, Reptile House, Hixon Bird House, Richard Friedrich Aquarium, Rift Valley, and Cranes of the World.

 

Natural Bridge Caverns. Experience the 75-minute tour through a half-mile of the largest and most spectacular world’s premier caverns underground.  Natural Bridge Caverns also offers one of Texas largest climbing towers and zip lines.

 

ENTERTAINMENT AND TOURS

 

 

San Antonio possesses a charm like no other city in the world with a culture rich in the arts and history.

 

Take a stroll along El Paseo del Rio, also known as The River Walk. The River Walk lies 20 feet below street level and encompasses three miles of winding pathways and beautiful foliage. This site was recently designated as a horticultural landmark by the American Horticulture Society.  The River Walk is the heart of the city’s tourism business with park-like banks lined with an array of restaurants, bars and shops

 

The pages ahead outline just some of the activities San Antonio has to offer groups. Welcome to San Antonio!

 

MOKARA SPA

 

An extension of La Mansion del Rio, the Mokara Spa is 17,000 square foot of pure luxury: 19 treatment rooms, and separate men’s and women’s facilities that offer steam rooms, saunas and relaxation lounges. Massages, facials and body wraps are available for spouse programs or after-meeting activities.

 

RIVERBOAT CRUISES

 

The barges that cruise the San Antonio River are one of the most loved facets of San Antonio. Whether it is a floating cocktail party, lunch or dinner, having access to this form of transportation or off-site venue is unique to San Antonio.  The barges will pick up guests of both La Mansion and the Watermark for any event planned by the hotel staff.

 

 

                                        GOLF, GOLF, GOLF

 

San Antonio is becoming a major national golf destination and offers a wide variety of public and private courses to choose from.  Mild temperatures and more than 300 days of sunshine per year make golf the perfect group activity for San Antonio.

 

 

THE SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS

 

Board the motor coach for a half-day excursion visiting the historical missions and footprints left by the Spanish missionaries. Learn about the life of the Native American Indians as they were brought into the Spanish culture. See the ageless beauty of the architecture as you visit each of the five missions built in the 1700’s. (The Alamo is one of the missions visited.)

 

 

MUSEUM TOURS

 

San Antonio Museum of Art

Since it’s opening in 1981, the Museum has become home to the regions’ finest display of Greek and Roman Antiquities, Asian Art, Latin American and regional folk art. Housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery built in 1884, this museum has added the Wedgewood; English silver and European glass collection as well as the Rockerfeller Center for Latin American Art.

 

McNay Art Museum

Boxed lunches can be enjoyed on 23 manicured acres surrounding this home/museum. When Marion Koogler McNay died in 1950, her Will established the McNay Art Museum for the “advancement and enjoyment of modern art.” She left her mansion, art collection, and the surrounding acres of land to create the first museum of modern art in Texas. Her collection includes Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse and Rivera.

 

Witte Museum

Located on the edge of scenic Brackenridge Park, the Witte brings history, science and culture to life.  The museum houses an extensive permanent collection of more than 150,000 items, and it showcases American Indian, Texana and natural science objects from South Texas, and an impressive textile collection.  The Witte also presents nationally acclaimed traveling exhibits such as the “American Originals” exhibits from the National Archives in Washington.

 

Museo Alameda

This museum is the first in the nation to be affiliated with the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, and features items from the national collection.  Exhibitions and educational programs focus on Latino and Tejano history, culture and art.

 

 

GRUENE, TEXAS

 

The historic ground of Gruene, Texas is nestled by the Guadalupe River and offers unique hand crafted furniture, antiques and shops. The Old Grist Mill is one of the best restaurants in the area and is located next door to Gruene Hall. John Travolta filmed the movie “Michael” in this dance hall. Not to mention, every 2nd Sunday of the month you can enjoy gospel music at Gruene Hall.  River rafting and cave walking can be added to this tour. The Guadalupe River runs through Gruene and the National Bridge Caverns are just outside of town.

 

 

TUBING ON GUADALUPE RIVER

 

Tubing on the Guadalupe River at its best! River Sports is uniquely located on the Guadalupe River because it is located right in the middle of the famous “Horseshoe Loop”, making “entry to” and “exit from” the river simple and quick. Choose between short and long floats. At the end of the long float, a shuttle will pick you up. This is the best river tubing in Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

Arts and Culture

 

 

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Click now on the link below and reserve your place at the next Squids reunion in SAT in Nov '17!

613th TFS "Squids"            Association

This is the official web site of the 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) "Squids" Association. The unit was first brought on line in 1943 and deactivated in 1991. The Association was formed in June 2015. The vast majority of its membership served at Torrejon AB, Spain,  throughout the 1970s and early '80s when the F-4 "Phantom" was the unit's weapons system.

Questions, Suggestions, Comments, Photos-- Feedback of any kind to Babymac, 613th TFS Association Secretary. 

 

Jimccor@Tampabay.rr.com

 

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