With vast lands and military presence, you might think San Antonio, Texas is a dull place. Read on and discover why millions of tourists visit this city annually.
San Antonio is the second largest Texan city and seventh largest in the United States. It is the gateway to the American Southwest. It is home to over 1.3 million people and attracts about 26 million visitors and tourists annually.
There are plenty of military installations here in the city. Lackland Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, Brooks City-Base, and the Randolph Air Force Base and the Kelly Air Force Base are just some of San Antonio’s military outposts. These are however only part of San Antonio’s fame. With its rich cultural heritage, obviously Hispanic, San Antonio is a fascinating place to visit.
Paseo del Rio or the River Walk, is a creative genius of the 1920’s. This network of walkways runs along the San Antonio River and is one level down the main streets of downtown San Antonio. Built as an alternative to a paved over walkway over the San Antonio River, architect Robert Hugman designed a plan toward both commercial development and flood prevention. The result is an intricate pedestrian street a step below downtown San Antonio’s vehicles street now lined with bars, cafes and shops, forming an important part of the city’s urban life.
The Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a seasonal theme part sitting on a 200-acre land in an old San Antonio quarry. Taking almost two years to construct, this theme park is more than just rides and fireworks display. With the White Water Bay, its water theme park, music shows and laser shows at nights, it is a truly different amusement experience for people young and old. The Fiesta Texas’ themes and parks are renovated periodically for a fresh new look and feel.
The SeaWorld San Antonio is another reason tourists flock to this city. This marine-life themed park located on the Westover Hills is part of the SeaWorld chain. The world’s largest of its kind, the SeaWorld San Antonio plays host to an annual Halloween party called Howl-O-Scream. This annual Halloween event features Jack the Pumpkin King along with Hunted Houses and Scare Zones for a spooky fun and thrill.
SeaWorld’s shows use top of the line 4D graphics and animation in giant screens for an even realistic feel. Locals and tourists alike, young and old, first timers or old timers, all love the shows.
The McNay Art Museum is a hub for art buffs in Texas. Built in 1950, it is the first modern art museum in all of Texas. American art teacher and painter Marion Koogler McNay is credited for this museum. Her 24-room mansion of a Spanish Colonial Revival style sitting on a 23-acre of land with broad lawns, a Japanese-inspired pond and garden and landscaped fountains was half of her original bequest.
The other half is her extensive and important art collection. The museum’s collection now include 19th and 20th century American and European art pieces from famous artists like Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera. Now at about 14, 000 art pieces, the McNay Art Museum’s collection is the finest of Contemporary Art and Culture in the US Southwest.
The people of San Antonio, Texas have plenty to be proud of. Apart of its rich cultural heritage and diverse population and its wealthy oil industry which saw millionaires among them, one of NBA’s more successful teams in the league’s history calls it home. The San Antonio Spurs is a Texan attraction themselves.