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HemisFair Urban Park

222 Hemisfair Park, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
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Ranked #76 of 207 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: Playgrounds, Parks, Amusement/ Theme Parks, Water Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Dining
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built for the 1968 HemisFair in honor of the city's 250th anniversary, this delightful park is a local favorite, particularly the water gardens and the kid-designed wood and sand playground, which includes a castle and space tunnel. The highlight is the looming 750-foot tall Tower of the Americas, offering a terrific view of the city.
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Spring Branch, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Much of the western portion of the park will be under construction until spring of '15 but the Tower of the Americas and the Institute of Texan Cultural will both remain poem and are worth the extra effort to get to. And don't miss a performance at the Magik Theatre. The current construction is building a new 4+ acre play... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

When we first walked into the park, we thought maybe we had made a mistake, because it didn't look like there was much there (it may be that we came in from a bad side). But as we got close to the Tower of the Americas, we saw just how pretty this park is! All of the water features are... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Walking shoes. We went when the rain stopped and it was just the right temp and we really got the feel of the park. Must go and explore so have time to read and really take it all in.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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82 reviews 82 reviews
42 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Nice urban park with trees and water fountains. Has the Tower of the Americas in it, plus the Institute of Texan Cultures is right next door. Overall, a cool place to stroll through. Seemed pretty safe as there were tour and school groups there, though I saw some creepers around. Basically just ignored them and moved on. Would go again.

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Jackson, Miss.
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281 reviews 281 reviews
122 attraction reviews
281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We walked over to HemisFair Park from the hotel, taking the long avenue from La Villita that leads visitors directly to the Tower of the Americas. (If you're in the park already, I highly recommend that you visit Tower of the Americas, especially if it's a clear day. Great views!) The park and the tower were both built in the... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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74 reviews 74 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We strolled in the park on our way to/from the Tower of the Americas. It is a nice park. There are lots of waterfalls by the tower. Closer to the street there is a playground with lots of shade. There were people around but it didn't feel crowded. It was very relaxing to sit on a bench and enjoy.

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Spent a couple of hours wandering around the park area. It is currently in transition to become the Urban Park, opening in 2015 if I recall correct. The grounds are still maintained very nicely and there is a playground area for the kids. Near the Tower of the America's there are numerous water fountains that are very pretty. The Tower... More

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Edmonds, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I loved the fountains and the kids playground! The Tower of the Americas is very cool looking too. It is very similar to the Space Needle in Seattle, but a little different at the same time

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Brandon, Florida, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Take the ride up the needle to get a birds eye view of the whole area. Then watch the 3-D action movie at the base for a fun tour of the whole state. Well worth the time.

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Mendota Heights
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I knew nothing of the '68 World's Fair and the hemistower in San Antonio, so this was a nice added surprise to our weekend trip. You hear all about the River Walk and Alamo, so we enjoyed a ride up in the tower (taller than Seattle's Space Needle!) Who knew?!

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