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Address: 222 Hemisfair Park, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: 210-223-3101
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Built for the 1968 HemisFair in honor of the city's 250th anniversary...

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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Site of 1968 World's Fair

HemisFair Park was the site of the 1968 World's Fair, and since then it has gone through several incarnations. It's now being upgraded to add more activities and attractions for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
San Antonio, Texas

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Tyler, Texas
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are downtown with kids this park is a must do! They have a new area with giant checker and chess games, ping pong, foos ball and fun climbing, swinging and play areas for the kids.

Thank angierouse
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266 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went with our grandkids to this new urban park. It is very nice with a huge sand play area and water features, swings, jungle gym, merry go round, games and changing areas if kids get wet and dirty. They even had a piano for kids to play. There are park helpers that set up the games and keep the... More 

Thank Traveldiive
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited San Antonio a couple of years ago, walked the path beside the canal. Took time to visit the HemisFair Park, once the location of the Conference of the Americas. It was a hot and bright summer day. The dry air was suddenly moist due to ample water at the water garden. Children really enjoyed themselves, immersed in some of... More 

Thank Harlan D
San Antonio, Texas
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100 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

HemisFair Park was the site of the 1968 World's Fair, and since then it has gone through several incarnations. It's now being upgraded to add more activities and attractions for people of all ages. It's worth a stroll.

Thank Divascribe2
League City, Texas
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Special weekday happy hour menu for food and drinks. While the bar does not revolve like the restaurant it is still a great view. Well worth doing. Though limited choices there was a had good variety. Got there right when happy hour started to get a great table (right behind the bar).

Thank Susan J
Tucson Arizona
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387 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,777 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

After spending hours at the "Institute of Texan Cultures", we walked back to our hotel through this area. It being Labor Day, there were hundreds of people there, and it was hot and humid. We had planned to walk in a straight line, but all those beautiful fountains, and cascading waterfalls made us take a detour loop just so we... More 

2 Thank NYU62
Lubbock, Texas
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Maybe I'm biased because I used to come here as a kid in the early 70's when they still had attractions (rides, games, etc.). I told my son how cool it was and wanted to show him. We walked over from the Menger and was very disappointed as there is nothing to see but some old run-down houses and the... More 

1 Thank Jim L
San Antonio, Texas
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38 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Most obvious within the park is the Tower of Americas. Within the tower are displays that provide details on the history of the area. The viewing deck at the top of the tower provides a full view of the city. Down below there are various sculptures and water displays.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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229 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We really enjoyed HemisFair Park. We took a nice walk along the paths and loved the water fountains and how pretty everything was. We had our fur baby with us, so it was a nice walk for him also. We went around 10:00 a.m. so it wasn't crowded and all who were there seemed to be enjoying as much as... More 

2 Thank judy177
Duluth, Minnesota
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99 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

What is left is a shell of the former world expo park. Most of the land is gone, most of the buildings are unoccupied and/or in poor condition. But there are upsides. Its a crazy easy walk out of the convention center end of the riverwalk. The Tower of Americas is pretty cool, and the tower is surrounded by an... More 

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