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HemisFair Urban Park

222 Hemisfair Park, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
210-223-3101
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As featured in 3 days in San Antonio
Ranked #77 of 200 attractions in San Antonio
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Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Parks, Water Parks, Playgrounds
Activities: Hiking, Dining
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... more » 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. « less
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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252 reviews 252 reviews
107 attraction reviews
270 helpful votes 270 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
28 helpful votes 28 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
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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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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Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Nice park to walk around in. Make sure you go to the needle, the ride in the outside elevator is FUN - unless you are scared of heights! Then go to the top look out - really amazing on a clear day. The restaurant is good but pricey. ENJOY!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I actually ended up there by accident. I was walking the Riverwalk and saw the sign and just took it. Turns out I did end up making a good choice. 1. It leads to the Tower of the Americas 2. It has some sculptures that you can see while walking 3. It has nice shades areas where you can walk... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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264 attraction reviews
314 helpful votes 314 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This was built for a major "fair of the Americas" almost half a century ago, and, unfortunately, is showing its age. However, I'd still rate this as a very good attraction, and the ease of getting to it just off the Riverwalk is also a good feature. (Just take the Riverwalk spur running between the Grand Hyatt and the Gonzalez... More

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