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See San Antonio 2

Welcome to the San Antonio Visitor's Center walking tour!

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 4.3 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview:  Welcome to San Antonio, Texas! On this tour you'll be strolling through some of San Antonio's most historic sites, see some great... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Alamo Grounds

As you exit the Visitors Center’s front doors, swing two rights and walk into the little plaza area. What on earth are these little stone formations? you might ask. Though at the outset it may look like a bizarre use of space, these stone structures are actually preserved pieces of an original Alamo grounds building. Right in the center of the ... More

Just off the River Walk a couple blocks away from the Alamo is the historic Buckhorn Museum and Saloon. A man named Albert Friedlich opened the Buckhorn in 1881 with the standing offer to all patrons: "Bring in your deer antlers and you trade them for a shot of whiskey or a beer. " So those of you who can't figure out what to do with all those ... More

Just down the block from the Buckhorn Museum, is the San Antonio Children's Museum. This is a great place to bring your kids for some hands-on educational fun. You and your kids can learn and play together among the 80 exhibits that the museum has to offer. The museum's three floors features exhibits like the Texas Treasure Cave and Runway #9, ... More

Let's go see the Tower of Americas. To get there, continue along the central path and look for the statue of Francisco Madero. Bear right past the lnstituteo De Mexico and proceed to the huge looming Tower of the Americas.

If you are looking for a breathtaking awe-inspiring panoramic view of San Antonio, you have come to the right place. The ... More

Walking through the historic district of La Villita is almost like stepping back in time. As you amble along the stone laid paths between the tiny cottage-like buildings, you can snag a unique glimpse of what the city of San Antonio must have looked like at the turn of the century. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the history ... More

Another beautiful mansion that you can visit is the Steves Homestead Museum. Prominent San Antonio architect Alfred Giles (whom you may remember from the Menger Hotel) is presumed to be the designer of this stately Victorian house that was built in 1876 for Edward Steves, founder of the Steves Lumber Company. The architecture of the ashlar... More

The Guenther House was the primary residence of Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills. After emigrating from Germany and traveling through the Midwest, Guenther eventually settled in Texas, and built a flourmill in nearby Fredericksburg. After a shattering draught killed his business, he decided to capitalize on the resourceful... More

Right here in HemisFair Park in the heart of San Antonio sits the state's "primary center for multicultural education". Representing the third campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, this museum and library offers an abundance of exhibits, programs and events year round that celebrate multicultural and ethnic diversity and their impact ... More

HemisFair Park was Texas's original site for the 1968 World Fair. The World's Fair was held in conjunction with the 250th anniversary of the founding of San Antonio. The fair's theme was: "The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas". In that spirit, more than thirty nations from around the world came here to participate and host their own... More

Listed in the National Historic Register and the Guinness Book of World Records, The Fairmount Hotel has got some tales to tell. Built in 1906, this historic hotel was at risk for demolition in 1984 so that a new retail and lodging space could go up in its place. However, with San Antonio being a city that treasures its historic buildings, a... More

11. Lila Cockrell Theatre

As we descend back into the River Walk, if you look up to your right, you'll see the majestic Lila Cockrell Theatre. The theatre is named for former mayor, Lila Cockrell, who is well respected for her contributions as president of the League of Women Voters of San Antonio, vice-chair of the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women and... More

A native San Antonian, Henry B. Gonzalez was a highly regarded figure in politics who was respected for his liberal views and initiatives to investigate the deaths of JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr, among other things. He is credited for paving "the way for other Hispanics to succeed in politics." After serving on the San Antonio city council,... More

Even more historic is the Menger Bar. This taproom has been in operation since 1887, when the hotel's manager Hermann Kampmann decided to recreate a replica of the House of Lords Pub in London. After scrutinizing the original pub in London, the architect replicated its style and materials here for a hefty price of $60,000. Note the... More

Go straight through the exit doors by the IMAX to the back entrance of the Menger Hotel. Directly across from you is the back entrance of the Menger Hotel. Go inside and continue through the hallway to the main lobby.

The historic Menger Hotel was the brainchild of Texas brewer William Menger. Before he became a hotelier, William Menger... More

Our next stop is perhaps Texas’ most eminent landmark of all: The Alamo. Before it became the famous site of Texas’ historic battle for independence from Mexico, for seventy years the Alamo was simply a mission complex, home to missionaries and their Indian converts. It was then known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, the first of many missions... More