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best place to take 50 something friend?

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best place to take 50 something friend?

.Info please on the most 50 ish friendly places in SA.

San Antonio, Texas
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1. Re: best place to take 50 something friend?

might need to know a little more information about your friend's likes/dislikes to pinpoint attractions. the mcnay art museum is a great start: http://www.mcnayart.org/index2.html

you could go to an event at the Majestic: www.majesticempire.com/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi

or go shopping at La Villita: http://lavillita.com/

Twin Lakes...
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2. Re: best place to take 50 something friend?

I planned on going to La Villita. The art museum looks great.We're staying at the Hotel Contessa on the Riverwalk.Is a taxi from there feasible? We might rent a car for one day.Would that be a better way to get there? It's hard to tell from their web site how far away it is.Thanks for your suggestions.I would also be interested in clubsand nightlife. We're going in March so don't want to be surrounded with spring breakers.

San Antonio, Texas
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3. Re: best place to take 50 something friend?

the McNay is a few miles north of downtown, and taking a taxi is a good option.....the bus would be much less expensive if you don't mind public transporation: http://www.viainfo.net/Ride/Default.aspx

here's a couple of other suggestions for things to do close to downtown: www.texancultures.utsa.edu/public/index.htm

http://www.samuseum.org/temp/

as far as spring breakers are concerned, you won't really have a problem with that. we don't seem to get the college crowds as they flock to South Padre Island on the Texas coast. we get high school and younger kids for spring break, and they go to Fiesta Texas and Seaworld....so they won't affect your vacation. There's plenty of nightlife downtown around the riverwalk (on river level and street level)....such as "Swig" for martinis or the Rivercenter comedy club for laughs.....there's so many different kinds of bars/restaurants/lounges downtown that i suggest you just walk around at night and see what looks fun to you.

San Antonio, TX
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4. Re: best place to take 50 something friend?

For nightlife, I would recommend Howl at the Moon on the Riverwalk. The crowd participation in the sing-a-longs makes it a fun place and it usually has a diverse crowd, so it is never packed with just a young crowd.

Twin Lakes...
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5. Re: best place to take 50 something friend?

Thanks so much for the great tips. We're both loking forward.Never been to Texas!

Minnesota
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Hey Kathy! I think you and your friend will LOVE San Antonio. I have always felt safe in the Riverwalk area, even at night. There is no shortage of entertainment! I have only been there three times, but always in March. I work at a college so I go during Spring Break, yet it isn't an issue with us at all. Since you are from a climate similar to mine I know you will be impressed with all the blooms since we don't have them that early back home and some we don't see at all! If you are lucky the Blue Bonnets may be in bloom. You may have to wander outside of downtown to see a good display, tho!

If you do rent a car for one day you might be interested in the Texas Hill Country, New Braunfels only 15 or 20 miles north of SA. It has an interesting little downtown (Hummel Museum, lots of good eats, an old fashioned Courthouse with a gazeebo in the park. There is also a section called Gruene, pronounced Green, that is fantastic! Picture an old fashioned dance hall with a pot bellied stove, sloped wooden floor, Lone Star beer in bottles and great live entertainment! Within walking distance are several great one-of-a-kind stores including a general store, many antique stores, a bakery, bed & breakfasts and a wonderful restaurant called the Grist Mill which was an actual mill at one time. A small river meanders through the backside of the town which locals use in the summer timer to tube. Although there I notice they spell it "toob". Gruene also has some kind of arts and crafts festival outdoors in March on the weekends that might interest you.

Wherever you go, the food is delicious, abundant and reasonably priced. I just love Texas. The people I've encountered have been geniunely friendly!

San Antonio
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7. Re: best place to take 50 something friend?

I think the most important thing to visit is the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. It consists of a chain of four missions...and then the Alamo is the fifth mission, but not part of the park, and not as interesting or as well-explained. I like to start at the furthest mission and work my way in. Young people are sometimes impatient with this, but fifty year olds are likely to find it fascinating.

You do need a car for this

http://www.nps.gov/saan

San Antonio
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8. Re: best place to take 50 something friend?

I think the most important thing to visit is the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. It consists of a chain of four missions...and then the Alamo is the fifth mission, but not part of the park, and not as interesting or as well-explained. I like to start at the furthest mission and work my way in. Young people are sometimes impatient with this, but fifty year olds are likely to find it fascinating.

You do need a car for this

http://www.nps.gov/saan

San Antonio
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9. Re: best place to take 50 something friend?

Sorry, I don't know why it posted twice!

Twin Lakes...
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10. Re: best place to take 50 something friend?

Thanks so much. I printed all your suggestions.Trip Advisor makes travelling so much more fun.Sorry to you travel agents -don't need you anymore.

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