San Antonio Journals

San Antonio

Best of IgoUgo

A travel journal to San Antonio by Katie Morgan

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) Photo, San Antonio, Texas More Photos
Quote: San Antonio - Texas - best known for the Alamo. Home to the NBA Spurs. Famous for its downtown restoration and the Riverwalk. A city of multicultural heritage, parks, plazas, and missions.

San Antonio

Overview

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Remember the Alamo, a featured stop in downtown San Antonio, is only one of the highlights of this city. The Pase Del Rio (Riverwalk) is a paradise of outdoor dining and quaint shopping. La Villita, the original 'little village' of San Antonio is a haven to artisans and craftsman. El Mercado (the Market) features a range of Mexican shopping and food. The Alamo is one of five missions. The others: San Jose, Concepcion, San Juan Capistrano, and San Francisco de la Espada are all must see 1700 missions. For family fun there is Sea World, Fiesta Texas, SA Zoo, Witte Museum, and SA Museum of Art. Summers here range from hot to hotter and hottest. Sunscreen and lots of water are a must. Quic...Read More

HOLIDAY INN CROCKETT ALAMO

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Crocket Hotel"

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Beautifully restored hotel with an enclosed courtyard facing the center of the hotel and overlooking the lobby. Historic hotel, walking distance to the Alamo. Gift shop. Pool. Pets welcome, but with $100 deposit, $50 of which is non-refundable.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2000

HOLIDAY INN CROCKETT ALAMO
320 BONHAM STREET
San Antonio, Texas 78205
210-225-6500

Dave and Buster's

Attraction | "Dave and Busters"

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If you haven't been to a Dave and Busters, you are missing out on some great date fun. This can only be described as an adult 'Chuckee Cheese'. The food is the usual hamburgers, chicken sandwhiches and such, but good and plenty of it for the price. Pool tables and video arcarde games are the highlight of the evening. Race sports cars or skidoos against your family and friends, or take on strangers. One section of the arcade spits out tickets which can be redeemed for fun prizes. Unlike some arcades a modest amount of tickets will have you taking home Dave and Buster gear like t-shirts and mini-basketballs. Children are permitted, but must be supervised at all times. Beer is served.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2000

Dave and Buster's
440 Crossroads Blvd
San Antonio, Texas 78201
+1 210 515 1515

San Jose Mission

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Attraction | "Mission San Jose"

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In 1720 Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus founded the best known of the San Antonio missions - San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo. The exquisite detail of the church's famous Rose Window demonstrates the work of the artisans who built this chapel. The Roman Catholic church keeps a parish here and you can worship here Sunday mornings for mass. The grounds are under restoration. In the spring, they are so muddy you can barely navigate you way from the front gates to the church. Late summer, the same courtyard is flourishing in green and you can almost imagine what life here would have been like. This is the most complete of the missions with a full set of massive stone walls, and many useable rooms....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2000

San Jose Mission
6701 San Jose Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78214
(210) 923-8681

Mission San Juan

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A beautiful church amid the ruins of the mission. Renovation here is in full swing (07/00) Restoration is being made on the cemetery and other surrounding buildings. Remains of the Indians buried here were moved many years ago to another internment spot. This mission was once the favored for its rich farmland and abundant supply of crops. Gardens and orchards flourished here on the east bank of the San Antonio River. The mission was originally established in East Texas and moved to this location in 1731.

There are restrooms here, but otherwise this mission is not as developed as the Alamo, Concepcion, or Jose. Many tourists do not make the trip to see San Juan or Espada.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2000

Mission San Juan
9101 Graf Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78214
(210) 534-0749

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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The Mission San Antonio de Valero, commonly called the Alamo, was founded in 1718. It was the first of five missions along the San Antonio River. It has been under the care of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas since 1905. Without their protection it is possible that the Alamo would have been allowed to crumble or would have been torn down. Each spring, Fiesta is celebrated around Easter. The parade of the flowers celebrates the early processions the Daughters of the Republic of Texas started when they walked enmass down the street laden with flowers and placed them at the steps of the Alamo in remembrance of the famous battle. There is no charge for visiting this historic landmark. Most ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2000

The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero)
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 225-1391

Mission Concepcion

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Once the most important of the five missions, the mission of Nestra Senor de la Purisima Concepcion housed the president of the missions - the highest ranking priest in the area. From here he made decisions for the running and the unity of the San Antonio missions. This mission is in desperate need of renovations and some are already under progress. With the murals painted into the walls you see both the Indian and the later German influence of this area. The Roman Catholic church maintains a small parish here with services held at 10:30 on Sundays. Park Services has a small gift shop here with a small but interesting collection of bilinqual books of the area. There is no charge for the m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2000

Mission Concepcion
807 Mission Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78210
(210) 534-1540

San Antonio Riverwalk

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Attraction | "Paseo Del Rio"

San Antonio Riverwalk Photo, San Antonio, Texas
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The Riverwalk is one level below the street. The detoured channel of the San Antonio River, circles around the downtown area. On either side, you'll find cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants, shopping, and places to just sit and watch the crowd go by. Every night is Fiesta night at the Riverwalk. Sidewalk vendors sell night light gear - necklaces, headbands, and roses are among the crowd favorites. Music of every variety emits from the night spots along the path. Take a ride on the riverboats or even have dinner as you cruise. Horse drawn carriage rides give you a view of the Riverwalk from above as they circle the city. There is nothing like it anywhere. It's always a festival, every night of the y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2000

San Antonio Riverwalk
200 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 227-4262

Mission Espada

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Attraction

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Following the Mission Road from the Mission San Juan to the Mission Espada takes you across the Espada dam. The San Antonio River is nothing more than a large stream at many points. That is true at the dam, where the water flows over the road as you drive across. A local hangout for residents, you'll probably find young boys in the water swimming and fishing and a snow cone truck parked in the shade. The mission is about two miles further. It's buildings are in near ruin. It's wall are long gone. but the chapel with it's three bell construction is worth the visit. Morning light is best for photography as the sun sets behind the chapel causing a good bit of glare. Espada mission fashioned itself on a S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2000

Mission Espada
Mission Road
San Antonio, Texas 78214
(210) 627-2064

SeaWorld San Antonio

Attraction | "Sea World"

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Tickets $33 for adults, $23 for children 3-11. 250 acres and 25 exhibits. Sea World Texas has all the usual features: Shamu, Dolphins, Whales, Sea Lions, and other performing creatures are featured in their three sea water shows. In addition, you can catch a water-skiing show or an ice skating show. There are interactive tanks for feeding and petting the dolphins and for feeding sea lions. These are located in separate sections of the park. The many marine biologist and college students the park hires man the interactive areas. They are pleasant and well versed on the animals on exhibit. They take the time to answer your questions and make your visit more personal. This park also has t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2000

SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 Sea World Dr
San Antonio, Texas 78251
(800) 700-7786

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Attraction | "Fiesta Texas - Six Flags Park"

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This is 200 acres of musical theatre, rides, rollercoasters, water parks, and high-tech games. The day starts with running to get on every ride you can. For an extra price you can be pulled up in a canopy style ride 16 stories into the air and then with the pull of the cord (you pull or you don't ride) you and your team-mates (this is a three seater) come flying back down like a couple of dead weights on the end of a large rubber band. Then you bounce, and you bounce, and you bounce. I've never been bungee jumping, but this looks to be about the same, except that you don't drop with the cords attached to your feet. Crowds gather below this ride and cheer the group on. It's a park high point (if you da...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2000

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 IH-10 West
San Antonio, Texas 78257
(210) 697-5050

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Located at 115 Main Plaza in the downtown area of the city, it was established as a parish for the original Canary Islanders who settled San Antonio. Construction began in 1731. The cathedral is an active parish with daily and weekend masses. Tradition holds that the remains of the Alamo defenders were interred at the front of this church.
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Home church for the well-published minister Max Lucado. Currently three Sunday morning services. 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30. Child care is available for the 8:30 and 10:00 services. For more information you can find them at www.oakhillschurchofchrist.org.

Cornerstone Church

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San Antonio is home for a number of highly recognizable ministers including John Haggee whose home church is Cornerstone. Cornerstone is easily accesible off the 1604. Sunday morning services are held at 8:30 and 10:45. Call the church to confirm times.