"San Antonio--La Ciudad...A Walk Thru History" Top 5 Page for this destination San Antonio by VeronicaG

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UPDATE (January 2008): We took our son's family to San Antonio for New Year's Eve this year. They were visiting from Chile, so it was quite the spectacle for them. The dazzling Christmas lights strung along the River Walk and the festive atmosphere made our visit over the holiday a wonderful event! I've added several new tips...

Last year my husband and I traveled to San Antonio for Christmas (2006). The holiday is a terrific time to stop by this lovely historic city. The Riverwalk is pulsing with excitement, the colorful lights glimmering over the canal create a holiday that's memorable.


(Summer 2006) I've been wanting to see San Antonio for a very long time. This dream was realized recently when my husband, grandson and I flew there from the Dallas area. We had just moved here from New Jersey and were anxious to explore our new home state.

San Antonio doesn't seem like the 7th largest city in the United States. It has the feel of a small, historic neighborhood. Perhaps because most of the historic sites are located within the same area.

Spain claimed this region in the 1500's. It was settled by Spanish missionaries and immigrants from the Canary Islands. Five historic missions were built here from 1718-1731, all located near the San Antonio river (once known as the Yanaguana, by native Indians)

The first mission to be constructed was Mision San Antonio de Valero, which later became known as The Alamo. It received its name in the early 1800's when the Spanish military occupied the former mission and named it in honor of their hometown, Alamo de Parras, Coahuila.

Four other missions, Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan and Espada, are still standing today and are active parishes. They are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and are open daily from 9 am-5 pm with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. There is no charge to view them.

The River Walk was first conceived by architect, Robert H.H. Hugman in the l920's, according to our guide on the Rio San Antonio Boat Cruise. Originally just the back of office buildings faced the river. Due to his efforts, the River Walk has evolved into the tourist attraction it is today.

The narrow river snakes three miles through the town where restaurants and shops line its edges. Crowds of people were there to experience all that the city has to offer when we visited a few days ago. The atmosphere was spirited and friendly! We hope to visit often.

  • Last visit to San Antonio: Jan 2008
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  • taigaa001's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    The town of Alamo is also known by boat ride along the canal, very informative page. The town seems to have some historical places. It's like Venice or Japan's Yanagawa?

  • iblatt's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    Hello Veronica! I'll start reading your Texas pages, as I'm going to San Antonio for a professional meeting in December! Regards from Israel, Ilan

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    ~ Hi, Veronica~! Thanx for your excellent stories!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    San Antonio certainly has a lot to offer! The Alamo, river cruise, IMAX Theatre, the Tower of Americas, Arneson River Theatre and San Antonio Missions certainly look attractive to visit. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    That really looks like a nice & interesting place, I'm not surprised you visit this town often!

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    Nice page about San Antonio

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2008 at 3:19 AM

    What a fun place to take the family to celebrate the new year. Excellent updates and interesting info.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2008 at 4:07 AM

    Nice additions to this page Veronica. New Year in San Antonio looks like a lot of fun. leyle

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2008 at 5:50 AM

    Just a quick look at some new info. you've added here and enjoyed some of the older info. as well. San Antonio looks like a great place to spend New Year's! Curious what the temperature is at that time of year! sylvia

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 6:47 AM

    Looks to me as if you found the very best S.A. has to offer. Brought back memories of our visit years ago. You explored far more than we had time for. Love the missions...you did a good job there. We enjoyed dinner along the river walk.

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