Known for the Alamo, the number one tourist attraction in Texas and one of the city's five Spanish colonial missions, San Antonio is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture. The iconic Alamo is by far the most famous attraction in San Antonio and is the most visited attraction in the state of Texas. This 18th century Spanish mission was the scene of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, where famous Texans such as James Bowie and Davy Crockett died fighting the Mexican general Santa Anna during the Texas struggle for independence. Visitors can still remember the Alamo today by watching live history demonstrations with actors dressed in period clothes during mock battles and shooting demonstrations.
The River Walk is another popular attraction in San Antonio. Five miles of the River Walk runs through the picturesque city center, which is home to restaurants, clubs and shops. Book a boat ride on the River Walk to see everything this attractive attraction has to offer. For a taste of Mexican culture, visit El Mercado, the largest Mexican market in the United States.
This historic three-block market has more than 100 locally owned indoor and outdoor stores that sell everything from Talavera pottery and artisanal Mexican art to Mexican pastries that melt in your mouth. The San Antonio Zoo has its history in 1914, when Colonel George W. Brackenridge ceded land full of monkeys, lions, bears and buffaloes to the city. Today, families visit the San Antonio Zoo to see 750 species of animals on 56 acres.
The Natural Bridge Caverns take visitors on epic tours through ancient formations 180 feet below the ground. While underground is the most interesting part of Natural Bridge Caverns, they also offer surface attractions, such as a rope adventure course and the extraction of gems and fossils. Trader's Village San Antonio is a massive 250-acre outdoor flea market with 1,000 vendor stalls selling clothing, Mexican candies, leather goods, furniture, tires, plants and more. Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a 450-acre family ranch outside San Antonio and is home to ostriches, giraffes and zebras.
Visitors can get up close to 500 animals (including 40 exotic species) on rides and car rides. Morgan's Wonderland is based on an idea; all children and adults deserve to have fun. This 25-acre amusement park is very accessible to people with special needs and their families. San Antonio is also known for being one of the most attractive business environments due to its highly educated workforce and business-friendly climate.
When San Antonio hosted the 1968 World's Fair, the Tower of the Americas was designed by the famous Texan architect O'Neil Ford. Brackenridge Park is where San Antonio residents go to relax, run, walk their dog, play ball with the kids or celebrate a birthday. The Liberty Bar is one of the oldest bar and restaurant institutions in San Antonio, originally opened in 1984 and located in a renovated building of a Benedictine convent. In addition to art museums, San Antonio is known for the recently renovated Children's Museum and the Witte Museum, which is dedicated to the history of Texas.
With so many industries available, San Antonio is famous for starting careers, raising families and building lives.