I leave for a work trip to Las Vegas tomorrow until Thursday of next week. Then from the strip I head to San Antonio for a wedding with my boyfriend and his parents. We are really looking forward to visiting this major city with such colonial heritage and history. In preparing for my travels, I thought, why not do some research and post about some things we could do in San Antonio? So without further adieu, here are some attractions and events you might find me at next week!
The original Pearl Brewery was founded in 1883 and was formerly known as the City Brewery. In 1887, the first bottles and wooden kegs of the beer called Pearl rolled off the line and into the local tap rooms. From 1894 to 1916, they grew to become the largest brewery in Texas. However, in 1919 they faced prohibition and many other challenges. After the death of prohibition, the San Antonio Brewing Association changed its name to Pearl Brewing Company and for a little bit of time started production again. In 2001, PBC shut down and Silver Ventures purchased the property. They turned this former brewery into a booming location in 2008, some would call a "neighborhood", creating 324 apartments, leasing space to fifteen restaurants and cafes, thirteen retailers and eighteen residential businesses as well as a twice-a-week Farmers Market. Year round they offer music, food and cultural events and are located right near the beautiful Northern reach of the San Antonio River. We can't wait to check this spot out!
San Antonio Riverwalk
The San Antonio Riverwalk is a network of walkways one story beneath about five miles of downtown San Antonio. The walkways wind around the San Antonio River and are lined with places to shop, eat and drink, and even hotels. The Riverwalk itself is free, though some of the attractions may cost money. It's a great way to spend the day browsing, chatting and having fun with the family. At night, it's also looks like a great place for a potential romantic stroll with your sweetheart.
San Antonio Zoo
You all know how much I love zoos and the San Antonio Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country. Whether you visit for the typical exhibits like monkeys and lions or want to buy a cup of nectar to feed the lorikeets, this zoo has it all! It is recommend that all guests take a ride on the zoo train, a miniature railroad that takes you on a scenic and relaxing tour of some of the area's best attractions, like the Sunken Gardens and Witte Museum.
Tejas Rodeo Company
You can't go to Texas and not see a rodeo, right? The Tejas Rodeo Company offers pro-rodeo shows every Saturday night from March through November. Perfect timing for us! Before the show, we may need to stop in at the Tejas Steakhouse for dinner and test our cowboy skills on the mechanical bull! They are also known for having some of the best live country music around.
The Texas Ranger Museum
The Texas Ranger Museum is home to hundreds of Texas Ranger artifacts including revolvers, automatic handguns, sawed off shotguns, badges, photographs and much more. Notable Texas Rangers exhibited in the collection include Ray Martinez, Joaquin Jackson, John B. Armstrong and Frank Hamer. At the museum, you can literally step back in time in “Rangertown” which looks like San Antonio in the late 1800s. This sounds like a whole lot of fun!
More than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2 acre complex known worldwide as "The Alamo". We can't miss seeing this beautiful historical structure. For over 300 years, the Alamo has been a crossroads for Texas history. Here the Spanish colonization first took hold, Mexico armed its independence and even the Confederacy stood its ground. Yet most come to see the place where a small band of Texans held out for thirteen days against General Antonio López de Santa Anna.
Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty. The memories of James Bowie, David Crockett, and William B. Travis are as powerful today as when the Texan Army under Sam Houston shouted "Remember the Alamo!" as it routed Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. Located on Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio, Texas, the Alamo houses exhibits on the Texas Revolution and Texas History. We can't wait to visit this huge staple in American history.
20nine Restaurant and Wine Bar
So for those of you who know Chris and I well, you know we love wine! Anytime we can get to a place that does wine tastings, we do! And this place sounds perfect for us. 20nine Restaurant and Wine Bar is a place for serious wine drinkers to sit back and enjoy a "Road Trip" of three 2 oz. pours of carefully selected wine, served with tasting notes. They specialize in wine country cuisine using only the finest ingredients. Ah, we are looking forward to checking this place out!
Alamo Helicopter Tours
This scares me but I would maybe be into it. Alamo Helicopter Tours offers a helicopter flight over beautiful San Antonio. Any age can fly and they have tours to fit any budget. Soar high in the sky and take in a bird's eye view of the River Walk, Tower of the Americas and the historic missions. You won't want to forget your camera for this ride!
And with that, we truly look forward to devouring the details of this trip to Texas! See you soon, San Antonio!