San Antonio, lying at the border of America and Mexico, shows its rich historical roots that include its Spanish Texas era from 1690 to 1821, its inclusion in the Mexican sovereignty until 1836, and its status as an American state in 1861.
This article will show several locations that showcase the history of San Antonio along with several selections of current modern attractions.
National Museum of the Pacific War
This historical museum showcases several collections of various armaments from both the Allied and the Japanese forces during the Pacific War. Additionally, it has several realistic depictions and reenactment of the crucial events in the infamous international conflict.
To commemorate the hero of San Antonio during World War 2, the museum also shows depiction of bravery from Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Due to his role in World War 2, he became the hero of Fredericksburg, a prominent town in San Antonio.
The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Located in one of the remaining German settlements in San Antonio, this natural granite dome adds more attraction to the town of Fredericksburg. Its pink shade makes it one of the most eccentric attractions in San Antonio.
Additionally, with a height that reaches up to 425 feet, people can easily mistake it as a replica of the Uluru, a famous Australian Monolith.
San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden
This attraction presents an escape from the busy streets of San Antonio. The San Antonio Japanese Tea garden was made in early 1900, and it is commonly referred to as the Sunken Garden. Its entrance is one of the more interesting parts of this attraction, showing a vivid replica of the Torii, a Japanese Temple Gate.
Natural Bridge Caverns
The Natural Bridge Caverns have several attractions inside, including 10,000 stalactites, which was aptly named as Sherwood Forest. Any visitor would be in awe for its limestone bridge measuring up to 60 feet.
Its main attraction, however, is the King’s Throne in the Castle of the White Giants, which is a huge stalactite formation that reaches up to 40 feet high.
San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum
The San Antonio Museum of Art is adjacent to the famous San Antonio River Walk, and it shows a vast collection of ancient artifacts from the Greek and Roman civilizations. It also has a decent collection of Asian, American, European and Latin artworks.
The McNay Art Museum, on the other hand, has a wide collection of newer artworks, which includes several contemporary and modern artworks from India.
San Antonio for Kids: Zoos and Theme Parks
San Antonio for Kids: Zoos and Theme Parks is a go-to destination for people travelling with children. Its Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch offers a drive-through adventure showcasing over 50 animal species from all over the world, freely roaming a wide and open ranch.
It also has the Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the Splashtown San Antonio which showcases rollercoaster rides, theme parks, and waterslides. Lastly, the SeaWorld contains several attractions and exhibits where children can see killer whales up close.
San Fernando Cathedral
San Fernando Cathedral is one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States, and it is the famous burial grounds of the Alamo heroes. It also played an instrumental role in the history of San Antonio, starting the Mexican invasion of Texas from the Spanish colonizers.
With such a wide selection of tourist hotspot as well as cultural destinations, San Antonio can cater to every type of visitor in San Antonio. The city also has less popular but equally amazing hidden destinations that only the avid travellers can explore.