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San Antonio, Texas

In 1718, at an Indian village at the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country, Spain established Mission San Antonio de Valero (later called the Alamo). A customary accompanying presidio (fort), San Antonio de Bexar (Bay-her), protected mission endeavors. Today's city and county names of San Antonio, are derived from those 18th-century Spanish beginnings that predate the founding of the United States by more than half a century.

Institutions of higher learning include the University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake Univeristy, St. Mary's University, National University of Mexico, Trinity University, San Antonio College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Some popular events include the the Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony in December, the Texas Folklife Festival in June, the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo in mid-February, the Starving Artists Show held at La Villita and along the River Walk each Easter, and the San Antonio New World Wine and Food Festival each fall.

Fiesta San Antonio spans 10 days the third and fourth weeks of April. This major event includes art exhibitions, the coronation of King Antonio, the Pilgrimage to the Alamo, concerts, parades, the "Night in Old San Antonio" festival and more.

The Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Baseball Stadium is the home for the San Antonio Missions. The beautiful facility is at Callaghan Road and U.S. 90 West.

San Antonio is noted for its excellent golf courses with numerous municipal courses throughout the city. The newest are the Palmer Course at La Cantera, La Cantera Golf Course near Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the Quarry Golf Course.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Monarch Collectibles

Dolls of every description can be found in the quaint Queen Anne-style house. More than 3,000

San Antonio, TX Collections

Missions of San Antonio

In addition to the Alamo, which is managed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, four other San Antonio missions form the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. They were established by Franciscan friars in the early 18th century. A map for the "Mission Trail" driving route (

San Antonio, TX Missions

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Like both Espada and Concepcion, established 1731

San Antonio, TX Missions

San Antonio Zoo

More than 3,500 animals of 750 different species found in one of the premier zoos in North America. This AZA (American Zoo and Aquarium Association) accredited zoo, established in 1914

San Antonio, TX Zoos

Botanical Garden

33 acres of display gardens, fountains, and natural areas (Major walkways wheelchair accessible). Included is the Lucile Halsell Conservatory, a 90,000-square-foot complex of below-ground houses that use the earth'

San Antonio, TX Botanical Gardens

Things to do near San Antonio, TX

Edinburg Municipal Waterparks

Family fun at three-pool swimming facility featuring 125-foot figure-eight water slide, water basketball, sand-pit volleyball...

Art and Wildlife Collection

Western landscape oil paintings are displayed in the lobby of the Dilley State Bank. Many trophy mounts native to the Dilley ...

Palm View Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1 days...

Washington's Birthday Celebration Museum

Displays of sparkling gowns, photos and other memorabilia tell the story of Laredo's Washington's Birthday Celebration, now m...

Monarch Collectibles

Dolls of every description can be found in the quaint Queen Anne-style house. More than 3,000 dolls on display. Miniature dol...