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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

Fort Sam Houston

Established in 1845 and moved to its present location in 1876, this installation has long been one of the Army'

San Antonio, TX Forts

Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo

Known as the Queen of Missions, is both a State and National Historic Site. Founded 1720; church built between 1768-82

San Antonio, TX Missions

Spanish Governor's Palace

In 1772, San Antonio became seat of Spanish government in Texas, headquartered at 10-room Spanish Governor's Palace on Military Plaza. It was to this adobe-walled structure that Moses Austin came in 1820

San Antonio, TX Structural Landmarks

King William District

Area settled by prominent German merchants in late 19th century, designated state'

San Antonio, TX Historic Districts

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Like both Espada and Concepcion, established 1731

San Antonio, TX Missions

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...

Westin La Cantera Resort Golf Club, The -Resort

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 30 days...

Choke Canyon Reservoir Birding

As part of a joint project of the Bureau of Reclamation and the American Birding Association, Choke Canyon Reservoir has been...

Woodlake Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...