LASR.net Homepage




Menu

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

Military Bases

Since San Antonio's founding as a presidio more than two centuries ago, the military has been an integral part of the city. Most military installations require a visitor's pass, which usually may be obtained at the gate. For security reasons, some areas are restricted.

San Antonio, TX Military Bases

Casa Navarro State Historic Site

Former home of eminent statesman, rancher, Jose Antonio Navarro. Site consists of three restored structures: his home, kitchen and office. Navarro was among signers of Texas Declaration of Independence. Restored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.;

San Antonio, TX Historic Sites

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Set in a limestone quarry, the 200-acre park highlights Texas culture and music. Attractions include such rides as "Superman Krypton Coaster," and Boomerang, a super coaster that throws riders for a loop and then all over again backwards! The Park also has two water attractions:

San Antonio, TX Amusement Parks

The Alamo City Grand Tour

Blending the history of San Antonio with its current culture, the Alamo City Grand Tour offers an encompassing view of the San Antonio landscape as you visit the Alamo, Governor's Palace, Riverwalk and more! You'll travel by motor coach along the 8

San Antonio, TX Tours

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

African safari, Texas style! In the comfort of your own vehicle you can travel through hundreds of acres of picturesque, historical ranch land, viewing more than 50 species of animals from all over the world in a natural environment. Snack bar, picnic area. Exit 175 off I-35;

San Antonio, TX Wildlife Areas

Things to do near San Antonio, TX

Alamo Cenotaph

Dominating the plaza in front of the Alamo, the monument was designed by Pompeo Coppini, eminent Italian-born sculptor who ad...

Shrine of La Virgen de San Juan del Valle

An elaborate Catholic church, completed in 1954, included many imported objects of art. It was destroyed by fire after an air...

Club At Sonterra, The -North - Sunburst

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

Fort McIntosh

Established by Army in 1848 immediately following Mexican War, fort was in continuous use until May, 1946. It was originally ...

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

600-acre area set aside to preserve native flora and fauna of lower Rio Grande Valley. On banks of Rio Grande, park offers pi...