Will Rogers once called San Antonio one of the four unique cities in the United States. The city certainly lives up to this description. San Antonio, with a population of just overone million, is one of the most attractive and livable cities in America. Despite its size San Antonio maintains the atmosphere of a smaller town.
Downtown San Antonio has a wide variety of attractions, which may explain why it is the seventh most visited city in the U.S. Perhaps the most famous site in San Antonio is the Alamo, the Catholic mission that was the site of the courageous stand for Texas independence in 1836. The Alamo is part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, which also contains the oldest church in the United States, along with restored examples of early Spanish architecture.
The HemisFair Park and its 750-foot Tower of the Americas was built for the 1968 World's Fair held in San Antonio (called HemisFair '68). The Texas Pavilion at HemisFair '68 ultimately evolved into the Institute of Texan Cultures, which is an educational center maintained by The University of Texas at San Antonio. Dedicated to the preservation of the diverse multinational cultures that are the fabric of modern Texas, the Texas Folklife Festival held each August is just one of the events sponsored by the Institute.
No visit to the downtown area is complete without a stroll along the Paseo del Rio, or "River Walk." Set below street level, this picturesque 2.5 mile stretch of the San Antonio River contains numerous restaurants, shops and nightclubs, including Hard Rock Cafe. It is the site of many seasonal and cultural activities.
San Antonio is an exciting place to live, full of activities throughout the year for the whole family to enjoy. Kids of all ages can explore a number of theme parks including Sea World of Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and two water parks (Schlitterbahn and Splashtown).
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