San Antonio attractions

May 1, 2005

Welcome to San Antonio, the city Mark Twain once called one of the four unique cities in the United States. The others—Boston, New Orleans, and San Francisco—are special in their own right, but none of them have the Alamo or the River Walk so close at hand that AUA meeting attendees can visit them on their lunch break. You'll be amazed at all there is to see and do in San Antonio. Use this list of attractions, presented in alphabetical order, to plan your days here. (Note that the area code for all phone numbers is 210, unless indicated otherwise.)

Welcome to San Antonio, the city Mark Twain once called one of the four unique cities in the United States. The others-Boston, New Orleans, and San Francisco-are special in their own right, but none of them have the Alamo or the River Walk so close at hand that AUA meeting attendees can visit them on their lunch break. You'll be amazed at all there is to see and do in San Antonio. Use this list of attractions, presented in alphabetical order, to plan your days here. (Note that the area code for all phone numbers is 210, unless indicated otherwise.)

For the best in San Antonio dining.

Casa Navarro State Historical Park (226-4801) is the home site of Jose Antonio Navarro (1795-1871), a Texas legislator under Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and the United States. It is the site of Navarro's furnished house, first residence, and store. Navarro's life illustrates Texas' rich Mexican history and heritage. Conversational tours and exhibits are provided. Open 10 AM to 4 PM, Wednesday to Sunday. Admission is $2.

Showing at the IMAX Theatre At Rivercenter (247-4629) is "Alamo-The Price of Freedom," a 45-minute docudrama about the 13-day siege and fall of the Alamo. Watch the battle unfold, where 189 defenders fought and died for the cause of Texas liberty. The immense screen and magnetic stereo sound system places the viewer in the middle of the action. Hours are 9 AM to 10 PM daily. Admission is $8.95 for adults.

The King William Historic Area is a 25-block area near downtown on the south bank of the San Antonio River. In the late 1800s, the King William District was the most elegant residential area in the city. Prominent German merchants originally settled the area. It was zoned as the state's first historic district and has once again become a fashionable neighborhood.