San Antonio Facts
|Country||USA (United States of America)|
|Counties||Bexar County, Comal County|
|Total Area||412.1 sq miles|
|Lat Long Coordinates||29.4239° N, 98.4933° W|
|Time Zone||CST (UTC−06:00)|
|Major Religion||Catholic, Christian|
|Museums||The McNay,San Antonio Art League Museum,San Antonio Museum of Art,Institute of Texan Cultures|
|Universities||University of Texas at San Antonio,St. Mary’s University,Trinity University|
San Antonio Tourist Attraction:
- Majestic Theatre
- Palmer Course at La Cantera
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
- Mission San Jose
- River Walk
- San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral
- San Antonio Botanical Garden
- Morgan’s Wonderland
- Natural Bridge Caverns
- Mission Concepcion
San Antonio is named after Saint Anthony of Padua. In terms of population, this is the second largest city in Texas and the eighth largest in the United States. San Antonio is famous in the world for its River Walk and for Alamo, which is a shrine of national independence.
Hotels in San Antonio:
Budget accommodations like the Microtel Inns, Red Roof Inn and the Hampton Inn are available. Those on a mid-range budget can stay at the St. Anthony or the Holiday Inns and Embassy Suites Hotels located conveniently from major downtown attractions and the Airport.
High End travelers can indulge in the latest and very extravagant Westin Riverwalk Hotel. The Marriot Rivercenter and the elegant Menger Hotel are located on the River Walk.
Get to San Antonio TX
San Antonio International Airport is located 16 kms from the downtown area. Visitors can travel to the city center using the airport shuttle, assorted rental cars and taxis. There are railroad connections to cities like Los Angeles and New Orleans. The Greyhound bus services offer daily trips from Austin, Dallas and New Orleans. Most travelers generally drive in to the city using the Interstate Highways.
San Antonio Climate:
San Antonio experiences a modified subtropical climate. The summers of San Antonio are usually quite hot. Maximum temperatures daily touch the 90o F mark about 80 percent of the days. Winters are not very cold. Mild weather prevails for most of the winters. Freezing temperatures are seen on an average of 20 days a year. Spring and fall are pleasant. July is the warmest month and January is the coldest month of the year. Heavy rain may occur accompanied by or without thunder in any season. The best months to visit San Antonio are the months of October and April.
Places to visit and Things to do in San Antonio TX
The iconic Alamo Shrine is a must see. Originally named San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo was a Spanish mission built in the 18 th century. It is witness to the historic struggle between the Texan rebels and Mexico and is the subject of several books and movies.
The River Walk is the most exciting place to hang out in San Antonio. Visitors can explore landmark buildings and shops in the day and party at night.
Buckhorn Saloon and Museum is a place to savor history, Texas style! Houses an impressive collection of vaquero knickknacks.
Sea World is a wonderful vacation option for both adults and children alike. Aside from Shamu, the friendly whale and official mascot, there are dolphins, penguins and sea lions. The Annual Fiesta celebrated in April is 10 days of fun and enjoyment. Texas Folklife Festival, held annually every June celebrating the ethnic American Indian heritage. Tex Mex Dining at old favorites like the Casa Rio or Cafe Ole and Gourmet Dining at Biga on the Banks – San Antonio offers delicious alternative cuisines.
The Fiesta is a widely celebrated festival of San Antonio. This festival is held every year to commemorate Mexico’s independence from Spain. It is held in the month of September every year. This 10-day event is the city’s largest festival and attracts more than 3 million visitors each year. Scores of events are held everyday, which include carnivals, street parties, parades, art exhibits, sports, debutante balls, and ethnic feasts. Some events, which you cannot afford to miss are the River Parade, the Battle of Flowers Parade, and the Flambeau Parade. There are a lot of colorful and vibrant floats and marching bands in these parades.
Shopping in San Antonio:
The Alamo Quarry Market has been voted as the best shopping spot of San Antonio. This was a former cement plant, which has now been renovated to a shopping destination. The piece de resistance of the shopping center is the enormous Quarry Market Movie Theater, which features more than eight screens in its theater. Some of the shops offering specialty merchandize include Christo’s Home, Restoration Hardware, Whole Foods Grocery, and Pottery Barn, etc. You are sure to find whatever you are looking for in this huge market complex.