Quality Inn near SeaWorld - Lackland
323 S. W. Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78245
Phone: (210) 798-9900
Fax: (210) 798-1226
This theme park is a treat for anyone who loves animals, roller coasters and fabulous shows. Not only does SeaWorld San Antonio have Shamu (the performing killer whale), it also has walk-through habitats where you can watch sea lions, sharks, fish, penguins and flamingos do what they would do in the wild. For those who crave being a part of the action, there is an inverted roller coaster (do this on an empty stomach), along with a variety of water rides. Check out the water-skiing shows and the restaurants, too. Be sure to stick around at night for laser shows and seasonal concerts.
Rosedale Park is by far, one of the largest parks of San Antonio. Spread over 60 acres of land, this park has hosted a number of concerts and festivals and will continue to do so. A famous picnic spot, this park can be rented for private and corporate events as well. Built over a century ago, this park was a little shy of 2 acres then. Throughout ages, various people have brought about changes and additions for the betterment of the local community. Today this park houses a big playground, huge sport fields and a pavilion.
If you are looking for a contemporary Christian church service, then BRCC might just be the place for you. Pastor David Saathoff delivers messages from the Bible and relates them to today's society. BRCC's demographic is younger than most churches. The services use PowerPoint slides as well as video and visual presentations to help convey the message, and the music has a definite rock flair. BRCC may not cater to the traditional church-going crowd, but in this case that's not necessarily a bad thing. Casual attire is accepted, and even encouraged, and the music leans more towards rock and roll (no traditional organ/piano music here). BRCC also has a children's program called Promised Land, which runs concurrent with the adult service.
The Woodlawn Lake Park is a scenic park that has great recreational facilities as well. Established in 1918, it features a huge man-made lake, gym, basketball and tennis courts, swimming pool, lighthouse, sport fields, picnic tables, playground and restrooms. This 62 acres (25.09 hectares) greenery also has a 1.3 mile (2.09 kilometers) walking trail and is a popular fishing and canoeing spot. It is indeed one of the oldest and best of its kind in the neighborhood.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower or the Little Flower Church is one of the few churches in the US that is designated a minor basilica. Found by a group of friars, this basilica is an architectural masterpiece. The church holds a few interesting annual events like the 'Musical Showers of Flowers', 'El Dia de Los Ninos' and others which add color to the Christian community here.
What a find this little spot is! Although surrounded by the lights of the city, this planetarium and observatory captures the vast Texas sky and all its beauty, delivering it to the imagination of visitors. The planetarium's star projection show delights and fascinates children of all ages with its breathtaking images and its easy-to-follow narration. Then, the observatory opens and offers a glimpse of space and all its mysteries; weather permitting, of course.
The historical center and heart of the city's Mexican culture, the square is the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico. Here you can dine on Mexican food at one of several cafes, enjoy the lively sounds of Mariachi bands and buy wonderful blankets, clothes, leather and metal goods and much more, imported from just south of the border. The square plays host to many cultural events and fairs throughout the year, including Fiesta del Mercado (Party of the Market) in April and Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in November.
The city's oldest synagogue, the congregation of this Reform Jewish temple began meeting around the 1850s, but wasn't formally chartered until 1874. The congregation adheres to the three-fold function of Judaism (worship, education and fellowship) with popular programs designed to serve all age groups. A founding member of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), the temple serves over 1,250 families from all around the city. Tot Shabbat services for families with children younger than six are held on Fridays. Junior Congregation services for youth in grades one-four are held on Fridays following Tot Shabbat.
This former home of Jose Antonio Navarro is now one of the best, but least known, gems of the city's history. Navarro was a prominent rancher and statesman and was one of only two native Texans of Mexican nationality to sign Texas' declaration of independence from Mexico. Built in 1848, the home was preserved by the San Antonio Conservation Society and now operates as a small museum conducting informative, interactive tours. Special activities are available for children as well.
The Spanish Governor's Palace is the "most beautiful building" in the city according to the National Geographic Society. This national historic landmark was originally the official residence of the Governor of the Spanish Province of Texas in the late 18th Century. Visiting the building is like taking a step back in time; it is replete with period furnishings, small rooms with low ceilings, and thick stucco walls. The cobblestone patio features beautiful foliage and a fountain supposedly haunted by a former resident. Most noteworthy is the original keystone over the entrance, which bears the carved, double-headed eagle from the Hapsburg coat of arms along with an inscription, in Spanish, reading "finished in 1749."
Crockett Park’s origins as a public square date back to 1875. North Main Avenue divides this 5.3-acre (2.14-hectare) landscape into two halves, thus giving it a nickname of Twin Parks. It is a great recreational spot for locals and is equipped with a playground. Their gazebo can be rented out for private functions. The San Antonio Summer Art and Jazz Festival is a popular event held here. Other park features include sidewalks, jogging tracks and fountains.
The San Antonio Central Library (also known as the "red enchilada") is a modern addition to this old town. It was completed in 1995, at which time there was much controversy over the building color. With vibrant purple and yellow accenting its red exterior, the new library is hard to miss and looks fantastic. Within its walls lie a six-story atrium, a genealogy collection, an art gallery and a terrace for special events. And as this is a library, you will of course also find a plethora of books, as well as an excellent children's library and a wonderful media center.