Quality Inn & Suites SeaWorld North
9522 Brimhall Road
San Antonio, TX 78254
Phone: (210) 372-9900
Fax: (210) 372-9079
Located about 16 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio, this is one of many area churches honoring the patroness of the Americans, the Virgin of Guadalupe. This church reflects the area's Hispanic heritage with its beamed ceiling, its walls of native stone and its Saltillo tile floors. It is charming and peaceful, with windows behind the altar looking out over the wooded banks of the creek bed. The Blessed Sacrament chapel is small and intimate, with native limestone walls and rustic pews that reflect the frontier nature of the town.
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 roots of this church date back to 1890. Over the years, the congregation has grown and has moved several times, finally settling in a permanent, multi-purpose stone building in 1980. A pipe organ was installed in 1991; it has a prominent presence in the sanctuary and makes a beautiful sound in the hands of the very qualified organists who play it.
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.
Trek into this park and you will feel like you have wandered far into the hill country. Only a short drive up IH-10 from downtown, Friedrich Wilderness Park offers 5.5 miles of hiking trails, which vary in terms of their difficulty levels. The park also boasts the most improved handicapped trails in the region. The more difficult trails can be a great workout, while the lower levels offer an easy walk in a beautiful setting. If you choose the highest level and find yourself being passed quickly by kindly older men don't despair—they are likely retired military officers from the nearby army base. In addition to its hiking trails, the park hosts a bird population so diverse that it attracts even hard-core bird enthusiasts. Guided interpretive hikes are available. This place is open evryday from 7:30 a.m onwards
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.
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.
This Catholic church boasts a large and active congregation in the heart of North San Antonio. With daily mass, numerous parish committees and strong community organizations, there is something with which everyone can become involved. In addition to regular church services and activities, Blessed Sacrament offers a private school, day care and an after-school program for children.
A part of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, or Shriners, the Alzafar Shrine takes forward the organization's principle of spreading love, fraternity, relief, and truth. This temple was built around the early years of the 20th Century, and is a prominent structure for this fraternity. They also have facilities that they rent out for a variety of purposes. Do see the website to know more.
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.
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.
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.