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San Antonio, TX 78223
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This mission, located at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, was established in 1731. During that period, its vast land was used to cultivate agricultural products, such as maize, sweet potatoes, sugarcane and many more. In due time, it was the leading supplier to all other missions and settlements close by. Its community was self-sufficient with artisans producing tools and cloth. The mission housed a stone church and a granary. A larger chapel construction, however, never saw completion. When you visit, take the self guiding tour to discover the place at your own pace.
This mission, now a part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, was the first mission in Texas. It was originally founded in Weches and moved to its current location in 1731. The chapel is an attractive feature of this mission. Its construction was completed in 1756. The back side of the church, which collapsed, was rebuilt in 1880s. A part of this premise was used as a school during the 20th century. Today, it houses the visitor's center for the National Park. Sadly, only the front arch is an existing part of the original structure. The stone arch and the entrance door are interesting reflections of architecture during that period. Another interesting feature is the still functional Espanda dam and Aqueduct.
The wilderness that is now known as San Antonio and South Texas was primarily settled by Spanish Catholic priests. And apparently priests with exquisite taste in architecture. Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada, the four historical missions that compose what is known as the Mission Trail, all possess very distinct and beautiful detailing in their designs and constructions. The history behind each is intriguing; as far as attractions go, this one is definitely a "must see." Admission is free.
Located in southern San Antonio and by the San Antonio River, the Mission Historic District overs a glimpse into San Antonio's past. This charming small district includes several historical points, including the Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Mission San Francisco de la Espada.
Roosevelt Park is a popular recreational destination among locals and visitors alike. Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, this 12.9-acre (5.22-hectare) space houses two pavilions, a basketball court and playground. Enjoy a picnic on a nice spot on the lawn or a swim in the outdoor pool, if the weather permits. Their community center and multi-functional field host cultural and private events throughout the year.
Saint Paul's square provides a glimpse into San Antonio's rich past dating back to 1877. This historic district once played host to nightlife and other entertainment activities and featured artists like Louis Armstrong. The venue where culture and cuisine meet—Sunset Station—is nestled here. This district has a close association with the African American community.
Take a peek into the past of San Antonio. This charming district, which was originally farmland, is located on the eastern side of San Antonio River and has found a place in the National Register of Historic Districts. A few buildings, including The Guenther House and The Edward Steves Homestead, are open to public. The Guenther House houses a restaurant, museum and a store while The Steves Homestead is a museum. Self-guided walking tours can be taken so that you can leisurely stroll along the pretty lanes or drop into a restaurant or art gallery. Several events like the King William Fair and Spring Garden Tour are conducted during the year.
The Southtown Art District is a unique cultural neighborhood in downtown San Antonio which has helped keep the performing and visual arts alive in the form of concerts, exhibitions and other events that are arranged all year around. A melting pot of races, nationalities, cuisines and more, this area is one that can't afford to be missed. Live music, food festivals and walks are a regular occurrence so check out the website for more on what this cultural precinct has to offer visitors.
For lovers of history, architecture and antiques, this home is a must-see. Built in 1876, this three-story, French Second Empire-style home belonged to prominent citizen Edward Steves. The interior is decorated with original pieces from the era. Incidentally, the one-story River House behind the home housed the first indoor swimming pool in the city. Since 1954, the San Antonio Conservation Society has maintained the homestead as a historic house museum.
310 Chestnut Street is a bustling block that is situated in central San Antonio. There lies a warehouse on its site which is spread across 15000 square feet. This warehouse plays host to various temporary exhibitions, expositions and other local events throughout the year. Among the most popular events taking place at the venue is the Dinosaur George’s Ultimate Paleo-Adventure which is an exhibition of dinosaurs set amidst phenomenal lights and a natural setting. If you wish to visit an enthralling exhibition, then you must head to 310 Chestnut Street.
If you intend to spend a fun day with your family, La Villita, the historical arts village is just perfect for you. There are so many things to do that your day will end in no time. If you are an art freak, the galleries here will interest you, as well as the River Art Show in October. There are many restaurants so you can just pick one that suites your taste. A must visit for all guests is the church with beautiful stained glass windows and the museum in building nine. If you plan on taking some souvenirs back home, don't forget to visit the gift shops.
Nestled within the La Villita Historic Arts Village, the Mayor Maury Maverick Plaza is dedicated to the city's celebrated former mayor. The plaza features his statue at the center and large open space surrounding it which is used as a venue for large scale festivals and events. This includes the fantastic annual Maverick Music Festival which sees a crowd of more than 2000 music lovers gather here to watch the performances of the local and national artists/ bands.