Imagine, a city that’s diverse, extraordinarily colorful and was literally built before the United States was, well, united.
Welcome to San Antonio, Texas. A city with many superlatives. San Antonio will surprise, delight, and find it’s way into your heart.
Unlike many destinations, San Antonio offers the challenge of having enough time to do and see everything. Yes, there’s just that much to see!
With Summertime nearly here, it’s time to get started on planning those family vacations and weekend escapes. If San Antonio isn’t on your list, there’s a good chance it might be after you read about all there is to do and see. If San Antonio is already on your list, keep reading for some great insight on some of our favorite attractions and activities!
Japanese Sunken Garden
One of the city’s hidden treasures, The Japanese Sunken Garden has a history of over 90 years. What was once an operating rock quarry is today one of the most loved, educational and cultural resources in the city. The Garden is a public park, open year round from dawn until dusk, and is located in Brackenridge Park. The park includes walkways, stone arch bridges, an island, and a Japanese pavilion.
San Fernando Cathedral
Another one of the city’s lesser well-known attractions, this spectacular Cathedral was founded in 1731. It’s the oldest, continuously functioning religious community in Texas, the oldest standing church building in Texas, and the very first church in the city of San Antonio. Many refer to this building as the “heart of San Antonio,” and you’ll understand why when you visit!
One of the most famous attractions in San Antonio, The Alamo is a not-to-be-missed sight. A former Franciscan mission, The Alamo was the stage for the incredible battle between the Mexicans and the Texas. In December of 1835 a group of Texan volunteers occupied the Alamo to try and defend against a siege on the fort led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The Alamo’s 200 defender’s courageously held out for 13 days before the Mexican invaders finally overpowered them.
Missions National Historic Park
An absolutely breathtaking sight to behold, the Missions National Historical Park is part of the National Park Service and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site preserves four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio. The missions were established by Catholic religious orders with the goal of spreading Christianity. Between the stunning architecture and captivating history this will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
San Antonio Zoo
A more modern attraction to be sure and definitely a fan favorite. The San Antonio Zoo is famous for it’s interactive experiences. You have the opportunity to feed a giraffe, hang out with hundreds of butterflies, or wander through an Australian rainforest. This is great for any age and any group – families, couples, etc.!
To further help visitors experience San Antonio as thoroughly as possible, The Hotel Contessa has just launched their San Antonio Passbook program. Upon check-in, guests will be given a red passport-like book filled with detailed guides to the aforementioned attractions plus many, many more. The Hotel will stamp guests passbooks for each attractions they visit, creating a fun experience for all.
The San Antonio Passbook is part of the Define Your Destination Package, which is ideal for Summer family travel, and is available until August 30, 2016. This incredible package includes: luxury suite accommodations, breakfast for two at Las Ramblas Restaurant, valet parking, noon check-out, and the customizable San Antonio Passbook.
“We developed the Passbook and Define Your Destination Package with the aim to provide guests with the ultimate souvenir and memory-making guide,” explains Jerry Jensen, director of sales and marketing. “San Antonio is truly one of a kind, and the more ways we can share the colorful sights of the city with guests, the better!”
The Hotel Contessa is the only Four Diamond all-suite hotel located directly on San Antonio’s famed Riverwalk. Exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Riverwalk alone is quite the experience, and pair that with all the other attractions and you’ve got the recipe for a successful vacation!