|SAN ANTONIO ATTRACTIONS
The Alamo Mission in San Antonio ("the Alamo"), located in Downtown, is Texas' top tourist attraction.
The River Walk, which meanders through the Downtown area, is the city's second-most-visited attraction, giving it the additional nickname of
"River City." Lined with numerous shops, bars, and restaurants, as well as the Arneson River Theater, this attraction is transformed into an
impressive festival of lights during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, and is suffused with the local sounds of folklorico and flamenco
music during the summer, particularly during celebrations such as the Fiesta Noche del Rio.
The Downtown Area also features San Fernando Cathedral, The Majestic Theatre, HemisFair Park (home of the Tower of the Americas, and
UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures), La Villita, Market Square, the Spanish Governor's Palace, and the historic Menger Hotel. On the northern
side of the Alamo complex, beside the Emily Morgan Hotel, is the San Antonio Cavalry Museum, which features cavalry artifacts and exhibits.
The Fairmount Hotel, built in 1906 and San Antonio's second oldest hotel, is in the Guinness World Records as one of the heaviest buildings
ever moved intact. It was placed in its new location, three blocks south of the Alamo, over four days in 1985, and cost $650,000 to move.
SeaWorld, located 16 miles (26 km) west of Downtown in the city's Westover Hills district, is the number 3 attraction. Also, there is the very
popular Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Other popular theme parks in San Antonio include Splashtown and Morgan's Wonderland, a theme park for
children who have special needs. Kiddie Park, featuring old fashioned amusement rides for children, was established in 1925, and is the oldest
children’s amusement park in the U.S.
San Antonio is home to the first museum of modern art in Texas, the McNay Art Museum. Other art institutions and museums include ArtPace,
Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, Buckhorn Saloon & Museum (where visitors can experience something
of the cowboy culture year round), San Antonio Museum of Art, formerly the Lonestar Brewery, Say Si (mentoring San Antonio artistic youth),
the Southwest School of Art, Texas Rangers Museum, Texas Transportation Museum, the Witte Museum and the DoSeum. A North Star Mall
display features 40 foot tall cowboy boots.
The five missions of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, including the Alamo, were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site on
July 5, 2015. The San Antonio Missions became the 23rd U.S. site on the World Heritage List, which includes the Grand Canyon and the
Statue of Liberty. It is the first site in the state of Texas.
Other places of interest include the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Brackenridge Park, the Japanese Tea Gardens, the Sunken Garden
Theater, the San Antonio Zoo, and The Woodlawn Theatre and the Majik Theatre a children's educational theater.
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