San Antonio is a tourist Mecca in Texas with its own canal and various museums, including the Alamo Monument. I really enjoyed my visit here during my road trip around Texas. Although I only stayed for one afternoon in San Antonio, it was enough to find plenty of things to do in the downtown area.
The number one attraction is obviously the canal system and the Alamo Museum, but there are plenty of architectural beauties to see. They are the local masonic monument, the post office and various other public buildings from the last century.
This post is part of a series about my Road Trip Around Texas
San Antonio’s King William District
I arrived in San Antonio around lunchtime and parked the car in King William District, a quiet, leafy suburb. It was so beautiful there, I would happily move there any time! Downtown is only a short walk away, yet the whole place feels like it is somewhere on the outskirts of town. Look at some of the photos below and you will immediately feel like you are on a self-guided tour around King William District!
Most houses were tiny compared to Houston, but back then property developers were not building houses on steroids. They also look much more liveable and easier to maintain with a beautiful front porch and a nice garden. The place is apparently full of hippies on a crusade to save the area from property developers looking to build high rises here. On most houses there is a flag and in the window a sign calling to save King William District.
I got myself a day ticket for the bus but then it turned out it was absolutely pointless because downtown was only a 15 minute walk away.
Walking Around San Antonio’s Canal District
The city council decided to regenerate the entire city center in the 1930s and built the current river walk in San Antonio. At the time slums came to dominate San Antonio’s downtown area due to the depression. So the town council came up with the idea to create a canal to make San Antonio look like little Venice. It is pretty close but much more spacious and less crowded in places.
Interesting: Scenic Drive Along TX Highway 170
The San Antonio canal walkway has various entrance points and it goes around in a loop so you can reach the entire downtown area from it. Bars and restaurants line both sides of the river walk and there are a number of piers for the tour boats. At a few places it was quite difficult to walk because there were so many tourists. There is also an amphitheatre with live shows and plays during the summer.
The Alamo Monument in San Antonio, TX
Most people come to San Antonio to visit the Alamo Monument. Home of the famous 1836 battle, it offers living history demonstrations and special events throughout the year. The Alamo is a beautiful 300-year-old former Spanish mission turned fortress, open year-round. It is free for families, school groups and everyone to visit, experience the battlefield first hand and “remember the Alamo.”
I went inside the buildings and watched a video, but I didn’t want to queue up to enter the main building. The queue must have been 500 feet long. The Battle of the Alamo was one of the most important battles of the war of independence. I am not going to go into too much detail, there is loads about it online.
San Antonio’s Downtown Area
San Antonio has quite a few amazing edifices. These are from an era before the war when they cared about the appearance of public structures. Have a look at the pictures below for some nice examples.