San Antonio

Located deep in the heart of Texas, San Antonio has a lot to offer fans in addition to LoneStarCon 3. There's something for everyone here, including historical sites, contemporary urban entertainments, museums, theme parks and a real taste of the old West. As you plan your trip to LoneStarCon 3, don't forget to make time for visiting some of San Antonio's unique attractions.

The Alamo. "Remember the Alamo". That slogan refers to the 300-year-old Mission San Antonio de Valero, site of an important battle in the Texas Revolution in 1836. A few hundred dedicated defenders held their ground for thirteen days against the 4000 soldiers of Mexican General Santa Ana. Iconic American figures died defending the Alamo, including Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Travis.

The Alamo Mission

River Walk. Walk along the banks of the San Antonio River, and enjoy the cobbled walkways, bridges, shops and restaurants along the river's edge. The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, boasts three miles of pleasant pathways, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Historically, the River supplied water for the construction of San Antonio's five missions. Today, it provides a pleasant escape, offering beautiful views and a welcome ambiance. Special events are held here throughout the year.

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. Four of the five historic missions are within the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. You can travel from mission to mission on the Bike and Hike Trail.

Mission San Josť: Built in the late 1700s, San Josť y San Miguel de Aguayo is the largest mission, and shows the visitor how all the missions might have looked in their heyday. Known as the "Queen of the Missions", it was almost fully restored to its original design in the 1930s by the WPA (Works Projects Administration). Spanish missions were not churches, but communities, with the church the focus.

Mission San Josť

SeaWorld San Antonio: Sea World. San Antonio. Need we say more? This is one of the largest marine adventure parks in the world. Get a behind-the-scenes tour, ride the Steel Eel, or just spend some time watching and feeding the seals and sea lions.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas. If you're a roller coaster fan, Six Flags Fiesta is for you. This 200 acre park boasts award winning shows, a 90 foot ferris wheel, and the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk. For those that really want to plan ahead, Wikipedia lists all the current rides and attractions.

Tower of the Americas. Get a new perspective on San Antonio, from 750 feet up. For a fabulous view of the city, visit the Tower of the Americas. Enjoy the Tower's revolving Chart House Restaurant, take in the scenery from the Observation Deck or enjoy the 4D Theater Ride.

San Antonio Zoo. Ready for some non-human company? The San Antonio Zoo houses 3,500 animals representing 750 species. For a little taste, visit their website and see video of a recently born warthog piglet.

Market Square: Visit San Antonio's Market Square, and enjoy live music, authentic restaurants and shopping. San Antonians have been shopping at Market Square since the 1820's, before Texas joined the United States. The first businesses were a pharmacy and a dry goods store, and the area served as a marketplace for produce and other foods, including chili - made and served by women known as "Chili Queens" - beginning in the mid 1800s.

Market Square

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