Comfort Suites Alamo/River walk
505 Live Oak Street
San Antonio, TX 78202
Phone: (210) 227-5200
Fax: (210) 227-5202
When you think of San Antonio, two things automatically come to mind: the Alamo and the River Walk. The River Walk was conceived in 1929. Downtown had serious flood problems, and Robert Hugman suggested that the city turn the San Antonio River into an asset rather than a hindrance. Hugman's brainchild has since become the essence of the city. The city's most popular attraction, it is often crowded and filled with children, party goers, tourists and locals. In the heart of the River Walk is an area filled with restaurants, shops and nightclubs, punctuated by fountains and towering Cypress trees. The River Walk is particularly crazy during Fiesta.
Originally created as the grounds for the 1968 Worlds Fair, this park is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Stroll through the park's 12 acres of fountains, pools and beautifully landscaped grounds or cavort on the Downtown All Around Playground. Built entirely by volunteers, this playground features wooden play areas designed by kids, including a space tunnel and a castle—perfect for letting little imaginations run wild. Also located on the park grounds are the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Tower of the Americas.
Hop aboard one of the city's river barges and take a 40-minute cruise around the 2.5-mile stretch of the San Antonio River known as the River Walk. Narrated cruises emphasize the history of the area and depart hourly from three "ports." Don't be shy about waving to passersby, as there's something about you being on a boat that will make them want to wave to you, too. Barges are available for private tours, dining charters and custom cruises. River taxis are available for groups, as well. Reservations are accepted for seating on general public narrated cruises.
Feel the adrenaline rush through your body as you fall through the air. Your parachute deploys, and you glide safely to the ground, getting some of the best views of the Hill Country around as you sail down. Skydiving San Antonio gives you the opportunity to experience the once-in-a-lifetime rush of this sport. They have tandem jumps and solo jump training available for first-time jumpers. A gift certificate here is a great gift for thrill-seekers in your life.
The 18-hole course first opened in 1917 and is the second oldest golf course in Texas. Until recently, Brackenridge was also home of the lowest round ever posted in a PGA Tour event, a 58. The course is fairly short, measuring 6,185 yards from the championship tees, but there are plenty of trees and water to keep players from getting too greedy with the driver. Several holes require a long iron shot off the tee in order to stay out of trouble. Any golfer that visits San Antonio should play this course at least once. Tee times aren't necessary, but they are highly recommended, especially in the winter months when tourists are in town.
What a find this little spot is! Although surrounded by the lights of the city, this planetarium and observatory captures the vast Texas sky and all its beauty, delivering it to the imagination of visitors. The planetarium's star projection show delights and fascinates children of all ages with its breathtaking images and its easy-to-follow narration. Then, the observatory opens and offers a glimpse of space and all its mysteries; weather permitting, of course.
San Pedro Springs Park is one of the oldest parks in the country, boasting a long history and a few significant historical landmarks on its grounds. One of the main attractions here is the huge pool, a welcome oasis for kids and adults alike during the hot summer months. Take a walk through this beautiful park, or relax with a good book in the gazebo.
The Polo Field Practice facility is home to the First Tee of San Antonio and has a rich history. From early 1920s to 1976, polo was played on this field. Since polo is a winter sport, the fields were used as a driving range during summer. Recently, Golf San Antonio took over this place and brought in affordable golf facilities. You can putt and chip in the practice greens; there is also a sand trap. The hitting area, with a range of 350 yards, can accommodate up to 60 people. It also offers a clubhouse, club rentals and concessions.
33 acres (4046 square meters) of lush foliage and colorful blooms beg to be appreciated. A wonderful attraction often overlooked by visitors, the garden is exquisite year round, with something always in bloom. A conservatory, formal gardens, "old-fashioned" gardens and native plant areas provide a variety of interest. This is definitely a must-see for both botany experts and garden-variety folks. If you're visiting in the spring, don't forget your antihistamines. The garden center features a luncheon cafe, a gift shop, guided tours, and adults' and children's classes. It is also available for private parties.
Built in 1924, this is one of San Antonio's oldest courses. Usually in great shape and always fun to play, it is a popular course for players of all skill levels. Long, open fairways lead to large greens on this course, which is full of doglegs. But as if the constant doglegs weren't enough to contend with, a good bit of water comes into play, too, in the form of ponds as well as a river that runs through the course. Tee times are recommended if you want to play on weekends.
Riverside Golf Course opened to the public in 1974. It offers an 18-hole regulation course as well as a nine-hole par-three course for those who want to work on their short game. The river comes into play often on this course. Both courses are walker-friendly and you might as well walk because, like most other municipal courses, Riverside allows fivesomes, which can slow down play considerably.
This non-profit organization, located in the Deco Building, promotes Chicano/Latino artists. The various programs held, reflect their rich cultural heritage. The Low and Slow Classic Car Show, The Lowrider Festival, and a number of Día De Los Muertos activities are to name a few of the much-awaited events organized by them. The Lowrider Festival, which is family-oriented, promises a fun-filled day for the kids; there's music, dance, food, drinks, games and other entertainment followed by lots of prizes to be won. All profits are used to fund the cultural arts programs of the center. Several other interesting exhibits are held throughout the year.