We are heading down to my hometown of San Antonio for the winter holidays. My wife and love the weather there and the amazing sites. Lots to do in good ole SA. San Antonio is well known for its modern amenities and attractions such as shopping, dining and an exciting nightlife, but let’s not forget that San Antonio, Texas is home to many interesting historical sites as well. If you are down that way and looking for something to do, here are some great sites. You can also check out the San Antonio Daily Sun for great stuff in SA as well!
The Alamo Mission in San Antonio
You can’t visit San Antonio without seeing the Alamo. The two are practically synonymous. Originally built as a Spanish mission, the Alamo remained a military post throughout 1836. When Texas chose to assert its independence from Mexico, just over 100 Americans held the Alamo for 13 days until, sadly, every last one of them perished. The courage of these few remains a symbol for all Texans and Americans today. The original structure and the grounds are available to tourists.
Institute of Texan Cultures
Part of The University of Texas at San Antonio, this museum holds the key to understanding Texas’s unique history. Visitors learn about the immigrants who made Texas their home over 2 centuries and how the state became a global economy within itself, the 15th largest in the world, in fact. Children can enjoy hands-on exhibits, while adults will be amazed at the depth and richness of Texan cultures presented here.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
As a part of the National Park Service, this park is unique because it shows both the beauty and history of Texas. The original American settlers of South Texas had many life-threatening obstacles to overcome: diseases, drought, and Apache Indian attacks. With no other way to protect themselves, they gladly swore allegiance to Spain’s king and religion. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park commemorates those people and their way of life.
The Spanish Governor’s Palace
This museum preserves the long history of Spanish colonization in Texas. It was first built as the home of Spanish rulers, and it was used for this purpose for several decades. Completed in 1749, the Spanish Governor’s Palace is the only building left that reveals to today’s visitors what a Spanish Colonial town house looked like. As late as the 1800s, this was the home and office of Spanish military captains. Today, the palace and the grounds are open to tourists.
The Guenther House
For visitors wanting to enjoy the history and tastes of San Antonio, The Guenther House is the perfect combination. It’s both restaurant and museum. The museum features all sorts of flour mill memorabilia and baking utensils. Many other personal family possessions are housed in the museum as well. The 1920s-style restaurant is famous for its all-day breakfast and signature cookies in over 10 different flavors.
San Fernando Cathedral
San Fernando Cathedral is a superior example of the practices of Catholicism. Visiting this parish will give visitors an insight into the beauty of the Catholic religion. At least one bilingual Mass service is offered each day, and there are also several adoration and confessional times available each week as well. This church hosts community events frequently, and there is also a gift shop for visitors.