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See San Antonio 1

Welcome to the San Antonio Visitor's Center walking tour!

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This is a walking tour of one this country’s most historic cities. As you walk through San Antonio, you'll also walk through much of... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Alamo Grounds

As you exit the Visitors Center’s front doors, take two rights and walk into the plaza area. Though at the outset it may look like a bizarre use of space, these stone structures are actually preserved pieces of an original Alamo grounds building. In the center of the area, you’ll see a glass enclosure. If you look through the glass, you’ll see... More

Through the double glass doors in front of you is the Hyatt Hotel. Continue through here to the River Walk. The architecture of this building--along with many others along the River Walk--was designed around the natural flow and tributaries of the river.

3. Jim Cullum's Jazz Landing

Continue along the path through the left side of the expansive interior plaza. Jim Cullum’s Jazz Landing has been around since the 60s. This San Antonio landmark is one of the city’s premier jazz clubs, and was actually the second business established on the River Walk after the Casa Rio Mexican restaurant. The club moved to this location within ... More

Before it became the bustling and romantic commercial hotspot it is today, the San Antonio River simply served as the primary source of water supply to various civilizations over thousands of years. The first known people were the Payaya Indians in 8000 B.C., who named the river “Yanaguana” (Yah-nah-gu-wah-nah). Later in the first three centuries,... More

Since the late 18th century, the Main and Military Plaza Historic Districts have long been considered the heart of San Antonio. Established in 1722, the Military Plaza a few blocks west of here served as a parade ground and market for soldiers. In 1731, the Main Plaza, across from us, was established and settled by Spanish families from the Canary... More

Called “the most beautiful building in San Antonio” by the National Geographic Society, this lovely adobe style building built in 1722 was founded as the Military Presidio de Bejar to protect the Mission de Valero (or the Alamo) and its surrounding colony, the Villa de Bejar (which together, made up San Antonio). While Texas was still a Spanish... More

7. Market Square

Open public markets have been a part of San Antonio city life since as early as 1805. Though it’s no longer a place to purchase your fresh meat and locally grown produce, Market Square is the last standing market of their kind, and to this day continues to be a viable gathering place for the community.

Today, Market Square is comprised of a... More

Continuing along Dolorosa street, that beautiful stately red building across the street to your right is the Bexar County Courthouse. Designed by renowned architect, James Riely Gordon, it is built of native Texas granite and red sandstone and reflects a Romanesque Revival style. It’s actually the largest and oldest continuously operated historic... More

Sharing the Plaza de las Islas with the courthouse stands the beautiful historic San Fernando Cathedral. The San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest continuously operated parish in the United States. On July 2, 1731, the church site was first marked by the Canary Islanders who originally settled this area and established it as the geographic and... More

Walking through the historic district of La Villita is almost like stepping back in time. As you amble along the stone laid paths between the tiny cottage-like buildings, you can snag a unique glimpse of what the city of San Antonio must have looked like at the turn of the century. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the history ... More

Our next stop is perhaps Texas’ most eminent landmark of all: The Alamo. Before it became the famous site of Texas’ historic battle for independence from Mexico, for seventy years the Alamo was simply a mission complex, home to missionaries and their Indian converts. It was then known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, the first of many missions ... More