[EDITOR’S NOTE: Part of a series devoted to Mamiverse attending Festival People en Español Presented by Target in San Antonio on September 1-2. The inaugural festival promises to celebrate Latino contribution to art, music, lifestyle and culture. Join our Twitter parties for a chance to win fabulous prizes! RSVP here.]
San Antonio is a beautiful and friendly city of rich Hispanic Legacy. It has the Alamo, which places it at the center of Texas history, and is the home of Joint Base San Antonio, the largest Department of Defense installation of its kind.
As most cities, San Antonio has its usual offerings for visitors, such as an IMAX theater, a world class zoo, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. But it is also one of the oldest cities in the country, deep in the heart of Texas, with unique attractions.
Before going, check out the San Antonio visitor website for deals, discount coupons and tips. If you’re visiting with kids, here are seven must-visit, fun places to check out:
Six Flag Fiesta Texas
If I were a kid, this would be my first choice when visiting San Antonio. This 200-acre theme park has rides for every age. From high-speed, hard-twisting roller coasters to mild family rides and a water park, there´s something for everyone.
This is a no-brainer. Built in the mid-1700’s the mission became the site of one of the most famous battles in American History. In 1836, during Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico, David Crockett , Jim Bowie and a number of Texas volunteers lost their fight against the Mexican army of General Antonio López de Santa Ana. The Alamo is considered the Shrine of Texas Liberty.
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The San Antonio River Walk
As a kid my family and I would go to River Walk whenever we visited from Mexico. It was like walking into an oasis. River Walk is a five-mile path along the banks of the San Antonio River in downtown San Antonio. It sits at a lower level than the street and is lined with restaurants, shops, bars and hotels. You can take a trip on a small tourist barge, or rent pedal boats. All along the River Walk you will come across street performers, mimes and clowns. They’re open every day of the year.
A must for the whole family. Just like the Orlando theme park, SeaWorld—Aquatica is all about water and animals. If you decide to visit Aquatica, you need to buy the ticket in combination with a Seaworld pass. Adding an Aquatica ticket to the SeaWorld ticket is only an extra $20 per person. SeaWorld is where the animals, shows and rides like Shamu Express and Great White roller coasters are. Aquatica is a water park with half a dozen pools and different water rides.
Kids love dinosaurs, and just off Rivercenter Mall in downtown San Antonio is Dinosaur Quest, an attraction that houses eighteen life-size dinosaur skeletons and sixty-five dinosaur skulls. Like the Alamo, Dinosaur Quest is both fun and educational.
Enchanted Spring Ranch
If you want to get a taste of the Wild West, then this theme park is a must. Located just outside San Antonio, Enchanted Spring Ranch is an 86-acre working ranch in the Texas Hill Country. It has buffalo, longhorn and exotics herds. It’s a model old west town that’s been used in movies and music videos. Enchanted Spring Ranch will take you back to the time of the cowboys. The kids will love it!
Tubing in the Guadalupe River
If nature is your thing, try floating down the Guadalupe River. Just drive north of San Antonio on I-35 to New Braunfels to Whitewater Sports. You can rent tubes and enjoy the calm, partially shaded, and not too deep river. You can also check out the Texas State Park Website for more information.
Mamiverse is thrilled to attend Festival People en Español presented by Target, an event celebrating Hispanic entertainment, culture and community. We are hosting three Twitter parties this week and Tweeting Festival related content with the hashtag #TargetAtFestival. The participant who tweets and retweets the most using the hashtag #TargetAtFestival including a link to our Twitter party events on FB, or a link to one of our People en Español-related articles from today through the end of the Festival by midnight September 2 will receive a $100 giftcard. Join in our Twitter Extravaganza! Click here to RSVP.