1. The Riverwalk
The San Antonio River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río or simply as The River Walk) is a city park and network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of San Antonio, Texas, United States. Lined by bars, shops, restaurants, nature, public artwork, and the five historic missions, the River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.
The River Walk is a successful special-case pedestrian street, one level down from the automobile street. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Shops at Rivercenter, to the Arneson River Theatre, to Marriage Island, to La Villita, to HemisFair Park, to the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art, to the Pearl and the city's five Spanish colonial missions, which have been named a World Heritage Site, including the Alamo. Many of these sites are on our list - read on!
2. Mariachi Bands
Mariachi music is the sound of Mexico and mariachi was recognized by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011. The listing cites that: "Mariachi music transmits values of respect for the natural heritage of the regions of Mexico and local history in the Spanish language and the different Indian languages of Western Mexico."
We promise that at some point in the Plenary event, you will find yourself tapping your feet to some lively mariachi music!
3. The Alamo
The Alamo Mission in San Antonio (Spanish: Misión de Álamo), commonly called The Alamo and originally known as the Misión San Antonio de Valero, is an historic Spanish mission and fortress compound founded in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries in what is now San Antonio, Texas, United States. It was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. Today it is a museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District and a part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site.
4. McNay Art Museum
This modern art museum specializes in 19th and 20th-century European and American Art and is the first museum of modern art in Texas. The museum is in a 24-room Spanish Colonial Revival-style mansion that sits on 23 acres, with fountains, including a Japanese-inspired garden and fish pond. Current exhibitions range from American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings to Van Gogh to Munch: Seduction and Anxiety to Estampas Chicanas.
5. The Pearl
A 22-acre district of San Antonio, this thriving development is a community gathering space featuring over 15 independent retailers and 19 chef-owned and operated restaurants contributing to its budding culinary and artisan scene.
The Pearl is also home to the Culinary Institute of America, a weekly farmers market, and the Museum Reach River Development, an extension of the Riverwalk, featuring public art, native plants, pedestrian bridges and an amphitheater and park where local events are held.
6. It's Foodie Heaven
Where else are you able to order a whopping 42-inch pizza for your table or enjoy a 24-hour authentic Mexican fare at a cafe and bakery?
San Antonio is also home to several food truck parks such as The Block, The Point, or the famous Alamo Street Eat Bar. We know that Plenary attendees love food trucks, as they enjoyed them at the 28th Plenary in Oakland!
7. The Five Missions of San Antonio - now a World Heritage Site & The Saga
In 2015, UNESCO recognized a group of five frontier mission complexes, as well as a ranch located along a stretch of the San Antonio basic, as a World Heritage Site, joining the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, and just seven other cultural historic sites in the United States.
The Five Missions include architectural and archaeological structures and a variety of features including the decorative elements of churches and indigenous designs inspired by nature.
An explosion of color, light, music and historical images, “San Antonio | The Saga” is splashed over the facade of one of the city's beloved historic structures — San Fernando Cathedral — at regular nighttime intervals beginning Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, at 9 PM, 9:30 PM, and 10 PM. This event is free and open to the public - and it's a MUST SEE!
Make your plans - don't delay