San Antonio offers history, rich culture and entertainment for all ages. Whether you crave the culinary adventure, a walk through historical architecture, or a family friendly atmosphere- you're sure to find something to please in this diverse city.

San Antonio

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» a Brief History

San Antonio is best known for the four 18th century Spanish missions, the Alamo. San Antonio de Valero, or the Alamo, is actually now part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park as a FIFTH mission. The missions have received a lot of archaeological attention.

San Antonio MissionThe Spanish presidio, Presidio de Bejar, founded what is now downtown San Antonio in 1722. The foundation of which was recently excavated by the University of Texas at San Antonio. Archaeological investigations in Bexar County include those at the Perez Rancho, one of the few privately owned Spanish Colonial ranches documented in the region.

Over 1600 archaeological sites have been recorded in San Antonio and Bexar County. Archaeological sites are protected under the City of San Antonio Unified Development Code (UDC). The UDC has one of the strongest preservation ordinances in the country for the protection of cultural resources including protection measures for archaeological sites.

Find out more here.

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» Culture

Now the eighth largest city in the United States, San Antonio has retained its sense of history and tradition, while carefully blending in cosmopolitan progress.

CultureThe city has always been a crossroads and a meeting place. Sounds and flavors of Native Americans, Old Mexico, Germans, the Wild West, African-Americans and the Deep South mingle and merge.

Residents are active in the arts and cultural activities presented through city initiatives. According to The Cultural Collaborative public opinion survey (available here), 93% of all residents participate in at least one cultural activity each year, 70% attend a church or neighborhood festival and 61% visit a museum or art gallery. Parents seek out cultural activities for their children—54% of households with children have a child participating in the arts outside of school.

Find out more through the following resources:

» Office of Cultural Affairs
» San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau
» The Cultural Collaborative

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» Historic Districts

San Antonio currently has 22 different locally designated historic districts, ranging in size from the Leon Springs Historic District (3 parcels) to the Mission Historic District, which extends for approximately seven (7) miles on the city’s Southside.

Learn about the City of San Antonio Historic Districts here.

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» River Improvement Overlay
(RIO) districts

RIO is a zoning overlay. Its purpose is to establish regulations to protect, preserve and enhance the San Antonio River and its improvements by establishing design standards and guidelines for properties located near the river.

The San Antonio River is a unique and precious natural, cultural and historic resource that provides a physical connection through San Antonio by linking a variety of neighborhoods, cultural sites, public parks and destinations.

Learn about the River Improvement Overlay Districts here.

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» Area Attractions & Activities

Arts and Entertainment:
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San Antonio Dining:

San Antonio Golf: or download the PDF here or download the PDF here

Outdoor Recreation:


Theme Parks:

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» Upcoming Events

Visit the links below to learn about upcoming theatre openings, performing arts, family activities and cultural centers and more.

April - May:

April 9-11: Poteet Strawberry Festival

Poteet Strawberry Festival

April 15-25: Fiesta San Antonio!

April 17: Splashtown San Antonio Opens for 2010 Season

April 24: Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort Opens for 2010 Season

Water Park Ride


All Month: S.A. Dance Umbrella Celebrates Dance Month

May - August: WNBA - San Antonio Silver Stars

May 1-2: Cinco de Mayo

May 9-15: The San Antonio New World Wine & Food Festival

May 13-15: Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 10 Year Anniversary

May 10-16: Valero Texas Open

May 15-16: 9th Annual Soul Food Festival & 2nd Annual Gospel on the Plaza Competition

Fiesta Noche Del Rio

May 14- August 17: Fiesta Noche Del Rio

» Area Publications

Visit the links below to learn about local newspapers and magazines.

San Antonio Express News:

Texas Monthly Magazine:

San Antonio Business Journal: 

» City Links

Official Website of the City of San Antonio

Alamo City Guide

San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau

San Antonio Phone Book Online

Zip Code Demographics:

» Quick Links

Spurs Basketball:

San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo:

San Antonio Symphony:

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