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Local Attractions

The 2020 Child Life Annual Conference will take place at the San Antonio Rivercenter Marriott, which is located along the San Antonio River Walk, a 15-mile urban waterway. The River Walk is the country's largest urban ecosystem and offers a scenic way to explore the city by foot or river barge. Known for its rich and diverse history and thriving artistic and culinary scenes, San Antonio has a lot to offer visitors. Keep reading for a few sightseeing highlights and suggestions, and peruse the Visit San Antonio website for more information about where to go and what to eat.

River Walk (Paseo del Rio)

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The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is a San Antonio treasure that boasts great dining, shopping, and views. Tucked below street level, the River Walk offers a fun and scenic way to explore the city. Hop on a river barge or take a stroll along the walking path to visit nearby attractions like the Alamo, the King William Historic District, La Villita, and more.

Go Rio offers daily river shuttles and narrated cruises. Take a shuttle if you're trying to get from one place to another. Shuttles depart every 60 minutes between 10am and 9pm. If you'd like to learn about San Antonio's history, culture, and architecture on a narrated cruise, hop on one of the colorful and quiet electric barges that depart every 15 minutes between 9am and 10pm.


Market Square (El Mercado)

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San Antonio's Historic Market Square is one of the most famous Mexican markets outside of Mexico and has been a gathering place for residents and visitors since the 1820s. With more than 100 locally owned businesses and restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, Market Square has something for everyone. It's the perfect place to find an authentic souvenir, such as hand-made leather goods, colorful clothing, and Talavera pottery. Don't miss the live entertainment, including Folklorico dancing, which happens on one of several stages on most weekends. 


For more information, visit the Market Square website.


La Villita Historic Arts Village

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La Villita is one of San Antonio's oldest neighborhoods, with nearly 300 years of history hidden behind the cobble stoned streets. Today, La Villita ("little village") is a cultural and artistic hub of the city. Located on the southern bank of the famed San Antonio River Walk, the artisan village is listed on the U.S. government's National Register of Historic Places and features architectural styles that range from adobe structures to limestone buildings. La Villita has something for everyone:

Shopping
Artisans 
Dining 

The Alamo


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Remember (to visit) the Alamo! The Alamo was the site of the famous 1836 battle between the Mexican army, commanded by General Santa Anna, and ten lone Texans holed up inside the 300-year-old mission turned fortress. Mexico's decisive victory at the Alamo and the bravery of the Texan soldiers — including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, who defiantly stood their ground — resulted in cries of "Remember the Alamo!" and a renewed commitment to Texas's fight for independence. The Alamo Mission and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (which includes the four other missions in San Antonio) are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

For information, visit the thealamo.org


Missions National Historical Park

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The Alamo is not the only former mission in San Antonio. The Missions National Historical Park, named the first World Heritage Site in Texas by UNESCO, includes the city’s four southernmost Spanish colonial missions – Concepción, San José, San Juan, and Espada. In the 1700s, Spanish priests founded these four Catholic missions, along with the Misión San Antonio de Valero, later known as the Alamo, along the San Antonio River. Spanish priests and local Native Americans lived in these enclosed compounds, which include a church and other buildings. The San Antonio missions are the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America.

For more information visit the National Historical Park Texas website.

The McNay Art Museum


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The McNay Art Museum is the first modern art museum in Texas. Since Marion McNay’s original bequest in 1950, the museum’s collection has expanded to over 22,000 works including Medieval and Renaissance art, one of the finest collections of prints and drawings in the Southwest, the exceptional Tobin collection of theater arts, the Jeanne and Irving Mathews collection of art glass, and the art of New Mexico.

Hours and admissions

Briscoe Western Art Museum

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Located along the historic River Walk, San Antonio's newest museum celebrates the arts and culture of the American West. Housed in the former San Antonio Public Library, the Briscoe Museum offers visitors a view of Pancho Villa's saddle and an authentic Chuck Wagon as well as paintings and sculpture that tell the stories of the West's dramatic landscapes and diverse cultures.

Getting Around San Antonio


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Click below for downloadable maps of various San Antonio neighborhoods and other transportation information:

Metro Area
River Walk
Go Rio Cruises
La Villita Historic Arts Village
Downtown Runs and Walks
Disability Access Information
Transportation Overview

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