Remember the Alamo? It may be the first thing you think of when you picture San Antonio, but this thriving city in south-central Texas has much more to offer. If you’re considering a travel nurse assignment in this area, below are a few attractions to look forward to:
Unique architecture: While its reputation as a southwest mission town still stands, today San Antonio boasts a mixture of both historic and modern buildings. Visit the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park to see four of the city’s five Catholic missions, and check out the famous Alamo mission, along with the Cathedral of San Fernando, The Majestic Theatre, the Spanish Governor’s Palace and La Villita in downtown San Antonio.
If modern architecture is more your style, don’t miss HemisFair Park, which was created for the 1968 World’s Fair and features the 750-foot Tower of the Americas and the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. The Emily Morgan Hotel and the Tower Life Building are also visually stunning parts of San Antonio’s skyline.
Outdoor adventures: Whether you’re interested in the mystery surrounding the 425-foot Enchanted Rock (reportedly haunted by Native American spirits) in nearby Fredricksburg or prefer a leisurely stroll through the San Antonio Botanical Garden, there are plenty of outdoor opportunities awaiting you here. One of San Antonio’s most popular attractions is the River Walk, which stretches four miles along the San Antonio River and includes restaurants, shops, museums and historical sites downtown. You can also canoe or kayak along the river or even join a river cruise.
Brackenridge Park features 343 acres of woodlands and also houses a 72-par golf course, Japanese tea garden and the San Antonio Zoo, while visitors to the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center can see 300 species of birds.
Family fun: No need to drive to San Diego or head to the beach when Sea World is in your backyard! Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Splashtown and Schlitterbahn Water Park Resort are great options for the summer, but you can visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the Texas Ranger Museum year-round. The Magik Theatre is also a great option for kids.
Good eats: Though San Antonio is famous for its Tex-Mex and barbacoa, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from — and many are located along the River Walk. Check out Boudro’s for Southwest specialties, Zocca for Italian and Nao for Latin American cuisine. If you’re a fan of the show Man vs. Food, don’t miss Big Lou’s Pizza for the 42-inch pie.
San Antonio offers something for everyone, even if you’re only working there on the weekends. Check out even more attractions among these 52 things every San Antonian must do.
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