Bagi sebagian besar pengunjung ke San Antonio, berhenti di Alamo terkenal adalah suatu keharusan. Misi ini adalah tempat pertempuran epik yang terjadi pada tahun 1836 antara pasukan Meksiko dan sekelompok pemberontak Texas yang mencari kemerdekaan dari negara itu. Tapi San Antonio sebenarnya memiliki lebih banyak lagi untuk ditawarkan kepada pengunjung. Ini adalah kota yang hidup dengan adegan foodie yang sedang berkembang, dan Riverwalk adalah pelarian yang menyenangkan dan populer dari hutan beton. Ada juga banyak misi bersejarah dan tempat wisata yang ramah keluarga di San Antonio.
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McNay Art Museum
Opened in 1954, this was the first museum of modern art in Texas. Today, the McNay Art Museum’s collection contains more than 20,000 works of art, including pieces from the Medieval and Renaissance time periods as well as from the 19th- through 21st-century. The McNay also boasts an excellent collection of Southwest prints and drawings. And when you’re done admiring the artwork, don’t forget to take a stroll around the museum’s stunning grounds where you’ll find gardens, fountains, statues and a koi pond.
This museum is located in the former home of Ohio-born heiress and art connoisseur Marion McNay. When McNay died in 1950, she bequeathed her 24-room mansion set on 23 acres to the City of San Antonio. She also left the museum more than 700 works of modern art that she had collected as well as an endowment to be used to establish this museum.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Have you always wanted to go on a safari? Then you’ll love the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, which is home to more than 500 animals, with representatives from 40 different species. The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a zoo where the animals roam freely and the humans are “caged up” in their cars. Each carload is given a bag of food to share with the creatures, which include ostriches, zebras and kudu.
The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch also boasts a walk-a-bout, where you can go for a stroll and check out other creatures, such as giraffes and lemurs. There is also a petting zoo if you have wee ones in your group or just enjoy spending your critter time up-close-and-personal.
San Antonio Botanical Garden
A visit to the San Antonio Botanical Garden is a perfect way to spend a peaceful day surrounded by the beauty of nature. You’ll find several different gardens located throughout the grounds, including a beautiful rose garden and a WaterSaver Garden, which features plants that are water efficient. Then there is the Texas Native trail, where you can find more than 250 plant species that are native to the Hill country, East Texas Pineywoods and South Texas.
Before visiting the gardens, make sure to check out its website so you’ll know what’s in bloom. You can also print out a birding checklist online if you’d like to keep track of the more than 228 bird species that you might see in this beautiful botanical garden.