Living in San Antonio
Because of its interesting history San Antonio has many fascinating historical places to visit including The Alamo, Cathedral of San Fernando, the Spanish Governor’s Palace and the King William Historic District. There is also the River Walk which runs along the San Antonio River. There you walk along stone pathways stopping to visit shops, museums and restaurants if you choose. The River Walk is relaxing and beautiful as you see the blend of historic architecture and modern buildings. The city also has a lovely 33-acre botanical garden, a Sunken Garden and a Japanese Tea Garden complete with a waterfall, a Koi pond and many gorgeous floral displays. Visit the San Antonio Zoo, Sea World or Six Flags Fiesta Adventure Park. Spend the day at Breckenridge Park or play golf there on the oldest course in Texas. Watch a live show at the Aztec Theater or visit one of the dozens of museums located throughout the city.
History of San Antonio
On June 13, 1691, the first Spanish missionaries and explorers came upon an area which was inhabited by the Payaya Indians. Since it was the first day of the feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, they named the river and the place in honor of the Saint, San Antonio. Over the next several decades the Spanish settlement grew and was named San Antonio de Béxar Presidio. Many Spanish missions were set up along the river as a way of showing the French in Louisiana that the Spanish were in control. One of the most famous missions, later known as The Alamo, was Mission San Antonio de Valero. Mexican invasions into Texas continued and in 1836, the Texan Army was defeated at the infamous Battle of the Alamo. The United States annexed Texas making it a state in 1845 and the frontier city of San Antonio grew and flourished. Once the first railroad connected the city to the rest of the country in 1877, San Antonio quickly developed into a major city with its unique blend of cultures, architecture and languages.
San Antonio Sports Teams
If you love sports, San Antonio is home to the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, the WNBA’s Silver Stars and NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. There is also a minor league baseball team, an arena football team, a soccer team and two rugby teams. Many college teams are also located there giving you plenty of teams to root for. Each year San Antonio also hosts the U.S. Army All-American Bowl where the top 90 high school senior football players compete in an East-West battle.
Education in San Antonio
There are many excellent colleges and universities in San Antonio including The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of Phoenix-San Antonio, University of the Incarnate Word, St. Mary’s University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Oblate School of Theology and Baptist University of the Americas.
In San Antonio there is always something to do; or, if you prefer simply relax and enjoy the exquisite sites as you take in the natural beauty of the area and the unique cultural blend of this fabulous city. Either way, San Antonio is a great place to call home.