When asked to name the largest cities and cultural centers of America, a few cities come to everyone’s mind: New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. If asked to name a bustling metropolis in the state of Texas, Houston would probably be on the top of the list for most people, with the Dallas/Ft Worth area not far behind. Some may even mention the emerging cultural hub of Austin, Texas. Both the national and regional city conversation, however, should also include the city of San Antonio. Many would be surprised to find out it is one of the ten largest cities in America, and one of the fastest growing of those cities. It is also the second largest city in Texas. With such a large population there are obviously no shortage of things to do in San Antonio. Here is a look at a few.
Unique Dining Options
One look at San Antonio’s location on the map is all it takes to correctly guess the rich influence of Mexican cuisine on the food of the Texas city. In few places and no such large cities is the culinary fusion term “Tex-Mex” more appropriate than when describing the food of San Antonio. This flavor pervades the food of San Antonio. Additionally, the city provides all of the fun dining options you would expect from a large city. Hop off land and enjoy dinner on a San Antonio riverboat cruise or visit a San Antonio murder mystery dinner to enjoy some entertainment with your delicious San Antonio cuisine.
Perhaps no major American city is as associated with its history as San Antonio. It is called the Alamo City, after all. Any trip to San Antonio has to include a visit to the Alamo, a fortress built in the 1700s and the site of the famous 1836 Battle of the Alamo where Mexican military forces overwhelmed the Texan defenders of the site during the Texas Revolution. History buffs will also want to take in the rest of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, which includes the Alamo and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Downtown San Antonio also features several historic sites including the San Fernando Cathedral, as well as museums like the San Antonio Cavalry Museum. The downtown area is also the location for San Antonio’s numerous annual and more frequently held cultural festivals and celebrations.
Most major American cities are home to major sports teams with devoted local fan-bases and San Antonio is no exception. The city is home to the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, one of the most successful professional basketball franchises of the past few decades. The Spurs play their home games in the AT&T center on the east side of the city. The arena also plays host to other big events throughout the year. Football fans may want to visit the city for the Alamo Bowl, an annual college football postseason game featuring two top teams playing indoors inside the city’s Alamodome. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy in San Antonio.