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The Dog Days of Summer at a San Antonio RV Park

The Dog Days of Summer at a San Antonio RV Park
Summer still has many weeks left in South Texas and San Antonio is brimming with places to see, things to do and lots of country to enjoy.  Compiled from both experience and some info from the San Antonio  Convention and Visitors Bureau, this list will keep a family vacation full of fun and action.  If you RV to your vacation destination near San Antonio you can add to these activities, the 'country' feel of Hidden Valley RV Park, the private Medio Creek, a fish dinner-fresh caught, a nature trail hike, a refreshing margarita with fellow campers or a relaxing evening at the Bonfire Cove.  Just imagine yourself in some of these video shots at our San Antonio RV Park:

Whether your visit is a return one - to share your past memories with your family or to refresh your own or San Antonio has long been a dream vacation, there are a great number of cultural, natural, culinary, historical, and artistic attractions. Several can be explored along the River Walk or clustered in other areas of the city. Don't forget to ask when you register, about our complete virtual tour of the city and surrounding areas and the various ways to experience it, bicycle, walking tours, trolley tours and horse drawn carriage to name a few.  Here are 25 favorite attractions. The links will take you to their website for further info.
1. The Alamo. Begin with the shrine at the center of Texas history. San Antonio is celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo with events all year. Watch living history re-enactors demonstrate how people lived, fought, and worked in the Texas of 1836.  Only 11 miles from our San Antonio campground.

2. The San Antonio River Walk. Stroll the historic walk along the San Antonio River and enjoy restaurants, shops, and music. In addition to the traditional River Walk that many have seen at least once, we now have the Museum Reach Extension to the North and the most recently unveiled Mission Reach Extension to the South. 


3. Tower of the Americas. This 750-foot-tall signature feature of the San Antonio skyline, built for HemisFair '68, is open for great views, dining, drinks, and even a 4-D theater show.

4. Menger Bar at the Menger Hotel is where Theodore Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders. Hang out and drink in this hotel home of Texas elegance.

5. La Villita. Originally a settlement for Spanish soldiers assigned to the Mission San Antonio de Valero, and later for Santa Ana's troops, this little village now houses a thriving arts community.
Tower Life
6. Arneson River Theater. Within La Villita, visit the premier River Walk venue for the performing arts.

7. Little Rhein Steak House. Also at La Villita, this fine restaurant offers romantic views of the River Walk. Even on a chilly night, it's still possible to enjoy dining outside on the patio - the staff will provide a warm wooly poncho.

8. San Fernando Cathedral. Founded in 1731 by families from the Canary Islands, the Catholic cathedral played an important role in the Battle of the Alamo. Santa Ana raised the "no quarter" flag from the original tower. Some say David Crockett is buried there.

9. Tower Life Building. Long known as the Transit Tower, this historic neo-Gothic tower, built in 1928, was designed by the local Ayers & Ayers firm, complete with gargoyles staring down at pedestrians and the barge crowd along the River Walk. The building is indicative of the wealth of commercial architecture from mid-20th century in the city, easily explored near the city center.
Aztec Theatre
10. Aztec Theatre is one of the great 1920s dream movie palaces, decorated in the Meso-American style. Great Country Music Performance on weekends.  Ask at our office for discounts for this venue.  UPDATE: Closed as of February 2012.
     
11. Six Flags Fiesta Texas. This premier amusement park will provide a full day of award-winning shows, fantastic rides, and thrilling fun for kids of ALL ages! Too hot for an amusement park, Fiesta Texas has a wave pool and acres of waterpark rides for both the adventurous and more subdued.

12. Guenther House. In the gracious home of the founder of the Pioneer Flour Mills, you'll find this exceedingly tasty and scenic spot for a great breakfast or lunch. The biscuits and delicate waffles are particularly wonderful. Tour the elegantly restored 1860 home and stroll the nearby King William Historic District after.

13. Steves Homestead House Museum. Located at 509 King William Street, this three-story mansion serves as a fine example of the prosperity of San Antonio's German community in the 19th century.

14. Liberty Bar, housed in a former convent on Alamo Street, serves up fine but affordable dining that blends local ingredients and seasonings with haute cuisine, noted for "serious food.". The Frolic and Detour Coffee Bar on the second floor would be a good way to start the day with a little breakfast and free wi-fi.

15. San Antonio Museum of Art. The museum, housed in the converted former Lone Star Brewery and in an expanded new wing, possesses a solid collection of art from many periods, but the strong collections of folk art from the Americas and around the world set the museum apart from many others. The museum is now linked to downtown via the Museum Reach of the River Walk.

16. La Gloria Ice House. In Texas, you want to kick back and eat great Mexican food, preferably while enjoying a river setting. At the Pearl end of the River Walk, enjoy Chef Johnny Hernandez's creative takes on the street foods of Mexico.

17. Pearl Farmers Market. Also at the apex of the Museum Reach of the River Walk, find food producers from within a 150 mile radius of San Antonio, gathered on the grounds of the old Pearl Brewery. The Market is now open on Wednesday eves and Saturday mornings. Browse the shops indoors, too.  Weekend cooking demos.

18. Culinary Institute of America, Pearl Brewery complex. A sure sign that culinary achievement has reached a critical benchmark in San Antonio, the premier culinary college has opened up a campus to promote Latin American cooking. Stop by the CIA Bakery Café for a taste.

19. El Mercado, Market Square. Be sure to visit Market Square for several destinations, including El Mercado, the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico. Items include jewelry, pottery, hats, folk art, and many other hand-made gifts.

20. Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery. Visually an over-the-top extravaganza, Mi Tierra celebrates Tex-Mex in all its glories - enchiladas, margaritas, tacos, and other fare typical of the popular cuisine. The long cases of the bakery are filled with colorfully baked goods, and eager lines of customers are anxious to snap up their favorites.
21. Sea World, San AntonioAcres and acres of shows featuring sea creatures (belugas, stingrays, dolphins and more) along with their talented trainers.  Music and Fireworks often accompany the nighttime shows and the Lost Lagoon waterpark will cool down and heat drenched land dweller. 

22. San Antonio Botanical Garden. Several worthy attractions in San Antonio are away from the city center, but if one excuse to visit San Antonio is the weather and the greenery, then a walk in the botanical garden is a must. Situated on the highest point in the city, the sprawling gardens encompass several themed areas and the renowned glass conservatories. Most fascinating is the set of trails that leads to areas representative of Texas's diverse garden zones.
23. The McNay Art Museum. With deep holdings in modern art, this art museum on sprawling beautiful grounds builds on the founding collection of Marion McNay, the keen-eyed oil heiress who left her Spanish Colonial Revival house and 700 works for all to enjoy. The expanding collection includes the must-see items from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts and the Art of New Mexico.  Free admission on Thursdays, 4 to 9 pm and always to active duty military and their families.

24. Witte Museum. Located next to Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, the museum specializes in natural history, ethnography, and science. The family-friendly museum showcases a range of critters from dinosaurs to live tarantulas. 
Admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 pm until 8 pm.

25. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park: Mission Concepcion. This mission, one of several on a southern trail, has recently undergone extensive renovation and serves as a great place to learn about Spanish Colonial architecture. The acoustics in the church make for a great sound during Sunday's noontime Mariachi Mass.

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Don't forget, after a long day downtown or at the amusement parks...you can return to the peaceful, country atmosphere of your Texas RV site at Hidden Valley RV Park.

Find all the above attractions on this map with the exception of Seaworld and Fiesta Texas.  
Maps are on the link for each of those parks above.



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