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Trip List by SPKK06

San Antonio and beyond.

24 Jun 2006  Just returned and excited to tell about our trip.
4.5 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

Keeping busy with a teenage boy and pre-teen girl.

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  • 1. Drury Inn and Suites Riverwalk
    Drury Inn & Suites Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas
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    Avg price: $220

    Excellent place to stay - just on the fringe of the action of the Riverwalk, yet still quiet in the evening. Great popcorn in the lobby - and free soda!

  • 2. The Alamo

    Of course you must go to the Alamo. Many people "warned" me that it was small and not what you'd expect of a fort. I found it inspiring and went back twice.

  • 3. The Mission Trail

    This is definitely a driving tour. Very inspiring to see these mission villages and churches from the 1700's. The churches are beautiful and still used by the residents as active parishes. These missions are more of an example of what the Alamo would have been like had it remained a mission and not turned into a fort. Well worth your while to visit these sacred grounds and view the hard work and dedication put forth by the devoted Franciscan priests and the native people they helped. Now the ancestors of these people have these beautiful churches to worship God as their forefathers did.l

  • 4. The Riverwalk

    The Riverwalk is even better than I expected. It was a magical experience walking along the river as it winds through the "underground" part of the city. The restaurants were all so appealing, it was hard choosing one over another. Be sure to take the boatride- you might find areas of the Riverwalk you never knew were there!

  • 5. USS Lexington

    This WW2 ship is docked in Corpus Christi, about a 2 1/2 hour drive from San Antonio. I would recommend spending the day/night here and taking in the scenery of the Gulf. The ship itself is magnificant and very informative as to the life of a seaman. You also get to view an IMAX movie with entry fee either on modern-day fighter pilots or frontier explorers from years ago.

  • 6. (North) Padre Island

    From the Lexington, take the drive north of Corpus and ferry over to Port Aransas and Padre Island. The ferry is a short ride, but as promised in the "brochures", we saw dolphins leaping out of the water around the ferry! I took my kids to the ocean so they could play in the waves. Padre Island is still very undeveloped which is good and bad. Good because there were no crowds on the beach; bad because the beach could be in better shape... lots of seaweed and litter. With a little clean-up effort, the beaches could be spectacular. The water was bath-tub warm and it was wonderful to ride the waves!

  • 7. Amerisuites- Riverwalk

    We stayed here for two nights after returning from Corpus Christi. From the outside it didn't look like much - but when you went to the backside, it was breathtaking! I had been in San Antonio two days and did not realize this part of the Riverwalk existed. It does connect with the main portion of the walk, but if you go in the other direction, it will take you to the historic, residential area. The homes are older and beautiful and it was a real find being on this side of town.

  • 8. Market Square

    Don't ignore this section of town! It is easy to get caught up in the glamour of the Riverwalk, but you will miss out on alot if you don't check out this portion of the city.

  • 9. San Fernando Cathedral

    A beautiful cathedral in the Market Square section of town. You will be surprised to see who is entombed in the entrance way of this church! I was - and you will just have to go see for yourself.

  • 10. New Braunfels

    We went tubing at one of the many locations that rent tubes and rafts in this area. It was a nice change of pace and the river is very calm and easy for beginners who have never rafted or rowed before.

  • 11. Landa Park

    Also in New Braunfels is a city park, not too difficult to get to. It has a giant spring-fed swimming pool and this was very unique. You can see the water gushing in at one end of the pool and flowing out into the river at the other end. The water was mostly around 7 ft. deep though they had areas for wading and shallow play with a few slides. They also have an Olympic-size regular swimming pool too - one admission gets you into both.