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I don't think they let you out of San Antonio if you can't offer proof that you visited the Alamo, Alamo Plaza, 210-225-1391. As you view the Shrine, the Long Barrack, the Long Barrack Museum, and these historic grounds, you'll learn about the history of the battle with Mexican General Santa Anna's army that cost all of the 189 men inside their lives.
Once you have visited the Alamo, you can see its history come a live at the Alamo IMAX Theatre, Rivercenter Mall, across from the Alamo, or at Texas Adventure, Inc., across Alamo Street and west of the Alamo. At the IMAX Theatre you'll be watching history recreated on a six story tall wraparound screen and the surround sound of the cannon blasting at you will make you jump out of your seat and then look around sheepishly. If you love technology, you'll get an extra kick out of seeing the Alamo come alive through the use of robotics, 3-D ghost show, and holograms at Texas Adventure.
For another neat Theatre experience, visit the Aztec On the River, 201 E. Commerce, corner of St Mary's & Commerce St, 210-227-3930. Built in 1926, this wonderful silent movie Theatre has been lovingly restored to its former beauty right down to its Wurlitzer organ. In addition to the free 8 minute special effects show in the lobby that is offered every 90 minutes you can also enjoy one of two large format 40 minute feature films for a fee.
As you continue your history tour, you'll want to visit the lovely old missions of San Antonio. The missions Mission Concepcion, 807 Mission Rd., 210-534-1540; Mission San Jose, 6701 San Jose Dr., 210-932-1001; Mission Espada, 10040 Espada Rd., 210-627-2021; and Mission San Juan Cappistrano, 9101 Graf, 210-534-0749, can all be found by following the blue and white Mission Trail Signs.
If you only have time to see one, head to the Mission San Jose, which is know as the "Queen of the Mission." Founded in 1720, it was the largest of the San Antonio missions and will give you the best feel for what they were like.
For a great overview of the city, head to the Tower of the Americas, Hemisfair Park, 200 S Alamo. Here you can ride a glass walled elevator up 500 feet to the observation deck where you will be treated to a 360-degree view of the city.
Then head to the Zoological Gardens and Aquarium, 3903 N St. Mary's St., Brackenridge Park, 210-734-7183. As you stroll through this 25 acre park, you'll be treated to 3,000 beasties like whooping cranes and Galapagos tortoises representing 600 species. Before you leave the Park, you'll also want to visit Pioneer Memorial Hall, 3805 N Broadway, 210-822-9011, for early Texas artifacts, documents, portraits, and cowboy gear.
A visit to Seaworld, 10500 SeaWorld Dr, 210-523-3611, will give you a chance to see Shamu, the killer whale, and all of his other entertaining friends in the largest marine life theme park in the world.
If you'd like to do some of your sight seeing below ground, head to the beautiful Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, 210-651-6101. For outdoor beauty, head to the San Antonio Botanical Garden and Lucille Halsell Conservatory, 555 Funston Pl., 210-207-3255. Here you can enjoy themed gardens, a walk through Texas, and a conservatory full of exotic plants.
If you are drawn to the bizarre, you'll get a kick out of visiting Ripley's Believe It or Not & Plaza Wax Museum, 301 Alamo Plaza, across from the Alamo, 210-224-9299. A visit to Ripley's will give you a chance to wander through 500+ exhibits of weird stuff. At the Wax, Museum you'll find 250+ lifelike characters with Hollywood, Horror, Freedoms Journey, or Religious backgrounds.
If you like to do your sight seeing as part of a tour group, you'll want to check out the offerings of San Antonio City Tours, departing daily from the Alamo Visitor Center, which is right next to the Alamo, 210-228-9776.
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