Guidebook for San Antonio

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Guidebook for San Antonio

Food Scene

A multitude of local places to eat, from gourmet Italian food at Il Sogno Osteria, to exquisite to French style baked good at Bakery Lorraine, to hand-crafted cured foods at Cured. The Pearl is also the nascent epicenter of San Antonio as a culinary destination with its diverse, chef centered restaurants and location of the world's premier culinary college, the Culinary Institute of America, "With fifteen restaurants and cafes, thirteen retailers and eighteen resident businesses as well as a twice weekly Farmers Market, this neighborhood is always full of life and activity. "
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Pearl Brewery
303 Pearl Parkway
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A multitude of local places to eat, from gourmet Italian food at Il Sogno Osteria, to exquisite to French style baked good at Bakery Lorraine, to hand-crafted cured foods at Cured. The Pearl is also the nascent epicenter of San Antonio as a culinary destination with its diverse, chef centered restaurants and location of the world's premier culinary college, the Culinary Institute of America, "With fifteen restaurants and cafes, thirteen retailers and eighteen resident businesses as well as a twice weekly Farmers Market, this neighborhood is always full of life and activity. "

Sightseeing

In addition to the famous, historical Alamo, walking along the Mission Reach of the beautiful and historic San Antonio River, is a not to be missed experience. The Mission Reach of the San Antonio River and its Mission Hike and Bike Trails wend through old neighborhoods and farmlands, from Mission Concepción to Mission Espada, eight (8) miles of dedicated paved pathways are reserved for the hiker and biker. Mission Portals connect San Antonio's four historic missions – Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada – to the San Antonio River. These historic and artistic interpretations of missions story are now World Heritage Sites, one of 18 in the United States.
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Mission San Jose
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In addition to the famous, historical Alamo, walking along the Mission Reach of the beautiful and historic San Antonio River, is a not to be missed experience. The Mission Reach of the San Antonio River and its Mission Hike and Bike Trails wend through old neighborhoods and farmlands, from Mission Concepción to Mission Espada, eight (8) miles of dedicated paved pathways are reserved for the hiker and biker. Mission Portals connect San Antonio's four historic missions – Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada – to the San Antonio River. These historic and artistic interpretations of missions story are now World Heritage Sites, one of 18 in the United States.
The landmark mission/battleground for Texas Independence, not to be missed!
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Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
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The landmark mission/battleground for Texas Independence, not to be missed!
Highlight of San Antonio, beautiful walk combining shops, history, water features and art.
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San Antonio River Walk
849 E Commerce St
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Highlight of San Antonio, beautiful walk combining shops, history, water features and art.

Parks & Nature

Nearby Brackenridge Park , several miles South on Broadway, is a beautiful wooded area with well laid out and maintained biking and jogging trails. Founded in 1899, Brackenridge Park is family friendly and has public restrooms. Park attractions include Brackenridge Park Golf Course, the Brackenridge Eagle miniature train, San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea Gardens, Sunken Garden Theater, jogging trails, public art, playgrounds, pavilions one can reserve and athletic fields
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Brackenridge Park
3700 North Saint Mary's Street
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Nearby Brackenridge Park , several miles South on Broadway, is a beautiful wooded area with well laid out and maintained biking and jogging trails. Founded in 1899, Brackenridge Park is family friendly and has public restrooms. Park attractions include Brackenridge Park Golf Course, the Brackenridge Eagle miniature train, San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea Gardens, Sunken Garden Theater, jogging trails, public art, playgrounds, pavilions one can reserve and athletic fields
One of the top zoos in the country.
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San Antonio Zoo
3903 North Saint Mary's Street
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One of the top zoos in the country.
All the activities to enjoy at a lake.
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Medina Lake
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All the activities to enjoy at a lake.

Arts & Culture

Casita Corazon is a few blocks from the McNay Art Museum, and minutes from the Broadway Cultural Corridor, featuring the Witte Museum, the Doseum for children, Brackenridge Park, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. A few blocks away, on Austin Hwy & New Braunfels (entrance is The McNay Art museum, an elegant jewel, known not only for its important art collection but for the 24-room Spanish Colonial Revival-style mansion that houses it. The Witte Museum , a few minutes down Broadway is a premier natural history museum with art galleries and historic exhibits from our region, including the McFarlin Jewel Room, the Lone Star Hall of Wildlife and Ecology and Dinosaur Hall.
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Witte Museum
3801 Broadway Street
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Casita Corazon is a few blocks from the McNay Art Museum, and minutes from the Broadway Cultural Corridor, featuring the Witte Museum, the Doseum for children, Brackenridge Park, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. A few blocks away, on Austin Hwy & New Braunfels (entrance is The McNay Art museum, an elegant jewel, known not only for its important art collection but for the 24-room Spanish Colonial Revival-style mansion that houses it. The Witte Museum , a few minutes down Broadway is a premier natural history museum with art galleries and historic exhibits from our region, including the McFarlin Jewel Room, the Lone Star Hall of Wildlife and Ecology and Dinosaur Hall.
Preeminent museum of Art including collections from such famed collectors as the Rockefellers
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San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Avenue
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Preeminent museum of Art including collections from such famed collectors as the Rockefellers
Exquisite Spanish Style home and grounds; Marion Koogler McNay’s bequest of her home and art collection with particular emphasis on 20th and 21st-century modernist artists Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Diego Rivera among others plus current exhibits. The home alone is worth a visit.
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McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels Avenue
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Exquisite Spanish Style home and grounds; Marion Koogler McNay’s bequest of her home and art collection with particular emphasis on 20th and 21st-century modernist artists Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Diego Rivera among others plus current exhibits. The home alone is worth a visit.
Kid friendly Places to visit on the Broadway Cultural Corridor, featuring the Zoo, Brackenridge Park, the Witte Museum with it's new and impressive dinosaur exhibit, and the Doseum, the outstanding Children's Museum, that the entire family would enjoy. Brackenridge Park is family friendly and attractions include the Brackenridge Eagle miniature train, San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea Gardens, Sunken Garden Theater, jogging trails, public art, playgrounds, pavilions and athletic fields.
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The DoSeum
2800 Broadway Street
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Kid friendly Places to visit on the Broadway Cultural Corridor, featuring the Zoo, Brackenridge Park, the Witte Museum with it's new and impressive dinosaur exhibit, and the Doseum, the outstanding Children's Museum, that the entire family would enjoy. Brackenridge Park is family friendly and attractions include the Brackenridge Eagle miniature train, San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea Gardens, Sunken Garden Theater, jogging trails, public art, playgrounds, pavilions and athletic fields.
Not to be missed; beautiful exhibit including silver work on spurs and saddles, a stage coach and many Western artifacts
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Briscoe Western Art Museum
210 West Market Street
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Not to be missed; beautiful exhibit including silver work on spurs and saddles, a stage coach and many Western artifacts

Essentials

Central Market, our neighborhood gourmet grocery store, a minute or so away South on Broadway: "our daily menu features dishes and delights prepared by our chefs with the freshest ingredients around, including international deli meats and cheeses, scratch-baked breads and desserts, and savory main dishes and sides" and , of course breakfast, along with lunch and dinner selections, changing daily, to go, pick up or delivery. Go to instacart.com for grocery delivery or go to http://centralmarket.com/ to browse or order either casual or gourmet delivery. ( Central Market has a large selection of wine but there is also Gabriel’s Liquor in the Stewart Center),
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Central Market
4821 Broadway Street
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Central Market, our neighborhood gourmet grocery store, a minute or so away South on Broadway: "our daily menu features dishes and delights prepared by our chefs with the freshest ingredients around, including international deli meats and cheeses, scratch-baked breads and desserts, and savory main dishes and sides" and , of course breakfast, along with lunch and dinner selections, changing daily, to go, pick up or delivery. Go to instacart.com for grocery delivery or go to http://centralmarket.com/ to browse or order either casual or gourmet delivery. ( Central Market has a large selection of wine but there is also Gabriel’s Liquor in the Stewart Center),

Shopping

Just 10 miles from downtown San Antonio and 2 miles from the airport, North Star Mall is an internationally acclaimed shopping destination.Come visit this trendy Texas landmark that always keeps ups with the timesand explore over 200 specialty stores and restaurants.
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North Star Mall
7400 San Pedro Avenue
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Just 10 miles from downtown San Antonio and 2 miles from the airport, North Star Mall is an internationally acclaimed shopping destination.Come visit this trendy Texas landmark that always keeps ups with the timesand explore over 200 specialty stores and restaurants.

Drinks & Nightlife

Paramour Bar | Rooftop Bar Downtown San Antonio, TX www.paramourbar.com A sophisticated escape, with cocktails crisp and ambrosial, outstanding view down the River to the San Antonio sky line lit up at night Around the corner, enjoy The Brooklynite | San Antonio's Favorite Cocktail Bar thebrooklynitesa.com Enjoy award winning craft cocktail concoctions the finest bartenders in San Antonio. Food trucks outside, party inside, between downtown SA and The Pearl. Or across the street, Wyndham Garden San Antonio Riverwalk/Museum Reach on 9th St Across from Paramour 103 9th St, San Antonio, TX · (210) 515-4555 Offers Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen restaurant
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Paramour
102 9th St
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Paramour Bar | Rooftop Bar Downtown San Antonio, TX www.paramourbar.com A sophisticated escape, with cocktails crisp and ambrosial, outstanding view down the River to the San Antonio sky line lit up at night Around the corner, enjoy The Brooklynite | San Antonio's Favorite Cocktail Bar thebrooklynitesa.com Enjoy award winning craft cocktail concoctions the finest bartenders in San Antonio. Food trucks outside, party inside, between downtown SA and The Pearl. Or across the street, Wyndham Garden San Antonio Riverwalk/Museum Reach on 9th St Across from Paramour 103 9th St, San Antonio, TX · (210) 515-4555 Offers Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen restaurant
Hot jazz and cool drinks at this iconic venue.
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Jazz, TX
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Hot jazz and cool drinks at this iconic venue.