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San Antonio Attractions

Here are a few of the most popular attractions that visitors to San Antonio enjoy.
Woodlawn’s Keener Victorian is located in the Monte Vista Historical District of San Antonio! Founded in 1890, Monte Vista is arguably the most prominent of the neighborhoods that blossomed during San Antonio’s “Gilded Age” - the period between 1890 and 1930 when the city began to establish itself as something beyond just an outpost for cattle drives. Monte Vista was where many of the prominent citizens in the oil and cattle industries decided to make their home during this time. More than the neighborhood for San Antonio’s early notable families, Monte Vista was (and still is) home to distinguished and timeless architecture. Designers such as Atlee B. Ayres, Jay and Lee Adams and Frost Carvel adapted national trends of the era to San Antonio culture and lifestyle. The result is an eminent and attractive mix of Queen Anne, Hollywood Bungalow, Georgian, Tudor, Moorish and Victorian-era architecture that gives Monte Vista its unique feel. Streets within the Monte Vista Historical District are marked with the district's unique and personalized street signs, featuring a brown background with white block lettering that's easy to read both day and night. District street signs include "Monte Vista Historical District" just below the street name, so visitors will easily recognize when they scroll beyond its borders. Take a stroll through the Monte Vista Historical District and you'll find many architecturally restored Victorian homes and mansions that make a perfect backdrop for a selfie (please do not trespass on personal property).
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Monte Vista
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Woodlawn’s Keener Victorian is located in the Monte Vista Historical District of San Antonio! Founded in 1890, Monte Vista is arguably the most prominent of the neighborhoods that blossomed during San Antonio’s “Gilded Age” - the period between 1890 and 1930 when the city began to establish itself as something beyond just an outpost for cattle drives. Monte Vista was where many of the prominent citizens in the oil and cattle industries decided to make their home during this time. More than the neighborhood for San Antonio’s early notable families, Monte Vista was (and still is) home to distinguished and timeless architecture. Designers such as Atlee B. Ayres, Jay and Lee Adams and Frost Carvel adapted national trends of the era to San Antonio culture and lifestyle. The result is an eminent and attractive mix of Queen Anne, Hollywood Bungalow, Georgian, Tudor, Moorish and Victorian-era architecture that gives Monte Vista its unique feel. Streets within the Monte Vista Historical District are marked with the district's unique and personalized street signs, featuring a brown background with white block lettering that's easy to read both day and night. District street signs include "Monte Vista Historical District" just below the street name, so visitors will easily recognize when they scroll beyond its borders. Take a stroll through the Monte Vista Historical District and you'll find many architecturally restored Victorian homes and mansions that make a perfect backdrop for a selfie (please do not trespass on personal property).

Food scene

The Pearl is a thriving and vibrant community, home to many spirited visionaries who each paint a unique portrait of the South Texas past, present and future. From culture to cuisine, to Saturday morning Farmers Market, the Pearl District is a short five minute drive from Woodlawn’s Keener Victorian Airbnb, and offers both surface and garage parking lots. While the Pearl District is mostly paved, visitors will find several beautiful green spaces to spread their blanket and listen to musicians in the plaza, or indulge in the fine art of people and pet watching, or simply stroll at your leisure amongst the wide variety of restaurants, bars, and specialty shops. Visit the Pearl and explore to your heart’s content. 💞
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The Pearl
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The Pearl is a thriving and vibrant community, home to many spirited visionaries who each paint a unique portrait of the South Texas past, present and future. From culture to cuisine, to Saturday morning Farmers Market, the Pearl District is a short five minute drive from Woodlawn’s Keener Victorian Airbnb, and offers both surface and garage parking lots. While the Pearl District is mostly paved, visitors will find several beautiful green spaces to spread their blanket and listen to musicians in the plaza, or indulge in the fine art of people and pet watching, or simply stroll at your leisure amongst the wide variety of restaurants, bars, and specialty shops. Visit the Pearl and explore to your heart’s content. 💞
The Alamo Quarry Market was once home to the Alamo Cement Plant. Alamo Cement facilitated the building of Texas for more than a century. Today, it still preserves some of the original features of the plant. Regal 16-plex Cinemas, an on-site movie theater is constructed around the original smokestacks. These smokestacks have become the focal point of the shopping area. The smokestacks have made the Alamo Quarry a Texas landmark in its own right. At this outdoor mall, you'll find over 60 specialty shops like Ann Taylor, Everything But Water and the famous Lucchese Boot Company. If you get hungry while roaming the Quarry, simply stop in at one of a dozen restaurants. The Quarry is home to P.F. Chang's, Joe's Crab Shack and a few other large dining establishments. ADDRESS 255 E Basse Rd San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-8885 HOURS Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm Sun: Noon-6pm
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Alamo Quarry Market
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The Alamo Quarry Market was once home to the Alamo Cement Plant. Alamo Cement facilitated the building of Texas for more than a century. Today, it still preserves some of the original features of the plant. Regal 16-plex Cinemas, an on-site movie theater is constructed around the original smokestacks. These smokestacks have become the focal point of the shopping area. The smokestacks have made the Alamo Quarry a Texas landmark in its own right. At this outdoor mall, you'll find over 60 specialty shops like Ann Taylor, Everything But Water and the famous Lucchese Boot Company. If you get hungry while roaming the Quarry, simply stop in at one of a dozen restaurants. The Quarry is home to P.F. Chang's, Joe's Crab Shack and a few other large dining establishments. ADDRESS 255 E Basse Rd San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-8885 HOURS Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm Sun: Noon-6pm

Sightseeing

The Alamo sits at the heart of the City of San Antonio. As the once small town grew into a thriving city around the Alamo, portions of the historic 1836 Battlefield gave way to concrete and skyscrapers. History tells us that there were once large stone walls that surrounded the Alamo battlefield, creating a frontier fortress. There were acequias to bring in water, a southern gate, lodgings for soldiers and a headquarters where Col. William Barret Travis wrote his famous letter calling for reinforcements. But today, the Alamo Church and Long Barrack are the only two buildings that remain from the battle in 1836. The rest has been lost to history, lost to the growth of San Antonio or simply lost all together. Currently, when visitors approach Alamo Plaza many mistakenly assume that the Battle of 1836 was fought only inside the Alamo Church, due to the build up of the city around the historic structure. Since May 2021, the portion of Alamo Street that runs in front of the Alamo Church has been closed to vehicular traffic. Still open to pedestrian traffic, this helps to improve the visitor experience with cars no longer running through the historic battlefield footprint.
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Alamo
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The Alamo sits at the heart of the City of San Antonio. As the once small town grew into a thriving city around the Alamo, portions of the historic 1836 Battlefield gave way to concrete and skyscrapers. History tells us that there were once large stone walls that surrounded the Alamo battlefield, creating a frontier fortress. There were acequias to bring in water, a southern gate, lodgings for soldiers and a headquarters where Col. William Barret Travis wrote his famous letter calling for reinforcements. But today, the Alamo Church and Long Barrack are the only two buildings that remain from the battle in 1836. The rest has been lost to history, lost to the growth of San Antonio or simply lost all together. Currently, when visitors approach Alamo Plaza many mistakenly assume that the Battle of 1836 was fought only inside the Alamo Church, due to the build up of the city around the historic structure. Since May 2021, the portion of Alamo Street that runs in front of the Alamo Church has been closed to vehicular traffic. Still open to pedestrian traffic, this helps to improve the visitor experience with cars no longer running through the historic battlefield footprint.