San Antonio Quick Guide
San Antonio is a haven for history buffs, and a great place to call home for the 1.1 million or so people who live and work here. Its place in American history has been cemented with the rallying cry, "Remember the Alamo!" making it perhaps the most famous spot in all of Texas.
In the nearly 170 years that have passed since the Texas Revolution, what was once a sleepy crossroads discovered by missionaries has now grown into the eighth largest city in the United States, with an economy that is driven by aerospace, agriculture, biomedical services, construction, government, health care, military, tourism and wholesale and retail trade.
San Antonio's City Hall maintains a landline-based 311 telephone service for residents to gain easy access to the departments and services they need. This customer service call center helps callers find answers to questions they may have about public works, environmental services and more.
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Where to Go in San Antonio
Opportunities for historic encounters abound in San Antonio. The Alamo tops the list of must-see and do experiences in the city, with opportunities to tour the spot where for 13 days, less than 200 defenders held back some 4,000 troops from the Mexican Army.
The chapel and the Long Barracks Museum and Library are the only remaining structures form the original fort. Also in the downtown area are the La Villita Historic District which has been transformed into an arts and crafts community, and the King William Historic Area.
The newly-opened Museo Alameda in historic Market Square celebrates the influence of Latino culture and heritage, and is the first organization in the country to be recognized as a formal affiliate of the Smithsonian.
As for more casual pursuits, be sure to check out the Houston Street Fair and Market, held the last Saturday of each month. With parking available in the city parking garage at 400 N. St. Mary Street, this is one activity that the entire family is sure to enjoy.
Things to Do in San Antonio
The San Antonio Botanical Garden offers 33 acres of plants and flowers from around the world. The San Antonio River Walk, a point of pride for the city, takes visitors on a three-mile stroll past lush landscaping, shops and restaurants.
Basketball fans looking for a little more action can visit the San Antonio Spurs at their home, the AT&T Center.