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The Alamo - 300 Alamo Plaza (78205) On the east side of Alamo Plaza is the most famous spot in Texas where 189 defenders fell on March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna�s army. Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) was established in 1718 as the city�s first mission. The chapel, one of the most photographed facades in the nation, and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort. Long Barracks Museum and Library are near the chapel. The museum contains relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and offers narration on the fall of the Alamo. The Alamo is located in the heart of the city, inside beautifully landscaped grounds. Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed December 24 and 25. Restricted hours March 6.General admission: donations accepted. Special events for groups include before and after hours tours-for more information call 210-225-1391 ext. 34.
River Walk - 454 Soledad, River Ste. 2 (78205) The Paseo del Rio, in the heart of downtown, is the pride of the city. Lush green foliage lines the banks of this peaceful, historic river. Cobblestone walkways lead visitors to the river-level restaurants and shops. The river bubbles to the surface on the grounds of the University of the Incarnate Word and flows to downtown and beyond, threading its way through the city one level below the hustle and bustle of city streets. First called Yanaguana by the Payaya Indians, meaning "place of refreshing waters." Along the horseshoe shaped riverbend, the river is shaded by towering cypresses, oaks and willows and bordered by gardens of flowering ornamental plants. River cruisers travel the River Walk�s three miles past unique retail shops, restaurants and nightclubs. See Yanaguana Cruises, listed alphabetically. 210-227-4262.
Yanaguana Cruise, Inc. - hosts one of the most interesting and beloved facets of San Antonio, the River Walk cruise. Whether it be in December with the world renowned Christmas lights taking some of the sparkle out of the stars and lighting the river, or during those warm summer nights where frosty noses are a distant memory, you can always jump on a Narrated Cruise, get on a dinner boat or just catch a ride to your hotel on our Rio Trans River Shuttle.  315 E. Commerce Ste. 202 (78205) 210-244-5700, 1-800-417-4139.
La Villita - 418 Villita (78205) A unique arts and crafts community with shops, working artists, restaurants and a post office. The Old San Antonio Exhibit (located in Bolivar Hall) houses a collection of art objects, artifacts and symbols relevant to the history. This beautifully landscaped historic district offers leisurely shopping, dining and five rental venues for special events. Shops open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Closed holidays. 210-207-8610.
Institute of Texan Cultures - Meet the pioneers of Texas through exciting, creative displays featuring the 27 ethnic groups that built the Lone Star State. A party at the Institute can include typical foods, music and entertainment, all creating an "International" theme and ambiance. Number of guests: exhibit floor, 1,000; patio area, 2,000. 210-458-2300.
Mexican Market - 514 West Commerce (78207) From early morning until late at night, Market Square is alive with activity. Visitors browse through the 32 shops at "El Mercado," an area patterned after an authentic Mexican market. In addition, there are 80 specialty shops in Farmers Market Plaza. Market Square is also the scene of many Hispanic festivals where food and beverage booths spring up alongside the Guadalajara lamps and the strains of mariachi music blend with the excitement of Mexican dances. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., summer;10 a.m.-6 p.m., winter. Stores closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year�s Day and Easter. 210-207-8600.
Mission Trails - There is no admission fee at any of the missions, however, donations are accepted. The park is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The city's Mission Trail, which begins at the Alamo, winds southward along a nine-mile stretch of the San Antonio River. For additional information, contact San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, 2202 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio 78210-4919; or phone 210-932-1001.
San Antonio Museum of Art - A castle-like building housing a collection ranging from ancient art to Mexican folk art. Original home of Lone Star Brewing Company. Elegant setting for indoor/outdoor themes. Number of guests: 60, indoors; 1,000 outdoors. 210-978-8158.
San Antonio Botanical Gardens - (210) 207-3250 Hours of Operation Open Year-Round< 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (central standard time) Closed Christmas and New Year�s Day Operated under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, the San Antonio Botanical Garden founded in 1980, encompasses 33 acres in the center of the city of San Antonio, 555 Funston @ North New Braunfels Avenue.
San Antonio Zoo - 3903 N. St. Mary�s st. (78212) (Brackenridge Park) Ranked as one of the top zoos in the nation exhibiting over 3,500 animals of 751 species. At the headwaters of the San Antonio River, the zoo encompasses 35 landscaped acres. Includes one of the largest bird collections in the world and the only American zoo to exhibit the endangered whooping crane. A new Gibbon Forest exhibit opened April 2001. The Conservation Research Center exhibits the unique naked mole rat. Seasonal shows and educational programs throughout the year. The zoo also offers boat rides. Open 365 days a year. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from Labor Day to Memorial Day; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission: adults $7; seniors (62+) and children (3-11) $5; children 2 and under free. Group rates available. 210-734-7183


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A Beckmann Inn and Carriage House
San Antonio Bed and Breakfast

222 East Guenther Street
San Antonio, Texas 78204
(210) 229-1449
(800) 945-1449
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