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For over 20 years the Marriot Plaza has been home to peacocks who roam freely over their 6-acre grounds. Read the story on page 32. A visit to the hotel’s Anaqua Palm Terrace bar provides ceiling to floor glass views of the courtyard where the peacocks frequent.

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Explore the Art, History, and Heritage of the American West

Located on the River Walk, the Briscoe Western Art Museum houses nine galleries of painting, sculpture, photography, and historical artifacts. Highlights include Pancho Villaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s saddle, a diorama of the Alamo conflict, an authentic Chuck Wagon, and Santa Annaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sword. 210 W. Market Street | San Antonio, TX 78205 BriscoeMuseum.org | 210.299.4499 www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com

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2016 Paseo del Rio

Association Board of Directors

The Paseo del Rio Association was formed in 1968 to promote, protect and preserve the River Walk. This is done through special events, public education and Rio Magazine. The association also serves as an advocate for member businesses. For more information call 210-227-4262. PRESIDENT Tammy Peacock-Werline Margaritaville PRESIDENT-ELECT Laurence Seiterle Zurich Properties TREASURER Pierre Olivier Casa Rio Restaurant SECRETARY Andy Hearon El Tropicano Hotel MEMBER AT LARGE Maria Martinez Marriott Plaza San Antonio

CHAIR, OPERATORS COMMITTEE Andreas Esparaza Boudro’s EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Maggie Thompson Paseo del Rio Association EX-OFFICIOS John Carbajal San Antonio Restaurant Association Jim Mery Center City Development and Operations Department Anthony Piazzi Centro San Antonio Steven Schauer San Antonio River Authority BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mark Bohanan Bohanans Prime Steaks and Seafood

Shanon Miller Office of Historic Preservation, COSA

Bob Buchanan The Original Mexican Restaurant

Ric Morales Silver Eagle Distributors

Kevin Donohue Donohue Media

Andres Munoz San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau

Michael Dudek The Westin Riverwalk

Chris Oviatt Shops at Rivercenter

Mae Escobar aMAEzing Marketing Group

Brad Parscale Giles-Parscale

James Kinney Splashtown

Kevin Latone Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk

John Seabers Sinclair Broadcasting Ryan Wood Dick’s Last Resort

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Letter from the Editor

The Official Magazine of the River Walk

Publisher Louis Doucette Louis@travelingblender.com Editor Paula Schechter editor@paseodelrio.com

THE PAYAYA INDIANS WHO SETTLED ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER CENTURIES AGO CALLED IT “YANAGUANA,” WHICH MEANT “REFRESHING WATERS.” Later, in 1691 Spanish explorers named it Rio San Antonio (rio means river) because the day of their arrival was the Catholic feast day of St. Anthony of Padua. Twenty-seven years later in 1718, San Antonio was founded as a city when its first mission, San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) was officially established. Reading dry history books in school was never my thing. But moving to San Antonio in the mid 1980’s and being surrounded by history was a game-changer for me. History popped off the pages and became very three-dimensional. Today, I voraciously read fiction and non-fiction stories with historical settings. This issue of RIO features interesting articles by very talented writers that capture the rich history of our area; from downtown bridges and animals to houses of worship and noteworthy firsts. Their stories promise to be anything but dry history facts. Check out my list of Top 10 Historical things to Do. We are a city that treasures our roots while encouraging new growth. Enjoy your visit and get lost in the history.

Business Manager Vicki Schroder Vicki@travelingblender.com Contributing Writers Jackie Jordan Michele McMurray Carole Miller Bryden Moon Susan Yerkes Advertising Sales San Antonio: Janis Maxymof janismaxymof@gmail.com Gerry Lair gerry@travelingblender.com Janet Sandbach janet@travelingblender.com Austin: Sandy Weatherford sandy@travelingblender.com Graphic Design 2 Rare Birds Creative info@2rarebirds.com

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Rio Magazine is published by Traveling Blender, LLC. (Publisher) on behalf of the Paseo Del Rio Association. Reproduction in any manner in whole or in part is prohibited without the express written consent of the Paseo Del Rio Association. Material contained herein does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Paseo Del Rio Association or its staff. Rio Magazine, the Publisher and the Paseo Del Rio Association reserve the right to edit all material for clarity and space and assumes no responsibility for accuracy, errors or omissions. Rio Magazine does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertisements or editorial nor does the Publisher or the Paseo Del Rio Association assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial appear. Articles and photos are welcome and may be submitted to our office to be used subject to the discretion and review of the Publisher and Paseo Del Rio Association. All submissions become the property of the Paseo Del Rio Association. All Real Estate advertising is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make such a preference limitation or discrimination.”

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By J.E. Jordan

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A river meandered through the city without direction. In 1929, a 27-year-old architect named Robert H.H. Hugman proposed the bright idea to transform that river into what we now know as the San Antonio River Walk. Here are some of the “firsts” that have brought Hugman’s vision to life and made the River Walk into the most famous linear park in the world.   A series of floods had devastated San Antonio’s downtown. Hugman proposed a beautification and flood control plan for the river. He called it “The Shops of Aragon and Romula.”  While the name was changed to River Walk, his vision was eventually realized.  The 21-story Milam Building was built next to the river in 1928 at 115 E. Travis St., it was the first air conditioned high-rise building in the United States. It was also the tallest brick and reinforced concrete structure in the country. Named in honor of Texas Revolution hero Benjamin Milam, the Lone Star flag still waves over the Milam Building.  

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Five years later, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution which had banned the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages was repealed. The very same day, an enterprising businessman opened the first tavern on the river — the Esquire Tavern at 155 E. Commerce St. The Esquire still dispenses liquid cheer and today patrons may enter the oldest tavern on the river from River Walk level.   Still, Hugman’s plan remained in limbo. So in 1936, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Texas, Plaza Hotel manager Jack White and the Mexican Businessmen’s Association sponsored the

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river’s first parade, dubbed “A Venetian Night” to generate enthusiasm for riparian development. A crowd of more than 10,000 watched from the banks. At last, on March 29, 1939, after the Works Progress Administration (WPA) provided funds, the River Walk project broke ground. More than 1,000 men deepened the channel, built the first retaining walls and walkways and planted 11,700 cypress trees, oak trees and shrubs. Construction began on Hugman-designed arched stone bridges at the Arneson River Theatre and at La Mansion Del Rio.  

conventioneers, and at least one U.S. president from Texas, have enjoyed the “casual glamour inspired by Acapulco beach resorts.”   Then, along came Hemisfair. In 1968, as the city prepared for its World’s Fair, people were amazed to see giant cranes lifting concrete cubicles the size of small houses into place on a steel frame at 200 S. Alamo St. They were watching history in the making as the Hilton Palacio del Rio, the first modular hotel in the world, was built by H.B. Zachry Construction Company of San Antonio. It soars 21 stories into the skyline creating 485 guest rooms with private balconies, four restaurants and other amenities.  

To demonstrate his confidence in the flood control measures, Hugman, known today as “the father of the River Walk,” opened the first business office on River Walk level as soon as it was completed in 1941. He later laughed at those who told him he would “drown like a rat in his own hole.” The same year the Texas Cavaliers held their first river parade which still takes place each April during Fiesta San Antonio©, raising money for the Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation. The first restaurant with a River Walk entrance, Alfred Beyer’s Casa Rio Restaurant, opened in 1946 at 430 E. Commerce St. Soon the restaurant was offering tours and dinner cruises on canoes, then gondolas and eventually barges. Under the management of Beyer’s grandson, Bill Lyons, the popular restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, is one of the most photographed places in the city.  As tourism increased, the first River Walk Hotel, El Tropicano, opened in 1962 at 110 Lexington Ave. Celebrities, public figures, tourists,

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The burst of energy created by Hemisfair continues to this day. Every year since 1981, on the day after Thanksgiving, 1.4 million holiday lights are illuminated from trees along the River Walk followed by the Ford Holiday River Parade. The lights and river parade are probably the most iconic event on the River Walk and officially kicksoff the holiday season in San Antonio. This event is organized by the Paseo del Rio Association. On June 27, 1999, the River Walk celebrated another first. The Spurs had defeated the New York Knicks for their first NBA Championship. So naturally, San Antonio threw a party—on the River Walk, with 250,000 spectators. The celebration and fan rally lasted until 3 a.m. Hilton Palacio del Rio Roof Garden

In 2012, during National Military Appreciation Month, the Paseo del Rio Association organizes the only river parade in the nation honoring the U.S. Armed Forces. The parade is called Armed Forces River Parade and is held on Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May. Hundreds of sponsored yellow ribbons line the River Walk for several weeks before the parade.

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ACENAR 146 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2362 www.acenar.com Mexican BARRIBA CANTINA 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 228-9876 www.barribacantina.com Mexican LA PALOMA RIVER WALK 215 Losoya San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-0566 www.lapalomariverwalk.com Mexican

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LANDRY’S SEAFOOD HOUSE 517 N. Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-1010 www.landrysseafood.com Seafood LAS RAMBLAS 306 W. Market San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-9222 www.thehotelcontessa.com Spanish

GUADALAJARA GRILL 306 W. Market San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-9222 www.thehotelcontessa.com Spanish

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MAD DOGS 123 Losoya Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-0220 maddogs.net British Pub

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TEXAS LAND & CATTLE 201 N. St. Mary’s San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2263 www.texaslandandcattle.com Steakhouse

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RIO RIO CANTINA 421 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-8462 www.rioriocantina.com Tex-Mex The Shops at River Center 849 E Commerce St San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-7662 tonyromas-sanantonio.com Ribs, Seafood, Steak

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RAINFOREST CAFÉ 110 E. Crockett San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 277-6300 www.rainforestcafe.com American

MARIA MIA 849 East Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 272-0403 mariamiamexicanbistro.com Mexican CAFÉ OLE 527 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 223-2939 www.cafeole.us Tex-Mex

COUNTY LINE BARBEQUE SPORTS BAR 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 229-1941 www.countyline.com BBQ BEN & JERRY’S 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 220-3770 www.benjerry.com/riverwalksouth Ice Cream

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CASA RIO 430 E. Commerce San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 225-6718 www.casa-rio.com Tex-Mex

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RIO RIO CANTINA 421 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-8462 www.rioriocantina.com Tex-Mex

RITA’S 245 E. Commerce Suite #100 San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-7482 www.ritasontheriver.com Tex-Mex

LUKE 125 E. Houston San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-5853 www.lukesanantonio.com French/American

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THE ORIGINAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT 528 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 224-9951 www.originalmexican.com Tex-Mex

BELLA ON THE RIVER 106 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 404-2355 www.bellaontheriver.com Mediterranean/Southern European

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GUADALAJARA GRILL 301 South Alamo Street San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-222-1992 www.guadalajaragrill.us Tex-Mex

FINE DINING BIGA ON THE BANKS 203 S. St Mary’s San Antion, TX 78205 (210) 225-0722 www.biga.com American FIGTREE 515 Villita Street San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 224-1976 www.figtreerestaurant.com LAS CANARIAS 112 College Street San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 518-1000 www.omnilamansion.com American

OSTRA 212 W. Crockett San Antonio TX 78205 (866) 605-1212 www.mokarahotels.com Seafood 54

PAESANOS Paesanos River Walk 111 W. Crockett #100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 227-2782 www.paesanosriverwalk.com Paesanos Lincoln Heights 555 East Basse Rd. (210) 828 5191 Paesanos 1604 3622 Paesanos Parkway (210) 493 1604 Italian LITTLE RHEIN STEAKHOUSE 231 S. Alamo San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 225-2111 www.littlerheinsteak house.com Steakhouse

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— Sam Houston

Had Sam Houston and General Santa Anna sat at a Boudro’s riverside table to share a Blackened Prime Rib and a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, things may have turned out more amicably. So, if you want to write some Texas history for yourself, join us for lunch or dinner. Frommers says “Everybody loves this old standby on the River Walk.” Join us riverside, inside or (with reservations) on a barge dinner cruise.

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8/3-4 @ 7:30 PM Culture Club Tobin Center

COMEDY 8/3-7 Darren Carter Improv Comedy Club

8/6 @ 8:00 PM K. Michelle Aztec Theatre

8/10-14 John Morgan Improv Comedy Club

8/9 @ 8:00 PM Dirty Heads Aztec Theatre

8/17 @ 8:30 PM Chris Mata Improv Comedy Club

8/11 @ 7:30 PM Clint Black Tobin Center

8/18-21 Mitch Fatel Improv Comedy Club

8/18 @ 8:00 PM Zoso Aztec Theatre

8/21 @ 7:00 PM Vicki Lawrence & Mama Tobin Center

8/20 @ 8:00 PM Taylor Williamson Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater

8/24 @ 8:30 PM Alex Ansel Improv Comedy Club

8/20 @ 8:00 PM Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa Tobin Center

8/25 @ 8:30 PM Michael V. Suarez Improv Comedy Club

KID STUFF Through 8/14 The Magicians Agency Magik Theatre Through 8/6 La Cinderella Magik Theatre

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Through 9/18 The Lamentable Life of Captain Hook Magik Theatre

LIVE THEATER 8/19 @ 8:00 PM Menopause the Musical Tobin Center MUSEUMS 8/7 @ 11:00 AM First Sundays for Families: Art of the Americas San Antonio Museum of Art 8/12 @ 6:00 PM Art Party: Black and White San Antonio Museum of Art

8/25 @ 7:30 PM Jack Broadbent Studio Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater

8/26-28 Sommore Improv Comedy Club

FITNESS

8/26 @ 9:00 PM Bricks in the WallThe Sights and Sounds of Pink Floyd Aztec Theatre 8/27 @ 9:00 PM Willie Colon Aztec Theatre

8/14 @ 7:00 PM Fitness on the Plaza, free Shockwave Cross Training River Walk Plaza 8/28@ 7:00 PM Fitness on the Plaza,free Vinyasa Flow Yoga River Walk Plaza

8/26 @ 7:30 PM Lila Downs and the Guadalupe Dance Co. Lila Cockrell Theatre

MUSIC 8/2 @ 7:30 PM case/lang/veirs Tobin Center

Ford Canoe Challenge August 6, 2016, 7-10:30 AM River Walk Extension

The event is a highly-spirited canoe competition started back in 1969 to help Scouts understand teamwork. It opened to the public in the 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and is a chance for 100, two-person teams to compete in timed heats. Participation is open to the public, local celebrities, city officials, corporations and Boy & Girl Scouts. This is the only time the city allows canoes in the downtown River Walk area. For more information: www.TheSanAntonioRiverwalk. com Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts (74 canoe teams), heats begin at 7am General Public (54 canoe teams), heats begin at 9am Celebrities (20 canoe teams), heats begin at 10am

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BRISCOE WESTERN ART MUSEUM 210 W Market San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 299-4499 briscoemuseum.org

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BATTLE FOR TEXAS, THE EXPERIENCE Shops at Rivercenter BattleforTexas.com

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TOURS RIO SAN ANTONIO CRUISES 205 N Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 244-5700 riosanantonio.com 34

CITY SIGHTSEEING DOUBLE DECKER SAN ANTONIO (210) 224-8687 CitySightseeingSan Antonio.com

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Your River Walk Stop for Breakfast, Burgers & Beer. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner DAILY • Happy Hour DAILY 3pm-6pm and Reverse Happy Hour 9pm-close • $12 $15 domestic beer buckets • Full bar with craft, draft and bottled beers, handcrafted margaritas, sangrias and mojitos • 11 mega-TVs–Catch all the sports at Charlie Wants A Burger!

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THE BONHAM EXCHANGE 411 Bonham San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 271-3811 www.bonhamexchange.net Dance Club

THE LOCAL BAR 600 N Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 267-9885 www.thelocalbarsa.com Bar

THE BROOKLYNITE 516 Brooklyn Avenue San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 444-0707 www.thebrooklynitesa.com Wine Bar

MAD DOGS BRITISH PUB 123 Losoya, Suite 19 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-0220 www.MadDogs.net Pub, Live Music

CHARLIE WANTS A BURGER SPORTS BAR 223 Losoya San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-0864 www.charliewantsaburger.com Burgers-Craft Beer

THE NAKED IGUANA LOUNGE 421 East Commerce San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 226-8462 www.rioriocantina.com/ Naked_Iguana Margaritas, Well Drinks, & Beer

COYOTE UGLY SALOON 409 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 465-8459 www.coyoteuglysaloon.com Bar

NECTAR WINE BAR & ALE HOUSE 214 Broadway Street San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 375-4082 nectarsa.com Wine Bar & Ale House

THE DAVENPORT 203 N Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-5635 www.the-dav.com Dance Club

1919 1420 S Alamo San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 227-1420 Bar

DICK’S LAST RESORT 406 Navaro St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-0026 www.dickslastresort.com Gastro Pub

ON THE ROCKS 270 Losoya, Suite 19 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 228-0000 ontherockspubsatx.com Pub

DRINK TEXAS 200 Navarro, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-1031 www.drinktexas.com Bar

SOHO WINE & MARTINI BAR 214 W Crockett San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 444-1000 www.sohomartinibar.com Bar

DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB 200 S Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-1400 www.durtynellspub.com Pub

SWIG 111 W. Crocket St, Suite 205 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 476-0005 www.swigmartini.com Martini Bar

ESQUIRE TAVERN 155 E Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2521 www.esquiretavern-sa.com Gastropub

TEX’S RIVER WALK SPORTS BAR 200 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 270-0786 www.palaciodelrio.com Sports Bar

THE FRIENDLY SPOT 943 S Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-2337 www.thefriendlyspot.com Icehouse

THE TICKET 420 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-9722 www.ticketsportspub.com Sports Bar

HOWL AT THE MOON 111 W. Crockett St, Suite 201 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-4695 www.howlatthemoon.com Piano Bar

WAXY O’CONNORS 234 Riverwalk San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-9299 www.waxyoconnors.com Pub

KREMLIN/ HAVANA ULTRA LOUNGE 212 College St. San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 220-1972 www.kremlinsa.com Dance Club

THE WORM 123 Losoya, River Level San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-7266 facebook.com/TheWormTequilaBar Tequila Bar

LIQUID MONKEY LOUNGE 248 Losoya, Suite B San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-4980 Bar

ZINC BISTRO & WINE BAR 207 N Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-2900 www.zincwine.com Wine Bar

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La Villita, south of the River Walk in downtown San Antonio, was originally settled nearly 300 years ago as one of the city’s first neighborhoods. In 1939, La Villita Historic Arts Village was established and the neighborhood was adapted into a center for teaching regional arts and crafts and to serve as an artists market. Today, nearly 30 shops and galleries offer distinct handcrafted items by artists from San Antonio and surrounding areas. You’ll find paintings, folk art, textiles, sculptures, copper wares, jewelry, and more. Plus, in the midst of these tree-lined walkways and plazas, enjoy a savory culinary experience at the area restaurants with options ranging from traditional Mexican flavors to steakhouse favorites.

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LA VILLITA 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops

VILLAGE GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery.net Art Gallery

LA VILLITA HISTORY EXHIBIT La Villita - Bldg. 15 Learn more about the history of La Villita with this exhibit. 210.207.8614

SCENTCHIPS USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles

COPPER GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 11 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.271.3856 www.thecoppergallery.com Art Collectibles

CASA MANOS ALEGRES La Villita - Bldg. 6 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-313-7293 www.lavillita.com Mexican Cultural Gifts

LITTLE STUDIO GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery

EQUINOX GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery

RIVER ART GROUP La Villita - Bldg. 14 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.rivergroup.com Art Gallery

MUSTANG GREYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.222.1894 www.lavillita.com

STARVING ARTIST GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery

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ANGELITA La Villita - Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry

VILLITA STAINED GLASS La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery POPULUX COMMISSARY/ HOUSE PAINT La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205 populuxcommissary/facebook.com 210-883-4259 PLAZA TAXCO La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com

LIKE US! Like us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube San Antonio Riverwalk @PaseoDelRio River Walk San Antonio Hugman

B & C LEATHER DESIGNS & UNIQUE FINDS La Villita - Bldg. 24 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-724-8521, 210-464-1126 BES ARTE La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, Texas 78205 Bes Arte-La Villita/Facebook.com 210-232-0661 GUADALAJARA GRILL 301 South Alamo Street San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.guadalajaragrill.us. 210-222-1992

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“LIKE THE ICONS OF EGYPT, STONES & METALS CARRY THEIR OWN MYTHOLOGICAL VALUE. BUT LIKE THE LIFE OF EACH PERSON, EACH MATERIAL TAKES ITS OWN UNIQUE JOURNEY. I AM BUT A TURNING POINT IN THE PLOT OF MY OWN LIFE.”

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GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS MUSEUM TOMB RIDER 3D RIPLEY’S HAUNTED ADVENTURE Experience the best Alamo Plaza has to offer. See the Amazing Book come to life in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS MUSEUM! Adventure Seekers... this one’s for you - TOMB RIDER 3D, a Journey down into the tomb of Anubis for an action-packed adventure you won’t soon forget! For the fearless, we dare you to visit RIPLEY’S HAUNTED ADVENTURE. This multimillion dollar haunted house includes special effects, live actors and animatronics that are sure to leave you thrilled from the moment you enter until the time you escape!. Open Daily at 10:00 a.m. Directly across from the Alamo • (210) 226-2828 www. AlamoPlazaAttractions.com

BUCKHORN SALOON & TEXAS RANGER MUSEUM The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum is proud to welcome a new generation of visitors. San Antonio’s oldest Saloon has recently completed a major renovation. Explore the remodeled animal halls and prepare yourself for a Texas-sized adventure! Practice your sharp shooting skills in our Shooting Gallery and see hundreds of handguns, badges and photographs from famous rangers in The Texas Ranger Museum. Open daily at 10AM. (210) 2474000 www.buckhormuseum.com THE EDWARD STEVES HOMESTEAD This elegant mansion, located in the King William neighborhood, was built in 1876 for the founder of San Antonio’s first lumber company. The Homestead offers visitors the rare opportunity to imagine living the lifestyle of German settlers of this era. Contact: The Edward Steves Homestead 509 King William (210)-225-5924 www.saconservation.org

LA VILLITA A Historic Arts Village since 1939. More galleries & shops in one square block than anywhere else in San Antonio. Unique art by local & regional artists featuring oil paintings, sculpture, watercolors, metal art, rock art, textiles, copper work, pottery, jewelry, stained glass & regional folk art. La Villita is a cluster of small buildings in downtown San Antonio. Once a residential district beginning in the late 1700’s, the area now houses specialty shops filled with unique gifts, restaurants, and beautiful plazas. In 1939 Mayor Maury Maverick spearheaded a project to establish La Villita as an area for arts and crafts with the help of Works Progress Association funding in the early 1940’s. La Villita is also famous for the many festivals that take place here year-round including the world famous A Night in Old San Antonio. For more information, visit us at www. lavillita.com or call us at (210) 207-8614 LOUIS TUSSAUD’S WAX WORKS Features over 200 life-like wax figures in themed settings of Hollywood,History, Children’s Land of Make Believe, Heroes of the Lone Star, Horror, Heroes of Mexico, Passion of Christ and much more! RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Odditorium is one of the newest, largest and most i nteractive in the United States featuring over 500 unique one-of-a-kind exhibits on three floors. RIPLEY’S MOVING THEATER 4D— Cutting edge technology and incredible six channel digital surround sound. Ride the movie and experience every bump, dip and turn! State-of-the-

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THE AMAZING MIRROR MAZE— A 4D EXPERIENCE San Antonio’s newest attractions are located across from the Alamo! Ultimate Mirror Maze Challenge – a unique, eyepopping experience that is fun for any age. Explore endless hallways and thousands of mirrors as you try to find the end and go back again – it is never the same experience twice. Can you find your way out of a maze composed entirely out of mirrors? The Vault Laser Challenge – It is a Mission Impossible themed game. A state of the art laser alarm system, your challenge is to make it through without setting off any of the lasers. Will you make it on our top 10 list? Hours of Operation: Open Daily at 10AM (210) 224-2288 • www.amazingmazes.com

BRISCOE WESTERN ART MUSEUM The Briscoe Western Art Museum features nine galleries spread across three floors featuring art in the form of artifacts, paintings, and sculptures. Video interviews with artists, collectors, and others can be found throughout. Collection highlights include fine saddles and spurs; pieces from the Spanish colonial era; Pancho Villa’s last known saddle; diorama of the Alamo; and Santa Anna’s sword. The adjacent Jack Guenther Pavilion serves as an event space and visitors can enjoy the lush Sculpture Garden during Museum hours.

Tasha Polizzi • Dian Malouf • Consuela • Free People Virgins, Saints & Angels • Juan Antonio • Cut Loose Flax • XCVI • Sterling and Turquoise by Gundi In Historic La Villita just steps from the Riverwalk 418 Villita St. • www.angelitasa.com (210) 224-8362

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art motion simulator! Get your hand cast in wax at our wax hand booth! Take a photo of yourself in a themed setting! Shop in our cargo hold gift shop for unique, unusual gifts. Snack bar and arcade on premises. Ripley’s outdoor patio can accomodate up to 250 people. 301 Alamo Plaza (corner of Alamo Plaza and Crockett Street) • 210-224-9299 • www. sanantonio.ripleys.com NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS Natural Bridge Caverns is so much more than one of the most treasured natural attractions Texas has to offer. This beautiful and historical cavern system offers an experience that is high energy, educational, fun and family oriented. Whether you are a first timer, an avid caver or someone in between, Natural Bridge Caverns awaits with a once in a lifetime experience you’ll never forget. 26495 Natural Bridge Cavern Road • Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266 (210) 651-6101 • www.naturalbridgecaverns.com SEAWORLD OF SAN ANTONIO This year, SeaWorld of San Antonio enjoys a Sea of Surprises during SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration with new interactive pathway experiences, more up-close animal encounters and the Surprise Squad, treating guests with prizes and special experiences every day. Plus, enjoy thrilling rides, animal attractions and our newest attraction, Roa’s Aviary, at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark. SPLASHTOWN Splashtown is 20 acres of Family Waterpark Fun featuring 38 water slides, 1/2 million gallon Wave Pool, 1/4 mile long Siesta Del Rio and for our smaller guests the all new Splash Island featuring a 4 story ride complex with 6 slides, 500 gallon tidal wave, 50’ dancing waters, tipping buckets and 2 kiddie pools. Also the Crystal Falls activity pool featuring slides, lily pads and water basketball! Guests will also enjoy the sand beach volleyball and water volleyball! Splashtown offers a variety of tasty foods, snacks and beverages for your enjoyment. Splashtown is conveniently located just 3 minutes North of Downtown on IH 35 at the Splashtown Exit, and always offers Free Parking. For rates, hours and special events, surf on over to SplashtownSA.com.

ENTERTAINMENT HOWL AT THE MOON Live nightly entertainment with dueling baby grand pianos, today’s popular songs, parodies and audience participations. Come early to enjoy the evening festivities and imbibe your favorite libations. Always guaranteed to have a very amusing time. Reservation packages are available. Please call (210) 212 - 4770 to book yours. Hours: Sun-Thurs: 7pm2am • Fri: 5pm-2am Sat: 6pm-2am • (210) 212-4695 111 Crockett St. West, Ste. 201 MAD DOGS BRITISH PUB Indulge in servings of cool refreshments, delicious fare and energetic entertainment all wrapped in lavish servings of fun. During the day, breathe in spectacular views from our tropical terrace, while sipping on award winning margaritas and watching the river flow by. Later, party on with non-stop entertainment from ‘the pub that thinks it’s a club’, with nightly action featuring live bands, DJ’s and a daringly different karaoke crew. (210) 222-0220 123 Losoya Street Suite 19 • www.MadDogs.net

FOOD & DRINK BARRIBA CANTINA The Barriba Cantina located above the famous County Line Barbeque is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, featuring Mexican street food that is available until closing time, along with an endless list of handmade seasonal cocktails. Barriba also offers live local music seven days a week, from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., AND during the day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is no cover charge for the music. The restaurant and bar for Barriba Cantina is located on the street level with balconies and patios overlooking the River Walk. The top floor contains a large meeting space with balconies and patios overlooking the River Walk, and the covered outdoor patio with view of San Antonio’s downtown skyline and the river. 111 W Crocket Street • 210228-9876 www.barribacantina.com

BELLA ON THE RIVER Bella is an independent and locally-owned restaurant on the River Walk featuring Southern European, mostly Mediterranean food. Food. Chef Sean Fletcher’s menu features the signature Eggplant Josephine, Fresh Mussels, Carpaccio, Antipasto, Frito Misto, Fresh Salads, Seafood Paella, Texas Red Fish, Pasta, Lamb, Duck, Steak, Tournedos Rossini, Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Virginia’s Pistachio Cake. The Bella Bar features Prosecco and Port Cocktails, Sangria, Ports and Sherry, ice cold Beer, over twenty Wines-by-the-Glass, and a gently-priced and wellpaired Wine List. Atmosphere. Bella’s small, intimate dining room is one of the most unique and special on the River Walk. It’s like walking into a small Spanish bistro or Tuscan grotto, with its natural limestone rock walls, candle-lit tables, and casual, cozy, and comfortable atmosphere. Service. Bella’s service staff is friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable, with a “we’re really glad you’re here” attitude. Dinner: Monday – Saturday 5 - 10pm|Closed Sunday. Bella On the River, 106 River Walk|210-404-2355|www. bellaontheriver.com/”www.bellaontheriver.com Reservations Strongly Encouraged BIGA ON THE BANKS Chef Bruce Auden’s award winning Biga on the Banks sits above a tree lined bend of the River and within easy walking distance of all hotels and the convention center. Fine dining does not mean fussy at Biga the ambiance is definitely upscale but relaxed- San Antonio style. Serving dinner nightly with a daily changing menu to highlight the bounty of the season and the State, usually featuring beef, seafood and wild game options, Sticky toffee pudding for dessert is a must. Extensive wine list and hand crafted cocktails. Private event rooms with views and terraces. Reservations recommended www.biga.com. 210.225.0722 203 S St Marys at Market BOUDRO’S ON THE RIVER WALK Paris has the romantic Left Bank. The River Walk has Boudro’s. Enjoy guacamole prepared tableside, house smoked shrimp and gulf crab enchiladas and

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Guide to San Antonio & the River Walk continued more. Finish with a trio of summer sorbets and a fine cognac. River barge dining available by reservation. Sun.-Thurs. 11am-11pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-midnight (210) 210 224-8484 • 421 East Commerce www. boudros.com CASA RIO San Antonio-style Mexican food. Serving on the banks of the River Walk since 1946. Dinner boat parties and banquet facilities available. Hours: Daily: 11am-11pm (210) 225-6718 • 430 E. Commerce • www.casa-rio.com CHARLIE WANTS A BURGER SPORTS BAR Charlie Wants a Burger Sports Bar is a sports bar that’s unique to the River Walk. Dishing up homemade American food, we’re family-friendly and dogs are welcome on our outdoor patio. Handcrafted margaritas, draft beer and more. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Happy Hour 2 – 6 daily. 223 Losoya on the River Walk • 210227-0864 www.charliewantsaburger.com CHART HOUSE AT THE TOWER OF THE AMERICAS With its carefully crafted menus, impeccable service, and a 360-degree revolving vista offering guests the most magnificent views of the Alamo City, the Chart House restaurant at Tower of the Americas is in a class by itself. Enjoy our award-winning menu featuring top of the catch seafood, succulent steaksand decadent desserts. 600 Hemisfair Park • (210) 223-3101 COUNTY LINE BARBECUE Serving up the biggest, leanest, most consistently delicious barbeque in San Antonio for over 30 years. On the scenic Riverwalk in the South Bank Complex (next to The Hard Rock), The County Line is a great place to enjoy an ice cold beer or a frosty margarita at the open-air bar. Inside the funky Texas roadhouse atmosphere and friendly service will make you feel like you’ve wandered out into the Texas Hill Country. Private Party Barges are also available. At the County Line they’ll tell you its barbeque so good you’ll want

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to “Get it all over ya’!” Hours: Open Daily 11am (210) 229-1941 • 111 West Crockett. DICK’S LAST RESORT This is the joint your mama warned you about. Dick’s serves up buckets of barbecued ribs, chicken, catfish, shrimp and crab legs. Platters include steaks, crabby cakes, salmon and even salads for the wimpy eater. Lunch includes sandwiches, salads and buckets of good food. The wait staff is irreverent by design, and the decor is local garage-sale stuff. Seventy-four kinds of beer. Live music, no cover, no dress code and definitely no class. Billed as “The Rowdy of the River.” Admission: None • Hours: Daily, 11am-2am (210) 224-0026 • 406 Navarro St. DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB Sing along to your favorite songs with one of our crowd pleasing piano players. Established in 1974, Durty Nelly’s features imported and domestic pints as well as a full bar. Fish & Chips, Grilled Reuben’s & Capt. Robbie’s Fried Shrimp Basket served until 7:00pm with an appetizer menu served until 11:00pm nightly. You haven’t been to San Antonio until you visit World Famous Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub Durty Nelly’s is located on the River Walk at the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel. IRON CACTUS MEXICAN GRILL & MARGARITA BAR A great place to relax along the Riverwalk. With our swanky Agave Room bar enjoy tasting one of over 120 different tequilas or feast on extraordinary Mexican food in our contemporary dining room. Watch the boats go by with the family on our beautiful Patio or join us for a Tequila Dinner Cruise. With private party rooms, we have something for everyone! Highest Rated Mexican Restaurant on the Riverwalk in Trip Advisor 2015 & 2016. The Iron Cactus is the destination for fine Mexican cuisine on the River! 200 River Walk • San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 224-9835 www.ironcactus.com LANDRY’S SEAFOOD HOUSE Landry’s Seafood House echoes the sights, sounds and sensations of a 1940’s seafood house, with

its classic, fresh seafood and spectacular scenery. The mouthwatering menu offers the very best from irresistible appetizers like oyster-bar trash (a delicious combination of blackened shrimp and crabmeat) to fresh salads and their world famous seafood specialties, such as freshly prepared Gulf Snapper, Stuffed Flounder and Shrimp Fresca. For those who desire non-seafarer, Landry’s offers tempting steaks and chicken delicacies. Open Daily. Join us at our 517 lounge. Located right on the River Walk. (210) 229-1010 517 N Presa LONE STAR CAFÉ The only authentic Texas-style steakhouse on the River Walk. Texas-sized steaks, chicken-fried steak, baked potatoes and onion rings served with your favorite Texas beer or wine. Daily specials. Private party room available. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.10:30 p.m. • Fri.-Sat. 11a.m.-11:30 p.m. (210) 2239374 • 237 Losoya MI TIERRA Since 1941, a lively, family-owned Mexican restaurant in the heart of Market Square. Open 24 hours a day with live Mariachi music nightly. Onsite bakery sells fresh Mexican pastries and candies. (210) 225-1262 • 218 Produce Row PAESANOS RIVER WALK Classic Mediterranean and contemporary Italian dining on the San Antonio River Walk. Whatever your inspiration, your guests will enjoy the comfortable contemporary ambience at our unique enclave at the bend in the River Walk. Paesanos River Walk breaks the boundaries of traditional Italian cuisine to explore modern Mediterranean specialties. Enjoy the legendary Shrimp Paesano or Oven-Baked Pizzas piled high with grilled chicken and artichokes, or venture forth to Lemon Peppered Salmon or to our tempting Daily Specials. Choose from inside or terrace seating and enjoy views of the famed San Antonio River Walk. Enjoy a selection from one of the River’s most impressive wine lists, perfectly paired to complement your meal. 111 W. Crocket #100 • San Antonio, Texas

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Guide to San Antonio & the River Walk continued 78205 (210) 227-2782 • paesanosriverwalk.com PICO DE GALLO Serving authentic Mexican fare popular with tourists and locals alike. Mariachi music on the patio, piano in the dining room. Hours: Mon-Thur: 7am-10pm • Fri-Sat: 7am- 2pm Sun: 8am10pm • (210) 225-6060 • 111 S. Leona St. PAT O’BRIEN’S SAN ANTONIO Pat O’s Courtyard Restaurant offers a unique dining experience as only Pat O’Brien’s can provide. Rain or shine, we offer outdoor dining in a lush, tropical garden. Complete with trees, indigenous foliage, shade umbrellas, and its own Flaming Fountain, the Courtyard is a memorable experience for the whole family. The Menu has something for everyone, including several New Orleans favorites for those with a sense of adventure. To compliment your visit, Pat O’s Courtyard has a full bar, complete with our trademark Specialty drinks, including the Hurricane. The friendly wait staff is always available to help with your selection if you find the choices too overwhelming! Whether searching for a romantic evening under the stars, a fun night out with friends, or an afternoon meal with the kids, Pat O’s Courtyard Restaurant is ready to serve your needs! When a special occasion comes up, Pat O’s Courtyardis available for Private Parties. Hours: Mon-Sun: 11 am-2 am • (210) 220-1076 121 Alamo Plaza • www.PatOBriens.com THE ORIGINAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT The Original Mexican Restaurant offers San Antonio style Tex-Mex specialties and beverages on a large patio with riverside seating, in a festive dining room or at a lively bar. OPEN 24/7 FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! Breakfast available from 2 am to noon. Hours: 24hour hospitality! (210) 224-9951 • 528 Riverwalk RAINFOREST CAFE - RIVERWALK You don’t have to travel far to dine in a tropical rain forest atmosphere. Our menu includes a variety of specialty items from seafood, beef and chicken topastas, sandwiches and pizza. Younger guests can enjoy items from our exciting kids’ menu! OurSparkling VOLCANO lights up any meal! Plus, pick up special souvenirs from your visit. Rainforest Cafe, A WILD PLACE TO SHOP AND EAT! (210) 277-6300 • 110 E. Crockett Street THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS RESTAURANT Texas-style restaurant that tempts tourists with delectable food and scrumptious drinks. Don’t leave without trying the 46-ounce margarita. Southwest-style cuisine is served at this hot spot on the River. Just look for the Texas-colored umbrellas. Hours: MonSun: 11am-2am, Sat: 9am-2am (210) 226-6256 • 429 E Commerce RIO RIO CANTINA Rio Rio Cantina, where California Tex-Mex is the specialty-The best of all that “Mexican” food has to offer. Rio Rio is a colorful fiesta of freshness and that South-of- the-Border flavor, in portions so generous guests often gasp when their order arrives. Dine San Antonio style and start off with Rio’s signature margarita to lift your spirits. Try the Enchiladas Suizas, the Beef and Chicken Fajitas, or the Queso Flameado. If you want a little bit of everything, go for the Botana Grande, a sampling of several Rio Rio items. 421 E. Commerce • San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 226-8462 • Fax: 210-226-8443 www.rioriocantina.com SCHILO’S German and American deli favorites since 1917. House specialties include homemade root beer, split pea soup, bratwurst, Reuben sandwiches, wienerschnitzel and cheesecake. Hours: Mon-Sat: 7am-8:30pm (210) 223-6692 • 424 E. Commerce. www.schilos. com SALTGRASS STEAK HOUSE For campfire style Texas fare, head to Saltgrass Steak House – the original Texas Steakhouse serving Certified Angus Beef® steaks. Entrées include Pat’s Ribeye, Maudeen’s Center Cut Filet, Gulf Coast Steak and Shrimp, Chicken Fried Steak and BBQ Baby Back Ribs. If you can,leave room for Saltgrass’ homemade Two-Fork Cheesecake. All breads, dressings, soups and desserts are made from scratch daily. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Spacious banquet room at Riverwalk location, seats 120 people. Great view, air conditioned, groups welcome! www.saltgrass.com THREE SALTGRASS LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU: 502 Riverwalk, corner of North Presa at Crockett, 210-222-9092; 11745 IH-10 West in the Huebner Oaks Shopping Center, 210-6416447; 16910 U.S.Hwy. 281 between Donella and Thousand Oaks, 210- 402-6621

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ShopS aT RiveRcenTeR

More Than You Remember. Just steps from the legendary Alamo on the banks of the Riverwalk, we invite you to come see what’s new. Shops at Rivercenter is a mix of over 100 stores, restaurants and entertainment for the entire family, including Macy’s, H&M, Improv Comedy, AMC Rivercenter 11 with Alamo Imax. Plus, many more dining and shopping options.

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LOCATIONS LISTING RESTAURANTS

18 Yasmin’s Boutique

1 Ristorante Pico de Gallo

19 Out West

3 Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia

21 Tienda La Garza

4 La Margarita Mexican

22 The Amazing Mirror Maze

Restaurant & Oyster Bar

23 San Antonio General Store

5 Denny’s

29 Aztec Theatre

18 Francesco’s Gelato 20 Pat O’Brien’s 25 Juice Central

31 Guiness World Records Museum

27 Texas De Brazil

32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not/

36 Augies Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse 37 Bohanan’s 44 Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen River Walk Downtown

Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works

33 The Alamo 35 Tobin Center 39 Angelita’s 40 VFW Post 76 41 Market Square

46 Thai Lao Orchid

42 Spanish Governor’s Palace

47 Kawashi

48 Alta Vista Skate Shop

50 Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House

ATTRACTIONS & SHOPPING 2 Plaza Taxco 6 Paris Hatters 7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum 8 The Pearl 9 The Shps at RiverCenter 10 Tower of the Americas/

Chart House Restaurant

11 Magik Theatre - The Magicians Agency, Live Show

HOTELS 12 Wyndham Garden River Walk 15 Crockett Hotel 16 Gunter Hotel 17 Menger Hotel 24 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 43 Marriott Plaza San Antonio MISCELLANEOUS 34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour 38 USO 68 SegCity Segway Tours

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51 Biga on the Banks

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28 Houston Street Bistro

30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/

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Downtown

By Carole Miller

Living Downtown,

A Unique Perspective

In several exclusive interviews, representatives of downtown San Antonio’s animal community opened-up and shared their stories and what it’s like to live downtown.

DAFFY, DUKE AND DONALD DUCK I’m Daffy and I’m a Black-Bellied Whistling Duck known for my bright pink bill, long-legged silhouette, grayish face and broad white wing stripe. And, yes, my call sounds just like a high-pitched whistle. My pal Duke over there is a mallard. (He’s famous for being a paperweight model.) And Donald is a Pekin duck. He’s white with an orange beak and orange feet. My great-great-great-great grandparents were actually migratory birds. But like my Grandma Daisy used to say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” And when the weather is darn-near perfect all the time and there’s plenty of food, why leave? So eventually we decided to stick around. We’ve been here so long we are now considered native to San Antonio (and we have no plans on leaving). The folks at the San Antonio River Authority keep our water nice and clean. And they wanted me to let visitors know NOT to feed us. Don’t get me wrong, we love all the nachos and bread, but it really isn’t good for us or our environment.

BRUCE WAYNE, MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BAT I am a Mexican free-tailed bat and my name is Bruce Wayne. (My mother had a sense of humor.) My batbuddies and I love to hang out under the bridges here in San Antonio, especially the Camden Street Bridge. We spend our winters in Mexico (disguised as mildmannered reporters) and then head north to Bracken Cave (located north of San Antonio) for summer vacation. Bracken Cave is home to the largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in the world (about 20 million). It literally has the highest concentration of mammals in one place in the entire world. We bats consider ourselves to be the true heroes of the Alamo City because every night from May through October, millions of us little caped crusaders emerge from our caves at dusk valiantly protecting the lawabiding citizens of the Alamo City from mosquitos during our nightly insect hunt. This awe-inspiring emergence is quite a sight to see (unless you’re a bat, of course).

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SCARLETT AND RHETT PEACOCK My name is Rhett and I am an Indian Peafowl, commonly known as a peacock. I live at the Marriott Plaza downtown along with my partner Scarlett. Back when the hotel was owned by the Four Seasons, domesticated peafowl were considered status symbols and represented royalty and power so they brought us over from Europe to bring a touch of class to their San Antonio hotel. I love to show off my beautiful peacock plumage of shimmering blues and greens to all the guests here as I strut around the hotel’s six acres of natural lush Texas landscape with the perfect amount of shade from the cypress and palm trees. We just became proud parents of new peahens. Scarlett and I never get tired of sneaking up on people and watching the looks on their faces. I swear, that never gets old.

MISS ISABELLA “BELLA” FRANCISCA VERAMENDI DE VALERO, THE OFFICIAL ALAMO CAT I consider myself to be the Queen of the Alamo, but the humans around here refer to me as the “Official Alamo Cat.” Millions of people come to visit me every year and I usually let them pet me. Oh, they also look at other things but everyone knows I’m the reason they’re here. When I’m not entertaining, I enjoy killing the occasional lizard. Heck, I even chased a possum around the other day. (Hey, a girl’s gotta have some fun!).  At night, I nap in the office and the Alamo Rangers come through and check on me during their patrols.  But I’m not the first cat to defend the Shrine of Texas Liberty. Legend has it there has always been a resident feline. There is even a story from the Battle of the Alamo that Mexican soldiers saw a cat roaming the area. C.C., my predecessor, went to cat heaven in 2014 when she was almost 18-years-old.  When I was just a calico kitten I got really lost and somehow wound up at the Presidio La Bahia in Goliad. Lucky for me, the director’s daughter rescued me and posted my picture on Facebook. The people at the Alamo saw my selfie, we met up and I decided to let them adopt me. Since then, life has been purr-fect.

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FOOD & DRINK //////////////////////////////////////// CASUAL RESTAURANT GWENDOLYN 152 East Pecan Street #100 San Antono, TX 78205 (210) 222-1849 restaurantgwendolyn.com American GUENTHER HOUSE RESTAURANT 205 E. Guenther San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 227-1061 www.guentherhouse.com Breakfast & Lunch CURED 306 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 314-3929 www.curedatpearl.com Charcuterie THE GRANARY 602 Avenue A San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 228-0124 www.thegranarysa.com Barbeque EL MIRADOR 722 South St. Mary’s St San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 225-9444 elmiradorrestaurant.com Mexican PAT O’BRIEN’S 121 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 220-1076 www.patobriens.com Cajun/New Orleans LUCIANO RISTORANTE 849 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-0500 lucianorestaurants.com Italian SAZO’S LATIN GRILL 101 Bowie St. San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 554-6180 www.sazoslatingrill.com Latin American

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GREEN VEGETARIAN CUISINE 200 East Grayson #120 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 320-5865 www.eatatgreen.com Vegetarian

PIZZARITA’S 245 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 293-7482 www.pizzaritas.com Italian

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MEXICAN MANHATTAN 110 Soledad San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-3913 mexicanmanhattan.com Mexican

124 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 314-1781 Sushi & Asian Cuisine

LA BOULANGERIE 207 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 639-3165 www.laboulangeriesa.com French bakery NECTAR WINE BAR & ALE HOUSE

214 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 375-4082 www.nectarsa.com

Wine Bar and Ale House

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209 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 639-3165

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SCHAKOLAD CHOCOLATE FACTORY

112 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 354-3322 schakolad.com/store49 Chocolate Boutique THAI LAO ORCHID

118 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 442-8110

Thai & Vietnamese Cuisine

FAMILY DENNY’S 903 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210 223 4321 www.dennys.com American 24 hours

MI TIERRA 218 Produce Row San Antonio TX 78207 (210) 225-1262 www, mitierracafe.com Mexican

LULU’S BAKERY & Café 918 N. Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 222-9422 lulusbakeryandcafe.com Bakery/Café

PICO DE GALLO 111 S. Leona San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 225-6060 www.picodegallo.com Mexican

FUDDRUCKERS 115 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-9944 www.fuddruckers.com Burgers

SUSHI ZUSHI 203 S. St. Mary’s San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 472-2900 www.sushizushi.com Sushi

LA VILLITA CAFÉ 418 Villita St. #900 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-4700 www.lavillitacafe.com Café

LA MARGARITA 800 Dolorosa San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 227-7140 www.lamargarita.com Mexican

SCHILO’S 424 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-6692 www.schilos.com Deli

ROSARIO’S 910 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 225-1806 www.rosariossa.com Mexican

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149 East Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 465-8200 Hot Dogs

FINE DINING AZUCA NUEVO LATINO 713 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 225-5550 www.azuca.net Latin American CHART HOUSE Tower of the Americas 739 East Cesar E. Chavez San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-3101 toweroftheamericas.com Seafood/Steakhouse TEXAS DE BRAZIL 313 E. Houston San Antonio., TX 78205 (210) 299-1600 www.texasdebrazil.com Brazilian Steakhouse

BLISS 926 South Presa San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 225-2547 www.foodisbliss.com American BOILER HOUSE 312 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 354-4644 www.boilerhousesa.com American LA FRITE BELGIAN BISTRO 728 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-7555 www.lafritesa.com Belgian FEAST 1024 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 354-1024 www.feastsa.com Small Plates TOSCANA RISTORANTE 301 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2865 toscanaristorantes.com Italian

MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE

300 E. Crockett San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 228-0700 www.mortons.com Steakhouse BOHANAN’S PRIME Steaks & Seafood 219 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 472-2600 www.bohanans.com Steakhouse/Seafood

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GARCIA ART GLASS 715 South Alamo San Antonio, Texas 78205, 210223-1400, garciaartglass.com

DEL SOL OF SAN ANTONIO 321 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-231-0900 www.delsol.com Clothing 6 PARIS HATTERS

119 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-3453 www.parishatters.com Cowboy Hats MARTI’S 310 West Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-9100 www.martis.com Fine Mexican Gifts CASA SALAZAR 216 E. Houston San Antonio, 78205 210-472-2272 themajestic.com/casa Fine Mexican Imports FIVE & DIME GENERAL STORE 101 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-233-0166 fiveanddimegs.com General Merchandise TEXAS ACCENT GENERAL STORE 803 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78207 210-435-2446 General Merchandise WALGREENS 300 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-424-3462 www.walgreens.com General Merchandise and Pharmacy

77T’S SOUVENIRS & T-SHIRTS 207 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-549-1279 www.77tshirts.com T-Shirts EL MERCADO 514 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78207 210-207-8600 www.sanantonio.gov/ marketsquare Traditional Mexican Market TPJ GIFT SHOP 849 E. Commerce #673 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-9066 DOS CAROLINAS 303 Pearl parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 224-7000 www.doscarolinas.com Custom Handmade Guayaberas GARCIA ART GLASS 715 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-1400 www.garciaartglass Hand Blown Glass MELISSA GUERRA 303 Pearl Parkway#104 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 293-3983 melissaguerra.com Latin Kitchen Market THE TWIG BOOK SHOP 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com Locally Owned Book Store SAN ANGEL FOLK ART 110 Blue Star San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 226-6688 www.sanangelfolkart.com Mexican Cultural Arts

GALLERY VETRO CREATIVE ARTGLASS 250 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-354-0001 Glass Art, Jewelry, Gifts

TIENDA LA GARZA 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133 Mexican Folk Art, Books and Apparel

PENNERS DOWNTOWN 311 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-2487 www.pennersinc.com Iconic Men’s Clothing Store

OUT WEST 215 1/2 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, Texas 78205 Phone (210) 224-8804 Clothing & Gift Shop

CLASSIC OLD TIME PHOTOS 123 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-475-9899 Photos

ROCKET FIZZ 513 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-229-1077 www.rocketfizz.com Soda Pop & Candy Shop

ALAMO PLAZA SHIRTS 325 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-2347 Shirts

THE PALM 233 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-7256 www.thepalm.com Steakhouse/Seafood

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DOS CAROLINAS 303 Pearl parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 224-7000 www.doscarolinas.com Custom Handmade Guayaberas GARCIA ART GLASS 715 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 354-4681 www.garciaartglass Hand Blown Glass GARCIA ART GLASS 123 Losoya Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-1400 www.garciaartglass Hand Blown Glass

MELISSA GUERRA 303 Pearl Parkway #104 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 293-3983 www.melissaguerra.com Latin Kitchen Market

TIENDA LA GARZA 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133 Mexican Folk Art, Books and Apparel

THE TWIG BOOK SHOP 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com Locally Owned Book Store

OUT WEST 215 1/2 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, Texas 78205 Phone (210) 224-8804 Clothing & Gift Shop

SAN ANGEL FOLK ART 110 Blue Star San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 226-6688 www.sanangelfolkart.com Mexican Cultural Arts

ROCKET FIZZ 513 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-229-1077 www.rocketfizz.com Soda Pop & Candy Shop

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8/4 @ 8:30 PM Los Locos Suarez Majestic Theatre 8/6 @ 8:00 PM Bill Maher Live Stand-Up Tour Majestic Theatre 8/20 Cristela Alonzo Empire Theatre 8/25 @ 8:00 PM Sinbad Majestic Theatre

DANCE 8/7 @ 8:00 PM Maks & Val Live on Tour: Our Way Majestic Theatre

8/16 @ 6:30 PM Briscoe Film Series: No Country for Old Men Briscoe Western Art Museum 8/26 @ 8:00 PM Film on the Green: No San Antonio Museum of Art

MUSIC 8/11 @ 8:00 PM Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Empire Theatre 8/11 @ 8:30 PM Ov7 y Kabah Majestic Theatre

8/26 @ 8:00 PM Lyle Lovett and his Large Band Majestic Theatre

BARNEY SMITH’S TOILET SEAT ART MUSEUM

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SPORTS 8/26 @ 7:00 PM SA Stars v. NY Liberty AT&T Center

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DeckerToursCitysight SeeingSanAntonio.com

SEGCITY SEGWAY TOURS 124 Losoya Street 210-224-0773

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Founded in 1731, it’s the oldest continuously functioning cathedral in the state. An amazing 24-minute light show, projected on the exterior of the cathedral 4 nights a week, tells the history of San Antonio. Mainplaza.org / 210-225-9800

Organized in 1912, the league acquires paintings for public viewing. The 2-story house is downtown in the King William Historic District. SAALM.org / 210-223-1140

NUESTRA HISTORIA - OUR HISTORY: SPAIN IN BEXAR COUNTY

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SCOOTER POWER TOURS 505 E. Travis ScooterPowerTours.com 210-530-1944

10,000-year-old summer home of 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats, the world’s largest bat colony and bat maternity. March -November bats stream out hours before sunset. http://www.batcon.org/our-work/ regions/usa-canada/protect-mega-populations/bracken-cave

THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM

210-774-0962 www.thebarwalk.com Historic Bar Tour

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On Stinson Airport grounds, the collection includes 20 aircraft from pre-WW1 to jet fighters. 30,000 sq. ft. of artifacts including a heritage collection of military uniforms. info@texasairmuseum.org / 210-977-9855

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95 yr.-old Barney is a former plumber and the artist and genius behind the museum featuring 1,230 decorated toilet seats that are pop culture at its best. All ages will relate to his art. Free, but call first, 210-824-7791 / 239 Abiso

See Spanish colonial documents that illustrate the early exploration and settlement of San Antonio and present-day Texas. Exhibit includes maps, drawings, mission inventories, writing about interaction with indigenous people, struggles. Bexar.org/1857/Nuestra-Historia / 210-335-0955

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Enjoy a display of historically significant transportation equipment and related items. This experience interprets how transportation technology shapes life today. Includes: train rides, toy trains, vintage autos, tractors, carriages, fire equipment. TxTransportationMuseum.org / 210-490-3554

Explore the ½ acre restored home of Texas patriot Jose Antonio Navarro (1795-1871). Adobe home furnished with period antiques and his writing journals about being a merchant, rancher and statesman. THC.State. TX.us/historic-sites/casa-navarro-state-historic-site / 210-226-4801

VILLA FINALE

Home to exhibitions focusing on the history of the historic King William neighborhood. On display is a 12,000 piece collection of American, European and Texan fine and decorative arts. 210-223-9800 / 112 Madison St., San Antonio, 78204

PARIS HATTERS

Family owned and operated since 1917, this is THE place to get a custom-fitted and shaped hat. This small modest retail store front is world-famous and top of the list for hat connoisseurs and boot lovers. 119 Broadway St., San Antonio 78205 / 210-223-3453

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LOCATIONS LISTING RESTAURANTS

11 San Antonio Zoo

13 Salt Grass - Heubner Oaks

12 San Antonio Botanical Garden

14 Salt Grass - Donella

17 K1 Speed

GRUENE15 Paesanos - Lincoln Heights 16 Paesanos - 1604

AUNFELS 26 Augies Barbed Wire Smokehouse ATTRACTIONS & SHOPPING 1 The Rim 2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas 3 The Shops at La Cantera 4 SeaWorld of San Antonio 5 North Star Mall 6 The Forum Shops 7 Vineyard Shopping Center

18 San Antonio Aquarium 19 Morgan’s Wonderland 20 The DoSeum 28 Flipz Trampoline Park

Nothing tops the tower

MISSIONS TRAIL 21 The Alamo 22 Mission Conception 23 Mission San José 24 Mission San Juan 25 Mission Espada

8 Alamo Quarry Market 9 Splashtown 10 Alamo Helicopter Tours

SEGUIN Exceptional dining at chart house

Observation deck with incredible views

4D Theater Ride: Skies over texas

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San Antonio

Heavenly History:

Historic Houses of Worship By Susan Yerkes

Named for a saint, and founded in the spirit of Spanish missionaries, San Antonio has a long and rich religious tradition. Today, that tradition has widened to include many faiths. A Google search reveals 1,339 houses of worship in San Antonio. Five historic Spanish Missions start the story of the city. Today’s Alamo, formally Mission San Antonio de Valero, came first, in May of 1718, when Spanish priests and soldiers fixed the flag of Spain by the site along San Pedro Creek. The Alamo moved twice before 1758, when it was finally built where it stands today. Never completely finished, it was abandoned, later to become the site of the famous 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Missions San José, Concepción, San Francisco de la Espada and San Juan Capistrano were all founded between 1731 and 1756. The missions were built to protect and convert the native Indians in the area, But in 1731, the King of Spain ordered a church built in the center of the new city to serve the first official Spanish “civilians.” For more than 100 years the church, now San Fernando Cathedral, served as the primary place of worship for those of all faiths, since Catholicism was the only religion recognized by the governments of Spain and Mexico. In 1836, Santa Anna commandeered the church during the siege of the Alamo, and raised the infamous flag of “no quarter” from the church tower. (Take the claim that Alamo heroes are buried here with a grain of salt.) German Catholics dreamed of a church where they could worship in native language, and in 1868 the cornerstone San Fernando Cathedral Courtesy: VisitSA was laid for St. Joseph Church, just a few hundred yards from the ruins of the Alamo. In 1945, as San Antonio’s downtown filled with big buildings, St. Joseph faced a crisis. The giant Joske’s department (now H&M) store tried to buy the property, but the church held out, and was surrounded on three sides by retail and malls. Now fondly known as “St. Joske’s” the staunch little church still stands,

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dwarfed by The Shops at Rivercenter and the Convention Center, as a jewel in the heart of San Antonio. A few blocks away in La Villita, where some of the earliest homes in San Antonio were built, stands the picturesque Little Church of La Villita. Originally the German Methodist Church, it was built in 1879 with stones carted from what is now the Sunken Gardens in Brackenridge Park. After 1895, the Episcopal Church ran a school for African-American girls there, until it became a non-denominational church, with a soup kitchen for the poor. Further from downtown, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, devoted to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, who was known as “the Little Flower.” Built in 1931, the basilica is a marvel of stone spires and colorful mosaic domes outside, and art and holy relics within – most significantly, the largerthan-life portrait of Thérèse painted by her own sister, which was carried in the procession celebrating the Little Flower’s canonization in Rome in 1927. The most historic Anglo-American church in San Antonio is Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church. Designed by Richard Upjohn, famous for the historic Trinity Church on Wall Street, the church was formed in 1858, with a congregation including Col. Robert E. Lee, then commanding federal troops in Texas. The Civil War postponed the building, but the church was dedicated in 1875. It’s huge, 526-pound bell was cast from a bronze cannon found near the Alamo, and is marked with a Texas star. In 1934, Lyndon Baines Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor (his “Lady Bird”) there.

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Mission San Jose Courtesy: VisitSA

Temple Beth El

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Courtesy: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church St. Anne Catholic Church

Temple Beth-El (“House of God” in Hebrew) was the first synagogue in South Texas. Originally founded in 1874, the first permanent Jewish congregation in San Antonio practiced Reform Judaism. The congregation soon outgrew its first two buildings (during construction of the second, services were held in the nearby First Baptist Church). The present synagogue, with its great landmark gold dome, was built across from San Pedro Park in 1927.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Religion, and the buildings that house it, takes many forms in San Antonio. These are just a few to explore in this enchanted city. You’ll find more, many more.

Beth-elsa.org

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Visitsanantonio.com Mainplaza.org Littleflowerbasilica.org Stjsa.org (St. Joseph Church) Missionsofsanantonio.org Stmarks-sa.org

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FOOD & DRINK ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// CASUAL JOSEPHINE STREET CAFÉ 400 East Josephine San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-6169 www.josephinestcafe.com American TWO BROTHERS 12656 West Avenue San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 496-0222 twobrosbbqmarket.com Barbeque FORMOSA GARDEN 1011 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9988 www.formosagarden.com Chinese GOLDEN WOK 8822 Wurzbach San Antonio, TX 78240 (210) 615-8282 www.golden-wok.com Chinese HOFFBRAU 7310 Jones Maltsberger San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 290-8066 quarryhofbrau.com German-American MIMI & DIMI’S GREEK HOUSE 7159 US Highway 90 San Antonio, TX 78227 (210) 674-3464 www.agreekhouse.com Greek

LITTLE ITALY RESTAURANT 824 Afterglow San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 349-2060 Italian SAM’S BURGER JOINT 330 East Grayson San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 223-2830 www.samsburgerjoint.com Hamburgers INDIA PALACE 8474 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78229 (210) 692-5262 indiapalacesanantonio.com Indian ALDINO AT THE VINEYARD 1203 North Loop 1604 West San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 340-0000 www.aldinos.com Italian ALDO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO 8539 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78229 (210) 696-2536 www.AldosSA.com Italian PIATTI’S 255 East Basse Road #500 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 832-0300 www.piatti.com Italian

TRE TRATTORIA 4003 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 805-0333 www.tretrattoria.com com Italian

THE FRUTERIA 1401 South Flores San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 251-3104 www.thefruteria.com Mexican

MAGNOLIA PANCAKE HAUS 606 Embassy Oaks #100 San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 496-0828 magnoliapancakehaus.com American

FUJIYA 9030 Wurzbach Road San Antonio, TX 78240 (210) 615-7553 fujiyajapanesegarden.com Japanese

PAPPADEAUX SEAFOOD KITCHEN 76 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 340-7143 www.pappadeaux.com Seafood

EARL ABEL’S 1201 Alamo Highway #175 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-3358 www.earlabelssa.com Diner Food

LA FOGATA 2427 Vance Jackson Road San Antonio, TX 78229 (210) 340-1337 www.lafogata.com Mexican LA FONDA ON MAIN 2415 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 733-0621 www.lafondaonmain.com Mexican PALOMA BLANCA 5800 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-6151 www.palomablanca.net Mexican TACO HAVEN 1032 South Presa San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 533-2171 www.tacohaven.info Mexican

TWO STEP 9840 Loop 1604 San Antonio, TX 78254 (210) 688-2686 twosteprestaurant.com Southwestern BARN DOOR 8400 North New Braunfels San Antono, TX 78209 (210) 824-0166 thebarndoorestaurant.com Steakhouse KOI KAWA 4051 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 805-8111 Sushi

FAMILY DEWESE’S TIP TOP CAFE 2814 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 732-0191 www.tiptopcafe.com American

CHRIS MARID’S 1900 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 735-3552 www.chrismadrids.com Hamburgers LONGHORN CAFÉ 17625 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 492-0301 www.thelonghorncafe.com Hamburgers BETO’S 8142 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 930-9393 www.betosinfo.com Barbeque HENRY’S PUFFY TACOS 6030 Bandera Road San Antonio, TX 78238 (210) 432-7341 www.henryspuffytacos.com Mexican

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FOOD & DRINK DOUGH PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA 6989 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 979-6565 www.doughpizzeria.com Pizza

SILO 1133 Austin Highway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8686 siloelevatedcuisine.com American KIRBY’S STEAKHOUSE 123 Loop 1604 NE San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 404-2221 www.kirbyssteakhouse. com Steakhouse

WISE GUYS– A CHICAGO EATERY, 441 W. Nakoma St., San Antonio, TX 78216, 210248-9609 Pizza

FINE DINING

MYRON’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 10003 NW Military Hwy, Suite 2101 San Antono, TX 78231 (210) 493-3031 www.myronsprime.com Steakhouse

CAPPY’S 5011 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9669 cappysrestaurant.com American CHEZ VATEL BISTRO 218 East Olmos Drive San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 828-3141 www.chezvatelbistro.com European FLEMING’S 255 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-9463 flemmingssteakhouse.com Steakhouse

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PERRY’S 15900 La Cantera Pkwy #2200 San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 558-6161 www.perryssteakhouse. com Steakhouse

SILO 434 North Loop 1604 West San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 483-8989 siloelevatedcuisine.com American

THE ALLEY ON BITTERS 555 W. Bitters Rd. San Antonio, TX 78206 (210) 494-3226 www.TheAlleyOnBitters.com Unique collection of shops and artists LUCCHESE BOOT COMPANY 255 East Basse Rd #800 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9419 www.lucchese.com Custom Boots and Western wear JR MOONEY GALLERIES OF FINE ART 8302 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 www.jrmooneygallerires.com (210) 828-8214 Fine Art Gallery GREENHOUSE GALLERY OF FINE ART 6496 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-6491 greenhousegallery.com Fine Art Gallery CALIENTE HARLEY DAVIDSON 7230 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78245 (210) 681-2254 www.calienteharley.com Harley Davidson Rentals

KENDRA SCOTT 310 East Basse Rd. #101 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 591-7180 www.kendrascott.com Jewelry

THE COLLECTION 7959 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-3130 thecollectionsanantonio.com Shopping Center

KATHLEEN SOMMERS 2417 North Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8437 kathleensommers.com Local Fashions & Jewelry

SHOPS OF LA CANTERA 15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com Shopping Mall

FIESTA ON MAIN 2025 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 738-1188 www.alamofiesta.com Mexican cultural gifts, pinatas

NORTH STAR MALL 7400 San Pedro San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 340-6627 www.northstarmall.com Shopping MalL

THE VINEYARD 1207 North Loop 1604 W San Antonio, TX 78258 thevineyardshoppingcenter.com Shopping Center

SLOAN HALL 5922 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-7738 www.sloanhall.com Unique Gifts, Accessories & Jewelry

ALAMO QUARRY MARKET 255 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8885 www.quarrymarket.com Shopping Center HUEBNER OAKS 11745 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 shophuebneroaks.com Shopping Center

LOS PATIOS 2015 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 655-6171 www.lospatios.com Unique local shops

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MORGAN’S WONDERLAND 5223 David Edwards Dr. San Antonio, TX 78233 (210) 495-5888. morganswonderland.com

SAN ANTONIO SPURS BASKETBALL 1 AT&T Center Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 444-5000 ww.nba.com/spurs SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE HOCKEY 1 AT&T Center Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 444-5000 www.sarampage.com

4 SEAWORLD OF SAN ANTONIO 10500 Seaworld Drive San Antonio, TX 78251 (800) 700-7786 www.seaworld.com

WNBA BASKETBALL 1 AT&T Center Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 444-5000 www.sastars.com SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS Minor League, AA Baseball9 Nelson Wolff Stadium 5757 Hwy 90 West San Antonio, Texas 78227 (210) 675-7275

SIX FLAGS FIESTA TEXAS 17000 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 697-5050 www.sixflags.com/ fiestatexas SPLASHTOWN 3600 IH 35 North San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 227-1400 www.splashtownsa.com

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MISSIONS MISSION CONCEPCION 807 Mission San Antion, TX 78210 9am-5pm Daily (210) 534-1540 www.nps.gov/saan MISSION SAN JOSE 6701 San Jose Drive San Antonio, TX 78214 9am-5pm Daily www.nps.gov/saan MISSION ESPADA 10040 Espada Road San Antonio, TX 78214 9am-5pm Daily www.nps.gov/saan MISSION SAN JUAN 9101 Graf Road San Antonio, TX 78214 9am-5pm Daily www.nps.gov/saan

THE ALAMO 300 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, Texas 78205 9am-5pm Daily www.nps.gov/saan

ZOO 11 SAN ANTONIO ZOO 3903 N. St. Mary’s St San Antion, TX 78212 9am-5pm 365 days a year (210) 734-7184 www.sazoo-aq.org

MISCELLANEOUS FLIP’Z TRAMPOLINE PARK 910 SE Military Drive, #123 San Antonio, Texas 78214 210-927-1234 www.flipztrampolinepark.com The Rose Window at Mission San Jose

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Iron Cactus:

Mexican-Inspired Food with Contemporary Flavor Frozen Mango Margarita

Three Chili Pork Loin

Chile Con Queso and Tamale Pops

Award-winning Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar offers a wide selection of sumptuous dishes and handcrafted margaritas and cocktails served in both indoor and outdoor dining areas. The friendly, courteous staff focuses on delivering truly top-quality service. I guess that’s why Iron Cactus is a perennial winner of Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence. The Iron Cactus’ welcoming ambiance and its freshly made Mexican dishes, delectable desserts, award-winning margaritas (with a selection of more than 140 different tequilas) combine to make it a favorite among locals and return visitors to the River Walk. Start your meal with Crab Fritter Nachos, Avocado Portabella Fries, Pork Tamale Pops, Citrus Ceviche or Fresh Mussels served in a charred tomato butter sauce with serranos and grilled flatbread. Next, try one of five refreshing salads, including Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Salad with seared jumbo shrimp and Citrus Baby Spinach Salad with citrus segments, goat cheese and toasted almonds. Hungry for more? The Travis Burger takes traditional burgers to a new level with gourmet ingredients. More adventurous diners might try a Poblano Panela Burger, or a Stuffed Iron Burger with roasted jalapenos and cilantro aioli. 44

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Only all-natural, marinated, certified Angus beef is used for the Steak Fajitas. And the Vegetarian Enchiladas are so good they can even convert carnivores. Ask for the extensive gluten-free(ish) menu, a popular feature for sensitive eaters who still crave Mexican food. Be sure to save room for yummy Vanilla Bean Espresso Crème Brulee, Tres Leches Cake, Margarita Key Lime Tartlet, Mexican Chocolate Mousse or the house-made Sweet Cream-Filled Mexican Donuts topped with Kahlua Fudge Sauce. The bar uses only fresh ingredients, too! Fresh juices, herbs and produce, and syrups made inhouse, make the custom cocktails and premium margaritas shine. Try the Patrón Mango Mint Martini, or a Classic Margarita made with pure agave nectar and fresh lime. Nearly 30 flights of tequila are available to choose from. An impressive selection of craft beers also graces the bar menu. Bartenders are always available to help you pair your meal with the drink of your choice. Located in the heart of the downtown River Walk, on the River Level of the historic 1926

Aztec Theatre building, Iron Cactus has been welcoming food lovers since 2006. There’s a river taxi station located just outside the front door. Guests will enjoy seating in the beautiful outdoor private patio, with spectacular views of the river; or in the spacious, elegantly designed (and air-conditioned) indoor dining room, with views of the water through arching French doors. Iron Cactus Happy Hour specials are offered Monday through Friday from 3PM – 6PM, and include $5 small house margaritas and $5 chile con queso, a popular appetizer. Whether you’re a River Walk local, a frequent visitor or a first-timer; whether you’re on your own or bringing a party of 500; you won’t find a finer setting for private dining, or a more perfect venue to make your special occasion even more —well —special than you ever dreamed.

Iron Cactus on the River Walk (210) 224-9835 • 200 River Walk www.ironcactus.com/san-antonio

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For those travelers that enjoy off the beaten path experiences the areas surrounding San Antonio are known for their history, small towns, antiques, wineries, scenic views and unique travel experiences. These areas surrounding San Antonio are easily accessed by car or bus.

SURROUNDING AREAS 1 Cascade Caverns 2 Natural Bridge Caverns 3 Schlitterbahn 4 ZDTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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1890 Berlin Iron Bridge in Brackenridge Park

More than 40 bridges canopy the San Antonio River as it weaves distinctively through downtown.

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Together, they serve cars, trains, pedestrians as well as sight-seeing passengers drifting rr y along underneath in water taxis. But, it wasn’t M c Mu Michele y B San Antonio Zoo always this way. Bridging a divided city took Railroad Bridge hundreds of years to accomplish efficiently. Each structure has its own unique history, many having been moved, repaired, renamed or replaced to a dizzying It was not until 1939 when a cohesive vision for a San Antonio River Walk and degree. Yet, in the midst of confusion lies a chronicle of the times and its overpasses was born by architect Robert Hugman. The quaint pedestrian magnificent architecture to behold. spandrel connecting the Arneson River Theatre stage to its seating area across the river bears his immense influence on beautification projects managed It begins in 1736 as settlers from San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo), east by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the U.S. federal government of the river, and those west of the river at San Fernando de Bexar, pondered agency that put millions of the unemployed back to work during the Great how to get to the other side. And stay dry. Up to this point, wading at Mill Depression. Officially named the Arneson Theatre Bridge after WPA engineer Crossing on Navarro Street, where waters were shallow and banks wide, was Edwin Arneson, the better-known “Rosita’s Bridge” honors Fiesta Noche del one’s best bet. The solution, a make-shift plank across Commerce and Losoya Rio star Rosita Fernandez, who graced patrons for 26 years with her dramatic streets, exemplified how primitive bridging a city divided would remain for entrances. Hugman’s signature narrow, limestone foot bridges remain the next 100 years. hallmark features of the River Walk. By some accounts, the absence of technology and wherewithal were not all to blame. Soldiers crossing over from the presidio might have been more interested in the Native American women than attending religious services at the mission. A rally ensued between the padres and the Spanish military government, the former removing the beams as fast as the latter replaced them. In the end, progress prevailed, and by the mid-1800s, early plank and barrel bridges gave way to sturdier, but temporary improvements. All, in time, however, rotted from pestilent rains and flooding compounded by insufficient city funds to sustain them. By the late 19th century, the Industrial Revolution took hold in San Antonio introducing iron as the new medium for constructing bridges. The first iron footbridge, built by Boston firm Moseley Ironworks, crossed St. Mary’s Street. Soon after, Berlin Iron Bridge Company of East Berlin, Connecticut, built five, more elaborate designs beginning in 1880 with an iron fabricated truss bridge at the Commerce and Losoya Streets crossing. The 1890 Berlin iron bridge in nearby Brackenridge Park was relocated there in 1925 from St. Mary’s Street downtown following flooding. Its distinctive columns and lens-shaped truss reflect the ornamental style of the era, which married well with the stronger, rust-resistant alloy that stood up to heavier loads. By this time, visionaries were also designing to accommodate parade floats to pass unfettered under grand arches.

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Today, San Antonio’s unique bridges, old and new, continue to romance visitors near and far. Portuguese-speaking lovers, so told, padlocked eternal devotion on the Johnson Street Bridge located in the King William district. Though erected by comparatively modern standards, in 1983, the newest bridge follows the 1880 Commerce Street, aka O. Henry Bridge, that once warmed this charming spot. Commerce Street bridge, now a decorative concrete marvel, still offers some of best river views plus a seven-foot Native American sculpture that was commissioned during the 1914 modernized construction. In San Antonio’s burgeoning east side, you’ll find the Hays Street Bridge, originally a railroad bridge spanning the Nueces River. It served vehicular traffic after relocating to its present-day location in 1910. Reopened in 2010 for pedestrian use, the trapezoidal-patterned tress bridge offers birds-eye views of nearby Alamo Beer Company. San Antonio Zoo Railroad Bridge, a 1956 example of diagonal truss design, is nestled in scenic Brackenridge Park where a small passenger train meanders the banks of river banks. Uniting a divided city is ongoing, more recently so beyond the banks of the San Antonio River. Phil Hardberger Park, visited by both locals and tourists, encompasses 311 acres in the heart of San Antonio. Groundbreaking on a pedestrian land bridge to arch busy Wurzbach Parkway and connect the currently separated areas is planned to coincide with San Antonio’s tricentennial celebration in 2018. RIO Magazine 47


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DODGING DUCK BREWHAUS 402 River Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 248-3825 www.dodgingduck.com American GRIST MILL RIVER RESTAURANT & BAR 1287 Gruene Road Gruene, TX 78130 625-0684 gristmillrestaurant.com American HIGH’S CAFÉ & STORE 726 High Street Comfort, TX 78013 (830) 995-4995 highscafeandstore.com American HUISACHE GRILL & WINE BAR 303 W. San Antonio St. New Bruanfels, TX 78130 (830) 620-9001 www.huisache.com American LINCOLN STREET 111 South Lincoln Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-8463 www.lincolnst.com American MIKE’S IN THE VILLAGE 2355 Bulverde Road Bulverde, TX 78163 (830) 438-2747 mikesinthevillage.com American

CAMP VERDE GENERAL STORE 285 East Verde Creek Rd Camp Verde, TX 78010 (830) 634-7722 campverdegeneralstore. com American PO-PO FAMILY RESTAURANT 829 FM 289 Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-4194 poporestaurant.com American CRANKY FRANKS BBQ COMPANY 1679 South US Hwy 87 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-2353 crankyfranksbbq.com Barbeque RUDY’S BARBEQUE 24152 IH 10 West Leon Springs, TX 78257 (210) 698-2141 www.rudysbbq.com Barbeque SAMMY’S 202 Highway 90 E. Castroville, TX 78009 (830) 931-2204 sammysrestaurant.com Diner Food ALAMO SPRINGS 107 Alamo Road Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 990-8004 alamospringscafe.com Hamburgers

FINE DINING THE GRILL AT LEON SPRINGS 24116 IH 10 West Leon Springs, TX 78257 (210) 698-8797 leonspringsgrill.com American HILLTOP 10661 Highway 87 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-8922 www.hilltopcafe.com American SUSTENIO 17103 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 598-2950 www.eilanhotel.com American AUGUST E 203 East San Antonio St Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-1585 august-es.com Asian WELFARE CAFE 223 Welfare Waring Rd. Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-3700 www.welfaretexas.com German FRANCESCA’S AT SUNSET 16641 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 558-6500 resortlacantera.com Southwestern

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EVENTS /////////////////////////////////// FESTIVALS

8/4 @ 7:30 PM Concerts in the Park-Broken Duckfeet Landa Park Dance Slab New Braunfels

8/27 @ 8:00 PM Toga Party! Patek’s Craft Beer & Wine Bar New Braunfels

8/5 @ 7:30 PM Josh Abbott Band’s Toobapalooza Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels

FITNESS 8/7 @ 7:30 AM Tour de Jalapeno--26 Mile Jalapeno Race San Marcos River Ranch

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8/26 @ 6:00 PM Harvest Fest Messina Hof Hill Country Winery Fredericksburg

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8/6 @ 8:00 PM Ryan Bingham with Shakey Graves Whitewater Amphitheater New Braunfels

8/11 @ 7:30 PM Concerts in the Park--J. Abram Band Landa Park Dance Slab New Braunfels

On A Whole New Level.

8/13 @ 8:00 PM Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels

Imagine a place that towers overhead, even though it’s deep underground. A place filled with delicate formations of solid stone formed by single splashes of water. A place that’s eons old, but feels brand new every time you see it. From giant chambers that echo with mystery to passages with discovery around every bend, come see what makes Natural Bridge Caverns… Naturally AMAZING. See Coupon in the Back!

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ATTRACTIONS /////////////////////////////// BAT CAVES RAILROAD TUNNEL 10619 Old San Antonio Rd Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (866) 978-2287 Dawn - Dusk Daily

BOURBON DISTILLERY GARRISON BROTHERS 1827 Hye-Albert Road Hye, TX 78635 (830) 392-0246 www.garrisonbros.com 8am-5pm M-F

CAVERNS

CANYON SPRINGS 24400 Canyon Golf Road San Antonio, TX 78260 (210) 558-2365 lacanteragolfclub.com TPC GOLF COURSE 23808 Resort Parkway San Antonio, TX 78261 (210) 558-2365 www.tpc.com/ tpc-san-antonio THE PALMER COURSE 16641 La Cantera Parkway San Antonio, TX 78255 (210) 558-2365 lacanteragolfclub.com

HIKING

1 CASCADE CAVERNS 226 cascade Caverns Road Boerne, TX 78015 (830) 755-8080 www.cascadecaverns.com 9am-4pm M-F, 9am-6pm Sa-Sun

CIBOLO NATURE CENTER 140 City Park Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-4616 8am-Dusk www.cibolo.org

CAVE WITHOUT A NAME 325 Kreutzberg Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-4212 cavewithoutaname.com 9am-6pm Daily

ENCHANTED ROCK 16710 Ranch Road 965 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 685-3636 8am-10pm Daily

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CAVERNS 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd San Antonio, TX 78266 (210) 651-6101 9am-5pm daily naturalbridgecaverns.com

DISTILLERY REBECCA CREEK DISTILLERY 26606 Bulverde Road San Antonio, TX 78260 (830) 714-4581 12pm-5pm Sat rebeccacreekdistillery.com

ENTERTAINMENT 4 MORGAN’S WONDERLAND

5223 David Edwards Dr. San Antonio, TX 78233 (210) 495-5888 morganswonderland.com ZDT’S AMUSEMENT PARK 301 W Kingsbury Seguin, TX 78155 (830) 386-0151 zdtamusement.com

GLIDER RIDES SAN ANTONIO SOARING SOCIETY 400 Boerne Stage Airfield Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 981-2345 By Appointment

GOLF COURSES CEDAR CREEK GOLF COURSE 8250 Vista Colina San Antonio, TX 78255 (210) 695-5050 alamocitygolftrail.com TAPATIO SPRINGS RESORT & GOLF COUSE 1 Resort Way Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-4197 tapatio.com/golf

GOVERNMENT CANYON 12861 Galm Road San Antonio, TX 78254 (210) 688-9055 F-M 7am-10pm GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK 3350 Park Road 31 Spring Branch, TX 7 8070 (830) 438-2656 8am-10pm Daily

DANCE HALLS JOHN T. FLOORES COUNTRY STORE 14492 Old Bandera Road Helotes, TX 78023 (210) 695-8827 liveatfloores.com GRUENE HALL 1281 Gruene Road New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 606-1281 www.gruenehall.com

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT LUCKENBACH 412 Luckenbach Town Loop Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-3224 9am til close www.luckenbachtexas.com

HORSE RACING RETAMA RACETRACK 1 Retama Parkway Selma, TX 78154 (210) 651-7000 10:30am-11pm Daily retamapark.com

MUSEUM LBJ HOUSE 199 Park Road 52 Stonewall, TX 78671 (830) 868-7128 8am-5pm Daily NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PACIFIC WAR 340 East Main Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-8600 9am-5pm Daily pacificwarmuseum.org

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AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE MUSEUM 102 City Park Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-5509 10am-4pm Sat agmuseum.us

OLD WEST VILLAGE ENCHANTED SPRINGS RANCH 242 State Hwy 46 West Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-8222 10am-5pm Sat-Sun enchantedspringsranch. com

OLIVE OIL FARMS BELLA VISTA RANCH 3101 Mount Sharp Road Wimberley, TX 78676 (512) 847-6514 www.texasoliveoil.com

Open 9 AM Daily.

SANDY OAK OLIVE ORCHARD 25195 Mathis Road Elmendorf, TX 78112 (210) 621-0044 9am-4pm Tu-Sat sandyoaks.com

Ticket/Boarding Locations:

Historia

(Market St. & Alamo)

Rivercenter Mall (Commerce & Bowie)

SHOPPING BASS PRO SHOPS 17907 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 253-8800 9am-9pm Daily basspro.com

Aztec Theatre

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WILDFLOWER FARM WILDSEED FARM 100 Legacy Drive Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (800) 848-0078 9:30am-5pm Daily www.wildseedfarms.com

WATERPARK

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400 North Liberty Avenue New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 625-2351 www.schlitterbahn.com

WIILDLIFE RANCH NATURAL BRIDGE WILDLIFE RANCH 26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd San Antonio, TX 78266 (830) 438-7400 wildliferanchtexas.com

WINERY BECKER VINEYARDS 464 Becker Farms Road Stonewall, TX 78671 (830) 644-2681 beckervineyards.com BELL MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS 463 Bell Mountain Road Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 685-3297 10am-5pm Sat bellmountainwine.com

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SHOPPING ///////////////////////////// JR MOONEY GALLERIES OF FINE ART 8032 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-8214 jrmooneygalleries.com Fine Art Gallery LAS FINEZAS 210 South Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 331-9272 www.lasfinezas.com Fine Imported Gifts RANCH AT THE RIM 18007 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 319-3001 www.ranchattherim.com Fine western wear BUSSEYS FLEA MARKET 18738 IH 35 North Schertz, TX 78154 (830) 609-0800 www.busseyfm.com Flea Market KENDRA SCOTT 15900 La Cantera Parkway #2290 San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 399-2854 www.kendrascott.com Jewelry

BASS PRO SHOPS 17907 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 253-8800 www.basspro.com Outdoor Hunting & Fishing THE SHOPS AT LA CANTERA 15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com Outdoor Shopping Mall TANGER OUTLETS 4015 IH 35 North San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 396-7446 www.tangeroutlets.com/ sanmarcos Outlet Mall SAN MARCOS PRIME OUTLETS 3939 IH 35 North San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 396-2200 www.premiumoulets.com Outlet Mall GARDEN RIDGE POTTERY 17975 IH 35 North Schertz, TX 78154 (210) 599-5700 www.gardenridge.com Pottery, Furniture & Crafts

THE FORUM AT OLYMPIA PARKWAY 8320 Agora Parkway San Antonio, TX 78154 (210) 566-7604 shoptheforumsa.com Local Fashions & Jewelry THE TWIG BOOK SHOP 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com Shopping Center THE RIM 17503 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 641-1777 www.therimsa.com Shopping Center MAIN STREET BOERNE Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (800) 322-3868 mainstreetinboerne.com Texas Antiques, Art, Restaurants FREDERICKSBURG 302 East Austin Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-6523 visitfredericksburgtx.com Texas Antiques, Art, Restaurants

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NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS: Adventure on a Whole New Level On March 27, 1960, Orion Knox Jr., Preston Knodell, Al Brandt and Joe Cantu — four St. Mary’s University students — were given permission to explore a cave located in the Texas hill country, between New Braunfels and San Antonio. Convinced that underground passages trailed beneath an amazing 60-foot limestone bridge, Orion and his classmates made their way through a rubble-filled crawlway.

The explorers descended carefully through two miles of vast cavern passages, and returned to the surface to tell the landowners of their astonishing discovery. It seemed their curiosity had paid off! Realizing the possibilities, the owners decided to develop what is now the first half-mile of today’s Discovery Tour at Natural Bridge Caverns. Commercial development began almost exactly two years later in 1962. During excavation of the entrance trail, arrowheads and spearheads dating from 5,000 B.C. were found, as well as jawbones of a species of grizzly bear that became extinct over 8,000 years ago. On July 3, 1964, Natural Bridge Caverns opened and soon became one of the most treasured natural attractions in Texas, offering adventure on a whole new level. Natural Bridge Caverns became a registered United States natural landmark in 1971. The Discovery Tour goes 180 feet below ground and is the original, most popular cavern tour, introducing guests to a world of natural beauty and awe. The Hidden Passages Tour offers another world-class cave, where darkness and shadows dance across delicate structures and mystery waits in every corner. Natural Bridge Caverns is constantly growing, as tiny drops of water and the slow passage of time form massive, otherworldly formations. These formations retain a luster that is seen in few caverns. Appearing to be made of wax, they are actually as hard as limestone, with types changing from room to room. Maintaining a constant 70 degrees year-round, Natural Bridge Caverns is the perfect summertime entertainment. The Canopy Challenge Zip Lines allow guests to snap into a harness and fly high across the landscape of the Texas Hill Country. Visitors who like testing their balance and fear of heights can visit the Canopy Challenge Explorer Course, where they have 30 minutes to grapple their way to the top of a 60-foot, four-tier ropes course. A different sort of adventure awaits you at ground level, in the AMAZEn’ Ranch Roundup, where twists and turns take you through a 5,000 square foot outdoor, timed maze. Challenge your navigational skills to hit each checkpoint and find your way out! After your cave adventure, we invite you to relax, shop and enjoy refreshments in Discovery Village.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Texas-Sized Mexican Food. * One complimentary order of Chile con Queso OR Guacamole and Chips per table. Purchased entrée does not include daily specials, appetizers, happy hour, alcohol or desserts. One offer per table, not to be used in conjunction with other coupons.

NAKED IGUANA SAVE up to $10

FREEChileconQuesoORGuacamole&Chips with purchase of entrée.* Happy Hour Every Day 3pm–6pm & 9pm–11pm: House Wine $4.25 • 9oz Rio Rita $3.75 Well Drinks $3.75 + Beer Specials!

*Purchased entrée does not include daily specials, appetizers, happy hour, alcohol or desserts. 1 offer per table, not to be used in conjunction with other coupons. On The Riverwalk • 421 East Commerce • (210) 226-8462

Tower of the Americas

Parties of LESS than 8

FREE FLAUTAS

(seasoned chicken rolled up in a tortilla)

with the purchase of 1 entrée Parties of 8 or MORE

LA PACHANGA APPETIZER (Cup of Queso, beef tacos and flautas)

with the purchase of 2 entrées Coupon not valid with other offers or coupons. Please present coupon to server at time of ordering.

110 E. Crockett on the Riverwalk 210-277-6300

FREE CHEF’S APPETIZER OF THE DAY

With the purchase of an adult entrée.

One coupon per table per visit. Offer at Riverwalk location only. Must present coupon. Expires 08/31/16.

2

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OFF TOWER TICKET

701 Bowie, San Antonio, TX 78205

210.223.3101

Toweroftheamericas.com Ticket includes unlimited access to Observation Deck, Flags over Texas & 4-D Theater Ride. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Limit one $2.00 off coupon per person. No cash Value. Expires 08/31/16

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an Adult Entrée with this ad Ice Cold Drinks & Good Texas Food Breakfast Fri-Sun from 9am-11am Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-6pm

245 E. Commerce River Level at Navarro & Crockett 210-227-RITA • www.ritasontheriver.com Valid only for lunch and Dinner, coupon good for up to 2 entrees at a table

2

Cuisine D’itAliA OFF TICKET

Receive a FREE Appetizer with Purchase of Entrée

www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com

200 River Walk Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-9835 • ironcactus.com Not valid with any other offer, one per table, not valid during happy hour. Expires 08/31/16.

FREE DESSERT

With a purchase of 2 Entrees & 2 Beverage Riverwalk level of the Hyatt Regency Maddogs.net • (210) 222-0220 One Coupon per table per visit. Expires 08/31/16.

SHOPS AT RIVERCENTER Alamo Plaza at Blum St. Downtown - San Antonio BattleForTexas.com

Save $2.00 on up to 4 Full Price Adult Tickets

Located in Rivercenter Mall on 3rd Level 849 East Commerce 210-229-1420 www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com Not valid with special events. Expires 08/31/16

Redeem this coupon for one complimentary bowl of our award-winning and completely irrisitible queso.

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QUESO, SO DELICIOUS & TOTALLY FREE

* Limit one coupon per person. Not combined with any other offers

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RIO MAGAZINE AUGUST 2016  

The Official Magazine of the River Walk

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