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FAMILY FUN SMART FAMIILY FUN By Janis Turk
SIP & SAVOR LOVE & LIBATIONS By Kimberly A, Suta
RECREATION THE ULTIMATE IG GUIDE TO SA By Drew Henry
BE ENTERTAINED THE YEAR OF THE RAT By Susan Yerkes
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The San Antonio River Walk is home to a Love Lock Bridge patterned after the original in Paris that crossed the River Seine but was sadly removed due to stress on the footbridge. The local tradition began organically in 2017 on a small chainlink fence located at 126 E. Main Street between the romantic Biga On The Banks restaurant and the Bexar County Courthouse Wedding Chapel. Lovebirds toss the key in the river as a sign of their commitment. Photo by Joe Chidgey.
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FEBRUARY, THE MONTH OF LOVE. I am very proud of the community of love we exhibit through low-cost and free children’s educational activities in our city, like those included in the Family Fun story this month – from Pop-Con at the Downtown Public Library to gazing at the stars at the Scobee Planetarium. Kids learn and feel loved when spending time together. Grab your sweetie and visit two events celebrating the Asian New Year this month. The Asian Festival features authentic Asian food, demonstrations and exhibits. Stroll hand-in-hand along the River Walk or dine outside during the two-week long Ford Parade of Lanterns. Read more in the Be Entertained story. Of course, if you want to rock it old-school, check out the Great Finds story on where to get sweets for your sweetie. Devotees of the selfie-culture will love this month’s Recreation story loaded with a gazillion spots
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Love & Libations
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With love in the air and Cupidâ€™s bow drawn, these local bars have created seductive drinks for couples that will ensure Cupid hits his mark.
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BAR 414 For a sultry, speakeasy vibe, take that special someone, whether it’s your partner or best friend to Bar 414, located in the century-old Sheraton Gunter Hotel along hoppin’ Houston Street. This bar, which is known for its prohibition-era cocktails and live blues and jazz music on the weekends, is steeped in history. The hotel’s bar is named after famed Delta Blue’s King, Robert Johnson, who, in 1936, set up a temporary recording studio in the hotel’s room 414.
While all of their craft cocktails are spiffy enough to whet your whistle, their classic Old Fashioned gets rave reviews. For something a little sweeter for your sweetheart, the bar recommends the Buttercup, a concoction of Jack Daniels, Howl at the Moon bitters, honey syrup, ginger ale, blackberries, and orange. The charcuterie and cheese board is the perfect accompaniment for a couple’s nibble or a couple of nibbles and comes with premium cured meats, cheeses, and pickled veggies. However, if you’re feeling spicy, the Prohibition Wings with a Creole dry-rub will light your fire. HOWL AT THE MOON Howl at the Moon, located downtown along W. Crockett and N. Presa, is celebrating a quarter of a century this year, and for a good reason.
There’s nowhere else in town that offers such a raucous good time with dueling pianos. The music ranges from the ’90s to contemporary songs. Howl is the spot for folks looking for live, interactive entertainment, as well as dancing and Texas-sized concoctions with some served in an actual bucket. The drink menu offerings come in an array of rainbow colors and flavors and are served in 32 or 86 ounce buckets, intended for sharing – think couples and double-dates. Their most popular drink, Adios Mofo, is a fruity, boozy twist on a Long Island Iced Tea. Of course, Sex on the Moon, is a close second, with its bright, tropical flavors. MERKABA Located below Howl at the Moon, is an upscale, chic establishment along the River Walk with a yummy, shareable cocktail selection made for the stars. If these drinks could walk down the red carpet, they would. Rainbow Road comes in an exquisite 54-ounce handblown glass made locally by Garcia Art Glass. A virtual work of art, the drink arrives at your table with changing colored lights, sour rainbow belts, and straws and tastes like a watermelon Long Island Iced Tea that’s as exciting to look at as it is to drink. If you’re hoping to impress a new love, one sip and you won’t need Cupid’s arrows. Merkaba just rolled out their Elyx Mule, made with Absolut Elyx, ginger beer, and lime juice – akin to a standard mule, only better and, to top it off, served in a ginormous 64-ounce copper pineapple. If that doesn’t get you a second date, nothing will. RIO Magazine
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CAFÉ OLÉ After a little dancing, you might seek respite at Café Ole’, but don’t get too comfy because they have a 60-ounce margarita with your name on it. Drinks crafted by their sister property, Agave Bar, and are made with various liquors, from Patron to Anejo and come in virtually any flavor you can imagine, from cherry to chamoy. Nothing goes better with this massive margarita than the grilled chicken, beef, shrimp, or veggie fajitas, which are served tableside on a smoking hot skillet along with housemade flour tortillas and fresh guacamole. If the night’s still young, another drink couples are falling in love with is the Maker’s Mark Raspberry Old Fashioned, which is the traditional cocktail along with some muddled raspberries — guaranteed to earn a kiss after drinking. THE ESQUIRE TAVERN Next up, one of San Antonio’s oldest bars, The Esquire Tavern, is known for both exceptional cocktails and chef-driven cuisine. Their new downstairs is on the River Walk level, however you can also access the bar from their Commerce Street entrance.
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shareable drink for up to six people, called the Flood of 1921. This delightful libation is equal parts strong, weak, sour, sweet and spicy, served well-chilled, and with plenty of ice. STERNEWIRTH Finally, Hotel Emma’s Bar, Sternewirth, is easily one of the classiest, sexiest bars in town. Spacious and elegant with the hotel’s signature industrial style and cozy VIP couches set within repurposed brewing containers, it’s a great place to start or end the night, after a romantic tour around town in a horse-drawn carriage. Known for their craft beer as well as craft cocktails, the Sternewirth invites you to imbibe on a drink destined for lovers, The Three Emmas. This cocktail represents the scandalous tale of the three Emmas —a true story of love, betrayal, and murder. So they say… one is great, two are sinful and three will kill you.
WRITER’S BIO Kimberly A. Suta of Sutapants Productions is a local and national food writer, filmmaker and publicist for the culinary industry. She’s also the Co-Creator of Homegrown Chef (homegrowncheftv.com), a culinary series and catering and events company featuring our city’s best chefs and delicious eats.
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SMART FAMILY FUN Encourage your child’s inner SUPERHERO and explore galaxies of FUN! By Janis Turk
There’s one in every family: the kid who secretly knows deep down that he or she is, in fact, a superhero. You know, the kid who wears his Superman costume to bed; the one who asks “why” nonstop; the child who takes apart your cell phone to see how it works. Your cute little geek would rather read “Harry Potter” and “The Lightning Thief” books beneath the covers than go to sleep. Yup, that one: the smart one. As the parent of a brainiac child, deep down, you know keeping up with your kid is going to keep you on your toes. If you’re lucky enough to have whiz kids in your family, then you’ll want to encourage their curiosity every step of the way. That’s when you have to become a superhero mom or dad, meaning the parent who searches for stimulating family fun to match their child’s thirst for knowledge. Lucky for you, San Antonio overflows with exciting places, primed with programs and events that will bring out your kid’s inner superhero and stimulate his or her amazing brain. 16 RIO Magazine
SUPERHEROES WELCOME If you have a boy who wants to be Batman when he grows up, or a girl who wants to live in Narnia, or a teen who enjoys reading manga, or a child who loves video games and jousting with lightsabers, then be sure to take them to the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) on Saturday, February 29th for San Antonio’s third annual Pop Con!
Pop Con is the library’s fabulous version of Comic-Con, celebrating popular culture and featuring famous guest artists, authors, and folks who are into Anime, Manga, Video Games, Superheroes, Steampunk fun, and more. There will be panel discussions, a “cosplay” (costume) contest, an art contest, games, crafts, and other family-friendly activities. Unlike most Comic Cons, this San Antonio one is free of charge and welcomes all ages. This year it will be held one day only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Library branch located at 600 Soledad. “Pop Con is so fun and so popular with San Antonio families. In fact, 2,500 people attended the first year alone, and 2,700 attended last year. Of those, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
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more than 500 people came in costume. I’d like at least 3,000 people to attend this year,” says Rhonda Woolhouse of the San Antonio Public Library.
songs, a photo booth area, a Cosplay contest, and a costume parade for little kids, along with video gaming and table-top games for everyone.
“Pop Con is special, and that’s because it’s a little different than a lot of Comic-Con events. Since we are a library, we are limited to what we can sell, so we don’t have all the vendors other Comic Cons might have, but we do sell books and art prints, and we offer a variety of really fun activities,” says Woolhouse.
“At Pop Con, kids and adults can meet their favorite superheroes and dress up like them, too, but more importantly, they can learn about how others have created creative careers from doing things they love,” says Woolhouse.
“Our focus is on creators, so authors and artists are our celebrity guests. A special guest who will be Skyping-in to speak at this year’s Pop Con is Sera Gamble, writer and executive producer of the Syfy channel series “The Magicians,” the NBC series “Aquarius,” and the CW series “Supernatural.” Other special guests coming in person include New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris, author of the popular “Midnight Texas” book series, the “Aurora Teagarden” series, the “Sookie Stackhouse” series (on which “Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood series” were based), and more. Martha Wells is another exciting guest author coming to Pop Con, too. Kids who love graphic novels and learning about the world of illustration and computer-generated animation will love the other guests at this year’s Pop Con, including New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden, award-winning artist and author Jeffrey Alan Love, John Picacio, Justin Chase Black, Kiri Østergaard Leonard, and Babs Webb Fun activities include the excitement of two escape rooms, an Anime area with fun crafts, Japanese bookbinding, performances of Anime-related thesanantonioriverwalk.com
CULTURE IS COOL The neat thing about a smart kid is that he or she doesn’t need convincing that learning about culture and history is cool. So perhaps the best place in town to explore those exciting topics is the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute of Texan Cultures, located at HemisFair Park. “Culture and diversity are complicated subjects,” says James Benavides, communications specialist at the institute. “Uncovering stories of how so many cultures contributed to Texas and its unique character can lead to deep and engaging conversations and ultimately an appreciation of other cultures and their ways of life.” More than a museum, the Institute of Texan Cultures is a center for multicultural education, with exhibits, programs, and events geared toward engaging kids and families interests and stirring curiosity and creativity. “These days, you can find pictures and information online in seconds,” says Benavides. “Today, museums are about experience and getting hands-on contact with objects from history. Visiting a one-room schoolhouse, a jacal, or a log house and handling the tools and accouterments of those early pioneers connects us to our past in profound ways. RIO Magazine
“A big part of the institute is the volunteer corps that staffs the main exhibit floor. These knowledgeable guides and exhibit specialists can question and challenge guests, spurring critical thinking, and dispelling the myths about Texas they might have picked up from Hollywood. The institute is a challenging place covering challenging subjects, and the answers can change the way we look at the world.”
The sprawling institute complex offers 65,000-square-foot of interactive permanent and special exhibits and displays, and its thirdfloor library contains manuscripts, rare books, personal papers, more than 3 million historical photos, and more than 700 recorded oral histories. It’s a fascinating place, and many times, on the second Sunday of each month (except for June), the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures hosts a free family day featuring fun learning activities for smart family fun. Each month is themed and includes crafts, games, special guests, performances and more. The Institute of Texan Cultures, a Smithsonianaffiliate museum, will be celebrating all things Asian at San Antonio’s 33rd Asian Festival, on February 1, in observation of the Lunar New Year. A day-long event, this festival will serve to showcase authentic Asian foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China to the Indian Subcontinent and the island nations of the Pacific.
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The festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, a hands-on crafting area for children, Anime activities, Bonsai and Ikebana displays, a Mahjong table and more. Tickets sold at the event with kids five and younger admitted free of charge. STARSTRUCK For kids with their heads in the clouds and stars in their eyes, another great San Antonio excursion could include a family fun trip to the Scobee Education Center Planetarium at San Antonio College. Built-in 1961 and named after Francis “Dick” Scobee, an astronaut and commander of the space shuttle Challenger, the planetarium is located in the center of the college campus and is open to the public for remarkably affordable family-friendly shows.
This month, the planetarium is open for shows on February 7, 14, 21, and 28th with family shows at 6:30 p.m., and shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. for folks age six and older. Tickets sold on site 30-minutes before the show. During February, tickets go on sale for Spring Mission programs that will be held at the planetarium during the week of Fiesta San Antonio, along with tickets for summer camp programs at the planetarium, such as Micronauts camp, Cosmic Kids camp, Explorers Academy camp, and Artemis Academy, which is an all-girls STEM camp. The Planetarium isn’t just for kids, of course, so on February 14th, adults can have a romantic date beneath the planetarium stars and planets while attending a special Valentine’s Day Challenger Mission for couples, featuring wine and cheese. February is the perfect month for a planetarium visit because Feb 9 will bring with it a “super moon,” which has two nicknames, the “Snow Moon” and the “Hunger Moon.” San Antonio’s Scobee Planetarium will thrill kids who want to learn more about this and other exciting things in and beyond our galaxy. SMART PARENTS Smart parents know that keeping brilliant kids happy means finding ways to learn and share meaningful things. The library, planetarium, and museums are just three places to start, but San Antonio has so many more places to pique your kids’ interests. Try visiting the San Antonio Mission Trail, taking kids to the Witte Museum, the DoSeum, the McNay, the Tower of the Americas, the IMAX and more. San Antonio offers smart family fun at every turn, so find new adventures and watch your superhero smart kid soar.
WRITER’S BIO Janis Turk is an award-winning travel writer and author who has appeared on the CNN Airport Network and written for numerous national and international magazines and newspapers. Her most recent book TEXAS, a Frommer’s guide, is available at bookstores nationwide.
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Celebrating Chinese New Year & Two-stepping By Susan Yerkes
On the Chinese lunar calendar, 2020 is the Year of the Rat, the first in a repeating 12-year cycle of animalthemed Chinese zodiac signs. Legend has it that the Rat starts the cycle because he was the first animal to
arrive at the Jade Emperor’s party. If your birth year is 1960, 1972, 1984 and, so on, congratulations - you’re a rat! That’s not a bad thing in zodiac terms. Rats enjoy success and wealth. They are clever, quick thinkers, and are often content to enjoy peaceful lives.
PARADE OF LANTERNS One of the most peaceful and beautiful ways you can celebrate the Chinese New Year is to enjoy the San Antonio Riverwalk’s annual Ford Parade of Lanterns, based on China’s popular lantern festivals. Weather permitting, from 6 to 9 p.m. each night through Feb. 8, ten river floats, each bearing multiple large, illuminated lantern in the shape of dragons, pandas and more will wind their way along the downtown section of the river, playing peaceful Asian-inspired music and - spectacular social media posts. Settle in at a restaurant patio for dinner or drinks or just a quiet bench and stay in one spot to make sure you see the flotilla sail serenely past.
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CELEBRATE ASIA If you’re in town Feb. 1, the annual Asian Festival at the University of TexasSan Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures is the perfect place to ring in the Chinese New Year. Back in the ‘80s, it began as a simple Chinese festival, but in the past 32 years, it has blossomed into a massive celebration of all Asian cultures, with a touch of Texas thrown in. The Institute, which chronicles all the cultural groups that make-up Texas, is the perfect place to throw a giant music and dance party, with all kinds of entertainment, food, and drink and a bustling market with all types of ethnic arts, crafts, jewelry, textiles and more from around the world.
Cultural demonstrations and martial arts from Tai Chi Chuan to sumo wrestling are among entertaining and informative performances on the institute’s spacious grounds. Entertainment on two stages ranges from traditional music and dance to contemporary performances like K-Pop and J-Pop – Japanese and Korean dance music. A colorful Lion Dance is always a hit as the long, gorgeous dragon snakes its way through the grounds. You’ll see martial arts from Tai Chi Chuan to Karate and sumo wrestling. Sample the street food of a dozen nations – from grilled satay skewers to dumplings, hot chai, and warm pastries, served by imaginatively costumed characters like those from the Deadly
Sweet Maid Cafe. (A newcomer to the festival, the café riffs on Japan’s popular “maid cafes,” with kawaii (cute) and Lolita touches and a Goth edge. Inside the iconic dome-shaped building, check out exhibits from bonsai trees to anime viewing and games, or learn to play Mah Jong from the pros —members of the Chinese Women’s Club. It’s a glorious, colorful event – but if you miss it, don’t despair. The Institute, with its fascinating collection of exhibits and programs on the many and varied ethnic roots of Texas, is open yearround. ROCK ON! Art often imitates life, but a new piece at the San Antonio Museum of Art is life as art. The 12-foot tall, 6 1/2 ton Taihu (pronounced tieyou) rock is a mighty example of the Chinese passion for nature. It’s not just any rock – the enormous, striking limestone formation, a gift from San Antonio’s sister city of Wuxi (pronounced woo-she) is a kind found only in China’s most elegant gardens, or the area around Lake Taihu. After a long journey from China by ship and truck, the Taihu rock was installed in its own landscaped garden in the museum’s River Pavilion, on the River Walk’s Museum Reach. Inside the museum, check out the magnificent Asian Wing, which boasts one of the most impressive collections in the country, along with a stunning array of art, from classical to contemporary. Here’s a tip: on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings, museum admission is free.
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TRAVIS TWO-STEP After youâ€™ve seen the Alamo, stroll a few blocks to Travis Park, named for Col. William Barrett Travis, the brave young commander of the Alamo garrison when Santa Anna massacred the Texian defenders, including Davy Crockett, in 1836. Just weeks after that battle, General Sam Houston finally defeated the Mexican Army, and on March 2, 1836, the Republic of Texas declared independence, which lasted until 1845, when Texas became one of the United States of America. This year join the celebration on Feb. 29, at the parkâ€™s first Texas Independence celebration, the Travis Two-Step festival. The historic park across from the grand old St. Anthony Hotel will come alive with all things Texas. Enjoy live country bands like the Dirty River Boys, and an outdoor dance floor where you can show-off your twostep. There will be food trucks, beer and wine, a Texas Traders Alley, and a host of family activities all day long. And just like Texas, this festival is free.
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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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Chocoholic Frolic By Dawn Robinette
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There’s such a bounty of chocolate options available that your sweet tooth can be on a high no matter which direction you turn. Whether you want hand-crafted artisanal chocolates, classic flavors from famous confectionaries, or an intoxicating mix of caramel, nuts and ribbons of velvety chocolate enrobing everything from apples to fresh marshmallows, something is waiting for you. Let your taste buds get a workout as you run from shop to shop exploring everything – a chocolate run, that is. If going for a run and enjoying chocolate sounds like heaven, add the Chocoholic Frolic to your workout calendar. Featuring a 5K, a 10K, and a kid’s run, the Frolic is indeed an athletic event. It just happens to feature chocolate stops along the course. The races are chip timed runs that thesanantonioriverwalk.com
feature chocolate at the finish line. If you don’t care about your race time and the word “chip” makes you think of the chocolate variety, take your sweet time to enjoy chocolate stops along the way. No matter what, at the finish line, you will be greeted with chocolate and treats for dipping. There is something fun for all ages, abilities, and chocolate lovers and participants receive a race shirt and a chocolate-themed medal. No word if the medal is wrapped in chocolate but wouldn’t that be the perfect treat?!? Keep your running shoes on and make a beeline to Alamo Plaza. But be warned: it’s impossible to resist the warm glow of the gleaming copper kettles peeking through the window at Kilwins. Those beacons will guide you to a chocolate paradise, and as you near the door, the sweet scent of melting chocolate carries you inside. Once you see the rows and rows of eye-popping chocolates, fudge and so much more, you are a kid in a candy shop and you can’t imagine enjoying just one. Rows of perfectly crafted chocolates beckon while gleaming caramel and chocolate dipped apples, marshmallows, and rice krispy treats catch your eye. Caramel covered pecans, cashews and more, all covered with a dollop of chocolate crafted inhouse, are another tempting option. And that’s before you get to the marble slab featuring an array of fudge, each flavor
more alluring than the next. And of course, the talented team Kilwins at Kilwins offers samples to draw you in and seal the deal. Resistance is futile, so indulge, enjoy and get an extra piece to enjoy later—we won’t tell. Let the chocolate high continue as you make your way into the Shops at Rivercenter, where your chocolate exploration must include a stop at River Street Sweets. A relative newcomer to San Antonio, the name refers to the shop’s home of Savannah, Georgia, but is right at home in the River City. The shop features gourmet southern sweets including pralines, salt water taffy and peanut brittle, River Street Sweets’ marble slabs also work to cool mounds of chocolate. Watch candy makers dip pralines onto giant marble slabs, then cover them in chocolate for the tastiest turtles around. Enjoy every flavor of chocolate covered pretzel imaginable, dive into mounds of hand-made truffles or sit back and enjoy a chocolate covered rice krispy treat as big as your head and send chocolates to friends all over the country with River Street Sweets’ instore ordering. Or keep it all for yourself. Just be sure to eat the evidence and no one will ever know. RIO Magazine
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The Shops at Rivercenter is also home to worldfamous Ghiradelli Chocolate Company. Follow the warm smell of chocolate to the shop nestled just off of the river and dive into a hot fudge sundae, topped with handmade hot fudge made from rich Ghirardelli chocolate. Or enjoy real ice cream shakes, traditional malts, and hot cocoas, which you can pair with irresistible chocolate chip cookies, decadent brownies, and the ultimate indulgence that everyone enjoys for Valentine’s Day, fresh-dipped strawberries. The shop, of course, offers a full array of Ghiradelli treats, including Ghiradelli chocolate bars in every flavor and a unique assortment of bulk snacks including chocolate-covered cashews and almonds. With limited edition packaging and San Antonioinspired gifts, you’re sure to find the perfect sweet. No chocolate tour of the River Walk is complete without a stop at Chocozallo; an enjoyable roam off of the river located in Hemisfair, one of San Antonio’s hottest destinations. Tucked inside a historic building with a great view of both La Villita Historic Arts Village and Yanaguana Garden, Chocozallo is the source for surprising treats, like a potato chip chocolate bar or a chocolate-covered bacon bouquet. Those handcrafted gems never fail to please, but the real jewels at Chocozallo are the truffles. They are
works of art, crafted into fantastic shapes and hand brushed with pops of colored chocolate that will make you wonder if the tiny masterpieces you’re eyeing are art or food. Don’t worry—they’re as delicious as they are gorgeous. With flavors including dark chocolate, mint, raspberry, lemon white chocolate, caramelfilled, peanut butter honey, vanilla bean, caramel macchiato, cherry cordial, key lime, Nutella, milk chocolate, balsamic fig, rose, serrano and honey, there’s something for everyone. They even have ruby chocolate treats, with a pink hue that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. All of Chocozallo’s confections are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. But eat them you must. After all, once you’ve put it on Instagram, it’s your duty to savor the chocolate as much as you savor your time exploring San Antonio. WRITER’S BIO An award-winning writer, communications expert, and military spouse who enjoys unearthing new discoveries and revisiting old favorites in her adopted hometown, Dawn Robinette loves to tell stories. You can read more of her work at Alamo City Moms Blog.
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River Walk Royalty 2020 By Dan R. Goddard
Once upon a time, the Mud King and Queen reigned over the annual draining of the San Antonio River Walk. The faux royals amassed their charitable fortunes through nickel votes. They mainly served as an amusing distraction from the city’s picturesque landmark weeklong transformation – similar to Cinderella’s coach at midnight reverting to a disparaging assortment of eyesore objects. A series of improvements to the river channel lessened the need for the once-a-year draining. Alas, the title of Mud King and Queen are only a fond memory, but their tradition of competitive charitable fundraising evolved in 2010 to the election of an entire Court of River Walk Royalty.
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2019 River Walk Royal Court
Now four King and four Queen candidates vie for royal titles determined by how much money they raise for the many free events organized by the San Antonio River Walk Association. Plus, a portion goes to the Robert Hugman Architecture Scholarship, named for the River Walk’s designer, at the University of Texas at San Antonio. This year’s competition culminates with a coronation ceremony at the Royal Masquerade Gala Feb. 21, the same weekend as the Mardi Gras River Parade. Gala guests are encouraged to don masks and beads with their formal attire for an evening of live music, casino games and a Cajun-style buffet. This year’s gala will be the third year of the event, and the second time serving as the crowning ceremony. The 2020 group will be the 33rd King and Queen since the original Mud King and Queen in 1987. The gala is the official kick-off to the Bud Light Mardi Gras weekend of celebrations. The Festival & River Parade Feb. 22 with live music and entertainment on the stage at the Arneson River Theater and in the streets of La Villita River Walk festival, which also features food trucks. Break out your masks, costumes and beads for the free, public festival sponsored by Bud Light. With krewes of costumed revelers and more live entertainment, river floats will transform the main downtown area of the River Walk into a floating Mardi Gras celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb 22. 2015 Princess
Anyone can be a River Walk Royalty candidate, providing they are willing to fundraise and serve as goodwill ambassadors for the River Walk. All take a pledge to “promote, protect and preserve” the River Walk. Candidates begin campaigning in the summer and have until the week before Mardi Gras to raise money. Titles are awarded in the order of who raises the most money: King and Queen, Prince and Princess, Duke and Duchess, Count and Countess. Not only is being a River Walk royal a
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great honor, it’s also a great responsibility. One must perfect the royal wave, ride in countless parades, and look great wearing a crown. 2020 Queen candidates are Michelle Bononcini, non-profit marketing specialist; Desiree Lancharic, Go Rio San Antonio Cruises sales manager; Jessica Strom, Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas programs manager; and Maria Escamilla, KLMO radio host. Tito Caballero, iHeartRadio host and creative director; David Cruz, realtor at Carter Texas Realty; Ray Salazar, Fiesta Medal Freaks founder; and Isidad “Iszy” Herrera, Rainforest Café manager of marketing and group sales, are running for king. The candidates organize a variety of fundraising events all over the city, including game nights, golf tournaments, raffles, plate sales, painting 30 RIO Magazine
with a twist, zumbathons, parties, and eat-out nights at restaurants. Fundraising nights are held at games with the San Antonio Rampage, hockey; San Antonio FC soccer; and SA Missions, baseball. Candidates also create Fiesta medals to sell and give away during the city’s biggest annual party in April. They also participate in volunteer projects for the San Antonio Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, school supply drives and hospital visits. The River Walk Association has a new, nonprofit, charitable arm – Friends of the River Walk – overseen by a committee of former royals led by Sponsorship Director Loren Reyes, a former royal herself. Royals represent the association for a full calendar year and appear in all River Walk events.
After their official royal reign is over, former royals are invited to become lifelong ambassadors for the River Walk Association. Their mission is to enhance the River Walk royalty program by participating in events, acting as mentors for new royalty and continuing to promote the River Walk. Royal alumni also volunteer at various River Walk events and hold their own fundraising campaigns to purchase the royal regalia for incoming royalty. Beginning in 1964 as the Paseo del Rio Association, the name changed to the San Antonio River Walk Association in 1968. The association sponsors more than two dozen annual events, most free and open to the public. You can join the Friends of the River Walk for a $35 annual donation. Benefits include presale ticket opportunities for River Walk events, an exclusive River Walk HD screen saver image, and 15-percent off items in the River Walk online store.
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Are you ready to explore San Antonio one frame at a time? Our beautiful
city has so much to offer, from the historic Alamo to the River Walk, to artful murals. What do these all have in common? They are going to make the perfect backdrop for your next photo. Travel the city with me as we search for the ultimate Instagram selfie spots. Get ready to filter, post, and watch the likes roll in while having some fun IRL. It’s all for the ‘Gram!
THE ALAMO We have a saying in San Antonio: “Remember the Alamo!” What better way to remember than with a photo! This locale is a must-have on your selfie bucket list. One of the top destinations in the world, you will want to snap a pic and show your Texan spirit to all your Instagram followers. While you are there, try to pose with Bella the Alamo Cat. She is a bit of a local celebrity and loves snapping pics and Tweeting.
RIVER WALK BRIDGES While strolling along the River Walk, you’ll pass numerous footbridges that are ideal for photos! Try posing alongside the river with the bridge in the background or on the bridge gazing down the river. Time your shot to snap a pic as a Go Rio cruise boat passes below! Some of the best bridges for photos are near Casa Rio with the iconic skittle-colored umbrellas or the stone bridge located in the Arneson River Theater presiding over the stage and grassy arena for sitting. And then there’s the “Selena’s Bridge” by the Omni La Mansion del Rio. It was dubbed the Selena Bridge after being used in a 1997 movie about the Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla who was tragically murdered at a young age (NOT on the River Walk).
HEMISFAIR + TOWER OF THE AMERICAS If you are a fan of murals, public art, and panoramic views, Hemisfair and nearby Tower of the Americas should be on your list of places to visit. Hemisfair is a playground for kids, adults and Instagram influencers. My favorite mural in the park features a white wall and bright pink birds. I also love the canopy arches covered in vines and greenery leading into the park. Both make epic selfie backgrounds. If you are looking for a bird’s eye view, head up to the top of the Tower of the Americas with views to impress!
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THE HISTORIC PEARL Is industrial-chic your thing? Then head to The Pearl. A former brewery reimagined into a hip urban destination ideal for selfies (and maybe a beer or two). Hangout on the lawn and snap a few pics in front of The Pearl sign, the intermittent water geysers, or the countless vintage brewery elements repurposed into fountains, planters, and trellises. Venture into Hotel Emma’s lobby and the Sternewirth bar for an elegant snap sitting inside a decked-out beer vat. While you are there, grab a bite and some drinks for more great IG content!
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ST. MARY’S MURALS For an alternative aesthetic head to the St. Mary’s Strip. Located a few blocks from The Pearl, this area is home to dive bars, music venues, and dozens of murals. Snap some pics as you bar hop around some of the city’s coolest spots, all while increasing your internet cache. Start at Rumble for the prettiest cocktails and circle back to Paper Tiger to try to photobomb the lead singer from whatever band is playing that night! JAPANESE TEA GARDEN The Japanese Tea Garden, also known as the Sunken Gardens, is located within Brackenridge Park and was built by Japanese detainees during the war. The former cement quarry boasts, ponds filled with koi fish and water lilies, winding paths, and bridges made from river rock, greenery, flowers, and a waterfall. This place is selfie-gold. SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN Located a short drive north on Broadway St. from the River Walk, the gardens are home to several plant biospheres representing Alpine, desert,
and tropical weather zones. The modern glass structures are unique architecture for the city. Stroll outdoors along the dirt paths to take in the pond, fauna, and flora. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses – and then snap a pic! PARAMOUR BAR Time a stop at San Antonio’s famous rooftop bar for some golden hour pics at sunset. Paramour offers impressive city views and unique decor that are perfect for ‘Gram. Sit back with a cocktail and cheers to all the likes you accumulated throughout the day. (Don’t forget to capture a cheers Boomerang for your Insta-Stories!) WRITER’S BIO Drew Henry is the founder of the Design Dudes blog. During the week, he’s blogging about the coolest style, and on the weekends, he is getting active! Instagram: @design_dudes, Facebook: @designdudeslife, Twitter: @designdudeslife, Web: designdudeslife.com
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on Day one. . . DAY 1 – PUPPY LOVE
I double-dog dare you to find a love purer than that of a pup. So, treat your favorite pupper to these paw-sibilities. PUP LATTE Though not on the official menu, Starbucks carries a secret menu item just for doggos. Swing by the coffee shop with your four-legged pal and ask for a Pup-a-cino. It’s basically a cup of whip cream, so doublecheck with your vet to make sure Lassie doesn’t have any lactose issues. But if you get the green light, don’t miss the chance to pose for a pic with your pup and the cup - #pupacino.
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WALK IN THE PARK Typical dog parks won’t do when you want some one-on-one time with your fluffy boo. Opt for a hike in Eisenhower Park instead. Take your tails on trails and enjoy the scenic route together as you make your way to the observation tower. Take in the view of the rolling hills and San Antonio skyline, then head back to the River Walk and dine al fresco on a patio with your
One of the many trails at Eisenhower Park
pal beside you. SPAW DAY If your dogs are barking after the hike, take your pooch for a pedicure while you get a massage. Lucy’s Doggy Day Care provides so much more than pup-sitting and grooming services. Your four-legged friend can get a shedreduction treatment, therapeutic massage, blueberry facial scrub, or a PAWdicure. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Austin may be the capital, but San Antonio is the heart of Texas. So, spend a few days discovering the LOVE-liest parts of the city.
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The best way to show kids you care is to spend time as a family. SUPER FUN Hemisfair is an ideal destination for the whole family to burn off energy with wide-open grassy areas, playscapes, gardens, bigger-than-life checkers and chess sets, and random art pieces all make for great family photo ops. On Valentine’s Day, the yarn-loving Zen Cats from Blue Cat Yoga are planning to secretly love bomb the park on the night of February 13, and they’re going to leave hand-knitted scarves all around for people to find on Valentine’s Day. It’s the sweetest scavenger hunt in town. Dave and Buster's
After your park playdate, skip across the street to the River Walk and grab lunch at Rainforest Café. Quiet the noises of your tummy with the sounds of animatronic jungle creatures at this kid-pleasing restaurant that parents will also enjoy. RUN BRO As they say, the family who stresses together stays together. Bond super hard, and find out what kind of team you are in an escape room. Extreme Escape has the most brain-teasing fun you’ll have inside four walls, and they thesanantonioriverwalk.com
have candy and treats to fuel your fun. Enjoy a glass of complimentary wine or craft beer, and prepare to panic as you try to make your way out of one of eight rooms. Whether you win or lose, take a goofy commemorative photo against the green screen so you can prove once and for all on social media that you love your family more than Karen with the perfect bluebonnet pictures. JUST DO IT While some museums have great kid-friendly exhibits, The DoSeum is dedicated entirely to enhancing and advancing the imaginations and experiences of children. Spy Academy has always been a fan favorite, and this year it’s getting a facelift. So, if your little spies have already solved all the missions of the past, buckle up. There are more to come. The DoSeum is also celebrating its fifth birthday and launching a new spring exhibit and a sound maze. On the first Tuesday of each month, admission is free. On Free Family Fun Night, wristbands are distributed at 4:00 p.m., so get there early before they reach capacity. Then finish off the evening with dinner and games at Dave and Buster’s located inside the Shops at Rivercenter.
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on day three. . .
DAY 3 – GALENTINE’S DAY All the single ladies, and the married ones too, can gather to celebrate sisterhood in the city this month. LADIES WHO BRUNCH Enjoy a late morning binge of bennies and mimosas at Snooze. The menu is ideal for gals who can’t decide. With pancake flights and shareable plates, there’s nothing offered that doesn’t go with a Bacon Bloody Mary or a Palomimosa.
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SPAHHH Release and relax with a spa day with the girls. The Embassy Suites at San Antonio Brooke’s City Base features the Eforea Spa by Hilton with a dreamy salt cave. Get waxed, rubbed, pampered, and treated for the ultimate total body experience. But the sweetest treatment is the salt stone massage. These 80-minutes in heaven bring relief to muscles and joints with salt stones, warm oil and a killer rub-down. After a massage, it’s essential to book a half-hour salt cave inhalation session in a cool cave consisting of 12 to 40 tons of salt. The cave is rich with ions, minerals and micro-elementary particles that relieve stress, heal the body, improve concentration, and honestly feels like a sparkly magical cocoon. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Polish off the evening with a bottle of bubbly from Paramour’s champagne vending machine, and snap a selfie with your girls and Tom Selleck in the ladies’ room. Catch a Lyft over to the Bijou for an artsy film, or if you want to stay late at Paramour, order a punch bowl for the group. The Scorpion Bowl is a $60 decision with rum, cognac, orgeat, lemon, and OJ that will take care of your group for the evening. Paramour even takes care of your preggo pals with gorgeous mocktails like the Pink Flamenco and Busy Little Bumblebee.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Crystal Henry is a loyal Texan, and an award-winning author, writer, and columnist. She is fluent in both sarcasm and English, and evidence of those bilingual writing talents can be found at crystalhenrywrites.com. Or follow her on FB + IG @ crystalhenrywrites and Twitter @chenrywrites. Paramour
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2/9 @ 1 p.m. Aaron Watson AT&T Center 2/9 @ 1 p.m. Amore Concert 2020 Listen for free when love is in the air at this Valentine’s Day event featuring Tejano bands and singers. Traders Village 2/9 @ 7 p.m. Savoy Brown Sam’s Burger Joint 2/9 @ 7 p.m. Jon Pardi AT&T Center 2/10 @ 7 p.m. Chris Young AT&T Center
2/14 @ 7 p.m. ZZ Top AT&T Center 2/14 @ 9 p.m. Devotional: The Depeche Mode Experience Sam’s Burger Joint 2/15 @ 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. Keith Urban AT&T Center 2/15 @ 8 p.m. A Cappella Live Hear the sounds of harmonic a cappella vocals including artists such as Committed, The Filharmonic, Blake Lewis, and Women of the World. Carver Community Cultural Center
2/1 @ 9 p.m. Skunkweed Sam’s Burger Joint 2/3 @ 8 p.m. The Booze Bombs Sam’s Burger Joint 2/4 @ 2 p.m. Rafael Moras Laurel Heights United Methodist Church
2/8 @ 8 p.m. Alicia Olatuja The singer possesses a strong and luscious tone, with boundless creative ambition and vocal excellence. Carver Community Cultural Center thesanantonioriverwalk.com
2/15 @ 9 p.m. Doyle Bramhall II Sam’s Burger Joint 2/16 @ 7 p.m. Banda Los Sebastianes AT&T Center 2/16 @ 7 p.m. MercyMe Alamodome 2/16 @ 7 p.m. Ben Folds Majestic Theatre 2/17 @ 7 p.m. Morgan Wallen AT&T Center
Through 2/2 Gurwitz International Piano Competition Various Locations Emerging pianists from across the globe compete to be the best. 2/7-2/8 STOMP Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 2/14 @ 7 p.m. The Patsie Pops Va-VaValentine Aztec Theatre
2/18 @ 7 p.m. Dierks Bentley AT&T Center
2/14 @ 8 p.m. Back to the Future in Concert Majestic Theatre
2/19 @ 8 p.m. Flor de Toloache Sam’s Burger Joint
2/16 @ 1 p.m. Darci Lynne Farmer AT&T Center
2/21 @ 7 p.m. Brad Paisley AT&T Center
2/22 @ 8:30 p.m. Wishbone Ash Sam’s Burger Joint
2/26 @ 6:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks AT&T Center
Through 2/23 Paris: Notre-Dame and Beyond McNay Art Museum
2/28 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Grand Rapids Griffins AT&T Center Military Appreciation Night. For those who have served and those currently serving, this night is for you with T-shirt packages available and $1 Drink Night, presented by Bud Light.
Through 2/23 Elegant Pursuits: The Arts of China’s Educated Elite, 1400-1900 San Antonio Museum of Art
2/29 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Orlando Magic AT&T Center
Through 4/19 The Magic of Clay and Fire: Japanese Contemporary Ceramics San Antonio Museum of Art
2/23 @ 7 p.m. Paula Boggs Band Sam’s Burger Joint
2/27 @ 8 p.m. Elton Dan Sam’s Burger Joint
2/1 @ 7 p.m. MicroMania Midget Wrestling Aztec Theatre
2/1 @ 9:30 a.m. San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Stampede 5K Run/ Walk La Villita Historic Arts Villag
2/22 @ 1 p.m. Whiskey Myers AT&T Center
2/24 @ 7:30 p.m. Howard Jones: Acoustic Trio Tour Tobin Center for the Performing Arts The synth-pop British musician is joined by Nick Beggs and Robin Boult.
2/1 @ 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Charlotte Hornets AT&T Center
2/20 @ 7 p.m. Midland AT&T Center
2/23 @ 8 p.m. Tuatha Dea Sam’s Burger Joint
2/1 @ 8 p.m. Demitasse & Buttercup Tobin Center for the Performing Arts The artists collaborate on stage for the first time.
2/16 @ 7:30 p.m. Chippendale’s 2020 Get Naughty Tour Aztec Theatre Through 2/23 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Public Theater of San Antonio 2/25-3/1 Come From Away Majestic Theatre
Through 2/15 The Magical Piñata Recommended for ages 5-8 years old, a seemingly plain clay pot, which is actually a magical piñata, transports a selfish and lonely girl from her Mexican home to a mysterious jungle filled with eccentric characters. The Magik Theatre
2/2 @ 7 a.m. Natural Bridge Caverns Trail Run Natural Bridge Caverns The 5K, 10K and halfmarathon race starts inside a cave.
Through 2/2 The Filipino Texans UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Through 2/9 Mary Cassatt’s Women McNay Art Museum 2/13-5/17 2020 CAM Perennial McNay Art Museum This exhibition features Bexar County artists. 2/22-2/23 On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour Deco District More than 80 artists will participate in the 13th annual exhibition presented by Bihl Haus Arts.
Through 4/5 Re/Devaluing Colorism: Intersections of Skin Color and Currency Southwest School of Art
Through 4/26 Robert L. B. Tobin: Collector, Curator, Visionary McNay Art Museum Through 5/7 Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday McNay Art Museum Through 6/21 Fertility, Blessings and Protection: Cultures of Baby Carriers UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Through 7/5 Selena Forever/Siempre Selena McNay Art Museum
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COWBOY’S ALAMO CITY HARLEYDAVIDSON RIVERWALK BOUTIQUE RIVERWALK BOUTIQUE 111 West Crockett St. Suite 209 cowboysalamocityharley.com
SAN ANGEL FOLK ART 110 Blue Star San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 226-6688 www.sanangelfolkart.com
HUEBNER OAKS 11745 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 shophuebneroaks.com
SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART 200 West Jones Avenue samuseum.org
KATHLEEN SOMMERS 2417 North Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8437 kathleensommers.com KENDRA SCOTT 310 East Basse Rd. #101 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 591-7180 www.kendrascott.com LA VILLITA HISTORIC ARTS VILLAGE 418 Villita Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 207-8614 www.lavillita.com LOS PATIOS 2015 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 655-6171 www.lospatios.com LUCCHESE BOOT COMPANY 255 East Basse Rd #800 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9419 www.lucchese.com
SAN ANTONIO VISITORS CENTER 317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 207-6871 www.visitsan antonio.com SHOPS OF LA CANTERA 15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com SHOPS AT RIVER CENTER 849 E. Commerce shoprivercenter.com 77T’S SOUVENIRS & T-SHIRTS 207 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 549-1279 www.77tshirts.com TEXAS ACCENT GENERAL STORE 803 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 435-2446
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TIENDA LA GARZA 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133 TPJ GIFT SHOP 849 E. Commerce #673 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-9066 THE TWIG BOOK SHOP 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com THE UNOFFICIAL BEST OF TEXAS 101 Alamo Plaza, #3 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 227-0242 VILLA TESOROS 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126 THE VINEYARD 1207 North Loop 1604 W San Antonio, TX 78258 thevineyardshoppingcenter.com WYNDHAM SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK 111 E. Pecan Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 489-9768 www.sawyn.com THE WESTIN RIVERWALK 420 W. Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 413-9731 www.westin.com
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77 Ruth’s Chris Steak House
75 Fig Tree Restaurant
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42 Spanish Governor’s Palace
13 San Antonio Museum of Art
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3 Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia
14 Institute of Texan Culture
4 La Margarita Mexican
18 Yasmin’s Boutique
56 Maverick Carter House
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19 Out West
21 Tienda La Garza
18 Francesco’s Gelato
22 The Amazing Mirror Maze
20 Pat O’Brien’s
23 San Antonio General Store
36 Augies Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse 44 Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen River Walk Downtown
51 Biga on the Banks
29 Aztec Theatre
30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/ Tomb Rider 3D
15 Crockett Hotel 16 Sheraton Gunter Hotel 17 Menger Hotel 24 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 43 Marriott Plaza San Antonio
31 Guiness World Records Museum
54 Jazz, TX 55 IHOP
32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not/
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HOTELS 12 Wyndham Garden River Walk
Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works
MISCELLANEOUS 34 CitySightseeing Double
37 Tom’s Wheelchair &
33 The Alamo
6 Paris Hatters
35 Tobin Center
7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
8 The Pearl
39 Plaza Taxco
9 Shops at RiverCenter
40 VFW Post 76
10 Tower of the Americas/
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Chart House Restaurant
69 San Antonio Public Library
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2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas
26 Augies Barbed Wire
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28 Joe’s Crab Shack -
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4 SeaWorld of San Antonio 5 North Star Mall
6 The Forum Shops
17 K1 Speed
7 Vineyard Shopping Center
18 McNay Art Museum
21 The Alamo
8 Alamo Quarry Market
19 Morgan’s Wonderland
22 Mission Conception
20 The DoSeum
23 Mission San José
10 Alamo Helicopter Tours
27 Flipz Trampoline Park
24 Mission San Juan
11 San Antonio Zoo
28 Extreme Escape
25 Mission Espada
12 San Antonio Botanical Garden
29 San Antonio Aquarium
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Enjoy the sights, flavors and sounds of old Mexico as you explore over 100 locally owned shops filled with exotic curios and handcrafted gifts.
DINING 514 W. Commerce St. www.marketsquaresa.com @marketsquaresa
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362
The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951
Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080
BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299
On the Bend Oyster Bar & Lounge www.onthebendsa.com 210-354-3002
City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687
Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484
Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782
Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600
Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300
GO RIO River Cruises www.goriocruises.com 210-227-4746
Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060
LEGOLAND Discovery Center/San Antonio www.SanAntonioLEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company www.bubbagump.com 210-224-4867 Chart House www.TowerOfTheAmericas.com 210-223-3101 The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941 Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600
Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462 Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA
Denny’s Riverwalk www.dennys.com 210-223-4321
Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362
Dick’s Last Resort www.dickslastresort.com 210-224-0026
FLOW CBD Lounge www.flowsupplements.com
Fogo de Chao www.fogodechao.com 210-227-1700
Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600
Guadalajara Grill www.guadalajaragrill.us 210-222-1992
Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461
Iron Cactus www.ironcactus.com 210-224-9835
La Villita Historic Village www.lavillitasanantonio.com 210-207-8614
Landry’s Saltgrass Steakhouse www.saltgrass.com 210-222-9092
Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733
Landry’s Seafood www.landrysseafood.com 210-229-1010
Mirror Maze 210-224-2288 Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101 Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828 Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299 Sealife San Antonio www.SEALIFE.com/San-Antonio
Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.PalacioDelRio.Hilton.com 210-224-3368 Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462
Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-0000
Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com
Thirsty Aztec www.thirstyaztec.com 210-580-4844
Lonestar Restaurants www.riverrestaurants.com 210-223-9374
Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499
MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220
Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000
Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262
The DoSeum www.thedoseum.org 210-212-4453
La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140
San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924
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