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         by Martha A. White              The area code for all phone numbers in this guide is 210 unless otherwise stated

                                         Coming into San Antonio                            the downtown area to the San Antonio Museum
                                                                                            of Art, Japanese Tea Garden, San Antonio Zoo,
                                         From the Airport                                   Witte Museum, Brackenridge Park, and the
                                         The airport is eight miles from downtown           Botanical Garden. Bus service is available to
                                         San Antonio.                                       most other visitor attractions outside the
                                         Taxi: Taxis run between central San Antonio        downtown area.
                                         and the airport. A taxi ride from the airport to   Downtown Streetcars
                                         any downtown hotel takes about 15 minutes          Streetcars, which run from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., come
                                         and costs approximately $18. There are no          by each stop about every 10 minutes. You can
                                         extra charges for additional passengers or         get from Alamo Plaza to just about anywhere
                                         luggage. Up to four passengers can “Share-a-       in downtown San Antonio within 10 minutes.
                                         Cab” and divide the fare by the number of          The cost is $.80 and $.15 for a transfer slip or
                                         passengers. There are also minivan taxis with      $3 for a day pass.
                                         six-passenger capacity.
                                         Bus: Shared-ride shuttles are available from       The street system of downtown San Antonio is
                                         Satrans (281-9900), which provides a               more than 150 years old. There are no service
                                         regular service to downtown San Antonio            stations available downtown. Visitors should
                                         hotels. VIA city bus no.2 (362-2020),              study a city map before starting out because
                                         which takes a one-hour scenic route, is also       there are many one-way streets. The speed limit
                                         available between the city and the airport. The    is 30 mph or less on streets downtown. Rush
                                         pick-up area for off-site hotels, car parks, and   hour is from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Right turns
                                         car hire companies is outside the terminal         on red are allowed unless posted. There are
                                         buildings near the baggage claim areas.            two main loops around San Antonio: 1604 on
                                         Greyhound                                          the outskirts and I-410 in the city’s midsection.
                                         500 N. St. Mary’s Street                           Due to the proximity of most downtown
                                         Main: 270-5824                                     attractions, it is recommended to use the
                                         Baggage: 270-5812                                  Riverwalk, take a taxi or the downtown trolleys,
                                         Greyhound Package Express: 270-5815                or walk.
                                         Customer Service: 270-5834                         Parking
                                         The Greyhound station is located within a          Metered parking, public parking areas, and
                                         mile of the hotel area near the Riverwalk.         garages are available in downtown San Antonio.
                                         Amtrak                                             Parking meter rates are $.75 per half hour;
                                         350 Hoefgen Street, 223-3226                       maximum is $3 for meters.
                                         The train station is approximately one mile        San Antonio has many great places to walk.
                                         from the hotel area near the Riverwalk.            Downtown has many tourists. The Riverwalk is
                                                                                            full of shops and restaurants. The King William
                                                                                            Historic Area is also a lovely place to stroll
                                         Traveling around Town                              because of the Victorian homes, some of which
                                         Taxis                                              are open for tours.
                                         Taxi rates are set by the city, so they apply to
                                         all cabs. The cost is $1.70 for the first 1/6      Conference Hotels
                                         mile and $1.80 for each mile thereafter.
                                         Waiting time is $18/hour. There is a $1            Marriott Rivercenter
                                         surcharge for all trips that originate between     (Headquarters Hotel)
                                         9 p.m. and 5 a.m. The minimum for a trip           101 Bowie Street, 223-1000
                                         departing the airport is $8.50.                    Hilton Palacio del Rio
                                         AAA Taxi Service                   222-2223        200 S. Alamo Street, 222-1400
                                         Greater San Antonio                                La Quinta Convention Center
                                          Transportation Co./                               303 Blum, 222-9181
                                          Yellow Checker Cab                222-2222
                                                                                            Marriott Riverwalk
                                         Public Transportation                              711 E. River Walk Street, 224-4555
                                         Metro runs from 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Exact
                                         change is required. The fare is $.80 and $1.60     Menger Hotel
                                         for express bus service. New bus route 7 is a      204 Alamo Plaza, 223-4361
                                         great route for visitors because it travels from

Mission San Jose. Photo courtesy SACVB
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                                         Tourist Information                             Guinness Book of World Records and
                                                                                         Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
                                         The Greater San Antonio Chamber                 329 Alamo Plaza
                                         of Commerce                                     226-2828
                                         602 E. Commerce Street, 229-2100      
                                         Fax: 229-1600                                   Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday;
                                  10 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday-Saturday
                                         San Antonio Convention and                      Hemisfair Park
                                         Visitors Bureau                                 200 S. Alamo Street
                                         203 S. St. Mary’s Street, 2nd floor             207-8572
                                         207-6700, 800/447-3372                          Hours: 24 hours a day
                                         TTY: 207-6706
                                         Fax: 207-6768                                   Instituto de Mexico
                                       600 HemisFair Plaza Way
                                          history.asp                                    227-0123
                                                                                         Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday;
                                         San Antonio Visitors Information Center         12-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
                                         317 Alamo Plaza, 800/447-3372                   Admission: free
                                                                                         King William Historic Area
                                         Attractions                                     This is a 25-block area near downtown on
                                         The Alamo                                       the south bank of the San Antonio River and
                                         300 Alamo Plaza                                 a great place for walking.
                                         225-1391, ext. 34                               La Villita
                                                               418 Villita, located at Villita Street between
                                         Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday;        S. Presa and S. Alamo
                                         10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday.                       207-8610
                                         Admission: free; donations accepted   
                                         Arneson River Theatre                           Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
                                         On San Antonio River adjacent La Villita        Admission: free
                                         207-8610                                        Market Square-El Mercado
                                                   514 W. Commerce
                                         Musical events presented nightly June-August    207-8600
                                         Brackenridge Park                               Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. summer
                                         3700 N. St. Mary’s Street, 207-7275             Admission: free
                                         Hours: 5 a.m.-11 p.m.                           Mission Trails-San Antonio Missions
                                         Admission: free                                 National Historical Park
                                         Buckhorn Saloon and Museum                      Park Headquarters: 2202 Roosevelt Avenue
                                         318 E. Houston                                  534-8833, 932-1001
                                                         Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
                                         Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or later;                 Admission: free
                                         call for exact closing times                    Natural Bridge Caverns
                                         Admission: adults $10.99; seniors $9.99;        Located off I-35 exit 175, 8 miles west on
                                         children (ages 3-11) $7.99. Special rates       Farm 3009
                                         for groups of 10 or more, and discounts for     651-6101
                                         military with ID.                     
                                         Casa Navarro State Historic Site                Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
                                         228 S. Laredo Street                            Admission: $9-25
 Weather                                 226-4801                                        Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
                                         Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday          26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd.,
 Normal weather is sunny in the          Admission: adults $2; children (ages 13 and     next to Natural Bridge Caverns
 mid-90s. It is rare for the             under) free; Texas residents (ages 65+) $1      830/438-7400
 temperature to exceed 100 degrees.      Guenther House                        
 Humidity can be 80 percent in           205 E. Guenther                                 Hours: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
 the morning. It drops to around         227-1061, 800/235-8186                          Admission: adults $13.50; senior citizens
 50 percent in the afternoon.                             $11.50; children (ages 3-11) $6.50
                                         Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday;           Paseo Del Rio (Riverwalk)
                                         8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday                            The river walk follows San Antonio River
                                         Restaurant hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily           through the middle of downtown.
McNay Art Museum. Photo courtesy SACVB   Admission: free                                 227-4262
                                                                                                          Photo courtesy SACVB
Important Numbers
Emergencies: 911                                  Time: 226-3232
Police (non emergencies): 207-7273                Weather: 830/609-2029
Fire (non emergencies): 207-7744

River Valley Resort/Rio Raft Company               Commercial Tours                                  Walking Tours
14130 River Road, New Braunfels
877/746-7238                                       ACH Travel and Tours                              Mission Trail
                                                   727 Frio City Road                                Begins downtown with signs indicating
San Antonio Botanical Gardens                      222-2440, 800/673-5818                            Mission Trail
555 Funston at N. New Braunfels Avenue                                                               10-mile route
207-3250                                           Alamo City Heritage Tours                                      14010 Cougar Rock Drive                           Riverwalk
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily                         224-9851                                          Do-it-yourself tour of downtown San Antonio
Admission adults $6; senior citizens $4;           Daisy Tours                                       Texas Star Trail and King William Street
children (ages 3-13) $3; military and              1505 E. Houston Street                            Historic District
students with ID $4                                225-8600, 800/285-8601                            224-6163
San Antonio IMAX Theatre at Rivercenter                                Self-guided walking tours offered by the
849 E. Commerce, Street Level, Crockett                                                              San Antonio Conservation Society
                                                   OK Tours!
Street Entrance                                    737 Austin Street
247-4629, 800/354-4629                             222-8880, 800/270-0132                            Shopping and Services                          
                                                                                                     Sales Tax
San Antonio Public Library                         Rio San Antonio Cruises                           San Antonio’s sales tax rate is 8 percent.
600 Soledad                                        315 E. Commerce, Ste. 202
207-2500 (central library)                         244-5700, 800/417-4139                            Copying                                     Photocopies can be made at the Menger Hotel
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m.                                                          and the convention center.
Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and          San Antonio City Tours
Saturday                                           216 Alamo Plaza                                   Post Office
Free one-hour parking at Central Library           228-9776                                          615 E. Houston Street, 800/275-8777
Garage with validated ticket.                                           Bookstores
San Fernando Cathedral                                                                               Book Cellar
115 W. Main Plaza                                                                                    600 Soledad Street, 227-9519
227-1297                                                                                             Brentano’s Books
Hours: 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily                                                                        Rivercenter Mall, 223-3938
Schlitterbahn Waterpark                                                                              Half Price Books, Records, Magazines
381 E. Austin Street, New Braunfels                                                                  3207 Broadway Street, 822-4597
830/625-2351                                                                                The History Shop
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.                                                                                713 E. Houston Street, 229-9855
Admission: adults $31.99; children (ages 3-11)                                                       old books and first editions
                                                                                                     Film Development
Spanish Governor’s Palace                                                                            Ritz Camera
105 Plaza De Armas                                                                                   Rivercenter Mall, 354-0094
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday;                                                                River Center Drug Store
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday                                                                                849 E. Commerce Street, Suite 200h
Admission: adults $1.50; seniors (ages 62+)                                                          299-1383
and children (ages 3-11) $.75                                                                        Walgreens Pharmacy
Sunken Gardens or Japanese Tea Garden                                                                300 E. Houston Street, 225-2619
3875 N. St Mary’s Street                                                                             Shoe Repair
735-0663                                                                                             Central Shoe Repair
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.                            Market Square. Photo courtesy SACVB/Al Rendon    5026 Broadway Street, 824-8001
Admission: free
                                                                                                     Eyeglass Repair
Tower of the Americas                                                                                Eyemaster
600 HemisFair Park                                 San Antonio Convention and Visitors
                                                   Bureau                                            7400 San Pedro Avenue, #18
207-8615                                                                                             349-0696
Hours: Observation Deck, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.            Freelance guides
Sunday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday    Texas Trolley Tour                                Quick Lunches
Admission: adults $4; seniors (ages 55+)           Alamo Visitor Center, 216 Alamo Plaza             There are sandwich shops around Alamo Plaza
$2.50; children (ages 4-11) $1.50, (under 4)       225-8587                                          and restaurants on the Riverwalk. Rivercenter
free; fees subject to change                       Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. daily                  Mall has a food court.
                                                   Admission: 60-minute tour $13; all-day pass $15
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Fort Sam Houston Museum
                                                      Children’s Attractions
                                                      San Antonio Children’s Museum
                                                                                                            Witte Museum. Photo courtesy SACVB/Tim Thompson

1210 Stanley Road, Building 123                       305 E. Houston
221-1886                                              212-4453
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday                                           Radio
Admission: free                                       Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday;            KTKR (760 AM)—news, talk
                                                      9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 12-4 p.m. Sunday           KFIT (1060 AM)—gospel
Hangar 9-Museum of Flight Medicine                    Admission: adults $5.95; children (under 2) free   WOAI (1200 AM)—news, weather
Brooks Air Force Base at Junction I-37                                                                   KZEP (1250 AM)—sports, talk
and Military Drive                                    San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium                       KPAC (88.3 FM)—classical
536-2203                                              3903 N. St. Mary’s                                 KSAT (89.1 FM)—NPR
Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday                    734-7184                                           KYFS (90.9 FM)—religious
Admission: free                                                                KNBT (92.1 FM)—country
                                                      Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily                         KSJL (96.1 FM)—urban
Institute of Texan Cultures                           Admission: adults $8; seniors (ages 62+) and
801 S. Bowie Street                                                                                      KISS (99.5 FM)—rock
                                                      children (ages 3-11) $6; children under 2 free     KONO (101.1 FM)—oldies
458-2300                            SeaWorld San Antonio                               KQXT (101.9 FM)—adult contemporary
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday;               10500 SeaWorld Drive                               KTFM (102.7 FM)—top 40
12-5 p.m. Sunday                                      800/700-7786                                       KCJZ (106.7 FM)—jazz
Admission: adults (ages 13-64) $7; children           KXTN (107.5 FM)—Spanish
(ages 3-12) $4, (2 and under) free; seniors           Admission: adults $43.99; children (ages 3-9)
and military with ID $4                               $33.99                                             Minor League Baseball
McNay Art Museum                                      Six Flags Fiesta Texas                             San Antonio Missions
6000 N. New Braunfels                                 17000 W. I-10, exit 555                            Nelson Wolff Stadium
824-5368                                              697-5050                                           5757 W. US Highway 90                       210/675-7275
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday;                 Admission: $26.99 online; $26.99-$41.99 at
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.               park                                               July 14: Home v. Arkansas Travelers (7:05 p.m.)
Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday                                                                               July 15: Home v. Springfield Cardinals (7:05 p.m.)
Admission: free except during select                  Splashtown
                                                      3600 N. IH-35                                      July 16: Home v. Springfield Cardinals (7:05 p.m.)
exhibitions and special events                                                                           July 17: Home v. Springfield Cardinals (6:05 p.m.)
San Antonio Museum of Art                   
200 W. Jones Avenue                                   Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday;             Places of Worship and
978-8100                                              11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday                                     Admission: adults $24.99; children under           Religious Services
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.         48 inches tall $18.99; after 5 p.m. $15.99;        First Church of Christ Scientist
Wednesday-Saturday; 12-6 p.m. Sunday                  seniors and children (2 and under) free;           501 N. Alamo Street, 227-5029
Admission: adults $8; seniors $7; children (ages      non-participant $7.99
4-11) $3, (3 and under) free; students $5                                                                First Presbyterian Church
                                                                                                         404 N. Alamo Street
Texas Highway Patrol Museum                           Media
812 S. Alamo Street                                                                                      Little Church of La Villita
231-6030                                              Newspapers                                         508 Villita Street, 226-3593                               El Continental
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday                Hispanic newspaper                                 San Fernando Cathedral
Admission: Suggested donation of $2                   La Prensa San Antonio                              115 W. Main Plaza, 227-1297
                                                                St. Johns Lutheran Church
Witte Museum                                          Bilingual newspaper
3801 Broadway                                                                                            502 E. Nueva
                                                      Prime Time Newspapers
357-1900                                                            St. Joseph’s Downtown Church                        Community newspapers                               623 E. Commerce Street
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.          San Antonio Express-News
Tuesday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday;                                St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
12-5 p.m. Sunday                                      Local daily news                                   315 E. Pecan Street, 226-2426
Admission: adults $7; seniors $6; children                                                               St. Mary’s Catholic Church
(ages 4-11) $5, (under 3) free                        Television
                                                      WOAI (NBC) Channel 4                               202 N. Saint Mary’s Street, 226-8381
                                                      KENS (CBS) Channel 5
                                                      KLRN (PBS) Channel 9                               Martha A. White (
                                                      KSAT (ABC) Channel 12                              is a librarian at BP’s Upstream Technical
                                                      KABB (FOX) Channel 29                              Library in Houston. Previously White was a
                                                      KVDA (Telemundo) Channel 60                        law librarian for nine years.
                                                                                                         Deborah Hartwell, Michele Lucero, and Jen
                                                                                                         Van Ness also contributed to this guide.
 San Antonio Zoo. Photo courtesy SACVB/Tim Thompson