For most people arriving in San Antonio, the infamous Alamo is at the top of their to-see list. The Alamo is the site of the epic 1836 battle between Mexico’s forces and Texan revolutionaries seeking their independence from Mexico.
But San Antonio is so much more than a historic battleground. This vibrant city offers an incredible dining scene and a delightful Riverwalk that’s a welcomed escape just outside the city. And the Alamo isn’t the only mission or tourist attraction in San Antonio.
For the eclectic art buffs traveling to San Antonio, the McNay Art Museum is a collection of over 20,000 pieces. The collection includes art from both the Medieval and Renaissance periods and also from the 1800s through today. The museum first opened in the mid-1950s and has amassed a great collection of prints and sketches from Southwestern artists. But the art isn’t all you’ll find at the McNay – outside you’ll get the opportunity to stroll through the gardens with numerous fountains and statues, and even a pond of koi fish.
The McNay Museum is located inside the former house of Ohio’s Marion McNay. This heiress and lover of art accumulated all these prized pieces throughout her stunning life. When she passed away in 1950, she left her mansion and more than 20 acres of land to the City of San Antonio. Within this bequeathment, she also left her beloved museum along with an endowment towards the establishment of opening it to the public.
And for those who love the beauty of natural exploration, there’s the Natural Bridge Caverns. This is a somewhat newer discovery that’s become quite the popular attraction. Four students from St. Mary’s University were granted permission in March 1960 to explore underneath a limestone bridge in the area. In their exploration, they discovered what would come to be known as the Natural Bridge Caverns.
There are various tours of the caverns that take into account visitor interest, walking ability, and cave comfort. For instance, there’s the standard tour, called Discovery, which takes visitors through the main, largest caves. If you’re a bit more on the adventurous side, you can take the rappelling tour down into the lesser developed areas where they haven’t installed lighting.
What’s on your San Antonio sight-seeing tour itinerary?
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