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DOWNTOWN ATTRACTIONS
Alamo (and other Missions)
http://www.thealamo.org
The Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) is in the middle of Downtown, but to see a more complete
Mission you should make the effort and drive 15 minutes to see Mission San Jose or Mission Concepcion right outside of town.
300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone - (210) 225-1391
 
Alameda Center
http://www.thealameda.org/
Located in Historic Market Square, the Museo Aladema is the nation's largest Latin museum
and the first formal Smithsonian affiliate Admission is free from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.
101 South Santa Rosa in Downtown.
Phone - (210) 299-4300
 
Botanical Gardens
http://www.sabot.org/
Over 30 acres of display gardens and native trails await you at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.
Located at 555 Funston at
North New Braunfels Avenue, 10 minutes from Downtown
Phone - (210)207-3250
 
Blue Star
http://www.bluestarart.org/
Contemporary art spaces and restaurant make up this complex that serves as an anchor to the city's popular First Friday event each month.
116 Blue Star, 78204 located in King William district.
Phone - (210) 227-6960

Brackenridge Park
http://www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/brackhistory.asp
Over 200 acres of park grounds along the San Antonio River including picnic space, a playground and walking and biking trails.
3903 North St. Mary's
St., 78212 Located adjacent to the San Antonio Zoo on the corner of Tuleta and North St. Mary's with entrances off Broadway and Mulberry and Hildebrand.
 
Buckhorn Museum
http://www.buckhornmuseum.com/
The Buckhorn Museum features wildlife from all over the world; including fish, birds, animal oddities and a wax museum of Texas History. Located around the corner from the Hyatt Regency Hotel, it's a short two block walk from the
Alamo and only 50 feet from the Riverwalk at the corner of Houston Street and North Presa Street.
Phone - (210) 247-4000
 
B-cycle
http://sanantonio.bcycle.com/
San Antonio's bike sharing program is a great way to get around downtown. The 14 stations allow you to bike around the Alamo, King William, Brackenridge Golf Course, the Alamodome, Southtown and Mission Reach. 
 
Japanese Tea Gardens
Recently renovated, the Japanese Tea Gardens is relaxing place to take in nature's beauty. Admission is free to walk the grounds which includes a waterfall, a koi ponds and a nature trail. 3800 North Saint Mary's Street, 78212 in Brackenridge Park, 5 minutes from Downtown.
Phone -
(210) 207-7275
 
King William Historic District 
The historic King William district located just south of downtown is rich in history and cultural diversity. The neighborhood offers art galleries, restaurants and a beautiful homes. The neighborhood starts downtown at S. Alamo and Durange and extends southeast toward Blue Star.
Phone - (210) 271-7791
 
Market Square
A unique shopping and dining center focused on Mexican culture.
514 W. Commerce, 78207, 5 minute walk from center of Downtown. Phone - (210) 207-8600

McNay Art Museum
http://www.mcnayart.org/
6000
North New Braunfels, 78209, 12 minutes from Downtown.
The McNay estate boasts 20,000 works of art focuses on medieval, Renaissance, and 19th and 20th century pieces. Admission is complimentary Thursdays after 4 p.m. and the first Sunday of each month.
Phone - (210) 824-5368
 
Rivercenter Comedy Club
849 East Commerce Street, 78205 in Rivercenter Mall.
New sister club (Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club) at Blanco and 410.
Phone - (210) 229-1420

River Walk (Paseo del Rio)
http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/maps/index.asp
The world famous River Walk is a collection of walkways, resturants, bars and shops lining the San Antonio River that weaves its way throughout downtown. Take a river cruiser to enjoy the scenery and learn the River Walk's history.
 
San Antonio Museum  of Art
The mission of the San Antonio Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret significant works of art representing a broad range of history and world cultures. After touring the expansive collections, make sure to tour the Museum Reach portion of the River Walk which opened in May 2009. For a well-preapred meal, don't pass up the chance to sample the fare at their restaurant (Cafe De Arties). Admission is complimentary on Tuesdays from 4 - 9 p.m.
200 West Jones Avenue, 78215 off Broadway 5 minutes from Downtown.

Phone - (210) 824-5368
 
San Antonio Zoo
The Zoo is home to over 3,500 animals representing 600 species of animals on 56 acres. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 365 days a year, the Zoo recently opened a new Africa Live section and kid's area.
3903 N. St. Mary's Street, 78212, 5 minutes from Downtown.
Hint: Look into the $4 Sightseer
Phone: (210) 724-7184

Tower of Americas
The 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas has offers birds eye viewsof the Alamo City. Visitors dine at the Tower’s revolving restaurant or enjoy the scenery from the observation deck. The ground floor houses a Texas-themed 4-D, multi-sensory theater.
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way
, 78205 across from the Alamodome.
Phone - (210) 223-3101
 
Witte Museum
http://www.wittemuseum.org/
Located in Brackenridge Park, on the banks of the San Antonio River, the Witte features South Texas history, culture and natural science. Admission is complementary Tuesdays after 4 p.m.

3801 Broadway, 78209, 5 minutes from Downtown.
Phone - (210) 357-1900
 
A transportation best bet: Take the #7 Sightseer VIA bus route. A daily pass is $4 and it makes stops at Botanical Garden, Witte Museum, San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio Children's Museum and Downtown.