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Old 09-21-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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2 days in san antonio on business...what to see?

I will be there with a partner and his wife...we will have from 5pm til?? next wed and from 8am til about 2pm thursday. what shall we do?


riverwalk?
alamo?
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riverwalk?
alamo?
Yup.

Here are a few other suggestions - all downtown:

See the sights at the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum
Eat some Tex-Mex at the Mi Tierra Restaurant
Have a drink at the bar in the Menger Hotel, where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Roughriders

And for something entirely different, check out Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum, about 5 miles north of downtown. It's in the garage behind Barney's house and you'll need to call ahead to make an appointment. It's a truly unique experience.
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Oh, and since you are a hands-on guy who does some construction work, you might be interested in some history on two downtown hotels. Look into how they built the Hilton Palacio Del Rio and how they relocated The Fairmount.
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In an earlier thread I said:

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But SA is so much more than the Alamo. There is, for instance, that huge saloon with all the stuffed animals right down the street -- it has a representative of every land, sea, and air creature... unbelievable. How could the Riverwalk not impress one? A visit to any of the Spanish Missions will, like the Alamo, quickly put life into perspective -- how lucky we are to be living today.
Saloon Cafe - Since 1881

I am a believer in taking a commercial city tour as a prerequisite to spending any time in a new city -- particularly one with so much to see and do as San Antonio. Let someone give you a "whirlwind" view of everything. Then you are better prepared to decide which things you want to do in a more leizurely manner without missing something important (to you).

I can recommend this tour:

San Antonio Grand Tours - Sightseeing City Tours in San Antonio Texas
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i would suggest the missions as well. the major big ones being part of the NPS, and free to the public (at least they were about a year ago).
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we are staying in a really neat hotel...the emily morgan...looks beautiful!

cant wait to check everything out
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we are staying in a really neat hotel...the emily morgan...
Did you check out the bedbug reports?

J/K. The EM is a very nice place.

Edit: I failed to ask if you or anyone in your party has a problem with ghosts...
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I double agree with REWahoo's suggestion you eat at Mi Tierra Restaurant. I've eaten there maybe 5 times and loved it. It is a MUST when visiting there.

If you are into zoos, I thought San Antonio's zoo was a really great one.

And, of course, you HAVE to take the boat down the Riverwalk. Cheap and an interesting little ride. My kid and I did it over and over once on a two day trip. http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.co...rink/index.asp The Riverwalk is prettiest at night with alot of little Italian lights all over.

Hit the flea markets for a fun experience, too. All in the same area and walkable.

Maybe REWahoo remembers the name of this place, but there is a locals steakhouse hangout that serves enormous, gigantic steaks that overflow the plate for a low price. In an old building. Ez to find out from a local.

If you are into this sort of thing, they have really good Ripley's Believe It or Not Museums there, also.

There is so much to do and see in San Antonio, you won't be bored at all. Great, great city I think. I'm envious now....

Oh, and please really read the information on the walls about The Alamo. So many people whiz thru it, go "it's no big deal" when it really is a big deal, but you have to really take the time to understand why it's a big deal.
They also have a good documentary we got tickets for cheap on The Alamo across the street from it. Was worth it to us.
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Maybe REWahoo remembers the name of this place, but there is a locals steakhouse hangout that serves enormous, gigantic steaks that overflow the plate for a low price. In an old building. Ez to find out from a local.
I think you are probably referring to the Little Red Barn Steakhouse
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isnīt The Alamo there?
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isnīt The Alamo there?
It was the last time I looked. (Check the OP's first post...)
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It was the last time I looked. (Check the OP's first post...)
You are right. I missed it.
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isnīt The Alamo there?
Yepper! I remember.

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we are staying in a really neat hotel...the emily morgan...looks beautiful!

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This is really funny. My family went to S.A. to visit friends over 15 years ago and we stayed at the emily morgan. Great location. Walk to the alamo. lots of good places to eat, riverwalk. One thing in particular I remember about the emily morgan was that it had a stainless steel swimming pool. Have a great time.
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If you have an interest in times gone by - King Williams Historic District is nice. Been awhile since I was there but was interesting to visit.

http://www.saconservation.org/pdf/kwwalkingtour.pdf
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I was there once for a professional conference. I spent several hours walking up and down the length of the river. It was very pleasant, with many interesting restaurants and nightspots. I enjoyed spending several hours visiting the Alamo. I also recall a big bar out by the train tracks that was quite lively.
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what a wonderful city! I'd like to bring my wife for a 2 or 3 day weekend....i think we could entertain ourselves by the river drinking for that long if we tried


i love the architecture, history, etc that we've seen this far...we walked the alamo and a lot fo the river, did the boat, and a bunch of happy hours. i really like it here
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