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Sure, a little pampering never hurt anyone. But at this spa, there's so much pampering to be had you could spoil yourself rotten. Services include massage, herbal scrubs and wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures and more. Indulgence can also be packaged into one-hour, two-hour, half-day and full-day treatments using Baden Baden stress reduction and relaxation therapies. Reservations are preferred. Services are by appointment.
Originally created as the grounds for the 1968 Worlds Fair, this park is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Stroll through the park's 12 acres of fountains, pools and beautifully landscaped grounds or cavort on the Downtown All Around Playground. Built entirely by volunteers, this playground features wooden play areas designed by kids, including a space tunnel and a castle—perfect for letting little imaginations run wild. Also located on the park grounds are the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Tower of the Americas.
Briscoe Western Art Museum is located on Market Street, in Downtown San Antonio. The museum, named for one of the most beloved governors of Texas, Dolph Briscoe, boasts of an interesting collection of artworks typical to the Western regions of America. A part of the Public Library, the museum is home to several contemporary and historic pieces and artifacts, including some that date back to the time of the Spanish conquest of the 1800s! The place also hosts numerous exhibitions and workshops throughout the year for the benefit of art students and enthusiasts. Open from Tuesdays through Sundays, Briscoe Western Art Museum makes for an interesting visit. Check the website for more details.
A veritable relaxation zone after a tiring day, Travis Park is abode to all that calm and nice. Head to this quaint park and sprawl on the verdant green grass or lounge on one of the benches here. Perfect for a lazy afternoon, you can also set up family picnics here. Come here during the Jazz'SAlive festival, dedicated entirely to this free-style music genre, featuring acts from around the locality, region, state and nation, and go home charmed. A bevy of local and cultural events greet you and make you want to come back time and again.
The oldest Presbyterian church in the city, its services draw members and visitors from all neighborhoods. As the mission states, members believe they are called "to proclaim and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed, so that we and all people, far and near, will come to trust Him as Lord and Savior, be motivated to practice His teaching in every area of life, and discover here a community of service in order to be a visible sign of God's love for all people. The church's day care center is one of the best in the city, with a strong curriculum and highly qualified teachers; as a result, the waiting list is long.
When you think of San Antonio, two things automatically come to mind: the Alamo and the River Walk. The River Walk was conceived in 1929. Downtown had serious flood problems, and Robert Hugman suggested that the city turn the San Antonio River into an asset rather than a hindrance. Hugman's brainchild has since become the essence of the city. The city's most popular attraction, it is often crowded and filled with children, party goers, tourists and locals. In the heart of the River Walk is an area filled with restaurants, shops and nightclubs, punctuated by fountains and towering Cypress trees. The River Walk is particularly crazy during Fiesta.
The cornerstone of St. Mark's was laid in 1859, but the onset of the Civil War delayed construction. Work resumed in 1873 and the first service was held on Easter Sunday in 1875. An interesting note about St. Mark's Episcopal Church is that Lyndon Baines Johnson and Claudia "Lady Bird" Taylor were wed at this location on November 17, 1934. This was also the first Episcopal Cathedral built west of the Mississippi River. The first Sunday service is the 7:45a Holy Eucharist. At 8a, breakfast is offered for a small charge, while another Holy Eucharist is offered at 9a. The children's chapel is also in service at 9a. At 10:10a, an all-age-group Sunday School is offered. The third Holy Eucharist takes place at 11a and is followed by 'Tea Under the Trees'. If you are looking for a traditional Episcopalian service in a very historical church, this may be just the place for you to visit.
Nestled within the La Villita Historic Arts Village, the Mayor Maury Maverick Plaza is dedicated to the city's celebrated former mayor. The plaza features his statue at the center and large open space surrounding it which is used as a venue for large scale festivals and events. This includes the fantastic annual Maverick Music Festival which sees a crowd of more than 2000 music lovers gather here to watch the performances of the local and national artists/ bands.