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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, partygoers, 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 lively during Fiesta.
Established in 1630, San Pedro Springs Park is one of the oldest parks in the country. One of the main attractions here is the huge pool, a welcome oasis for kids and adults alike during the hot summer months. Take a walk through this beautiful park, or relax with a good book in the gazebo. The park is also home to paved bicycle tracks, picnic tables, a skate park and a tennis court among other facilities. Apart from the recreational activities, it also boasts of a few significant historical landmarks on its grounds.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden has 33 acres (4046 square meters) of lush foliage and colorful flowers. A wonderful attraction, the garden is an exquisite year-round, with something always in bloom. A conservatory, formal gardens, "old-fashioned" gardens and native plant areas provide a variety of interests. This is definitely a must-see for both botany experts and garden-variety folks. If you're visiting in the spring, don't forget your antihistamines. The garden center features a luncheon cafe, a gift shop, guided tours, and adults' and children's classes. It is also available for private parties.
Fishing fans from across Central and South Texas flock to this lake. Operated by the San Antonio River Authority, Braunig Lake offers a chance for anglers of all ages to catch catfish, shad, bluegill, crappie and red drum. For the inexperienced, there is a fishing guide service on the lake. You will also find boat rentals, picnic areas, and camping grounds. Regardless of the season, be sure to pack your sunscreen; the South Texas sun can be brutal.
Located in SeaWorld San Antonio, Aquatica is a great destination for a day of family fun. Spend the day splashing, sliding, and swimming, enjoying exciting rides. Raft through an underwater grotto, marveling at the sight of stingrays and other tropical sea creatures on Stingray Falls. Or, hang out on the sandy beach next to one of the pools, taking in some rays. There's something for people of all ages here, so come prepared for a day of fun! And don't forget your sunscreen.
Spanning across 671 acres (271 hectares), the National Shooting Complex is a premier shooting facility in the US. Established to promote the sport as the National Gun Club, the complex has now evolved and also conducts skeet and clay target shooting classes. To further promote the sport, championship tournaments and competitions are regularly held at the National Shooting Complex. The complex also features a museum and a hall of fame. The Shooting Complex also hosts various social events and can house up to 2500 people.
Replete with a variety of flora and fauna, the Government Canyon State Natural Area features an incredible landscape dominated by towering trees and rocky canyons. Enjoy biking, hiking, and other exciting outdoor activities at this nature reserve. This park was made for adventure, offering 12,047 acres (4875 hectares) for visitors to explore. Take in the sight of rolling hills and rare wildlife as you explore 40 miles (64 kilometers) of trails. There's something here for everyone, whether you want to take a relaxing walk surrounded by exquisite nature or go for a more strenuous hike.