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For lovers of history, architecture and antiques, this home is a must-see. Built in 1876, this three-story, French Second Empire-style home belonged to prominent citizen Edward Steves. The interior is decorated with original pieces from the era. Incidentally, the one-story River House behind the home housed the first indoor swimming pool in the city. Since 1954, the San Antonio Conservation Society has maintained the homestead as a historic house museum.
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 Laurel Heights United Methodist Church is located in the Monte Vista district and is the religious center of the faithful that belongs to the Methodist church. The church has daily prayer services, weekly fellowships, and also frequently breaks bread together at the church. This church is a boon to the residents of the city and a great place to spend some time in prayer.
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975, Fort Sam Houston has been one of the integral parts in the military history of America. Hosting a large concentration of historic sites and monuments like the Pershing House and the glorious clock tower, the fort has served as headquarters of a number of departments of the United States Army. The fort was constructed in 1870, and its rolling Quadrangle, originally built as a supply depot, is perhaps one of the most appealing spots on the site. In 1886, however, it served as prison grounds for Apache Chief Geronimo and his warriors. Taking a place of pride in San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston is one of the most revered historic jewels of the country.
This mission is located within the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. It is one of the few missions along the San Antonio River that had tried to convert the local people into Catholics. The original 200 year old stone church still stands in the premises. It is a good example of Spanish Colonial Architecture. One also gets to see beautiful Moorish designs, wall and ceiling paintings, and other interesting design details. The pretty geometrical designs that once adorned its surface have faded away over time.
Take a trip down memory lane at Kiddie Park, one of the most well known amusement parks in the country. Established in 1925, it is a dream come true for children and adults with its innumerable rides. Hop onto the school bus or allow the children to pedal their way on the mini-train. Another famous ride is the old carousel that both children and parents can enjoy. The entry fees are modest and pocket-friendly, adding to the charm of the place. There is a small snack bar too where one can grab a few bites before heading to the next ride.