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If you intend to spend a fun day with your family, La Villita, the historical arts village is just perfect for you. There are so many things to do that your day will end in no time. If you are an art freak, the galleries here will interest you, as well as the River Art Show in October. There are many restaurants so you can just pick one that suites your taste. A must visit for all guests is the church with beautiful stained glass windows and the museum in building nine. If you plan on taking some souvenirs back home, don't forget to visit the gift shops.
Established on March 2, 1879, this church forms an integral part of the history of La Villita. No particular denomination met here consistently, but it continues to exist, and is the favorite local wedding venue. The church also supports and hosts the Starving Artist Art Gallery's annual show—so whether you wish to wed or enter your art-work in the event, call to register!
If you are looking for adventure, then San Antonio is the place to go. Steeped in Americana history, this vibrant town offers an amalgamation of versatile people, like the Native Americans, Old Mexico, Germans, cowboys, African-Americans and the Deep South. It is the eighth largest city in the United States, and truly the spirit of Texas. The Visitors' Bureau is the ideal source of information for tourists. It keeps you updated on the latest happenings and familiarizes you with everything that is to be known about the city. Catch the latest information on tourist attractions, hotels, museums, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping areas.
The Alamo Visitor Center can provide the help you need, whether you want to make hotel reservations, purchase tickets to local attractions, book a tour of San Antonio or just obtain general information the city. The staff can provide many of its services over the phone. However, if you go downtown, be sure to stop in the Center so you can pick up free brochures on events and attractions in the downtown area. Tourist information personnel will be there to assist you. They are located just inside the Menger Hotel next to the Alamo. Most information is provided free on behalf of San Antonio (excluding some souvenir items), but tips are always welcome.
Originally home to the Ursuline Academy School for Girls in the 19th century, this historic property was purchased in 1965 by the San Antonio Conservation Society. The Society feared demolition and decided to save the 10 acres. With reflections of French design, the conglomeration of small buildings is beautiful, especially the small chapel adorned with amazing stained glass. Today the center is where creative adult and child artisans of all skill levels learn and teach. With expert instructors, this is the place to learn traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. Even if you are not interested in taking a class, stroll through the grounds and visit the art gallery, the chapel and the Copper Kitchen Restaurant.
Located directly across from the Alamo, this museum displays shocking wax mannequins so similar to the heroes, celebrities and fictional characters they represent, that it's almost creepy. You'll see Jim Carrey, Charlton Heston, Frankenstein, Dracula and many more. You'll feel like you got your money's worth in this odd museum. The weird items should be safe for kids, but if you have a squeamish little one, don't go into the cellar.