Built in 1929, the Majestic Theatre is the prime venue in the city for performing arts. The architecture reflects Baroque and Mediterranean influences. Elaborate ornamentation, colorful walls with creeping grape vines, statues, a tiled roof, and many other design elements make this venue a magical setting. It features a huge stage and grand lobbies, also plays host to private and corporate events.
Just a few minutes northeast of San Antonio lies a geological wonder that attracts tourists from around the globe. Natural Bridge Caverns, designated both a U.S. Natural Landmark as well as a Texas Historic Site, contains some of the most phenomenal cave formations in the country. Giant stalactites resembling enormous chandeliers and stalagmites that look like fried eggs are just a few of the more than 10,000 formations contained within this living cave. Special rates are available for groups of 25 or more.
What a sight to behold - glass-walled elevators ascend more than 500 feet (152.4 meters) to the observation deck, providing panoramic views of the city. Standing a total of 750 feet (228.6 meters) tall, the tower was constructed for HemisFair, the 1968 World's Fair and symbolizes the progress made by the people of the Western Hemisphere. Soaring as if calling out to the skies, this imposing tower watches over San Antonio's dynamic cityscape. The tower greatly frames the contemporary tenor of downtown San Antonio and is crowned by an observation deck and a revolving restaurant. A stunning embodiment of architectural magnificence, the Tower of the Americas is an indelible present-day landmark of the country.
The historical center and heart of the city's Mexican culture, the square is the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico. Here you can dine on Mexican food at one of several cafes, enjoy the lively sounds of Mariachi bands and buy wonderful blankets, clothes, leather and metal goods and much more, imported from just south of the border. The square plays host to many cultural events and fairs throughout the year, including Fiesta del Mercado (Party of the Market) in April and Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in November.
A city-wide chain of cinemas, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has earned itself a reputation for offering a first-rate cinema experience through excellent technology and service. They refuse to show advertisements before the start of a film, a practice that isn't shared by big-name theaters. If this is not enough to urge you to pay a visit here, then imagine yourself in a comfortable chair, drinking a cold beer, chowing down on delectable pizzas or quesadillas and watching a movie. Tempting? It sure is! Call to know more.
It all started in 1881 when trappers, hunters and cowboys traded deer antlers for beer or whiskey at Albert Friedrich's saloon. Now, the saloon/museum's Hall of Horns, Hall of Feathers and Hall of Fins house not only the largest, but also some of the most impressive collections of native and exotic wildlife around. If you're squeamish about mounted deer heads, fish and fowl, then don't go. If you're awed by how large deer antlers can grow to be, by just how large of a mouth that a large-mouth bass can have, or at the wingspan of native turkeys, then you'll love this place. You can even bring in a set of antlers or a stuffed fish to trade at the bar for a whiskey or sarsaparilla.
Located on Ft. Sam Houston, this community theater produces an average of eight plays a year. Talented actors, directors and technical staff come together from around the city to perform to sold out audiences. Past seasons have included works from Neil Simon, George Bernard Shaw and others. Dinner is served prior to the performance—you can choose from four entrees and three desserts, and you also get soup, salad and a beverage.
This venue for arts, born in 1913 CE, was then the largest theater in the city. Now managed by the Arts Center Enterprises, Inc. (who also manage the Majestic Theatre), it has been renovated with an elegant decor. Creative architectural designs have been incorporated and the adjustable main floor gives scope to various seating arrangements. It is an ideal venue to host events, such as seminars and conferences, besides performing arts events. Enjoy the best Broadway shows and other entertainment shows, and not to forget, the marvelous design of the theater itself!
One of the first family-friendly comedy clubs in town, ComedySportz is a great place to spend some quality time with your children. The shows are improvised with suggestions taken from the audience, while there is usually a sports-related twist in the end. There is also a referee that guides the proceedings. Participants sometimes even play games, adding to the entertainment quotient. Once the show is over vote for your favorite team and cheer for the winner. If you are in the mood to experience something different, interactive comedy shows with your family can be a great idea.