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Housed in a former warehouse, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum plays host to exhibitions by various contemporary and non-traditional artists. These exhibitions display artworks not only by well-known artists, but recognition and opportunity is also given to lesser-known local artists. Various activities are also organized here through the year including Contemporary Art Month and the First Friday Art Walk. Classes and workshops for budding artists are also conducted at this art center. If you are an avid art enthusiast, then a visit to the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum went disappoint.
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.
Replacing Downtown San Antonio's old Children's Museum, the DoSeum covers a sprawling 65,000 square feet with an additional 39,000 of outdoor space. This high tech children's museum is all about learning and exploring through hands on exhibits. Six main exhibits include the Sensation Studio, Explore, Innovation Station, Little Town, Spy Academy, and Imagine It!. The Spy Academy lets kids become 'recruits' where they face challenges in solving math-based missions, while the Imagine It! exhibit lets kids become authors as they write, record and illustrate their own stories that then come life. Check out the outdoor space which is organized by age levels where toddlers and youngsters will love to play along the Children's River, while the older kids can burn off some energy at the Water Works or Big Climb exhibit. The onsite cafe, and museum store ensure that snacks and souvenirs are readily available.
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.
One of the city's largest parks, Brackenridge offers more family fun than one day can accommodate. Start with the musical carousel featuring 60 antique horses. Then try the Skyride, which consists of Swiss manufactured cable cars that lift visitors to enjoy the view of the park as well as the city skyline. If ground transportation is more your speed, opt for a ride on the miniature train that runs through a 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) stretch of the park. For water travel, cruise around the upper part of the San Antonio River in paddle boats. Other facilities include a municipal golf course, a driving range, bike trails and picnic areas.
An open air amphitheater, this venue is used for both commercial and city co-sponsored events. Get together for musical evenings as there are jazz, country and rock concerts. You can catch the San Antonio Symphony playing here, too. For some laughter, catch a comedic theatrical performance. The setting is romantic as the stage is set against a wooded hillside, where cut-limestone buildings in Greek revival style contain the dressing rooms.