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.
This Spanish-Mediterranean mansion, located in the heart of well-to-do Alamo Heights, houses impressive artworks from 19th and 20th Century America and Europe, in addition to one of the largest theater arts collections in the United States. Its grounds are as lovely as its collections, boasting fountains, streams, goldfish ponds and Japanese-style gardens. Recent touring exhibitions include works by Georgia O'Keefe, a collection of pop art and American Pictorial Photography. The auditorium and portions of the McNay Art Museum are available for private functions.
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.
Despite its name, you won't find any feed or farm equipment for sale at John T. Floore's Country Store. This music venue has hosted many renowned musical artists and launched the careers of several others. Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Presley have all performed here. Munch on some tamales from the cafe and sip on a Lone Star while enjoying world-class performances at this historic Texas venue.
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.
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!
Come be a part of magic and history with a visit to the Aztec Theatre. Located in downtown, this theater has hosted some historic performances since 1926. Having undergone a major face lift over the years, it possesses excellent visual and acoustic capabilities as well as a grand theatrical space. Some of the very best performers have all laid foot here. The Aztec offers an excellent season of breath taking, awe striking and majestically crafted contemporary performances. It is also used for other cultural and community events Call ahead for reservations, and do check their website for a program of schedule.
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.
Briscoe Western Art Museum is located on Market Street, in Downtown San Antonio. The museum, named for one of the most beloved governors of Texas, Dolph Briscoe, boasts of an interesting collection of artworks typical to the Western regions of America. A part of the Public Library, the museum is home to several contemporary and historic pieces and artifacts, including some that date back to the time of the Spanish conquest of the 1800s! The place also hosts numerous exhibitions and workshops throughout the year for the benefit of art students and enthusiasts. Open from Tuesdays through Sundays, Briscoe Western Art Museum makes for an interesting visit. Check the website for more details.
This fine art co-operative pays its tribute to local art by hosting shows and allowing artists to display their work at the gallery nestled in Florian House. Around 360 artists work to create artistic wonders. Browse through the fine art on display like the acrylic works, oil works, water color paintings, and more. Have a look at the photographs on display. Three-dimensional art works, including batik, wood, jewelry, egg carving and hand-blown glass are also exhibited. The River Art Show that takes place in October features a competition between members. The gallery also hosts an art show during San Antonio's Fiesta.