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Mission Marquee Plaza is a famous plaza building, which has served as a key landmark and cultural center in San Antonio, Texas, ever since it was first built at Roosevelt Avenue. After undergoing several renovations and refurbishment works, the ownership of this iconic building was transferred to the city council of San Antonia in 2007. Today, the building serves as the cultural epicenter in the city with several popular film festivals, musical concerts, art exhibitions and other cultural events being held at this venue. The plaza also features a beautiful mural recreation project, which was taken up and finished by the Department of Arts & Culture in 2013.
This mission, located at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, was founded in 1720 by Father Antonio Margil de Jesús. It was the largest mission and the main center for cultural and social activities. Hence it was labeled as the ‘Queen of Missions'. A large part of the church was destroyed over the years. The existing Rose Window is one of the finer pieces of architecture belonging to the Spanish colonial era. Some of the few remnants include the arches that once gave shelter to the missionaries, the Convento area and a part of the irrigation ditch, which is visible outside the compound. The church still functions and visitors are permitted to attend the Sunday mass.
While North Central San Antonio continues to grow in both size and population, the McAllister Park remains firmly anchored as a wooded respite among the concrete sprawl. Best known for its hiking and biking trails, the park attracts hundreds of visitors on the weekends. The trails vary in terms of their difficulty levels, and there are trails for bicyclists too. Other visitors enjoy the covered picnic areas, soccer and baseball fields. Camping is allowed with reservations and a permit from the Parks and Recreation department. The park is also home to a few pavilions, playgrounds and picnic spots.
The city's largest theme park now boasts not only the shows and musical reviews that made it popular, but also dozens of rides and a water park. Each year the park adds new and faster rides, primarily in the roller coaster category. The water park expands each year, as well. In addition, the musical shows always manage to upstage what had been done previously. All of the shows are held at Lone Star Lil's in Crackaxle Canyon. Definitely an all-day trip, Fiesta Texas is a fun adventure.
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.