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Nestled within the La Villita Historic Arts Village, the Mayor Maury Maverick Plaza is dedicated to the city's celebrated former mayor. The plaza features his statue at the center and large open space surrounding it which is used as a venue for large scale festivals and events. This includes the fantastic annual Maverick Music Festival which sees a crowd of more than 2000 music lovers gather here to watch the performances of the local and national artists/ bands.
Originally the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo is by far the most famous historical site in Texas, playing a significant role in Texas' quest for independence from Mexico. Under the command of Col. William Travis, 189 Texan soldiers bravely defended this fort for 13 days before finally succumbing to Santa Anna's massive Mexican army in early 1836. The chapel and the Long Barrack are all that remains of the fort. Saved from civilian apathy by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the mission is now a museum containing relics from the era. Narrated tours are available.
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.
Located in downtown San Antonio, the Alamodome employs the latest in dome architecture and engineering technology to maintain a state-of-the-art facility for sporting events, concerts and conventions. The facility is used for purposes as diverse as basketball, football and baseball while the expansive space can accommodate up to 65,000 spectators. The stadium also has ice rinks, in addition to the other sport facilities. Restaurants and luxury suites form a part of the sports complex. Various local and national level stature have also taken place at the Alamodome.
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.