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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.
A veritable relaxation zone after a tiring day, Travis Park is abode to all that calm and nice. Head to this quaint park and sprawl on the verdant green grass or lounge on one of the benches here. Perfect for a lazy afternoon, you can also set up family picnics here. Come here during the Jazz'SAlive festival, dedicated entirely to this free-style music genre, featuring acts from around the locality, region, state and nation, and go home charmed. A bevy of local and cultural events greet you and make you want to come back time and again.
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.
When you think of San Antonio, two things automatically come to mind: the Alamo and the River Walk. The River Walk was conceived in 1929. Downtown had serious flood problems, and Robert Hugman suggested that the city turn the San Antonio River into an asset rather than a hindrance. Hugman's brainchild has since become the essence of the city. The city's most popular attraction, it is often crowded and filled with children, partygoers, tourists and locals. In the heart of the River Walk is an area filled with restaurants, shops and nightclubs, punctuated by fountains and towering Cypress trees. The River Walk is particularly lively during Fiesta.
A little treasure of the Historic Arts Village is located upstairs, along with many other offices in Building No.9, at La Villita. The place is sponsored by the City of San Antonio and the La Villita Tenants Association. You'll find all you ever wanted to know about La Villita at the information center here. There are various gift items on display and if you find something attractive go ahead and purchase it. What's more, there is also a post office in the same place.