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You and your student travel group will head out to the big, beautiful Alamo City on a whirlwind three-day adventure featuring all the best in local dining, shopping, educational sight-seeing, and historic landmark exploration as well as a bit of extraordinary evening entertainment and a Texas-style amusement park finale, as only your capable travel team at Adventure Student Travel can arrange!
No San Antonio holiday would be complete without experiencing the famous 15 mile River Walk: a verdant and winding cypress-lined network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, coursing thru the pulsating heart of the city, providing easy access via vessel or foot to cultural hotspots, restaurants, shops, key historic sites and exhibits and other “Totally Tejas” attractions! River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right, an enormously successful special-case pedestrian thoroughfare, just one level down from the automobile street.
River Walk River Cruise Tour
You’ve “done” the River Walk; now, why not treat yourselves to a little cruise to see what you’ve missed from the ground? Grab your travel pards, step aboard a comfortable barge, choose your seat and enjoy a delightful and informative 35 minute, 1.5-mile history tour of River Walk highlights; evening and dinner excursions are also available.
You and your student travel group won’t want to miss a visit to this renowned 18th-century mission in the heart of San Antonio – a quintessential stop on every honorary Texan’s itinerary; Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and 188 others waged their last valiant stand against the Mexican army here at this “Shrine of Texas Liberty.” The most famous landmark in Texas, the mission has been carefully restored to its original condition and is open to self-guided tours, with a gift shop tendering fantastic memorabilia like Texas flags and coonskin caps ensuring departing travelers will always “Remember the Alamo!”
Originally built to house the 1968 World’s Fair, this lush urban haven is a favorite rest stop of locals and tourists alike and anchors the far end of River Walk. HemisFair Park, dotted with landmark structures and a liberal sprinkling of wonderful fountains and statuary, also houses the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Instituto Cultural Mexicano – although its star highlight is the 750-foot tall Tower of the Americas, treating guests to breathtaking views of San Antonio from its observation deck and an excellent dining experience at the revolving Chart House restaurant located at the very top!
Tower of the Americas
This 750-foot observation tower/restaurant is located at HemisFair Park on the southeastern portion of Downtown San Antonio. Designed by San Antonio architect O'Neil Ford, it was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World's Fair, “ HemisFair '68.” A cool and informative 4-D film "Skies Over Texas" treats visitors to a bit of Lone Star State history, a zippy exterior elevator ride gets you the best views around, up OR down, and the Tower’s revolving Chart House restaurant puts an upscale spin on their classic menu of well-executed favorites!
Institute of Texan Cultures
The Lone Star state’s vibrant cultural collage is a hard thing to miss. That said, you may want a little help defining your experience as a traveler in this big ol’ melting pot, and that’s where the popular and family-friendly Institute of Texan Cultures steps up as a fantastic tool and wonderful learning encounter, helping student groups of all ages gain fresh, original insight into the contributions and influences of 26 ethnic groups across the state through its variety of fascinating exhibits and hands-on activities.
Market Square - El Mercado
A highlight of any San Antonio excursion, a trip to Market Square - called El Mercado by the locals - is a veritable Southwestern feast for the senses! This traditional historic shopping district in Downtown San Antonio is the largest Mexican shopping center in the city and a popular cultural events venue. You and your fellow touristas will find everything from soup to nuts – or sombreros, sweets, and classic mariachi bands – on its charming cobblestone streets.
Spanish Governor's Palace
A visit to this cherished early-18th century National Historic Landmark treats student groups to a look at the last visual remnants of the Presidio San Antonio de Béjar, traditionally known as the Spanish Governor’s Palace - the original comandancia for the captains of the military garrison when Texas was under Spanish rule. Tour its ten rooms – including a Captain’s office, a living area, a children’s bedroom, and a kitchen - furnished with fine Spanish Colonial period pieces and wander its beautiful, masterfully landscaped courtyards.
Alamo Ghost Hunt
For a chilling twist to your grand San Antonio adventure, why not round up your student group and head for the night streets and back alleys for a rousingly terrifying 90 minutes of wickedly dark history? Stand in the very place where men, women, and children were beheaded “just for fun.” Visit the site of San Antonio’s most gruesome murder, a haunted palace, a jail where a vicious child killer met “justice” and a site where victims are buried in the floor and entombed in the walls! Come along and join the Alamo City team on a spirit-spotting foray into the most notoriously haunted locations in San Antonio on this popular ghost tour.
Six Flags Texas
An awesome amusement park extravaganza at the 200 acres Six Flags Fiesta, San Antonio's biggest, most popular themed attraction featuring dozens of thrill rides, shows, and activities; the world is your oyster, and the day is yours!