Everyone knows that you should visit the Alamo in San Antonio, but there is more to be explored in the city than the obvious. Here are some other places that should not be missed.
Some of you may recognize this as the place where the stage is located that was used in the movie Miss Congeniality. Some of you may have even climbed the steps to shop or eat inside La Villita itself. But if I was a betting person, I would wager that several people never noticed the small plaques beside each building that tells the history of the building.
La Villita, or Little Village, is actually on the National Register of Historic Places as an Historic District. It’s roots go back to the 18th century. It was one of the first settlements to make up San Antonio. The cobblestone streets have been preserved and each building is an original that has been restored or reconstructed. Now you find local shops with homemade goods, restaurants, and even an original church.
Also, there are commemorative markers like the ones shown below located throughout the village and tell the actual history of each building. So next time you are on the Riverwalk take some time to read about the history of this village and uncover the culture that is San Antonio.
So these fountains are not actually hidden, but unless you take a certain route you would not notice them. If you are on the Riverwalk and wish to get to the Alamo, you can take a shortcut through the lobby of the Hyatt Regency. The doors say The Shops Paseo del Alamo. Walk through the lobby and out the other side, past the mural of San Antonio, and you will discover several water features that lead up to the original spot where the outer wall of the Alamo compound stood. At the top are markers with descriptions of the battle. Next time you are at the Alamo walk across the street and take a look.
RITA’S ON THE RIVER
My favorite restaurant to visit when I am in San Antonio is Rita’s on the River. I love guacamole and here it is mixed to order at your table. Here is a video of our waiter expertly mixing it from our last visit: Table-side Guacamole. They are also known for their Texas-sized margaritas and portions. Their tortillas are handmade and served hot to your table. They have indoor and outdoor seating along with a live mariachi band. It is good food for a good price, and the staff is friendly and attentive. Our glasses never ran dry and the chip basket never empty. I know you have many choices when it comes to Riverwalk restaurants, but you have to go try this place at least once.