Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Fiesta Park
13575 McDermott Fwy W. I-H 10
San Antonio, TX 78249
Phone: (210) 690-5500
Fax: (210) 690-6292
The roots of this church date back to 1890. Over the years, the congregation has grown and has moved several times, finally settling in a permanent, multi-purpose stone building in 1980. A pipe organ was installed in 1991; it has a prominent presence in the sanctuary and makes a beautiful sound in the hands of the very qualified organists who play it.
If you are looking for a contemporary Christian church service, then BRCC might just be the place for you. Pastor David Saathoff delivers messages from the Bible and relates them to today's society. BRCC's demographic is younger than most churches. The services use PowerPoint slides as well as video and visual presentations to help convey the message, and the music has a definite rock flair. BRCC may not cater to the traditional church-going crowd, but in this case that's not necessarily a bad thing. Casual attire is accepted, and even encouraged, and the music leans more towards rock and roll (no traditional organ/piano music here). BRCC also has a children's program called Promised Land, which runs concurrent with the adult service.
Trek into this park and you will feel like you have wandered far into the hill country. Only a short drive up IH-10 from downtown, Friedrich Wilderness Park offers 5.5 miles of hiking trails, which vary in terms of their difficulty levels. The park also boasts the most improved handicapped trails in the region. The more difficult trails can be a great workout, while the lower levels offer an easy walk in a beautiful setting. If you choose the highest level and find yourself being passed quickly by kindly older men don't despair—they are likely retired military officers from the nearby army base. In addition to its hiking trails, the park hosts a bird population so diverse that it attracts even hard-core bird enthusiasts. Guided interpretive hikes are available. This place is open evryday from 7:30 a.m onwards
Located about 16 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio, this is one of many area churches honoring the patroness of the Americans, the Virgin of Guadalupe. This church reflects the area's Hispanic heritage with its beamed ceiling, its walls of native stone and its Saltillo tile floors. It is charming and peaceful, with windows behind the altar looking out over the wooded banks of the creek bed. The Blessed Sacrament chapel is small and intimate, with native limestone walls and rustic pews that reflect the frontier nature of the town.
A part of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, or Shriners, the Alzafar Shrine takes forward the organization's principle of spreading love, fraternity, relief, and truth. This temple was built around the early years of the 20th Century, and is a prominent structure for this fraternity. They also have facilities that they rent out for a variety of purposes. Do see the website to know more.
This Catholic church boasts a large and active congregation in the heart of North San Antonio. With daily mass, numerous parish committees and strong community organizations, there is something with which everyone can become involved. In addition to regular church services and activities, Blessed Sacrament offers a private school, day care and an after-school program for children.
While North Central San Antonio continues to grow in both size and population, this 856 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 bicyclists tend to dominate, so hikers beware. Other visitors enjoy the covered picnic areas, soccer fields and softball diamonds. Camping is allowed with reservations and a permit from the Parks and Recreation department. The park is open to public everyday from six in the morning.
The Woodlawn Lake Park is a scenic park that has great recreational facilities as well. Established in 1918, it features a huge man-made lake, gym, basketball and tennis courts, swimming pool, lighthouse, sport fields, picnic tables, playground and restrooms. This 62 acres (25.09 hectares) greenery also has a 1.3 mile (2.09 kilometers) walking trail and is a popular fishing and canoeing spot. It is indeed one of the oldest and best of its kind in the neighborhood.
This interesting attraction is definitely off the beaten path, as it is nestled away in North San Antonio not far from McAllister Park. Outside exhibits include antique horse-drawn carriages, a Studebaker Carriage and a horse-drawn fire engine. Inside, you'll discover a restored train depot complete with a steam locomotive, a Pullman car and a business car, all ready to be explored. Three functioning model railroads complete the discovery. As an added treat, if you visit on the first Sunday of the month, you can take a train ride on a one-third-mile track in the back of the museums grounds.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower or the Little Flower Church is one of the few churches in the US that is designated a minor basilica. Found by a group of friars, this basilica is an architectural masterpiece. The church holds a few interesting annual events like the 'Musical Showers of Flowers', 'El Dia de Los Ninos' and others which add color to the Christian community here.
Rosedale Park is by far, one of the largest parks of San Antonio. Spread over 60 acres of land, this park has hosted a number of concerts and festivals and will continue to do so. A famous picnic spot, this park can be rented for private and corporate events as well. Built over a century ago, this park was a little shy of 2 acres then. Throughout ages, various people have brought about changes and additions for the betterment of the local community. Today this park houses a big playground, huge sport fields and a pavilion.
This theme park is a treat for anyone who loves animals, roller coasters and fabulous shows. Not only does SeaWorld San Antonio have Shamu (the performing killer whale), it also has walk-through habitats where you can watch sea lions, sharks, fish, penguins and flamingos do what they would do in the wild. For those who crave being a part of the action, there is an inverted roller coaster (do this on an empty stomach), along with a variety of water rides. Check out the water-skiing shows and the restaurants, too. Be sure to stick around at night for laser shows and seasonal concerts.