Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Downtown Northeast
2755 N. Panam Expressway
San Antonio, TX 78208
Phone: (210) 229-9220
Fax: (210) 229-1242
Constructed in 1870, this post became a permanent home for the US Army. The Quadrangle, with its impressive clock tower, was originally built as a supply depot. In 1886, however, it served as prison grounds for Apache Chief Geronimo and his warriors. Much to the delight of children and adults alike, the facility now houses flocks of deer, rabbits, chickens, geese and ducks, which have occupied the grounds for over 100 years. The animals are tame enough to hand-feed and occasionally pet.
This water park is hugely popular, particularly with folks who do not want to drive out of town to enjoy the water or fight the crowds at some of the larger parks. You will find acres of body slides, tubes, pools, spraying and splashing attractions and kids areas providing hours of fun and relief from the Texas heat. Life jackets and inner tubes are included in the cost of admission. Splashtown also has lockers available for rent as well as a fairly good refreshment stand.
33 acres (4046 square meters) of lush foliage and colorful blooms beg to be appreciated. A wonderful attraction often overlooked by visitors, the garden is exquisite year round, with something always in bloom. A conservatory, formal gardens, "old-fashioned" gardens and native plant areas provide a variety of interest. This is definitely a must-see for both botany experts and garden-variety folks. If you're visiting in the spring, don't forget your antihistamines. The garden center features a luncheon cafe, a gift shop, guided tours, and adults' and children's classes. It is also available for private parties.
Take a trip down memory lane at Kiddie Park, one of the most well known amusement parks in the country. Established in 1925, it is a dream come true for children and adults with its innumerable rides. Hop onto the school bus or allow the children to pedal their way on the mini-train. Another famous ride is the old carousel that both children and parents can enjoy. The entry fees are modest and pocket-friendly, adding to the charm of the place. There is a small snack bar too where one can grab a few bites before heading to the next ride.
If ghosts, paranormal activity or the like gets your adrenaline pumping, then a stop at Nightmare on Grayson is highly recommended. This haunted house, like all other haunted houses, has its own unique and intriguing history. However, this story is really intriguing and tells the tale of a scientist called Frederich Von Strussen, a spy for the military forces of the Axis side, who was sent to the United States to work in the Double Cola Factory on Grayson street, but who, in fact, had arrived to develop a stimulating, hallucinogenic drink for soldiers, using the local public as test subjects. Things went awry, and Von Strussen was executed before his verdict could be passed, and thus it is said his spirit haunts the building. Do see the website to know more.
310 Chestnut Street is a bustling block that is situated in central San Antonio. There lies a warehouse on its site which is spread across 15000 square feet. This warehouse plays host to various temporary exhibitions, expositions and other local events throughout the year. Among the most popular events taking place at the venue is the Dinosaur George’s Ultimate Paleo-Adventure which is an exhibition of dinosaurs set amidst phenomenal lights and a natural setting. If you wish to visit an enthralling exhibition, then you must head to 310 Chestnut Street.
Situated along the San Antonio River and next to Brackenridge Park, this zoo is considered one of the finest in America, housing more than 3500 animals representing more than 700 species. The recently renovated big cat exhibit draws big crowds, as does the bird collection, which is one of the largest in the United States. Allow time for wandering around and exploring everything this zoo has to offer. San Antonio Zoo offers weekly educational programs and is also available for private events.
Saint Paul's square provides a glimpse into San Antonio's rich past dating back to 1877. This historic district once played host to nightlife and other entertainment activities and featured artists like Louis Armstrong. The venue where culture and cuisine meet—Sunset Station—is nestled here. This district has a close association with the African American community.
In 1915, the city requested a Japanese immigrant and his wife to transform an old rock quarry into a Japanese-styled garden, and a man named Mr. Kimi Eizo Jingu agreed to the task. He started with a rock house, which still stands today and is surrounded by winding pebble walkways, stone bridges, a waterfall and tranquil pools. His work transformed the old rock quarry into a garden filled with lily ponds and lush green vegetation. With the onset of World War II and the growing anti-Japanese sentiment that surrounded it, the city council changed the garden's name to "Chinese Sunken Garden." In 1983, the original name was finally restored.
One of the city's largest parks, Brackenridge offers more family fun than one day can accommodate. Start with the musical carousel featuring 60 antique horses. Then try the Skyride, which consists of Swiss manufactured cable cars that lift visitors to enjoy the view of the park as well as the city skyline. If ground transportation is more your speed, opt for a ride on the miniature train that runs through a 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) stretch of the park. For water travel, cruise around the upper part of the San Antonio River in paddle boats. Other facilities include a municipal golf course, a driving range, bike trails and picnic areas.
The oldest Presbyterian church in the city, its services draw members and visitors from all neighborhoods. As the mission states, members believe they are called "to proclaim and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed, so that we and all people, far and near, will come to trust Him as Lord and Savior, be motivated to practice His teaching in every area of life, and discover here a community of service in order to be a visible sign of God's love for all people. The church's day care center is one of the best in the city, with a strong curriculum and highly qualified teachers; as a result, the waiting list is long.
The red-tiled roof of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church stands grandly on St. Mary's Street, and has been standing tall here since the 1920s. The glorious Byzantine architecture of the church building is a shelter for the Orthodox Greek community of the city. Besides the prayer service, the church also plays host to a variety of events. Call to know more.