San Antonio is the eighth largest city in the United States, the city has retained its sense of history and tradition, while carefully blending in cosmopolitan progress. Close to twenty million visitors a year attest the San Antonio's charms.
The actual founding of the city came in 1718 by Father Antonio Olivares, when he established Mission San Antonio de Valero, which became famous in 1836 as The Alamo where 189 defenders held the old mission against some 4,000 Mexican troops for 13 days. The cry "Remember the Alamo" became the rallying point of the Texan revolution against Mexico. Located in the heart of downtown, today The Alamo is a shrine and museum. A tour of downtown San Antonio will uncover centuries of history, including: "
You must visit the "River Walk.” Paths border both sides of the San Antonio River as it winds its way through the middle of the business district. The River Walk is full of activity with European-style sidewalk cafes, specialty boutiques, nightclubs and gleaming high-rise hotels. Take a ride on the river's floating transportation system, which provides a novel method of sightseeing and people-watching in downtown San Antonio. Visit Rivercenter, a three-level glass shopping, dining and entertainment complex.
San Antonio is home to two major theme parks Sea World San Antonio, the
world's largest marine life park, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the town built just for fun.
With over 300 days of sunshine annually and an average temperature of 68.8 degrees Fahrenheit, visitors to San Antonio will find an abundance of outdoor sports and recreation to challenge them. The city is attractive to visiting golfers with additional upscale, public courses opening every year. La Cantera Golf Club was named the best new public course in the U.S. in 1995 by Golf Digest.
Rivers in the Texas Hill Country provide venues for canoeing, tubing and white-water rafting. Area lakes attract fishermen, as well as water skiing and sailing enthusiasts. Working ranches throughout Central and South Texas are available as hunting leases for wild game, while dude ranches offer a taste of the Old West, complete with horseback riding. Numerous state parks offer opportunities for hiking in the rugged terrain of the Hill Country.
Dining options in San Antonio run the gamut from fine French cuisine to Chinese to Soul food and Cajun, but the one not to miss is Tex-Mex. Tex-Mex is a passion with local residents of all ethnic backgrounds, and numerous restaurants are open 24 hours.
You will never run out of activities in San Antonio. Come to Learn2soar for your soaring adventure and then stay around to enjoy all that San Antonio has to offer.
Visit us at the Hondo Muncipal Airport and we can give you an arial view of downtown San Antonio, the surrounding countryside and Medina Lake. You can stay in Hondo at the new Best Western, 830/426-4466 or in Castroville at The Hotel Alsace, 830-538-9517.
Call (210) 667-3716 or send email to reserve your adventure. You will experience soaring as never before in our motorglider. We invite everyone, experienced pilots, or those with only dreams, to come and enjoy the day with us. We are happy to answer any question that you might have about gliding and motorgliders.
Hondo Muncipal Airport Driving Directions
San Antonio is relatively a safe place so you don't have to worry about anything once you decide to dine out or enjoy the night life.
If you have your own car or drive a rental car, make sure that you are aware of certain car insurance procedures and documentation to eliminate hassles once unwanted circumstances develop.