Residents of Downtown San Antonio are part of the excellent San Antonio Independent School District. Students of Downtown San Antonio typically attend schools in ‘Area 2,’ which is comprised of three elementary schools, three middle schools, two main high schools and a magnet school. In addition, there are a number of higher educational institutions in San Antonio, including University of Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, and Texas A&M University.
San Antonio is home to a booming economy; it has seen thirteen consecutive quarters of growth and has earned a top ranking among large Texas cities. The top industries in San Antonio include services, manufacturing and government. There are three air force bases as well as one army base in the area, which also helps bolster the economy. In addition to the top three industries, San Antonio has also seen growth in the healthcare and business services, as well as in the tourism industry. Approximately eight million visitors come to San Antonio each year. San Antonio’s economy is only expected to grow in the next five to ten years.
The San Antonio River Walk is the top attraction in Downtown San Antonio. This hot spot features festivals, restaurants, a happening nightlife and many unique shops and boutiques. Previous events have included the Ford Mariachi Festival and the Fiesta Arts and Crafts Week. Attractions along the River Walk include Cruises, Natural Bridge Caverns, Splashtown, the Guinness World Records Museum and the IMAX Rivercentre Theater and Mall. The Main Plaza of the River Walk is the premier attraction which features live entertainment, five fountains and bistro-style seating. The River Walk is also home to numerous theaters, clubs and museums and art galleries.
Other attractions in Downtown San Antonio include the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, the San Antonio Children’s Museum, the Alameda Museum, the Majestic Theater, HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas, Market Square and the Spanish Governor’s Palace. Other top San Antonio attractions include Sea World (located on the north side), Six Flags Fiesta (also located on the north side) and the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium.
Parks and Recreation
San Antonio is home to ten major golf courses, each which have something different to offer golfers of all levels. Other recreational activities include swimming at one of San Antonio’s many pools, playing disc golf and hiking, biking, or strolling along one of the many trails in San Antonio. The Botanical Gardens are a top attraction for visitors and residents to get their exercise, in addition to offering them a chance to stop and smell the roses. There are numerous dog and skate parks in San Antonio, as well as many historical parks.
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