Remember the Alamo
While in San Antonio for work, I had an unexpected few hours and decided to venture out of my hotel room and experience San Antonio.
My first stop was, of course, the Alamo. As a non-native Texan, I must admit I knew shockingly little about this defining moment of Texas history. Bear with me as I share a tiny bit about what I learned.
First, what is typically thought of as The Alamo is really a church. Originally called Mission San Antonio de Valero, the mission was home to both missionaries and Native American converts for decades. The Alamo is Spanish for “cottonwood,” and there are several around the property. At one point, the complex included the church, barracks and walls around the whole thing. Now, the church stands as well as some of the walls, but the rest of the fortress is now known as tourist central.
Visiting the Alamo is very touristy, but it’s worth the visit. First of all, it’s free. Take the time to wander around the gardens, read the signs, and acknowledge the history of the place beyond the famous battle.
While you’re in that area, wander along a bit of the Riverwalk just to have been there, but only if it’s not a million degrees outside.
San Antonio Museum of Art
Go. Go on Sunday morning when it’s free. Wander, explore, be amazed. From the architecture of the building to the way the displays flow, this is certainly one of the neatest museums I’ve visited.
The building has two wings. One wing is antiquities, the other is Renaissance and more modern. Each wing is four floors high, and a skywalk connects the two. From the skywalk, you can see the whole San Antonio skyline, which was an unexpected bonus to making it to the top.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a bit of a museum fanatic. I absolutely love spending time in them, both looking at the artifacts and people watching. The San Antonio Museum of Art has the best of both of those. There are plenty of benches to sit, journal, watch people walk by and listen to their conversations (don’t pretend you don’t do that too), but the museum has such a variety of artwork that if one room didn’t spark my interest, the next might.