13 April 2017 – San Antonio, TX
We headed into San Antonio in the afternoon after some morning work. We went straight to the Alamo. Although there are better missions around San Antonio to visit – there is none as iconic and made it on our must-see list for its historical significance. The Alamo is situated in downtown San Antonio amidst large buildings and busy streets – not exactly picturesque. We parked across the street (for $22/8 hours!) and went to visit this iconic site.
The kids enjoyed the Alamo and had a good time visiting the grounds, the barracks, and the church. However, while a historic site, there is not much of the historic Alamo left as it has been rebuilt over the last 200 years. We all enjoyed the living history section where docents in period costume explained weapons, warfare, and medicine in the early 1800s.
After the Alamo, we headed across the street and down the stairs to the Riverwalk – another iconic San Antonio item. The kids were hungry, tired, and hot – not exactly conducive to a leisurely visit 🙂 However, they did enjoy sitting and watching the baby ducks play in the San Antonio River – and even an attempt hawk trying to pick one of them off but fought off by the momma duck. We ate along the river at Casa Rio – a mediocre Mexican restaurant. Afterwards, we walked along the various sideshow places such as Ripley’s and a knock-off wax museum before heading back for the evening where the kids played into the night on the playground.