5 Things to do on the Riverwalk

Hello again,

Today I want to share some great information with everyone and some of the things to do in San Antonio & the Riverwalk.

San Antonio is one of the top tourist destinations in the country because of our rapid growth and our diverse culture. There are many exciting things to do while visiting the Riverwalk downtown from Entertainment to Fine Dining. The riverwalk offer a unique and fun prospective for all age groups.

Here is a list of top 5 things to do at the Riverwalk,

1.) Eat, Drink & Be Merry
Over fifty restaurants, bistros, cafes, clubs, bars — most with quaint outdoor patios — line the River Walk as it meanders its way through downtown San Antonio. There is everything from stellar Tex Mex to haute cuisine and locally-owned spots as well as popular international names like the Hard Rock Cafe. Find the right spot to eat.


2.) Land & Art Scapes
Few visitors venture beyond the downtown River Walk but it’s well worth it. Explore the Museum Reach, north of downtown, and watch for the  twelve art installations on the river banks. Stop along the way at  the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Southwest School of Art, then the boat ride ends at the 125-year-old Pearl Brewery complex, now home to restaurants, an outdoor amphitheater, a Saturday farmers market, eclectic shops and the Culinary Institute of America — San Antonio. If you go south from downtown, the south fork of the river meanders through the stately King William Historic District  all the way to the Blue Star arts complex, an eclectic enclave of creative souls, unusual shops and galleries, public art scattered about, and a brew pub.


3.) Sunset Cruise
Lots of folks take a tour of the River Walk aboard a river cruiser, but few know that you can take asunset taxi ride from downtown, along the Museum Reach, to the Pearl Brewery. Only in the dark will you be able to appreciate the full impact of  the art installations that line the banks, all of which use light in creative ways. They were created by some of the most interesting names in the art world. Museums, schools, residences and commercial buildings often are lit in startling and unusual ways.


4.) Secret Places To Shop
Don’t leave without a pink cowboy hat of course — pick one up at any of the River Walk curio shops. Less obvious but also right on the River Walk:  La Villita Historic Arts Village;  The Pearl BrewerySan Antonio Museum of Art Store and Southwest School of Art Gallery Shop. For major mall goers, the Rivercenter Mall— with over 60 stores — hugs the banks of the River Walk lagoon.


5.) Run, Walk, Hike, Bring Your Dog
The River Walk is a long linear park, beautifully landscaped, with great sidewalks. The less congested places are perfect for serious exercising or romantic strolls. The River Walk is eight miles long. In a few years, it will be a 15-mile masterpiece that weaves the city’s past and future together, starting north of the city at Brackenridge Park (San Antonio’s Central Park) and traveling south all the way to the four Spanish colonial missions south of downtown.

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Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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A Great Downtown San Antonio Museum and Restaurant

One of my co-workers recently told me about a Saturday that he and his wife spent downtown playing tourist, and he reminded me about a great museum I haven’t been to in several years, as well as one of my favorite downtown restaurants. I asked him to contribute a guest post to my Blog, and here it is:

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Submitted by Richard House (Guest Blogger)

My wife and I recently decided to spend a day downtown playing tourist, and we ended up spending half of it at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The museum was originally part of HemisFair ’68 as the Texas Pavilion, and is one of the few exhibits from the 1968 fair that has remained as a permanent fixture on the former fair grounds. When I think of Texan Cultures, I recall my middle school Texas history class and think of the six national flags that have flown over what is now the state of Texas, but this museum reminds me that there is a lot more cultural diversity in the state than just the familiar “Six Flags Over Texas”.

The main exhibits of the museum are all on one floor, which is divided into sections for the various cultures that have influenced the development of the state. Each area is filled with artifacts, photographs and narrative discussions of the history of the immigrations and contributions of the various cultures and individuals.

The first exhibit you encounter on entering covers prehistoric humans that are thought to have inhabited various parts of what is now Texas, followed by the several Native American tribes that were encountered by the first European settlers. Other exhibits describe the many cultures that have come together to make Texas what it is today, including: English, Irish, Scotch, Hungarian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, African-American, Jewish, Czech, German, Wendish, Italian, Swiss, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Belgian, Dutch, Greek, French, Lebanese and Tejano.

After several hours at the museum, it was time for lunch so we took a 10-minute walk to Schilo’s Delicatessen at the corner of Commerce and S. Alamo St. If you are a visitor to San Antonio and have had your fill of our famous Mexican Food and Bar-B-Que, give Schilo’s a try. I had a cup of split pea soup, wiener-schnitzel and German potato salad, and my wife had a pastrami sandwich. Shilo’s is also famous for its homemade root beer. Everything was freshly made and delicious, and a great example of the influence of German immigrants in Texas.

 

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

Fun With the Grand-Kids

Recently my daughter and her kids visited us in San Antonio for a few days, and I was in charge of planning activities for my grand-kids. One place that was a big hit with them was Monster Golf on NW Military Highway near West Avenue. It is miniature golf, great for kids and a perfect spot for birthday parties. Along with golf, there are also games for kids, as well as air hockey — which is fun for all ages. Kids can win points by doing well at the games, and depending on the points they win, can pick from a selection of prizes. Although the prizes do not amount to much, the kids find the long rolls of tickets coming from the machines exciting as they come rolling out of the machine. The thrill is far more exciting than the prizes.

The miniature golf course is fun to play – a little challenging. There are Halloween type monsters lining the walls throughout the place and some are actually at the holes. All the lighting is florescent so colors light up in brilliant hues. One of my grandsons was wearing tennis shoes with orange laces that really glowed in the dark. You could see them better than you could see my grandson.

I also highly recommend the Exotic Resort Zoo, which is on U.S. Hwy 281 four miles north of Johnson City, about one hour north of San Antonio. There are numerous animals, many often found only in Africa, that roam the place. There are zebras, camels, buffalo, alpacas, kangaroos, rhinos and numerous other animals. All are tame and you can feed them by holding your hand out with feed in it. The animals will eat the food right from the palm of your hand. A big attraction is a ride in a wagon pulled by a tractor. The tractor takes you over several acres of land, and there are animals all along the route. The wagon goes out hourly, but there is a petting zoo that will keep you and the kids occupied while you wait for the next departure.

So if you have kids or grand-kids, or are just looking for some fun for the kid in you – check out Monster Golf and the Exotic Resort Zoo.

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

Wonderland of the Americas – Movies and Jazz

Founded in the early 1960s and originally called Wonderland Shopping City, it was known for years as Crossroads Mall. Now to help bring people back to it, they have named it Wonderland of The Americas. Every Thursday night at 7:00 is free movie night. Each month has a theme. August is Alfred Hitchcock month, featuring great classics like Vertigo, Rear Window, Psycho and The Birds. They start handing out tickets at 6:00 pm. If you are not in line by 6:30, you may not get in (it depends on the movie). Two weeks ago my wife and I went to see Casablanca and it was packed. Last week, the movie was On The Water Front, and it had a nice crowd, but not as large. They have a fun movie trivia quiz before the showing where you can win small items from a merchant at the mall. Last week, my wife correctly answered a question and won a pair of really nice ear rings.

Wonderland also has an amphitheater, where they hold the ultra popular Balcones Heights Jazz Festival every Friday night during the summer months. This attracts 3,000 to 4,000 people at each performance. There are no seats, so bring your lawn chairs. You need to get there by 6:30 or you will not find a good place to sit and see the band. Some people stake their spot out as early as Monday by putting their lawn chairs where they want them. I am told by officials at Wonderland that no one has ever reported a chair being stolen during the week when they do this.

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

South Padre Island – A Great Weekend Get-Away

It is as far south from San Antonio as Dallas is to the north, but well worth the drive for its great restaurants, all within a mile of wherever you could possibly be staying. Add to that the clean beaches — free of seaweed and jelly fish most of the time — and South Padre Island makes for a great weekend get-away. My wife and I went for a long weekend recently and as always it was great.

 

One of our favorite restaurants is D’ Pizza Joint (it’s small so go early or be prepared to wait). They have a terrific pianist who can play nearly any request. For Mexican food you can’t beat The Big Donkey, and for a simple but really good breakfast, we like Ted’s. The crown jewel of South Padre restaurants in my opinion is the Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar. It has white table cloths, great seafood and steaks, and a really fun bar to hang out in while you wait for your table. They have great drink specials, and my wife and I each had Sangritas (half Sangria and half frozen Margarita) – for only $1.99 each! We always try to get a window seat at the Sea Ranch so we can watch the boats coming and going, most of them docking at the restaurant. After a day of fishing, you can bring your catch to the Sear Ranch, and they will cook it to your taste for a modest fee.

 

After your fun in the sun and great dining at the beach, and a leisurely drive back to San Antonio, give me a call and let me know your favorite things to do and places to eat on South Padre – maybe I’ve missed something. And if you have any questions about the San Antonio real estate market, you can probably get me to talk about that as well.

 

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

Hill Country Fun Near San Antonio

One great thing about living in San Antonio is that it’s on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, a scenic area encompassing several town and communities near San Antonio. Once of these is the town of New Braunfels, which is about 30 miles northeast of San Antonio, and where I celebrated Father’s Day this year. We met our son and his wife at the Huisache Grill, just off the historic town square. I had the mixed grill, which comes with a choice of soup or salad. I had fantastic tortilla soup. The plate comes with beef medallions, shrimp, quail and chicken tenders. Absolutely great!

After dinner, we went to the Uptown Piano Bar just north of the traffic circle on San Antonio Street. It is in the basement of the historic Prince Solms Inn, which is now a bed and breakfast. The pianist takes requests and can play nearly anything. Most of his songs are from the 50’s through the mid-90’s. The last two times I have been there, he has invited someone from the audience to come up and sing a favorite song while he plays it.

San Antonio Street south of the circle has a surprisingly jumping nightlife featuring the Phoenix Saloon (country western) and AJ’s Ale House, which is a mix of country western and rock.

San Antonio itself has plenty to do and lots of great places to eat. But for a change of pace, check out New Braunfels or one of the other communities in the Hill Country. You can find out more about the Texas Hill Country at www.texashillcountry.com.

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

e-Mail: Scott.Myers@Century21.com