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Other Nifty San Antonio Attractions

Here are some of the lesser know, but in mind, some of the best of the other San Antonio attractions that seldom get exposure.  

 

Buckhorn Saloon or Hall of Horns  I can almost hear the women moaning.  O.K., perhaps this is a guy thing, but until you've actually seen it don't disparage.  It truly is a remarkable collection of trophy and unusual animals and fish.  Begun in 1884 by Albert Friedrich, he became the proprietor of the Buckhorn saloon in 1887 which has been in one form or another in operation since then.  I can't possibly describe all that is enclosed, however, I will make special mention of some memorabilia of Ad Toepperwein and his wife Plinky that's here.  Ad and Plinky were long time residents of San Antonio.  Both expert marksmen they traveled for Winchester performing exhibitions of marksmanship, one of the most outstanding of which occurred in 1907 when Ad shot over a period of ten days 72,500 wood blocks 2 3/4-inch square thrown into the air, missing only 9!  This is an exhibit you will see nowhere else in the world.

 

318 E. Houston St.
Real close to Hyatt Hotel
210-247-4000

 

San Antonio Botanical Garden   Located on 33 acres this is a pleasant place to see examples of local vegetation along with their other collections.  I'm not much into plants myself, but I do have it on good authority that they have some interesting stuff.  I know the grounds are very pretty.  On some Saturday mornings the local Audubon society leads bird watching walks through the grounds.  The Garden also holds annual sales of their plants on particular weekends and I have one friend that makes this event a pilgrimage.  Then there are the special evening concert events the Botanical Garden hosts throughout the year.

 

555 Funston
210-207-3250
Adm $2-$5
Take Bus route 7

 

San Antonio Central Public Library  Why would I lead you here?  Because, if you are into glass art, the library recently purchased, through a contribution, a magnificent Dale Chihuly art piece.  It must cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars and you can see it for free.  Just go up to the second floor.  

 

600 Soledad
210-207-2500

 

San Antonio Zoo  I used to think zoos were for kids, but I was wrong.  I recently spent the day in Brackenridge Park around the grounds of the zoo and had a delightful time.  There is a large social support group, the Friends of the Zoo,  that has an annual Zoo Ball and I've got plenty of friends that are involved with it.  This really is a superb zoo.  It's set in a natural rock quarry before any zoo even had the idea of doing so.  So the setting really makes it.

 

3903 No. St. Mary's St.
Daily 9am-5pm
Adm $8 adult to free
Take Bus route 7

I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention the two major theme parks in town.  Although not what one normally thinks of in a trip to an historic town, I'll at least give you the web links to the places.  Both are on the edge of town quite a way away.

SeaWorld Adventure Park  Take Bus Route 64

 

Six Flags Fiesta Texas  Take Bus Route 94

 

Tower of the Americas
Reopened in 2006 after closing for multi-million dollars worth of upgrades.

 

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