AIA and APA Joint Annual Meeting - New Orleans, January 8-11, 2015 - Archaeology at Work

San Antonio Attractions

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The Riverwalk is the center of life and activity in San Antonio. The Annual Meeting hotels sit along the Riverwalk, with easy access to all of the restaurants and shops lining the walkways along the banks.

Don't forget the Alamo while you're in town. Located in Alamo Plaza, it is within easy walking distance from the hotels.

Across the street is the city's visitor center, where you can find maps and information about the city.

Take in the beautiful views of San Antonio at the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas in their revolving restaurant or observation deck. Also check out their Texas-themed 4-D ride.

San Fernando Cathedral is the longest standing church building in Texas. Located in Main Plaza, it looks today much like it did in the 18th century.

Tour the Spanish Governor's Palace, home of the first Spanish governor and regarded as one of the most beautiful building in San Antonio.

Visit the Casa Navarro Historic House former home of Texas Revolution hero Jose Navarro.

The Historic Spanish Missions are a must-see. Four historic Spanish missions line the River south of the city. The mission of San Jose is the most intact, containing the walls, a working mill and acequia (irrigation ditch).

Market Square/El Mercado is the perfect place to shop for gifts from South of the Border: it's the largest Mexican market north of the Rio Grande. The square is alive with family-owned cafes, shops, and live music.

Take a stroll trough the beautiful King William District, a large historic neighborhood just south of the downtown area containing some of the grandest homes along the River.

The Guenther House is a large historic mansion located on the grounds of Pioneer Flour Mill, free and open to the public for self-tours. Their restaurant serves breakfast and lunch.

Tour the Steves Homestead a beautiful historic Victorian house built in 1876 for the owner of Steves Lumber Company.

Visit San Antonio's first neighborhood: La Villita. Shop, eat, and take a look at local art in this historic arts village.


San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA)

Egyptian, Greek, and Roman galleries; Latin American wing; extensive Asian collection.

Tuesday: 10 am - 9 pm; Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: noon - 6 pm; Monday: closed

Institute of Texan Cultures

Showcases the many cultures that have populated Texas.

Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.

Witte Museum

Texas history and natural science museum.

Monday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Wednesday - Saturday:10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.

Museo Alameda

Latin American culture.

Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

McNay Art Museum

Medieval, Renaissance, 19th century, and Modern art.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed Monday

Buckhorn Museum and Texas Rangers Museum

Wildlife and Texas Ranger artifacts

Daily: 10:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Children's activities

Children's Museum

Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m; Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Brackenridge Park

Home of the San Antonio Zoo, the Brackenridge Eagle miniature train, picnic and playground areas, and a Japanese Tea Garden.


San Antonio is a very cosmopolitan city; you will find food to satisfy any craving. This short list of SWTAS favorites is just a start. The Riverwalk has many restaurants; stroll along and check their menus. But don't restrict yourself to just the Riverwalk. A short drive will take you to some exceptional places.

Rio Rio: Tex-Mex/Mexican. 421 E. Commerce St. and Riverwalk. (bi-level)

Boudros: Texan bistro. Riverwalk, next to Rio Rio.

Paesanos: Italian. 111 W. Crockett and Riverwalk

County Line: BBQ. 111 W. Crockett and Riverwalk. (bi-level)

Landry's: Seafood, 517 North Presa Street

Biga on the Banks: Upscale continental. 203 S. St. Mary's

Liberty Bar: Multicultural foods. 328 E. Josephine off Hwy 281N.

Luciano's Ristorante Italiano: Rivercenter Mall.

Mi Tierra: Mexican/Tex-Mex. 218 Produce Row in Market Square

Fig Tree: Multicultural. 115 Villita (in La Villita, on S. Alamo)

La Fonda on Main: Mex/Tex-Mex. 2415 Main St.

La Foccaccia: Italian. 800 S. Alamo

Little Rhein Steakhouse: 511 Villita and Riverwalk.

Mina and Dimi's Greek House: Greek. 7159 Hwy 90 W (in Gateway Plaza).

Rosario's: Mexican/Tex-Mex. 910 S. Alamo

Schilo's Deli: German Deli. 424 E. Commerce.

Shiraz Fine Persian Cuisine: 4230 McCullough Ave.

Saltgrass Steak House: 502 Riverwalk

Thai Kitchen On The River. 100 Villita (In La Villita)

Chart House: American. Top of Tower of the Americas

Guenther House: American. 205 E. Guenther St

The photo used througout the Annual Meeting site is by Jens Haas. It pictures the Classical Studies Graduate Program at Columbia University's APAHA excavation at Stabiae, Italy.