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Spanish Governor's Palace

105 Plaza de Armas | San Antonio, TX | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 2.0 (2.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Although it was never actually a palace, this adobe building certainly looks the part with rooms heavily decorated in 18th-century furnishings and a spectacular cobblestone patio. This National Historic Landmark and former seat of the Spanish government (dating back to when San Antonio was the capital of Spain's Texas territory) caters to both history buffs and art lovers. You can explore the property on your own or tag along on a guided tour during which staff members can explain everything from the building's general history to the intricate carvings on the doorways. Recent visitors discourage visiting this site with kids, however, as there's little here to keep tots entertained.

The Spanish Governor's Palace is located a few blocks west of the River Walk, right near the San Fernando Cathedral, in downtown San Antonio and is open to visitors every day. You can get there on foot or by bike from downtown; several bus routes serve the attraction as well. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for military, seniors and children ages 7 to 13 and free for children ages 6 and younger. For more information, check out the Spanish Governor's Place section of the San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development website.

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