Spanish Governor's Palace

#7 in Best Things To Do in San Antonio
Spanish Governor's Palace
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105 Plaza de Armas

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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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When the River Walk seems too busy, seek refuge from the heat and the swarms of tourists in Brackenridge Park. Its 343 acres offer much in the way of relaxation: rustic stone bridges and shaded walkways are perfect for strolling, and the Japanese Tea Gardens and San Antonio Botanical Gardens beckon to botanists. Dress casual so you can take advantage of Brackenridge's jogging trails, golf course and athletic fields, or let your kids take a spin on the carousel and the miniature train. The park also hosts outdoor concerts in the natural Sunken Garden Theater. In and around the park, you'll also find popular attractions like the San Antonio Zoo and the Witte Museum.

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