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Walking Tour of Some Downtown Attractions in San Antonio

Go on this walking tour to see a famous hat shop, eat at one of the longest running hotels, & step back in time to 1968.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This downtown walking tour features some of the city's best-known attractions, and throws in a few lesser known, but interesting stops... more »

Tips:  What to wear: Since you'll do a good amount of walking and visit a nice restaurant, it would be a good idea to dress comfortably, but ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Paris Hatters

Ever wondered where to find a cowboy hat? Paris Hatters — it's where celebrities and famous people go for custom-fitted and custom-shaped hats for anyone who wants a hat of any style.

People who have gotten a hat from Paris Hatters:
Pope John Paul II
B.B. King
Merle Haggard
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
Phil Jackson
John Salley
Dwight Yoakam
Kid Rock
... More

Twenty-three years after the fall of the Alamo, a German immigrant expanded his successful boarding house business. He broke ground for the Menger Hotel in 1858 next to his brewery (the first brewery in Texas).

The Menger Hotel is now the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi. The hotel has been expanded and developed... More

Wanting a place to celebrate and worship in their native language, a group of German Catholic immigrants laid the cornerstone for Saint Joseph Church in 1868. The Gothic-style church underwent many improvements, including four bells with matching tones. Each was named in honor of the person who donated it — Joseph, Mary, Henry and Joseph. Then in ... More

O'Neil Ford, an American architect, developed the revitalization plan for La Villita, San Antonio's first neighborhood.

Now it is a thriving arts community and the houses have been transformed into shops for artisans. According to the organization's website:

"After a flood in 1819, brick, stone and adobe houses replaced the earlier structures.... More

HemisFair Park was originally developed for the 1968 World's Fair, the first to be held in the southwest part of the United States. The fair coincided with the 250th anniversary of the city's founding in 1718.

The city developed about 96 acres and it now owns about 50 acres, which includes 30 acres for the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.... More

After touring through the day, head back to your hotel to freshen up for dinner on the Riverwalk. Try Biga on the Banks, a new American cuisine restaurant from chef and owner Bruce Auden, who has been nominated six times by the James Beard Award for Best Chef | Southwest.

The menu boasts apple-smoked salmon nachos, bibb and radicchio game packets... More