Front entrance to the Children's Museum, San Antonio, Texas (Mark Langford)

Night skyline, San Antonio, Texas (Photodisc)

San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas (Jeremy Woodhouse/Digital Vision/Getty)

Alamo, San Antonio, Texas (Photodisc)

Christmas lights along the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas (Photodisc)

Mission Conception and flowers, San Antonio, Texas (Doug Wilson/SACVB)

Mission Conception, San Antonio, Texas (Doug Wilson/SACVB)

Arneson River Theatre, San Antonio, Texas (Stuart Dee/SACVB)

Riverwalk at Dusk, San Antonio, Texas (Stuart Dee/SACVB)

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What to do in San Antonio

Remember San Antonio’s Alamo, but don’t restrict yourself to this one Lone Star landmark. The place where Mexican General Santa Anna and his troops defeated the Texas Army is just one of many experiences to have here. The seventh-largest U.S. city is home to the River Walk, a four-mile stretch of canals running through the heart of downtown, bounded by sidewalks and packed with hotels, shops, and cafes. In Southtown, galleries host First Fridays every month, where shoppers buy Mexican folk art and diners gorge on real Texas barbecue. There’s more to see at Market Square, with food stalls and pushcarts hawking tasty snacks and curios. For recreation, jog in Brackenridge Park, or hike and bike in nearby Government Canyon, an 8,600-acre park opened in 2005. Water lovers can ply the new 12-mile Saspamco Paddling Trail on the San Antonio River.

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