Established in 1718 as Mission San Antonio de Valero, for over 300 years, the former mission now known as the Alamo has been a crossroads of history. Having existed under six flags of independent nations and served as a garrison for five different armies, the Alamo has a rich history and a heritage to inspire all Texans. Although the site is best known as the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, all 300 years of Alamo history are vital to our story.
Guinness World Records Museum - San Antonio's choice for interactive, unique and non stop family fun for everyone! Our mission "To provide fun while having fun" is something we are very proud of. Come join in on the excitement directly across from the world famous Alamo in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
Located at the center of the King William National Historic District and along the world-famous River Walk, Villa Finale is the name given by Walter Nold Mathis to what he knew would be his last home. The house, which sits on 1.5 acres of former farm land for the Alamo, contains Mr. Mathis's collection of over 12,500 fine and decorative arts. Villa Finale proved to be the catalyst in Mr. Mathis's King William preservation efforts; he went on to buy and at least partially restore over 12 properties in the neighborhood. Mr. Mathis's efforts in historic preservation played a major part in the revitalization of King William and provided the foundation to Villa Finale becoming the 27th National Trust Historic Site.
José Antonio Navarro was an influential political figure during the momentous 55 years (1810–1865) when Texas’ destiny was forged. Navarro served in Texas legislatures under Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the state of Texas. In addition, he served on the committees that wrote the first two Texas constitutions in 1836 and 1845.
Although a prominent, influential leader, Navarro was not a professional politician. As a young man he learned the merchant trade, the occupation of his father. Factories from the United States and Europe sent ships loaded with merchandise to New Orleans, where Navarro arranged to import books, cloth, clothing, wine, sugar, rice and coffee.
Navarro also earned a living through land investment. During the 1830s, he purchased more than 50,000 acres of ranch land at a price of pennies per acre. Because thousands of people were immigrating into Texas, the demand for land increased. Navarro sold portions of his land holdings for up to three dollars per acre. His San Antonio rental properties also produced income.
His wife Margarita de la Garza was also a native of San Antonio. Between 1817 and 1837, she bore four sons and three daughters. Numerous descendants live in and around San Antonio, with many more scattered throughout the country.
The mission of Casa Navarro is to preserve and maintain the historical integrity of the site’s buildings, while interpreting 19th-century Tejano culture through the life and times of José Antonio Navarro.
Casa Navarro State Historic Site is a Texas Historical Commission (THC) property. The THC’s mission is to protect and preserve the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future generations.
CAM provides food, clothing, rental assistance, utility assistance, prescription medication assistance, identification recovery (ID's and birth certificates), sack lunches for the homeless, a free mail box, and referrals. This work is done through donations of food and clothing, volunteers (over 200 keep the operation going) and financial assitance.
Our mission is to connect the private and public sectors through education, innovative marketing, community events, and creative financing programs. We provide direct assistance to homeowners and businesses ready to “go solar” on a daily basis.
We actively encourage the widespread use of solar and other renewable, sustainable energy sources by informing the community about how it benefits the regional economy, environment and human health. We also raise public awareness about supporting public policies that advance solar power and renewable energy.
By providing leadership in renewable energy, we are able to offer information and networking opportunities to the public, public officials, and to the business community. We connect solar energy suppliers and consumers, organize workshops, and act with local, state, and federal organizations to support clean energy options.
SSA’s largest program assisting the public to go solar is the “Bring Solar Home” Campaign. The campaign uses public outreach to connect potential solar adopters with the solar industry.
The program works with the City of San Antonio, local lending institutions, and the local municipally-owned utility CPS Energy to provide the public with information, incentives, and financing options that make it simple and affordable to go solar.
In addition, the education work done by SSA over its thirteen years of operation built the public support that facilitated the process of CPS Energy installing 46 megawatts of centralized solar and signing a contract for 400 additional megawatts of solar.
In honor of SSA founder William Sinkin, CPS Energy dedicated one of its newest solar projects in his namesake. The 19.8 megawatt project, dubbed William R. Sinkin Centennial Solar Farms 1 and 2, will produce enough clean power for an estimated 2,550 average Texas homes annually.
Alamo City Film Festival is taking place in conjunction with the Alamo City Comic Con, Oct. 28-30th. Alamo City Comic Con, which takes place in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, became the 3rd largest Comic Con in the United States with over 73,000 people in attendance in 2014. Under the same founder of the Alamo City Comic Con, Alfredo “Apple” De La Fuente, Alamo City Film Festival is an international celebration of film showcasing documentaries and feature films from around the world, attracting a high pedigree of celebrities and filmmakers that will naturally contribute to the State’s already flourishing film industry
Millions of people visit the River Walk each year to enjoy this unusual urban sanctuary that winds along the San Antonio River in central San Antonio, one story below the bustling street level. Restaurants, galleries and shops line the banks of the downtown River Walk while the north and south banks of the River are less commercial.
The River Walk’s new Museum Reach opened in May 2009 and stretches north along the San Antonio River, and connects the existing River Walk to the San Antonio Museum of Art and the 125-year-old Pearl Brewery, a vibrant urban village. New public art installations, by local, national and international artists, line the banks.
A lock and dam system, the only one in Texas, overcomes a 9-ft. rise in elevation. Take a river taxi and navigate right through the lock and dam.
The Museum Reach is the first phase of a concerted community effort to revitalize the San Antonio River begun in 1998. A comprehensive, multi-year project is underway to restore and enhance 13 miles of the San Antonio River both north and south of downtown.
Take a Sunset River Cruise
One of the best ways to see the new art installations along the River Walk Museum Reach is a sunset taxi ride. You'll see the full charm and beauty of the art lit up in the darkness.
Pick up a river taxi at convenient stops along the River Walk. The Rio Taxi drivers have tickets on board that you may purchase, or you may purchase them in advance at a ticket location. Find boarding points and get tickets
Guided River Tour
Explore the River Walk's downtown section aboard a river cruiser. You'll learn about San Antonio's rich history from a professional storyteller who is also the boat captain. It's a great way to learn more about San Antonio and its famous River Walk.
USO in Downtown San Antonio -- 203 W. Market St.
Amenities: Free local meals on Saturdays from 12-2 from local restaurants, WiFi, computer lab, snack bar, soft serve ice cream (weekends only), gaming rooms, battle station, home movie theater room, lounge area, 11 flat screen tv's, children's area and United Through Reading Military Program Room. Steps away from the historic Alamo and famous Riverwalk
USO @ San Antonio International Airport -- near baggage claim of Terminal B
Amenities: Wifi, computer area, kitchenette, lounge areas, recliners, 60" flat screen TV, information for buses and shuttles to area bases
Ghost Light Society brings together young professionals, creating a dynamic community of passionate, engaged individuals with a shared interest in the arts. As an extension of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the GLS offers exciting, relevant programming, exclusive opportunities to interact with San Antonio’s professional artists and companies, and the opportunity to forge meaningful relationships with the next generation of leaders in San Antonio.
On Saturday, October 10, 2015, Artpace will present its 12th Annual Chalk It Up arts festival. Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Argo Group and our generous supporters, this annual celebration of contemporary art empowers the San Antonio community by providing free access to creative activities designed to engage and embolden young audiences.
In 2013, more than 22,500 people gathered to express their creativity among family, friends, and neighbors along four blocks of downtown’s Houston Street. Using the temporary and accessible medium of chalk, Artpace transports its mission to serve as a creative laboratory into the public sphere by providing barrier-free, direct engagement with the arts for all San Antonians. In fact, for many of the attendees, Chalk It Up is a hands-on introduction to art and art making. At its core, Chalk It Up plays a pivotal role in ensuring students continue to experience and explore the possibilities of art. Through participation in the festival’s street gallery and adjacent creation stations, children—who comprise an overwhelming majority of the audience—gain an invaluable opportunity to practice teamwork and sharpen critical thinking skills, proven outcomes of access to art education.
Taking place on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 10am to 4pm, Chalk It Up is entirely funded by Artpace’s generous partners who enjoy opportunities for community-wide brand exposure in exchange for event underwriting.
Our partnership manages San Antonio Kids Attend to Win, The Diplomas Project, My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio, GenTX San Antonio and several other initiatives all focused on driving student change in key indicators. The indicators we measure are kindergarten readiness, third grade reading, eighth grade math, high school graduation, post-secondary enrollment and post-secondary attainment.