Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Fiesta Fun for All: In Your Spare Time, Enjoy the Sightshas to Offer

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Fiesta Fun for All: In Your Spare Time, Enjoy the Sightshas to Offer

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Although days at NRPA's Congress are filled with educational sessions, the exhibitor hall and governance meetings, take time at breaks and at night to visit the third-largest city in Texas. The city is full of so many great places to see, we've helped you conquer the area with the top 10 list of sites to visit:

Alamo Plaza, 300 Alamo Plaza, (219) 225-1391,

On the east side of Alamo Plaza is the most famous spot in Texas where the siege of the Alamo took place in 1836. Initially a mission, which then became a barracks for quartered soldiers, this historic site also features the Long Barracks Museum and Library. A walking battlefield tour given by dressed "living historians" is available. Free. Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

Distance .6 miles *

San Antonio Zoological, Gardens & Aquarium 3903 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 734-7184

Ranked as one of the best zoos in the nation exhibiting more than 3,500 animals of 750 species. At the headwaters of the San Antonio River, the zoo encompasses 35 landscaped acres. Includes one of the largest bird collections in the world. The zoo also offers boatrides. $8, adults; $6 seniors (62+). Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Distance 3.8 miles *

Market Square, 514 W. Commerce, (210) 207-8600

From early morning until late at night, Market Square is alive with activity. Billed as the largest Mexican outdoor market place outside of Mexico, visitors can browse through the 32 shops at "El Mercado," an area patterned after an authentic Mexican market. In addition, there are 80 specialty shops in Farmers Market Plaza. Free. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Distance 1.2 miles *

Sunset Station, 1174 E. Commerce, (210) 222-9481

A historic area, Sunset Station was first a farming community, then a major trade and retail center with its own railroad stop, and has since become a venue for restaurants, music and historic walking tours through its turn-of-the-century homes and buildings.

Distance .8 miles *

Saint Peter and the Vatican--The Legacy of the Popes, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

One of the largest Vatican collections will be on display at the Harry B. Gonzalez Convention Center during Congress. More than 300 objects will be featured--including works by Bernini, Giotto, Canova and others, and objects dating back to the third century--providing a fascinating insight into the Vatican's history.

Distance 0 miles *

HemisFair Park 200 S. …

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