There is plenty to explore in San Antonio, between the colorful histories and storied past of Texas Independence to the plan to colonize Mormon Settlement in the 1840’s due to persecution in Nauvoo, you will be awed at the amount of preserved historic remnants.
Don’t get so caught up in the local flavor and history that you forget to plan for the weather. If you are visiting in the summer months, it can be unbearably hot. In 2000, San Antonio hit 111 degrees in September.
Before Brigham Young decided that Utah was the best place for the Mormon’s to settle, there was a small group, led by Lyman Wight, that travelled to Texas and settled mostly in Austin in 1845. That colony disbanded in 1853, which drastically lowered the number of Mormons living in Texas. In the early 1900’s, more converts started to settle in the area and now Texas has over 300,000 members.
Before the building of the San Antonio temple, members had to travel over 200 miles to attend services. Although Texas is the second-largest state in the US and the 7th most populated, this is only the 4th temple built in Texas, which started operating in May 2005.
A visit to The Alamo, one of the San Antonio Missions, is a must if you want to understand the history of the city from the Coahuiltecan Indians to their independence and statehood. The San Antonio River plays a key role in the city and has been turned into beautiful walkways flanked by restaurants, hotels and attractions, which is called The River Walk. Take a relaxing boat ride down the river and enjoy the sights and sounds of the area. Be right in the middle of the animal action at the Wildlife Ranch. Continuing down the road you can explore caves at the Natural Bridge Caverns and take part in a unique experience at the Bracken Bat Flight.
You cannot escape the Tex-Mex restaurants in San Antonio. They’re on every corner. This is what Texas is made of. Just a few of the choices include Los Barrios Mexican, Paulina's, Taco Taco Cafe and Blanco Cafe. Mi Terra Cafe & Panaderia (Bakery) provides a unique experience with over-the-top décor. If you need a break from Tex-Mex, try Dough (Pizzeria Napoletena) or Thai Dee.