Salado Creek Villas
2383 NE Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78217
Area Travel Guide
San Antonio is a historical treasure set along the banks of the ambling San Antonio River just south of Texas Hill Country. First settled by Native Americans, and then by Spanish explorers and missionaries, the city today is a mixture of Southwestern influences combined with the bustling city life of a modern American metropolis. As the eighth largest city in the United States, there is no shortage of things to do.
With more than 300 sunny days each year and an annual average temperature of about 70 degrees, San Antonio is an outdoor paradise. Golf on any of the city's fine courses can be as challenging as it is relaxing. The first public course opened here in 1916, and in the past ten years, dozens of golf venues have claimed a place on the map.
The historical and cultural sites of San Antonio are as abundant as they are inviting. The Spanish missionaries of the 1600s began the process of building monuments to God, and today these missions are rich reminders of those early days. The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park includes a park center, and visits to four Spanish frontier missions from the Spanish Colonial period, including The Alamo. The park was established in 1978 and covers more than 800 acres.
A fifth important mission in San Antonio, and the number one tourist attraction, is The Alamo, where 189 men defended Texas against an invading Mexican army of more than 4,000 troops. The Alamo memorial is downtown, and contains an illustrated history of the mission's past.
No stay in San Antonio is complete without a visit to the Paseo del Rio, also known as the River Walk, where cobblestone walkways slip past lush foliage to reveal river-level shops, restaurants and nightlife. The River Walk maintains a European feeling, where sidewalk cafes and boutique stores compete with the river for your attention. Visitors can tour the area by boat on Rio San Antonio Cruises, or take a water taxi to the Rivercenter, which is a nearby retail destination and entertainment complex, next to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
For families with children, there are numerous area theme parks within easy driving distance of Salado Creek Villas, including SeaWorld® San Antonio, Six Flags® Fiesta Texas, and Schlitterbahn Water Park. In addition to the big ticket parks, San Antonio offers children's museums, parks and exhibits just for kids.
Texas Hill Country provides a number of rivers that are perfect for lively canoeing and tubing, while nearby lakes offer great fishing, sailing and water skiing. Dude ranches offer a glimpse into the Wild West.
There are so many things to do in San Antonio…the city today is a mixture of Southwestern influences combined with the bustling city life of a modern American metropolis. The eighth largest city in the United States, San Antonio has more than 300 sunny days each year and an annual average temperature of about 70 degrees.
San Antonio is an outdoor paradise, where you can golf on any of the city's fine courses and visit historical and cultural sites that are as abundant as they are inviting. The number one tourist attraction in San Antonio is The Alamo, where 189 men defended Texas against an invading Mexican army of more than 4,000 troops. The Alamo memorial is downtown, and contains an illustrated history of the mission's past. No stay in San Antonio is complete without a visit to the Paseo del Rio, also known as the River Walk, where cobblestone walkways slip past lush foliage to reveal river-level shops, restaurants and nightlife. The River Walk maintains a European feeling, where sidewalk cafes and boutique stores compete with the river for your attention.
For families with children, there are numerous area theme parks within easy driving distance of Salado Creek Villas, including SeaWorld® San Antonio, Six Flags® Fiesta Texas, and Schlitterbahn Water Park. In addition to the big ticket parks, San Antonio offers children's museums, parks and exhibits just for kids. The Hill Country provides a number of rivers that are perfect for lively canoeing and tubing, while nearby lakes offer great fishing, sailing and water skiing. Dude ranches offer a glimpse into the Wild West. Or take on an affordable adventure and go geocaching! Experience the various trails in Hill Country and discover a treasure or two along the way.
Quick Area Guide:
San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium: 8.4 miles
Splashtown: 9.3 miles
The Alamo: 12 miles
Paseo de Rio/The Riverwalk: 12 miles
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park: 12 miles
San Antonio IMAX: 12 miles
Guinness Book of World Records Ripley's Haunted Adventure: 12.3 miles
University of Texas Institute of Texas Cultures: 12.3 miles
Market Square – El Mercado: 13 miles
Six Flags Fiesta Texas: 15.7 miles
Natural Bridge Caverns: 18.5 miles
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch: 18.5 miles
Sea World San Antonio: 20 miles
Schlitterbahn: 25 miles
300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
The most famous site in Texas, where 189 men fought to defend Texas from an invading Mexican army that numbered more than 4,000 soldiers.
Six Flags® Fiesta Texas
1700 IH 10, San Antonio, TX 78257
A non-stop celebration of San Antonio and South Texas, created around four themed areas: a Mexican town, a German village, a cowboy boom town and a Rock-n-Roll city.
381 E. Austin Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130
One of America's largest water parks, with loads of wet-water fun for the family.
SeaWorld® San Antonio
10500 SeaWorld Drive San Antonio, TX 78251
From sharks to Shamu, SeaWorld® San Antonio is a major family attraction that tempts visitors with an array of wildlife and wild rides.
3600 N Panam Expressway San Antonio, TX 78219
From Kids Kove to the Siesta del Rio, this 18 acre water park offers flumes of fun.
San Antonio IMAX Theater
849 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Get ready for a mind-blowing movie experience, at the IMAX theater located amid the entertainment and retail shops of Rivercenter.
Guinness Book of World Records/Ripley's Haunted Adventure
329 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205
An attraction highlighting the best of the Book of Records. Across the street, the Haunted Adventure is the scariest place in San Antonio!
Natural Bridge Caverns
26495 Natural Bridge Cavern Road, San Antonio, TX 78266
Experience the incredible underground world of the largest and most spectacular show cavern in Texas. Other adventures include climbing and zipline tours, and panning and mining like the original old timers.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, San Antonio, TX 78205
Voted one of the best family outings in San Antonio, this expansive property offers the opportunity to roll past exotic and endangered animal species.
San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium
3903 N. St. Mary's San Antonio, TX 78212
At the headwaters of the San Antonio River, this zoo is ranked as one of the nation's best, with more than 3,500 animals of 750 species. It also includes one of the largest bird collections in the world.
Market Square - El Mercado
514 W.Commerce San Antonio, TX 78207
Dubbed as the "largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico", Market Square boasts year round festivals, Mariachis and numerous merchants featuring jewelry, Hispanic-influenced pottery, arts and crafts and much more!
Paseo del Rio/The Riverwalk
Near 849 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX
A European-styled collection of shops and cafes, set on the restful banks of the graceful San Antonio River.
Alamo Quarry Market
255 E. Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 (5.1 mi)
A true Texas landmark, now an inspired destination for shopping, dining and entertainment was once home to Alamo Cement Plant that helped build Texas for more than 100 years. Alamo Quarry Market has maintained and integrated some of the original structures of the factory and original smokestacks. These smokestacks are a main focal point of the center and have become an easily distinguishable landmark visible from the highway. Open since 1998, Alamo Quarry Market is a 580,000 square-foot; open-air complex boasting some of the finest shopping, dining and entertainment the city has to offer. With over a dozen restaurants including P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, J. Alexander's, Canyon Cafe, Joe's Crab Shack and Piatti Italian Ristorante, there is cuisine for every palate. And with more than 60 retail stores including Ann Taylor, Restoration Hardware, Banana Republic, GAP, Pottery Barn and unique specialty stores such as Lucchese Boot Co., 20 Nine Restaurant and Wine Bar and Club Humidor, Alamo Quarry Market is your landmark destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.
North Star Mall
7400 NW Loop 410 at San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78216 (4.8 mi)
San Antonio's internationally-acclaimed shopping destination center boasts over 200 specialty stores and restaurants. Located adjacent to the San Antonio International Airport, North Star is conveniently situated in the heart of the city. North Star is home to the largest cowboy boots in the world. They stand 40 feet high and 20 feet long! At North Star Mall you will find one-of-a-kind stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Pottery Barn Kids, Armani Exchange, Arden B., Montblanc, J.Crew, Oakley, The Cheesecake Factory, Talbots, Janie and Jack, in addition to well known names like Macy's, Apple, bebe, Coach, Sephora, Guess, and Steve Madden.
The Shops at La Cantera
5900 La Cantera Parkway San Antonio, TX 78256 (16.7 mi)
This open-air shopping center with tranquil surroundings and lush greenery and soothing water has over 160 specialty stores and major retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's and Dillard's. An additional 300,000 square feet of upscale shopping and restaurants, and first class office space has opened welcoming retailers such as aerie, Free People, Gilly Hicks, Metropark, Ruehl, United Colors of Benetton, Urban Outfitters, Vans and Zara.
849 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78205 (12.2 mi)
Experience landmark shopping and entertainment beside the Alamo on the banks of San Antonio's famed River Walk. Rivercenter has a unique collection of more than 100 stores, restaurants and theaters including Macy's, American Eagle, Brookstone, Chico's, IMAX and so much more!
San Antonio Spurs
One AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX 78219
The San Antonio Spurs, who call the AT&T Center home, have four NBA Champion titles: 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Their regular season runs from October through April.
San Antonio Rampage
One AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX 78219
As a member of the American Hockey League, the Rampage keep San Antonians on the edge of their seats from October through April.
San Antonio Missions Baseball
5757 Hwy. 90 West, San Antonio, TX 78227
Enjoy the mild South Texas sunshine at a Missions baseball game. The Missions are the Double-A Affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Their regular season runs from April through September.
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park
300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
A historical tour of some of the city's first landmarks.
University of Texas Institute of Texas Cultures
801 South Bowie Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
A fascinating museum honoring the heritages of the settlers who created Texas.
San Antonio Wine Tour: An all-day journey begins with a short trip to the German town of Fredericksburg, where you can shop at the local craft and antique stores. From there, tour three area wineries to learn how Texas wine is made and enjoy a wine tasting.
Star Shuttle Wine Tour: This tour is perfect for a "small party". You'll be picked up at Salado Creek Villas and driven to area vineyards. Recommendations are provided as to which wineries to visit based on the size of your group and time allotted.
Texas Wine Trails: There are five special Trail events planned through the year to enhance your Texas Hill Country Winery experience. All the trails are self-guided driving tours to be enjoyed at your leisure. www.texaswinetrail.com