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Experience San Antonio

When you plan a meeting in San Antonio, you’re crafting an unforgettable attendee experience that stretches beyond the conference room. And since San Antonio is a city of constant transformation, with new attractions, revitalized historic sites and exciting events popping up all the time, there’s always something unique and thrilling to discover.

Hemisfair
Hemisfair Park, the home of the 1968 World’s Fair, is undergoing a three-phase renovation project in order to create a mixed-use development in the heart of the city. The park is already a popular place for groups since it is easily accessible adjoining the convention center, and the new expansion will offer even more versatility while experiencing the local environment. The first phase of the project, Yanaguana Garden, is complete and open to the public.

Pearl
Long hailed as the home of Pearl Beer, this former brewery from the 1800s has been reimagined into a bustling neighborhood along the San Antonio River Walk. Its mix of reuse and new developments is home to Hotel Emma, the Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio campus, local boutiques, chef-driven restaurants, and a farmers market on Saturday and Sunday. New offerings include The Bottling Department, a food hall featuring five restaurant concepts and a bar area from top local chefs and restauranteurs, Hiatus Spa, as well as new events, culinary celebrations and exciting developments at the Pearl Farmers Market.

Southtown’s Reemergence
At the southern tip of historic downtown lies another popular neighborhood known as Southtown, an eclectic arts district set apart by its intermingling of 1800s German architecture, repurposed warehouses, art galleries and now an alluring culinary scene .


San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden completed the first phase of its expansion in early 2018. New additions include the Goldsbury Foundation Pavilion & CHEF Teaching Kitchen where groups can take part in interactive cooking activities that incorporate the bounty of the surrounding garden. In 2020, the Botanical Garden will unveil an all-new education and event center with an additional 9,000 square feet of rentable space featuring huge windows, sliding glass doors and a wraparound patio.

 

The Alamo Plan
The Alamo is undergoing renovations to enhance the reverence and dignity of the site. The master plan includes recreating sections of the Alamo that have been lost over time, adding a museum, making the plaza a pedestrian zone and developing a plan for preservation. Alamo venues are available for dinners, receptions and outdoor group activities. 

 

 

Ruby City (2019)
As part of its growing campus, Ruby City will be part of Linda Pace Foundation’s contemporary art center. Conceived by Linda Pace (1945-2007), and designed by Sir David Adjaye, the modern crimson-hued building will transform San Antonio's skyline as it houses the Foundation’s growing collection of more than 800 paintings, sculptures, installations and video works by contemporary artists from around the world. The public opening is planned for October 2019.

The Transformed Witte Museum
The Witte Museum has debuted its once-in-a-century transformation, bringing more than 170-thousand square feet of renovated and expanded exhibition space to the banks of the San Antonio River. The new Witte offers visitors the Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery, numerous galleries that explore the story of Texas through art and diverse collections, the H-E-B Body Adventure, and The South Texas Heritage Center, among other historic and cultural attractions on its 10-acre, garden-laden campus.

San Pedro Creek Culture Park
The first segment of the much-anticipated San Pedro Creek Culture Park – a one-of-a-kind urban greenspace located on the western edge of downtown San Antonio – officially debuted to the public on May 5, 2018. The world-class linear park transformed San Pedro Creek into a restored natural creek habitat and greenspace. Combining purpose with beauty, San Pedro Creek Culture Park offers group friendly public spaces and venues.

Confluence Park
South of downtown, Confluence Park is a new $13.7 million park designed for learning and recreation, inspiring visitors while teaching environmental science and sustainability. Featuring several pavilions, venues and green space, Confluence Park is a popular place for group events.

 

La Villita Historic Arts District
Downtown San Antonio art community, La Villita, is undergoing renovations. La Villita currently offers over 25 galleries, boutiques and restaurants in a nature-filled setting. The plan will add three locally owned restaurants, as well as infrastructure improvements by 2021.

 

Culinary
San Antonio’s restaurant culture has moved into the limelight as acclaimed chefs, as well as talented new chefs from the Culinary Institute of America San Antonio, continue to make their mark. In fact, in 2017 San Antonio was designated 'Creative City of Gastronomy' by UNESCO for its rich and confluent culinary scene. With the perfect combination of quality, variety and hospitality, dining in San Antonio offers incredible food served everywhere from upscale steak houses to humble food trucks.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Missions
San Antonio recently became home to the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the state of Texas. The five 18th-century missions (including the Alamo) that make up this site represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America and pay tribute to the ethnically diverse society that continues to influence our city. Four of these historic missions can be found on the beautiful, winding San Antonio Missions Trail, part of the eight-mile Mission Reach of the River Walk.


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