San Antonio is one of the most visited U.S. cities meeting the vacation and travel needs of some 26 million tourists each year. Among the many grand attractions for San Antonio visitors are the missions in the area and the city’s famous River Walk. Private aviation to San Antonio allows you to arrive in comfort and luxury whether you are taking a romantic trip to the city or bringing along the entire family to enjoy the experience.
About the River Walk
The San Antonio River Walk is located one story below street level in San Antonio that runs along the banks of the San Antonio River. The pedestrian street is lined with shops, restaurants, and other entertainment venues, including:
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- San Antonio Children’s Museum
- The Pearl Brewery
- Arneson River Theatre
- La Villita
- Marriage Island
- The Briscoe Western Art Museum
In addition to these, and many similar, attractions you will find that there are Segway tours, river boat tours, and scooter tours of the River Walk. Along the way, you will find many shops, stores, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants to tempt you too. The San Antonio River Walk is a shopper’s paradise. Flying private allows you plenty of extra space to bring home new acquisitions you discover along the River Walk.
The River Walk is also home to many events throughout the year, including the events listed below.
- Confucius Wishing Lanterns on the Water. This takes place February 4, 2017 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm and involves placing lanterns in the river. The lanterns represent the hopes, dreams, and wishes of those who place them in the water and can be used to honor loved ones. The festival includes music, dancing, and Asian-inspired food options.
- Mardi Gras Artisan Show. Set to take place February 24 – 26, 2017, the Mardi Gras Artisan show allows local and out-of-state vendors the opportunity to show their handmade jewelry, art, pottery, woodworking, and more.
- Mardi Gras River Parade and Festiva Live music, bright costumes, and lively entertainment hallmark this festive event which includes decorated floats as they travel down the San Antonio River throwing trinkets and beads to the audience along the River Walk.
- Artisan Shows. There is never a shortage of reasons to host artisan shows along the River Walk which is home to several throughout the year including a St. Patrick’s Day artisan show, a Fiesta Artisan Show, a Memorial Day Artisan Show, a Fourth of July Artisan Show, a Fall Artisan Show, and a Holiday Artisan Show.
There are also many daily, weekly, and monthly activities to enjoy along the River Walk that include things like the weekly Farmer’s Market held on Saturdays, Activities at Travis Park, Symphony at San Antonio Public Library, or the First Friday Art Walk.
The Missions of San Antonio
Mission Reach is an eight-mile stretch of land that offers recreational trails, picnic areas, bridges, pavilions, and seating areas while also serving as portals for four Spanish colonial missions that, along with The Alamo, have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO).
Flying in by private airplane to the missions of San Antonio allows you to arrange your schedule with all the time you need to fit one or all of these missions into your trip.
Mission San Jose
Established in 1720, San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo is the largest of the San Antonio missions. It was completed in 1782 and served as a sanctuary as well as a social and cultural center for the community.
Standing as the oldest unrestored church in the U.S. Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuna still looks much as it did when first constructed. The exterior was once home to geometric designs painted in vivid colors that have since faded. The interior paintings inside have fared the years much better.
Mission San Francisco de la Espada offers many touches that display everyday life in the mission when it was originally completed, including a well-preserved segment of the original irrigation system. A fire destroyed much of the complex in 1826, though the beautiful chapel and stone entrance archway remain.
Mission San Juan
Mission San Juan Capistrano was situated on fertile farmland that made it a leading supplier of produce within the area.
The four missions are all active parishes for the Catholic church holding regular services. They are all open to the public during park unless there is a wedding or funeral taking place.
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