1401 N. Harborth Ave.
Three Rivers, TX 78071
Phone: (361) 786-3563
Fax: (361) 786-2628
1401 N. Harborth Ave., Three Rivers, TX, US, 78071
- Phone: (361) 786-3563
- Fax: (361) 786-2628
The wilderness that is now known as San Antonio and South Texas was primarily settled by Spanish Catholic priests. And apparently priests with exquisite taste in architecture. Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada, the four historical missions that compose what is known as the Mission Trail, all possess very distinct and beautiful detailing in their designs and constructions. The history behind each is intriguing; as far as attractions go, this one is definitely a "must see." Admission is free.
For lovers of history, architecture and antiques, this home is a must-see. Built in 1876, this three-story, French Second Empire-style home belonged to prominent citizen Edward Steves. The interior is decorated with original pieces from the era. Incidentally, the one-story River House behind the home housed the first indoor swimming pool in the city. Since 1954, the San Antonio Conservation Society has maintained the homestead as a historic house museum.
Members of the Unitarian church strive to achieve a universal means for understanding and living religion. It encourages all members to participate in the church and its operations, and it welcomes members of all backgrounds. As a part of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the congregation promises through its covenant to promote "the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; a free and responsible search for truth and meaning; the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Originally created as the grounds for the 1968 Worlds Fair, this park is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Stroll through the park's 12 acres of fountains, pools and beautifully landscaped grounds or cavort on the Downtown All Around Playground. Built entirely by volunteers, this playground features wooden play areas designed by kids, including a space tunnel and a castle—perfect for letting little imaginations run wild. Also located on the park grounds are the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Tower of the Americas.
Sure, a little pampering never hurt anyone. But at this spa, there's so much pampering to be had you could spoil yourself rotten. Services include massage, herbal scrubs and wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures and more. Indulgence can also be packaged into one-hour, two-hour, half-day and full-day treatments using Baden Baden stress reduction and relaxation therapies. Reservations are preferred. Services are by appointment.
The Alamo Visitor Center can provide the help you need, whether you want to make hotel reservations, purchase tickets to local attractions, book a tour of San Antonio or just obtain general information the city. The staff can provide many of its services over the phone. However, if you go downtown, be sure to stop in the Center so you can pick up free brochures on events and attractions in the downtown area. Tourist information personnel will be there to assist you. They are located just inside the Menger Hotel next to the Alamo. Most information is provided free on behalf of San Antonio (excluding some souvenir items), but tips are always welcome.
Originally the Mission San Antonio del Valero, the Alamo is by far the most famous historical site in Texas, playing a significant role in Texas' quest for independence from Mexico. Under the command of Col. William Travis, 189 Texan soldiers bravely defended this fort for 13 days before finally succumbing to Santa Anna's massive Mexican army in early 1836. The chapel and the Long Barrack are all that remain of the fort. Saved from civilian apathy by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the mission is now a museum containing relics from the era. Narrated tours are available.
Although construction did not begin until 1749, this cathedral was established in 1731 by the Canary/Spanish Islanders, who sought to build their own place of worship. It is the oldest cathedral sanctuary in the United States. The famous Alamo defender James Bowie was married here and during the siege of the Alamo Santa Anna used it as an observation post. Notable historic figures Bowie, William Travis and Davy Crockett are buried here. The cathedral still draws huge crowds for Mass and always welcomes visitors.
This former home of Jose Antonio Navarro is now one of the best, but least known, gems of the city's history. Navarro was a prominent rancher and statesman and was one of only two native Texans of Mexican nationality to sign Texas' declaration of independence from Mexico. Built in 1848, the home was preserved by the San Antonio Conservation Society and now operates as a small museum conducting informative, interactive tours. Special activities are available for children as well.
The Spanish Governor's Palace is the "most beautiful building" in the city according to the National Geographic Society. This national historic landmark was originally the official residence of the Governor of the Spanish Province of Texas in the late 18th Century. Visiting the building is like taking a step back in time; it is replete with period furnishings, small rooms with low ceilings, and thick stucco walls. The cobblestone patio features beautiful foliage and a fountain supposedly haunted by a former resident. Most noteworthy is the original keystone over the entrance, which bears the carved, double-headed eagle from the Hapsburg coat of arms along with an inscription, in Spanish, reading "finished in 1749."
The oldest Presbyterian church in the city, its services draw members and visitors from all neighborhoods. As the mission states, members believe they are called "to proclaim and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed, so that we and all people, far and near, will come to trust Him as Lord and Savior, be motivated to practice His teaching in every area of life, and discover here a community of service in order to be a visible sign of God's love for all people. The church's day care center is one of the best in the city, with a strong curriculum and highly qualified teachers; as a result, the waiting list is long.
Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, across from Travis Park, this beautiful church was home to the first United Methodist congregation in the city. Built in the mid-19th century, Travis Park United Methodist Church features a double-aisled sanctuary, finely detailed stained glass windows and majestic spires. Served by an ordained minister, Travis Park United Methodist Church welcomes people of all faiths for Sunday worship.