San Antonio


2010: 1,327,407, #7 in U.S., #2 in Texas

1950: 408,442, #25 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 2,142,508, #25 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 500,460, #37 in U.S.


San Antonio was founded in 1718 as a fort on the San Antonio River. Today, the River Walk follows the river, one level below the city’s streets, and there are boat rides on the river. The University of Texas at San Antonio has a campus just west of downtown.


Tallest buildings: Tower of the Americas, 750 feet (1968), and Marriott Rivercenter, 546 feet (1988)

List of tallest buildings

The Tower of the Americas, built in Hemisfair Park for the 1968 World’s Fair, is an observation tower.


Rivercenter Mall (1988) has a Macy’s department store. Market Square and La Villita have a variety of shops, galleries, and restaurants.


Amtrak's Sunset Limited serves San Antonio three times a week in each direction, going west to El Paso and Los Angeles and east to Houston and New Orleans. The Texas Eagle goes north to Fort Worth, Dallas, St. Louis, and Chicago. Amtrak uses a small, new (1998) downtown station. The adjacent Southern Pacific Station, or Sunset Station (1902), is now used for special events.


The Alamo, the Institute of Texan Cultures, and the Buckhorn Museum and Texas Ranger Museum are downtown. The San Antonio Museum of Art is just north of downtown.

San Antonio from Tower of the Americas


The AMC Rivercenter 11 is a first-run movie theater. The Majestic Theatre (1929) is a restored movie palace that has touring Broadway shows and a variety of concerts, including the San Antonio Symphony.

The Empire Theatre (1913) and the Aztec Theatre (1926) have concerts and special events. Opera San Antonio was formed in 2012. The Lila Cockrell Theatre is in the Convention Center. The Magik Children's Theatre is also downtown.


The San Antonio Missions, Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, play at Wolff Municipal Stadium (1994), about eight miles west of downtown. The NBA San Antonio Spurs and the American Hockey League San Antonio Rampage play at the AT&T Center (2002), east of downtown. The Alamodome (1993), just east of downtown, has sporting events and other events.

Map of Downtown San Antonio

Convention and Visitors Bureau

San Antonio Architecture