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San Antonio's Fiesta

San Antonio’s Fiesta Offers Travelers a Lively Destination

Entering its 118th anniversary, Fiesta is returning to San Antonio, Texas April 16th through 26th for eleven days of citywide celebration jam-packed with over 100 events! First held in 1890, the inaugural Fiesta entertained a population barely above 38,000 with a parade to honor the soldiers of The Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto. Today, you can still experience the exact same parade held in 1890, The Battle of Flowers Parade, though that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Fashion fanatics will certainly enjoy the Miss Fiesta San Antonio. Those with a slightly cynical side may want to experience Cornyation, a performance taking light-hearted jabs at the current events of the San Antonio area. And fans of seafood will absolutely delight in the two-day St. Mary’s Oyster Bake.

A sample of other scheduled events includes Tejano Explosion, A Taste of New Orleans, Fiesta Pops, Incognito: Fiesta’s Masked Ball, 10k Walk: Caminada de Fiesta, Fiesta Blast Model Rocketry Meet, Randolph Art League Exhibit & Sale, Fiesta Mariachi Mass, Sticky Wickets Croquet Tournament, Fiesta Flower Show, and Pilgrimage to The Alamo.

To learn more about Fiesta and find specific details, visit the Fiesta San Antonio website.

One of the rides at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

And while Fiesta can certainly keep San Antonio visitors busy with its wealth of activities, there are a number of ‘must see’ parts of San Antonio that will not be directly connected to the festivities of Fiesta.

Those wanting to add genuine thrills to their San Antonio experience need look no further than Six Flags Fiesta Texas, open both weekends during Fiesta. At Six Flags Fiesta Texas, you’ll find over 47 rides ranging from the genuinely thrilling Goliath, an inverted coaster that reaches ten stories and features moments of zero-gravity, to Foghorn Leghorn’s Barnyard Railway, a gentle railway tour that is appropriate for even the youngest members of your travel party. Additionally, guests will find numerous live performances and other such attractions throughout the park for a full day of fun!

 

For those that would like to experience the thrills of Six Flags Fiesta Texas without the physical strain of thrill rides, SeaWorld is another iconic site in the San Antonio area. Most everyone is familiar with the friendly killer whale Shamu, though SeaWorld San Antonio is much more than a one-trick pony… or killer whale. Guests will find numerous other shows featuring the likes of dolphins and stunt water-skiing, along with general exhibits showcasing everything from cuddly penguins to terrifying sharks, and even a select few attractions such as a water park and arcade area.

For those that would like to experience the thrills of Six Flags Fiesta Texas without the physical strain of thrill rides, SeaWorld is another iconic site in the San Antonio area. Most everyone is familiar with the friendly killer whale Shamu, though SeaWorld San Antonio is much more than a one-trick pony… or killer whale. Guests will find numerous other shows featuring the likes of dolphins and stunt water-skiing, along with general exhibits showcasing everything from cuddly penguins to terrifying sharks, and even a select few attractions such as a water park and arcade area.

Up close with the dolphins
Hyatt Hill Country aerial view of the lazy river

 

Those needing lodging during their visit to Fiesta would do well to look into the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. Set on 200 acres, the Hyatt Regency present numerous on-site attractions including a 4-acre water park, health club, spa, golf club and even a nature trail throughout the premises, and is located directly across from SeaWorld San Antonio. To learn more, read Texas Outside's Review of the Hyatt Hill Country.

The Hyatt Regency Hill Country is well known for it superb 27 holes of golf. If you want to incorporate golf into your vacation or stay at the Hyatt, you're in heaven and the kids or spouse aren't going to miss your four hour absence with the fun things for them to do while you're golfing. The Hyatt offers three different Arthur Hill designed nine hole courses, each with their own unique character and challenges. All three nines are in excellent condition and very well maintained and landscaped. You can find a course and set of tee boxes that will challenge any skill level or a nine that is forgiving, relaxing, and fun to play. Read Texas Outside's review of the Oaks Course, Lakes Course, and the Creeks Course

 

Another popular lodging option in the area is the Westin La Cantera Resort. Six on-site swimming pools ensures you’ll never be greeted to an over crowded time at the pool, while the golf course that surrounds the setting is sure to present a lush backdrop to your stay. Additionally, for those looking for fun off-site, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is less than a half mile from the Westin La Cantera! Here is a link to Texas Outside's review of La Cantara.

La Cantara has two of Texas's top rated courses and if you want to learn more about each course read Texas Outside's review of the Resort Course and the Palmer Course.

Whether looking for a quick weekend getaway filled with non-stop entertainment or a full-scale family vacation combining the excitement of Fiesta with the thrills of San Antonio’s theme parks, anytime during the eleven days of Fiesta is a perfect time to get out and experience the San Antonio area!

One of La Cantara's fantastic golf holes

 

 

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