Just south of central Texas lies the beautiful city of San Antonio. Crowned as the second most populous city in both Texas and the South, San Antonio is also the seventh most populous city in the United States. Founded as a Spanish mission and colonial outpost in 1718, the city has expanded greatly in the 300 years since its founding. Nevertheless, as we explore the many treasures the city has to offer, you’ll see just why over 2 million people now call San Antonio “home”.
How is San Antonio’s Weather?
San Antonio is known for its mild climate, as temperatures can range from the low 40s in the winter and the mid 90s in the summer. San Antonian’s never need to worry about shoveling snow, but instead can enjoy their convertibles throughout most of the year. They don’t even have to worry too much about rain, as, on average, those who call San Antonio home see 220 sunny days out of the year.
Who Lives in San Antonio?
San Antonio is deeply rooted in its Spanish heritage. In 1691, the city received its name from a Spanish expedition for Saint Anthony of Padua. To this day, traces of the city’s Spanish foundation can be seen across the land. Explore the city and you’ll find five 18th-century Spanish frontier missions, which includes The Alamo, a common tourist attraction.
Beyond its Spanish heritage, San Antonio has a rich, diverse community. Of the more than 2 million people, you can find just about every type of nationality and culture throughout the city. The strong diversity contributes to the city’s rich art, history, and amazing food you’ll find in its various neighborhoods.
In 2018, San Antonio celebrates its 300th year anniversary (along with Boston, New Orleans, and San Francisco) with an array of public art commissions, history and culture events, as well as amazing food festivals. The Tricentennial celebration has been coined “San Antonio 300” and aims to not only serve as a celebration but also serve as an event where people from all walks of life can come together and learn about the cultural destination’s unique story.
Even when San Antonio is not celebrating a birthday, you’ll find an array of festivals and celebrations happening. One of which is the annual Fiesta San Antonio. Fiesta San Antonio began in 1891 as a way to honor the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. In over 100 years of celebration, the festival has grown into one of the country’s greatest festivals, bringing in more than $340 million for the city.
What’s Life like in San Antonio?
Living in San Antonio is not only great for families, but for people from all walks of life. The city is close to the Texas Hill Country, which offers beautiful rolling hills, countryside and an expanse of quaint small towns, all teeming with various outdoor activities. People from all walks of life can enjoy the various hiking trails, canoeing, wineries, and boat rides on the nearby Colorado river.
There are more than 30 private schools and charter schools within San Antonio, and 31 higher-education institutions that strive to educate over 100,000 students.
For singles who prefer to be in the heart of the city, Downtown San Antonio serves as the urban core, encompassing famous structures, attractions, and businesses. Housing the central business district, Downtown San Antonio is perfect for the single career driven individual.
For those who have already settled down and started a family, San Antonio has beautiful suburban neighborhoods such as Boerne, New Braunfels and Schertz, all of which offer quiet, but never dull suburban life that everyone can enjoy and appreciate.
The city also has a great appreciation for the military, housing one of the largest concentrations of military bases in the country. Being home to the Lackland Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, and more, the city employs over 89,000 active service members.
There’s never a dull moment in San Antonio. There is a plethora of shopping attractions, tourist attractions, and family friendly activities. From summer thrills like Six Flags Fiesta Texas, to anytime attractions like the iFly indoor skydiving and the San Antonio River Walk, San Antonio is a rich melting pot of heritage and culture that everyone can enjoy.
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