San Antonio & The Alamo

BY TARA BURKE

We’ve been hopping around on the blog lately, but as many of you know we went to Texas in November. Before we knew it the whirlwind of the holidays came and went and we still have a lot of Texas activities to fill you in on, such as our trip to San Antonio!

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On our first day there we went to see the Alamo. It was really cool to walk around in real life after seeing it in history books and hearing teachers recount the famous battle.

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The Alamo is filled with history. Not only is it the site of the battle of the Alamo in which the commander of the Alamo, William B. Travis, and renown members of the garrison, David Crockett and Jim Bowie defended the freedom of Texas, but it also served as a Spanish mission and later on as a general store. There really is nothing like learning more about historical events exactly where they happened.

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After the Alamo we went on some of the Riverwalk. It is a network of walkways that go along the San Antonio River. Parts of it are lined with stores and restaurants and it’s so pretty!

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The Riverwalk led us straight to lunch at The Buckhorn. The Buckhorn is also steeped in history as it was the site where Teddy Roosevelt recruited the Rough Riders and it houses one of the largest collections of taxidermy. Their collection is pretty vast and is displayed all over the saloon’s walls. It all started when the original owner had the idea to exchange antlers and horns for a free drink from his bar, and the collection just grew from there. We also visited the museum attached to the saloon which displays animals from all over the world, mock-ups of old western towns, fun optical illusion activities and more. We definitely weren’t in New York anymore and had a blast exploring some of the Texas culture!

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