Heritage, Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 1988 Page: 38
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Houston Zoological Gardens, 612 Zoo
Circle, Hermann Park (523-3211). Mountain
lions, snow leopards, and Siberian tigers will
be on display in their new habitat. The train
travels through park (Monday-Friday 10-6,
Saturday & Sunday till dark; 75). Open 7
days 9:30-6, except children's zoo, tropical
bird house, and gorilla house open MondaySaturday
10-4, Sunday 10-5. Free except aqua
Johnson Space Center, NASA Road off IH45
(1-483-4321). Training ground for the
astronauts. Inside the main building is a rocketry
exhibit and films are shown in the auditorium
throughout the day. Show times are
listed near the information desk. Guided tours
include Mission Control Center.
Armand Bayou Nature Center, 8600 Bay
Area Blvd. near Red Bluff (474-2551). Hundreds
of native plants grow here, including
hardy hibiscus, Drummond oaks, and chalk
maples. Tours leave on the hour starting at 10.
Cafeteria and gift shop. Visitor center open 7
days 9-4. Free.
Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby (956-0480,
or 759-1292 on weekends). Six of Houston's
oldest structures-five homes and a churchhave
been restored and furnished with 19thcentury
antiques. Tours on the half hour
Monday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-5. Reservations
necessary for groups of 10 or more. Gift
shop. Tea room Monday-Friday 11-1:30.
General admission $2, students 500, children
Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N.
Hackberry (299-7211). Open Monday-Friday
McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels
(824-5368). This Spanish-Mediterraneanstyle
building houses a permanent collection
of Postimpressionist French and contemporary
American painting and sculpture. Open
Tuesday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 2-5. Free.
San Antonio Art Institute, 6000 N. New
Braunfels (824-0531). Open Monday-Friday
11-5, Saturday 9-Noon. Free.
San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones
(226-5544). Former brewery has collections
of American fine and decorative arts, Spanish
Colonial and pre-Columbian art, photography,
and oriental art. Special exhibits include
Mexican folk art depictions of St. James the
Greater, masterpieces of Near Eastern art from
the Avery Brundage collection, and mixed
media by Mexican American artists. Open
Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, Thursday till 9, Sunday
Noon-5. General admission $3, children
$1, under 5 free. Thursday 3-9 everyone free.
Botanical Gardens, Funston PI. & N. New
Braunfels (821-5115). Paths wander through
gardens of roses, aquatic flora, and native
plants. Informal horticultural workshops
Saturdays at 10. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9-6.
General admission $1.75, children 65.
POINTS OF INTEREST
The Alamo, Alamo Plaza (222-1693). A mission
in 1718 and a battlefield in 1836, the
Alamo chapel is Texas' most visited historic
site. Despite the diminished size (the grounds
were reduced over the years), you can still
imagine the legendary moments: Travis' letter
swearing "Victory or Death," the line in the
courtyard dust, and Santa Anna's order of no
quarter. Open Monday-Saturday 9-5:30,
Sunday 10-5:30. Free.
La Villita, S. Presa &Villita (299-8610). This
serene village of 19th-century caliche, adobe
and brick buildings houses arts and crafts
shops. Open 7 days 10-5. Free.
Market Square, W. Commerce & Santa Rosa
(299-8600) Largest Mexican market in the
U.S. with shops, restaurants and a farmer's
market. Open 7 days 10-6.
Riverwalk/Paseo del Rio, downtown (2274262).
Three winding miles of bridges, cafes,
shops and tropical plants. Open 7 days 24
hours. Free. Via ramp on W. Crockett across
from La Mansi6n del Rfo Hotel, ramp at Casa
Rio restaurant, or elevators at Hilton Palacio
del Rio, Marriott, and Hyatt Regency.
San Antonio Missions. Established along the
San Antonio River between 1718 and 1740,
the missions strengthened Hispanic culture in
the New World. Franciscans acted as teachers
and pastors for the resident Indians. Open 7
days 9-6. Free. Donations accepted. Mission
Concepci6n, 807 Mission Rd. (229-5732).
Although the compound is now gone, the old
est stone church in the U.S. has changed little
in over two centuries. Mission San Francisco
de la Espada, Espada Rd. (627-2064). The
structures that remain are the stone chapel,
cloisters and convent. Built in 1720, the Espada
acequia system still works. Mission San
Jose, Roosevelt & San Jose (922-2731). The
spacious Queen of the Missions includes a
granary, mill, and Indian quarters. Mission
San Juan Capistrano, GrafRd. (532-3154). A
mixture of reconstructed buildings and ruins
makes up the compound.
San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary's; also
3700 block of Broadway south of Witte Museum
(734-7183). Pink flamingos greet you in
the former limestone quarry. Favorite exhibits
are the children's petting zoo, aviary, seal
pool, and cliffside grottoes for cats. Newly
opened Kid's Komer has petting animals and
enclosed towers, slides, and bridges for children.
Open 7 days 9:30-6:30. General admission
$4, children $2, under 3 free.
Spanish Governor's Palace, 105 Military
Plaza (224-0601). Although hardly palatial by
modem standards, the Spanish Colonial residence
was the headquarters for Spanish governments
in Texas from 1772, to 1822. Open
Monday-Saturday 9-5,Sunday 10-5.250-50.
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