HemisFair Park in San Antonio

San Antonio is one of my favorite day trips from Austin.  I could stroll along the River Walk for hours and be perfectly content (especially if that stroll ended with lunch at Casa Rio).  Every time we return, we discover something new.  This week, it was HemisFair Park.

If you follow the River Walk toward Rivercenter Mall, but veer right just before the mall and walk under the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (which used to be closed for construction, but is now filled with waterways and canoodling teenagers), you will emerge in HemisFair Park!  Starting at the base of the Tower of the America’s, the park is filled with fountains, artwork, historic buildings, and a playground.

Built on the site of HemisFair ’68, the first World’s Fair to be held in the southwestern United States, the area was redeveloped as a park in 1986.  If there is one thing San Antonio does well, it is water.  There is water everywhere!  

I think this fountain would be nice to walk under on a toasty summer day.

There are many interesting sculptures and works of art in the park, although sadly, several of them have been vandalized.

My husband is not actually touching this head, lest you lump him in with the art vandals!  He felt it necessary to pose “for scale.”

And finally, the playground.  A giant wooden fort, this play area is similar in style to Georgetown’s Creative Playscape and San Marcos’ Children’s Playground.  It’s a great place for kids to run, where you don’t have to worry about them falling in a river.

For more information on HemisFair Park, visit the City of San Antonio website.

Where is your favorite free spot to go in San Antonio?  I’m always looking for an excuse to go back! 

Image credit: Did you notice that the first photo was significantly nicer than the rest?  That’s because Jessica Gollub took it, with her super fancy camera.

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