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San Antonio Filled With Fun And Culture Throughout 300th Anniversary In 2018

As 2018 makes its debut, the city of San Antonio is gearing up for its biggest celebration yet—its 300th anniversary. From unique art exhibitions, culinary events, and festivals to family fun at theme parks and exciting openings, 2018 will be a can’t-miss year for the Alamo City.

San Antonio has received a number of recognitions and accolades, including being selected as one of the “50 Best Places to Travel in 2018” by Travel + Leisure and being named to National Geographic Traveler’s “2018 Best of the World” list, its annual lineup of the 21 must-see destinations to visit in the year ahead. Additional recognitions include Fodor’s “Go List” for 2018, as well as both Conde Nast Traveler and Frommer’s naming the city a must-visit destination.

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The city will celebrate all year long with events, activities, and initiatives that will carry San Antonio into the next 300 years. Unique experiences and celebrations awaiting travelers to San Antonio in 2018 include:


San Antonio Cocktail Conference 2018 (January 10 – 14): San Antonio Cocktail Conference is back for its seventh year with exciting new events and friendly familiar favorites. Guests can look forward to new events like Cocktails Under the Sea on Saturday, January 13 at La Villita Assembly Hall, and the Tasting Suites, now taking place at the beautiful and historic St. Anthony Hotel, also home to Friday night’s Waldorf on the Prairie.

Recent Restaurant Openings:

Boss Bagel and Coffee (August 2017): CIA (Culinary Institute of America) alums Brannon and Christie Soileau opened this specialty bagel shop where bagels are a hybrid of Montreal and New York bagel-making techniques—making their own dough, hand-rolling, boiling in honey water, and baking in a Wood Stone brand oven.

Range (September 2017): The newest restaurant from Chef Jason Dady is a modern American chophouse showcasing the bounty of the Texas Hill Country.

Nonna Osteria (November 2017): The historic Fairmount Hotel debuted its Italian restaurant, Nonna Osteria, in November 2017. The restaurant is led by chef Luca Della Casa and features classic items like pasta bolognese and margherita pizza as well as more progressive dishes like octopus, wild boar and fritters with salt cod.

Burgerteca (December 2017): Developed by renowned Chef Johnny Hernandez, Burgerteca is a never-done-before burger concept that offers custom-made burgers with ingredients and flavors distinct to traditional Mexican food.

Upcoming openings:

Maverick Whiskey (Spring 2018): This brand new specialty bar will feature spirits handmade in San Antonio with limestone purified aquifer water and aged Texas-made Oak barrels in the tradition of the original Alamo Whiskey™ from 1836. Located at the corner of the original Maverick Homestead and steps from The Alamo, Maverick Whiskey will be housed in the restored Historic Lockwood Bank Building (1918) and will feature a one-of-a-kind distillery, tasting saloon, and gathering space that honors the Alamo’s heroes and the rich history of San Antonio’s early settlers.

Villa Rica (early 2018): A brand-new restaurant concept from locally renowned Chef Johnny Hernandez that will open soon in San Antonio’s Riverwalk Mission Reach. The menu will feature fresh Mexican seafood dishes, including coastal inspired tacos and tostadas, all prepared from non-GMO, stone-ground corn. Latin-inspired cocktails will round out the offerings.


Botanica Music and Arts Festival (March 3 – 4): 2018 will mark the first of the annual Botánica Music & Arts Festival. Featured musical acts include Major Lazer, Logic, Deftones, Alessia Cara, and many more. More than 40 performers will be showcased at the two-day festival at La Cantera in the Six Flags Fiesta Texas parking lot.

NCAA Final Four Weekend (March 31, April 2): The Final Four is returning to San Antonio in 2018 during the city’s 300th anniversary celebration, which will include a three-day NCAA March Madness Music Festival that will be held in San Antonio’s Hemisfair Park beneath the Tower of the Americas. Past performers at the music festival include Aerosmith, Maroon 5, Pitbull, Bruce Springsteen, The Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Fergie, and Rihanna.

Fiesta (April 19 – 29): April is host to one of the most popular festivals in the Alamo City, when the streets of San Antonio are filled with music, confetti, and fun for Fiesta. Fiesta is one of the nation’s premier festivals with an economic impact of more than $340 million for the city. The week-long festival has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures with events, concerts, parades, and more.

Maverick Music Festival (April, 2018 dates TBA): San Antonio’s only locally-grown music festival, Maverick Music Festival, will be returning for its sixth year in 2018. Past performances include Bastille, Carla Morrison, The Naked and Famous, De La Soul, and more.

Tricentennial Commemorative Week (May 1 – 6): The joy and pride of San Antonio will vividly come to life during the Tricentennial Commemorative Week. Six solid days will be filled with educational, artistic, and entertaining events that showcase the collective essence of San Antonio.

Mala Luna (October, 2018 date TBA): Mala Luna music festival will expand to its third year in 2018. The two-day hip hop and electronic dance music (EDM) festival combines national headlining music performers with homegrown musicians, artists, and merchants for an exciting cultural experience.

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival (November, 2018 dates TBA): A free, two-day art, music, and performance festival, Luminaria brings together an inspiring mix of local and international talent of multiple art disciplines to exemplify San Antonio’s more than 300-year history of a being a crossroads between diverse cultures.

Viva Hemisfair! (April 6 – 8): A three-phase renovation project will enhance the downtown San Antonio experience by bringing additional open park space, activities, restaurants, and more to Hemisfair Park, the home of the 1968 World’s Fair. The Viva Hemisfair event on April 6-8, 2018, will mark 50 years to the date since the grand opening of the 1968 World’s Fair. For three days, the district will be filled with cultural zones, music performances, public art, historical exhibits, and throwbacks to the 1968 Fair. For more information, visit

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Witte Museum Transformation (March 2017 – Now Open): The Witte Museum recently debuted its once-in-a-century transformation, bringing more than 170-thousand square feet of renovated and expanded exhibition space to the banks of the San Antonio River.

Botanical Garden Major Expansion (October 2017 – Now Open): The 33-acre San Antonio Botanical Garden has added eight acres that will bring dramatic new opportunities for guests to explore and connect with nature and discover the value of plants, water, freshly grown food, and the outdoors. Major additions include a discovery complex, culinary garden and outdoor kitchen, family adventure garden, and more.

San Antonio Museum of Art (February 16 – May 13, 2018): In 2018, the San Antonio Museum of Art will present San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico, which tells the story of the city’s first century through more than one hundred landscapes, portraits, narrative paintings, sculptures, and devotional and decorative objects.

The DoSeum: Set on a 5.5-acre site on Broadway Street in the city’s Broadway Reach district, The DoSeum is a fun and fascinating place where kids can create, make, build, invent, discover, think, dream, and do.


Morgan’s Inspiration Island: On June 2017, San Antonio welcomed Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park where guests of all ages and abilities can get wet and have fun together. Located next to Morgan’s Wonderland in what once was a rock quarry, Morgan’s Inspiration Island features five major tropically-themed splash pads, the River Boat Adventure ride and support facilities such as the Wheelchair Valet, where guests can transfer out of their battery-powered wheelchairs into waterproof wheelchairs for maximum aquatic fun. In October, the park was honored with the Leading Edge Award from the World Waterpark Association (WWA).

New Attractions and Events at SeaWorld & Aquatica: A Sesame Street parade, a waterslide, a summer celebration, and a beer festival are among the new experiences coming to SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio in 2018. SeaWorld will also expand its existing event offerings, packing in more dates and a lot more fun for 2018, including a Wild Days celebration, the Seven Seas Food & Wine Festival, Howl-O-Scream, Christmas Celebration, and more.

Sea Life Aquarium & LEGOLAND Discovery Center: Two premier family attractions, SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center, are scheduled to open in the Shops at Rivercenter in 2018. SEA LIFE is the world’s biggest aquarium brand and highlights spectacular displays of diverse marine life. LEGOLAND Discovery Center will be the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground and will offer a range of themed LEGO play areas, creative workshops with LEGO Master Model Builders, exciting LEGO-themed rides, party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations, as well as the popular MINILAND exhibit which will reflect the buildings and skyline of San Antonio.

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas: The world’s first single-rail coaster will premiere at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2018 as the park completes its DC Super Hero Trilogy of Rides with the first-ever Wonder Woman-themed coaster.

About Visit San Antonio:
Visit San Antonio is a 501(c)6, and serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomes 20.9 million overnight leisure visitors annually. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $13.6 billion into the local economy and employing more than 130,000. More information about Visit San Antonio can be found at

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Fall is for Festivals in New Braunfels!

A festival vacation – colorful, energetic, and culturally immersive – is a terrific way to meet locals and enjoy a new experience. In New Braunfels Fall is festival season and the mild temperatures and scenic Texas Hill Country make it a perfect vacation destination. Get away with your BFF or enjoy a romantic holiday with the love of your life. It’s a vacation to remember!

There are art festivals, craft beer pubs and wineries to visit. There’s outdoor recreation like cycling, running, kayaking and stand-up paddling. It’s often still warm enough to float the two fantastic rivers in a tube. Check some of the “festival” fun you can have in the Fall in New Braunfels:

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Outdoor Adventure Awaits in San Antonio this Spring Break

Outdoor fun, theme park thrills and adrenaline-pumping excursions await in San Antonio this Spring Break. It’s not your average town and not your average adventure. Around every street corner and bend of the river there’s history to be made.

Here are just a few ways to live up the great outdoors in and around San Antonio:

  • Kayak the San Antonio River Walk’s Mission Reach
    Explore one of the most notable sites in the world by kayak. San Antonio‘s Mission Reach is the southern stretch of the famous River Walk. This wildflower-lined section connects four of the city’s five Spanish colonial missions which have recently been designated a World Heritage Site.
  • Spelunk at Natural Bridge Caverns
    Explore natural beauty in the recesses of the earth at Natural Bridge Caverns. For first-timers and avid cavers alike, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience hard to forget. Choose from a cave walking tour or opt for the ultimate underground adventure tour where guests climb, hike, rappel and explore caverns that are thousands of years in the making. Towering stone monuments, glistening soda straws and waves of colorful cave ribbons await.
  • Combine views and an adrenaline rush at Skydive San Marcos
    The best Texas Hill Country views just might be 12,000 feet in the air. Take in the scenery aboard a turbine-powered aircraft before diving in with experts from Skydive San Marcos, just north of San Antonio.
  • San Antonio by Trail
    Explore San Antonio‘s more than 50 miles of hiking and bike trails that run through neighborhoods and downtown – connecting parks, hotels and noteworthy spots including Pearl and the San Antonio museum district. Trail stewards are on site to help with questions and directions.
  • Theme Park Thrills
    Playtime in San Antonio means one thing: Texas-sized adventure. Whether young or young at heart, big thrills are plentiful at the Alamo City’s world-class theme parks.

    • Wild Days at SeaWorld San Antonio (March 4 – 26)
      SeaWorld San Antonio’s Spring Break features 250-acres of family fun. For four weekends in March and the entire week of March 11-19, SeaWorld San Antonio hosts celebrity wildlife experts – including TV favorite Jack Hanna – as they explore the wonders of the animal kingdom. Additional special shows include SeaWorld Live, Flying High and all new this year, Texas Untamed, an up-close look at the native wildlife of the Lone Star State. SeaWorld’s water park, Aquatica, will be open and travelers can add in a trip to Discovery Point to swim with the dolphins.
    • Mardi Gras Festival at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (March 24 – April 30)
      It’s a Fiesta Texas-style Mardi Gras Festival, featuring Mardi Gras-themed food, merchandise, park décor and a parade with floats that have been artfully created by world-renowned New Orleans float designers, KernStudios. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is stocked full of rides, shows and attractions all themed around the cultures of Texas, from pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for tots and the White Water Bay water park.
    • Spring Break at Morgan’s Wonderland (March 13-18)
      This 25-acre, ultra-accessible park, designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone, will offer special entertainment in addition to its rides and attractions. Included will be “The Magic of Friendship,” a 20-minute interactive variety show in which guests will learn about inclusion and the art of making friends through the power of magic; musical performances; exhibitions by acrobatic dogs; feats of magic; appearances by the theme park’s butterfly mascot Joy; and members of The Wonder Squad, Morgan’s Wonderland super heroes.

While in town, stop by the Visitor Information Center across from the Alamo to grab a map, get more ideas on what to explore and have your San Antonio questions answered. Getaway packages, discounts and more information can be found at

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Spring Break in New Braunfels

Looking for a Spring Break that’s a great family value? Check out New Braunfels in the Texas Hill Country. No children? Looking for a break from winter with your BFFs or significant other? Enjoy an “under the radar” Spring Break opportunity to celebrate the changing season. There’s a little outdoor adventure, some theme park fun and music and romance waiting for everyone:

Spring Break for Families

Destinations like New Braunfels offer a great Spring Break value for families with younger children looking for a budget-friendly easy to manage getaway.

“Shoulder seasons provide a great opportunity for families,” says Judy Young, the New Braunfels Convention and Visitors Bureau Director. “Resort areas like New Braunfels have the infrastructure. New Braunfels entertains thousands of families during the summer. Springtime offers many of the same attractions. People don’t think about how mild our weather is this time of year – perfect for outdoor fun. And we’re a smaller, easy to navigate and safer place for children.”

Explore these family attractions in New Braunfels and the Texas Hill Country:

  • Water Recreation – People flock to New Braunfels in the summertime for the Comal and Guadalupe rivers and Canyon Lake. Mild spring days see a high temperature averaging 72 degrees February through April. Perfect for kayaking, rafting, and fishing the rivers plus boating on the lake. And, kids will love these water-oriented attractions:
    • Schlitterbahn Waterpark – Blastenhoff is open for Spring Break with great rides like the Master Blaster and The Torrent.
    • Texas Ski Ranch – It’s a 70-acre action sports park with a great cable lake for all levels of water sports enthusiasts. You can wakeboard, ski, snowboard, skateboard and SUP! There’s a beach and a spring-loaded trampoline park, too.
  • Outdoor Fun
    • Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch – Check out ostrich feathers, zebra ears and buffalo noses up close and personal. It’s 450 acres with 500 animals – 40 exotic, native and endangered animal species to see and photograph.
    • Natural Bridge Caverns – See massive, other-worldly formations formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Take on the sky-high Canopy Challenge. Make it through a 5,000 square foot outdoor maze and pan for gems, fossils and other treasures.
    • Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre – Create a unique memory. Enjoy a night under the stars at a brand new “Back to the Future” drive-in movie theater!
  • Fun History and Culture
    • New Braunfels Museums – Let the imagination go at McKenna Children’s Museum. Lend-A-Hand Ranch, Destination Space and more provide inspiration. Visit the Sophienburg Archives & Museum. See what traveling by ship from Germany to Texas was like. Check out Heritage Village, the Railroad Museum, and a historic murals “museum” downtown.
    • Historic Gruene Texas – Teach the kids to two-step at Texas’ Oldest Dance Hall like generations of Texans before you. Show them the toys grandparents played with in the antique shops. Have lunch on a giant deck overlooking the Guadalupe River. Stop by the General Store for some fudge or ice cream.
    • Downtown New Braunfels – Take a stroll and delight the kids. There are bakery shops, pizza parlors and fire engine and train museums downtown. Landa Park has a miniature train ride, playscapes and camping/picnicking areas.

Taking a Break with your BFF/Significant Other

Looking for a vacation or long weekend break from winter? No children doesn’t mean no Spring Break! Grab your BFF or SO and go! Enjoy most of the same attractions a family does, plus some unique opportunities:

  • Grown-Up Play In New Braunfels
    • Hill Country Craft Beer Tour – Taste some great craft beer as you explore the Texas Hill Country. Full & Half Day Guided and Shuttled Tours are available!
    • Live Music Dance Halls & Honky Tonks – If you love live music, New Braunfels has a lot to offer: Gruene Hall, Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, River Road Ice House, Phoenix Saloon, The Watering Hole Saloon, River Hofbrau, and Freiheit Country Store and many more.
    • Wining & Dining – Five million people visit the 51 Texas Hill Country wineries annually. New Braunfels is a great home base for exploring them – including the local ones. Unique, independent restaurants offer dining on the banks of the Guadalupe, tasty Tex Mex, authentic German dishes and barbecue, of course!
    • Wildflowers – There’s nothing like a drive through the Texas Hill Country. In springtime bluebonnets paint the hills reflecting those clear blue Texas skies. Take a camera for some amazing photo opportunities.

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New Family-Friendly Tourist Destination Under Construction in Alabama

Poarch Band of Creek Indians Unveil New Tourist Destination Complex Projected to Bring 1 Million New Visitors to Alabama Features Amusement Park, Marriott Hotel, Proximity to Sports Complex.

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians today unveiled detailed plans for its first-class, family-friendly tourist destination currently under construction near Alabama’s most popular beaches.

The development’s name, Owa, means “big water” in the Muscogee Creek language. Owa “big water” refers to the 14-acre lake at the center of the unique project that features a themed amusement park, a 150-room Marriott Town Place Suites hotel, and a wide selection of restaurant and shopping opportunities.

The 520-acre Owa development is adjacent to the City of Foley’s $40 million sports tourism complex which features 16 state-of-the-art outdoor fields and a 90,000 square foot indoor events center that is slated to open in the summer of 2017. The two projects will provide a seamless experience for “sport families” who travel to the area specifically for tournaments, but who will avail themselves of opportunities offered by Owa to entertain the entire family.

Owa, located just off the Foley Beach Express and County Road 20, is just 9 miles from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. While that area of the State already hosts 6.2 million each year, Owa is expected to bring in an additional 1 million visitors annually.

Phase One of Owa, which includes the 150-room hotel, retail and dining spaces, amusement park and lake will open Summer 2017. Future plans call for a waterpark, additional hotels, a condominium complex and a resort level RV park. When complete, total investment in the development will top $500 million.

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