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About San Antonio

Being the 8th largest U.S. city, San Antonio is a great place to have fun all year, even in the winter, as the coolest months are often full of mild, sunny days. The culture and beauty of the city are celebrated in its famous River Walk (Paseo del Rio), historic missions (including the Alamo), theme parks, and museums.

The city works hard and plays hard. At work, San Antonio is a leader in U.S. telecommunications, biomedical research, tourism, international trade, medical services and many other industries.

At play, the brilliance of the night life in clubs and restaurants, downtown and throughout the city, is balanced by plenty of daytime excitement at area waterparks and theme parks. Top attractions include Schlitterbahn (the world’s largest waterpark), Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World, and the San Antonio Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Do not overlook the opportunities for shopping at San Antonio’s largest fashion mall (North Star), the Mexican Market (El Mercado), factory outlet shops, and the intimate specialty shops within walking distance of the university.

The city is home to the NBA San Antonio Spurs, and internationally diverse team represented by different countries. There are also many opportunities to enjoy high school and university sports events in everything from baseball to American football. Those who prefer to participate will find ample opportunities to play tennis, get into a friendly basketball game, play racquetball, or play volleyball right on the UIW campus. Or, hit the links on one of the city’s many fine public golfcourses.

Visitors often enjoy exploring the unique culture and colorful history of San Antonio in its world-class museums of art, natural history and anthropology. The various cultural influences that make up the modern city of San Antonio are brought together in imaginative, educational exhibits at the Institute of Texan Cultures, which is located at the foot of the Tower of the Americas,where visitors can enjoy fun and dining with a panoramic view of the entire city.

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