San Antonio (May 17, 2023) — San Antonio, the birthplace of Tex-Mex culture and home to the iconic San Antonio River Walk, officially joined the CityPASS® family of partner destinations yesterday. The new San Antonio CityPASS ticket bundles deeply discounted, prepaid admission to several top Alamo City attractions into one easy-to-use mobile ticket.
Visitors to San Antonio can now save 35% on combined admission to their choice of any four attractions from a list of seven celebrated options:
- Go Rio San Antonio River Cruises
- San Antonio Botanical Garden
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- San Antonio Zoo
- The DoSeum
- The Tower of The Americas
- Witte Museum
Note: Attractions do not need to be selected at the time of ticket purchase and can be visited in any order.
Go Rio offers 35-minute narrated cruises along the San Antonio River in brand-new electric barges that are as quiet as they are colorful. The tours take passengers on an enchanting journey through San Antonio’s history, from La Villita, the city’s first neighborhood and the spot on which Mexican General Santa Anna placed his cannon line during the pivotal Battle of the Alamo; to the Old Mill Crossing, where Teddy Roosevelt trained his famous “Rough Riders,” the nickname for the 1st U.S. Volunteer Calvary in the Spanish-American War.
Architectural points of interest include “Selena’s Bridge,” a graceful arched-stone bridge that was used for the marriage proposal scene in the 1997 movie “Selena,” based on the story of Tejano music superstar Selena Quintanilla-Pérez; and the Hyatt Regency Hotel, specially designed so that its height would never cast a shadow on the Alamo in the setting sun.
Go Rio San Antonio River Cruises are the perfect way for visitors to acquaint themselves with the River Walk, a meandering 15.2-mile (24.5 kilometers) series of waterways and walkways divided into three sections. The Downtown segment of the River Walk is populated with hotels, restaurants, shopping, and public art.
North of the River Walk’s Downtown section is a segment called Museum Reach. Several CityPASS partner attractions are clustered in this area, including the San Antonio Museum of Art, The DoSeum, and the Witte Museum.
A visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art takes guests around the world on an exploration of 5,000 years of art, people and culture. The museum occupies a complex of buildings that once housed the Lone Star Brewery. SAMA’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art is named for the former U.S. vice president whose 2,500-piece collection of folk art formed the basis for the center. In addition to a Latin American collection that spans the ages from the ancient Americas to the present, SAMA also has one of the most comprehensive displays of ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian art in the southern United States.
The Witte Museum is where nature, science and culture meet. In the Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery, visitors can travel back 110 million years to get acquainted with the incredible Cretaceous Period creatures that once roamed what is now Texas. Don’t miss the skeletons of Acrocanthosaurus, a massive land-based carnivore that grew up to 38 feet tall (11.5 meters), and Quetzalcoatlus, a Texas pterosaur that is among the largest known flying animals. Also, in the Susan Naylor Center, visitors can experience the daily life and spiritual world of the people who lived in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands for 9,000 years, as well as get acquainted with the wildlife found in Texas’ many diverse eco-regions.
Additionally, the museum campus includes the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center, which takes a deep dive into the rich history and art of Texas; and the H-E-B Body Adventure gallery, chock-full of hands-on stations and full-body activities that let guests stretch their minds and muscles while tracking their physical progress.
There’s lots more hands-on fun at The DoSeum. This 70,000-square-foot (6,500 square meters) facility was voted the 2022 Best Children’s Museum in the Nation in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Among the popular and intriguing exhibits are Little Town, a pint-sized community filled with such familiar elements of city life as an animal clinic, a bank, a grocery store, and a food truck; Spy Academy, a gallery designed to teach children math as they complete their training to become master spies; Zachry Innovation Station, a space that inspires to tinker, imagine, create and build; and Sensations Studio, where science and art converge as children use everyday tools to make sound and light come to life.
If the kids still have energy to burn, the nearby San Antonio Botanical Garden has plenty of space for them to run, roll, climb and splash their wiggles away in the Family Adventure Garden. Other areas within this 38-acre (15 hectares) oasis include Kumamoto En, an authentic Japanese garden that is a haven of rustic simplicity and peace; the Lucile Halsell Conservatory, whose five futuristic exhibit spaces feature exotic plants from around the world; and the 11-acre (4.5 hectares) Texas Native Trail, home to plant species representing three diverse ecological regions of Texas. Tucked amongst the natural beauty of the Texas Native Trail are also several historic structures, including an 1880s hill country homestead (the Auld House) and the beautiful 1896 Daniel Sullivan Carriage House, a superb example of the round-arched Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style.
The San Antonio Zoo was recently named the “best zoo in Texas" by the Texas Travel Awards, and for good reason. With more than 800 species and innovative realms like NEOTROPICA — an immersive ecosystem whose design recreates the feel of a remote South American fishing village — the zoo transports visitors to wild places teeming with wild creatures.
A centerpiece of NEOTROPICA is Pantera Walk, a first-of-its-kind catwalk system for jaguars that winds through the zoo’s Amazonian Aviary and crosses over guest pathways. As visitors marvel from below, these majestic cats roam freely on an elevated walkway that connects habitats and brings the jaguars alongside black howler monkeys, red-rumped agoutis, and birds of the rain forest.
Since 2014, the zoo has invested over $80 million in upgrades including new and expanded animal habitats, guest amenities, and, more recently, becoming a sensory-inclusive space. The zoo now has designated quiet zones and offers “Sensory Bags” that contain noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, and weighted lap blankets to ensure that every visitor can fully enjoy their experience.
Located in downtown San Antonio, the 750-foot-tall (228.5 meters) Tower of The Americas gives visitors a panoramic view of Alamo City. The tower was built in 1968 for the HemisFair World’s Fair, which celebrated San Antonio’s 250th anniversary. Photographs on the observation deck’s floor pinpoint landmarks to help visitors identify their surroundings. Captivating murals on the walls chronicle the history of the many nations who laid claim to what is now the state of Texas.
Visiting all of these attractions is easy with a San Antonio CityPASS mobile ticket. The tickets cost $57 for adults and $47 for children ages 3-11. Once activated at the first attraction visited, San Antonio CityPASS tickets are valid for nine consecutive days starting with the first day of use. (Should travel plans change, City Pass, Inc., offers a risk-free, 365-day return policy on nonactivated tickets.)
Tickets can be ordered online at CityPASS.com, arriving moments later via email, or through the My CityPASS app, which can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play or accessed from any web browser. The app conveniently stores the customer’s tickets, provides notifications and entry instructions for each attraction, highlights special offers and upgrades, and more.
About CityPASS: For 25 years, CityPASS tickets have been premier products for travelers who want to visit a destination’s top attractions while enjoying significant savings. Based on more than 82,000 customer reviews, the tickets have an average customer rating of 4.6 stars (out of a possible 5). CityPASS tickets are currently available in 16 North American destinations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay and Toronto. Since 1997, more than 26 million CityPASS tickets have been sold. For more information, visit CityPASS.com or download the My CityPASS app.
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