Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Grab the Cameras and Head for San Antonio!

If San Antonio, Texas, is your place of choice to take some fabulous pictures, you will not be disappointed. The city offers everything from history to amusement parks to spectator sports.

So where does a photographer begin? The River Walk will be a good first stop. Take a cruise, take a walk, and take lots of great photographs. This is definitely one of the spots in the city that a visitor should not miss. There are shops, music, cafes, and many other things to see along this "Paseo del Rio."

Another thing that you definitely won't want to miss while photographing the area is the Alamo. This is, of course where Davy Crockett met his fate. You will get some excellent pictures here because the mission has been restored to the way it looked when Crockett saw it during the battle of the Alamo.

If you enjoy photographing marine life, stop by Sea World San Antonio. You will be covering 250 acres, so give yourself enough time to see everything that you will want to see. If you prefer a theme park that isn't mostly marine life, try Six Flags Fiesta Texas which is 200 acres in size. There are shows and fireworks, rides and games.

There are many museums of all kinds around the city (including a Ripley's Believe It or Not). As with any other museum that you visit with your cameras, be sure to check the policies on photos at each museum. Some have no restrictions, some allow no flash only, and others prohibit photography of any kind. Make sure before you go in (if it was strictly a stop for photographing) if you will be allowed to take your pictures.

Some other historic places to photograph include Fort Sam Houston, Mission San Jose, King William Historic District, Spanish Governor's Palace, and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (9 miles long and includes four missions from the 18th century).

As if all that isn't enough to keep you busy, check out these ten additional photo ops in the city.

1. San Antonio Botanical Gardens and Conservatory - More than thirty acres of plants from all over the world.

2. Brackenridge Park is the largest one in San Antonio and it is where to find the zoo, a merry-go-round, a golf course, and many other things to do.

3. If heights will not bother you, a trip to the top of the Tower of the Americas is a must while in the city. It is 750 feet high and you will get some spectacular pictures. While you're up there, you may consider getting a meal in the rotating restaurant.

4. The San Antonio Zoo

5. The Natural Bridge Caverns

6. Japanese Tea Gardens

7. Take a hot air balloon ride with Incredible Journeys for some photographic shots from the air.

8. The numerous and picturesque cathedrals and churches in San Antonio.

9. Find all kinds of Tex-Mex treasures at the Mexican Market. There are more than 150 merchants here and you should be able to get some good pictures with the colorful sombreros and other Mexican goods that are displayed.

10. McAllister Park - Stop by here if you want to do a hike, camping, or fishing at the lake. There are various lakes around San Antonio.

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