Skip to comments.Travel Tips Welcome, Dallas and San Antonio 5 days next week (Vanity, of course)
Posted on 02/01/2013 2:42:49 PM PST by morphing libertarian
After a year of medical problems and working too many hours, taking short vacation. Dallas and San Antonio. Soliciting freeper tips and hot spots for senior tourist who can still walk.
Other sites, good food spots, etc. welcome.
Will have car and willing go out of town apiece (intentional solicitous Texas talk).
Just 5 days total.
Cheap shots, zots, derisive humor also welcome.
The River Walk and the Mercado in San Antonio for sure.
Schilo’s deli is a must stop for me in San Antonio just for a frosted mug of Spaten Optimator fom the tap or Home made root beer in a frosted mug from the tap.
The rueben is good too.
Do you have a favorite restaurant on the river walk?
Thanx. I can see I won’t miss too many meals.
Definitely the River Walk.
The Alamo is one of five missions established in San Antonio back in the day. If you enjoy historical site (as I suspect you do), check out the other four missions!
Be sure to check out the Sixth Floor Museum when you’re at Dealey Plaza.
In Dallas — Nasher Sculpture Center is very nice, as is the art museum. In all honesty, the tour of Cowboys Stadium is always a big hit when people visit us — but there’s quite a bit of walking. Drive from Dallas to Ft. Worth and catch the museums there, as well — very nice. Have a great time!
I agree on the Riverwalk and Mercado in San Antonio (and Alamo is right there anyway).
In Dallas, if you like this sort of thing, the Dallas World Aquarium is fantastic, with it’s rainforest exhibit and its not as large as going to a zoo. I took some fantastic photos there last fall with my son and grandson. Some of the birds are flying freely, plus they have a cool aquarium “tunnel” where sharks and such swim around and overhead. Of course it’s downtown Dallas. We took the train in which I don’t think I would do again. I’m not sure how far it is from Dealey Plaza as it’s been a long time since I lived in the area.
There was at one time a self-guided mission tour out of San Antonio. You get a printed guide and drive to each mission at your own pace - can be done over more than one day. Check with the Chamber of Commerce or visitors bureau in SA.
Thanx. I’m all over the plaza and want to look out THE window.
thanx for taking the time, sounds good
any JFK-LHO wonks know how the current view from the window varies vis a vis the tree branches then and now? I will ask at the time, of course.
In Forth worth the Stockyards are excellent and the zoo.
The FW Stock show and rodeo is roaring right now.
I and half a dozen Tx freepers will be there next friday night.
Billy Bob’s is in the FW Stockyards
Friday and Sat in SA.
Billy Bobs looks worth a trip over earlier.
Most of them are pretty touristy.
I like the Iron Cactus
Than there is Mi Tierra over in the Mercado (2 blocks away)
Sorry we will miss you.
There is the Texas Ranger Museum. The Dr. Pepper Museum, Dr. P was born in Waco and is older than Coke and Pepsi. Also there is the Suspension Bridge over the Brazos, it is the oldest bridge of its type in the nation and was designed by the man that designed the Brooklyn Bridge.
Also stop at the Texas Capital in Austin. The legislature is currently in session and is always good for political entertainment.
Enjoy your vacation and let us know how it turns out.
I will do more advance posting next trip. Didn’t think about freeper evenets.
Thanx. yeah will drive. Probably do lunch and a drive by in Waco.
TR Museum sounds good.
Don’t know why I thought Austin was further east.
Are the dems still hiding out? Is it safe?
be back in awhile
On the other hand, my fear of downtown Fort Worth is far less. It's "Where the West Begins" and, for the most part, a better crowd is found there.
Note that since I'm 70, I remember when downtown areas used to be nice, with motion picture houses, family-oriented restaurants and department stores. The liberal policies that began under JFK and accelerated with LBJ have killed once pleasant urban areas. I've pinged a few people from the area to get their take and to also see if they recall the brutal murder of John Chase that led to the Back the Blue campaign.
Hope you Have a good relaxing vacation. I don’t have any ideas for actual sites to see or things to do as much as a list of BBQ restaurants! LOL (I plan to do a BBQ tour of Texas in the Near future)
WHATEVER YOU DO, WHEN YOU GO TO SAN ANTONIO DO NOT DRINK THE WATER. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DRINK ANY WATER THERE.
(There’s nothing wrong with the water, we just don’t have any to spare.)
Just awesome burgers, fries and malts. It has been there since 1949.
The place maybe mobbed with Baylor Girls.
La Mansion del Rio Hotel in San Antonio. It is right on The Riverwalk.
You don’t hang out in Fair Park?
I second your suggestion. You will probably have a better time at the other 4 missions than at the Alamo.
I never ate at the Elite without seeing a fender bender in the traffic circle. Something about those guys that just perplex us Texans.
If you have time, touring our great State Capitol is pretty cool.
The grounds and capitol are open to the people, seeing as we own it.
It’s really a must see for anyone living here.
Yes, River Walk - Casa Rio restaurant on River Walk, eat outside, very old landmark. Also Alamo, and Mexican Market. This is the best time of year - no 105 temps.
I was a little let down with the malts.
No one makes a decent malt anymore, but the burgers and fries just rocked.
You have been given some good advice. I will say again....... that the San Antonio Missions are one of my favorite destinations. They are an easy drive from the Alamo. Ft Worth has some nice museums if you like art.
Good one. :-)
No way will I get near Fair Park any more. It was still borderline OK around 1981 or so but that whole area is doing its best to become Detroit South. I can fully understand why Jerry Jones opted to locate Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. It's a shame that the thugs have ruined that area since the "House that Doak (Walker) Built" used to be in a great, safe, family-friendly area with the intriguing Art Deco buildings.
Yeah it is a shame the architecture is cool.
Surf over here for more information about the missions.
I’m from San Diego. Well be drinking from the ocean as soon as Carlsbad puts up the plant.
I’ll put a case of cal bottled water behind the third tree on the right of the Alamo for you
Been to many missions in cal
From some of the comments may hit Daley plaza and stop awhile in austin
Check out the new Omni hotel in Dallas (near the convention center) especially at night when it’s all lit up. Get a drink and sit by the pool or whatever. You won’t be disappointed.
There is the Texas Ranger Museum.
I think Waco is wonderful! And I can understand why Ken Starr (yes, that one) fled the leftist Malibu, California area for God's Country of Central Texas to take on the presidency of Baylor University.
By the way, here's a link to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum just off I-35 north of Waco. It's a great place to visit, both fun and educational.
It is on the river walk but away from the tourist fray.
It is open to the public and does serve beer and wine at VFW prices.
Thank for the link
Looks like a good stop
Hope you post photos of your trip and ping me! I miss TX and don’t get back often enough. :)
We took the train in which I dont think I would do again.”
We stayed in Plano and took the train to the State Fair on the same day Oklahoma and Texas were playing in the Cotton Bowl. Only went because it was on my bucket list. I’m an OU grad but chose to wear neither red or burnt orange that day, cause I now live in Texas. Train trip was delightful and non-stop to the Fair, just crammed with football fans. Didn’t realize there were so many things that you could wear with cowboy boots.
Other than the fair, wouldn’t give you a plug nickel for Dallas - love Fort Worth though.
Thank for food tips