Three off-the-beaten-path tips to seeing San Antonio

Sculptures and murals on walls and bridges along the San Antonio Riverwalk turn the area into an outdoor art gallery.

Sculptures and murals on walls and bridges along the San Antonio Riverwalk turn the area into an outdoor art gallery.

You may think you know San Antonio if you visited it for a few days, years ago. After all, you know about The Alamo, the mission that a small regiment of Texans hopelessly defended against General Antonio López de Santa Anna for 13 days. You also know the San Antonio Riverwalk is lined downtown with colorful cafés. But part of the fun of traveling is uncovering off-the-beaten-path places. Here are three tips for San Antonio:

  • The next time you want to take a cooking class, see a cooking demonstration or pick up a few tips and recipes to use at home think San Antonio. The Culinary Institute of Americahas added a third campus on the grounds of the former Pearl Brewery just north of downtown. This CIA location specializes in Latin cuisine. But it is also about learning the basics such as slicing an onion and working more easily with other vegetables.

    Two CIA chefs talk about the vegetables set out ahead of time for a boot class that will use them in recipes already distributed.

    Two CIA chefs talk about the vegetables set out ahead of time for a boot class that will use them in recipes already distributed.

Or just take a tour if in town on a Tuesday or Thursday. They are free and go from about 3:30 to 4 p.m.  (contact Denise Zuniga at 210-554-6400 or e-mail d_zuniga@culinary.edu. Plan to snack at the CIA  Bakery Café or do lunch or dinner at Nao, its student restaurant. The 19thcentury Pearl Brewery grounds also hosts the All Pearl Farmers Market of local products and produce every Saturday morning.

See a performance at the Majestic Theatre just to marvel at the old Spanish town surround.

See a performance at the Majestic Theatre just to marvel at the old Spanish town surround.

  • Artists have turned the walls and bridge undersides into an outdoor art museum. Indeed the San Antonio Art Museum is on the Riverwalk north of downtown. Look for the F.I.S.H. sculptures under I35. A bat colony is also near the I35 bridge.
  • Plan to see a cultural performance or show at the 1929 Majestic Theatrer. The inside of the auditorium looks like a gorgeous, backlit historic Spanish town.

Remember the Alamo but visit San Antonio’s other treasures.

Photos by Jodie Jacobs

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