Indoor Adventures, Outdoor Adventures

Tower of the Americas Tall Enough?

The Tower of the Americas, San Antonio

Overall Rating: 7     Good for: All Ages     Time Spent: 1 hour

9218995349_ccd2e63a68_bYes. The Tower of the Americas is most definitely tall enough to get the job done. In fact, it’s probably tall enough to get pretty much any job done. Not the prettiest building ever, The Tower was completed in the 1960’s and hasn’t really changed much since. (Aside from elevator upgrades, I’m sure.)

I visited The Tower with my “Little Sister,” who is not-afraid-of-heights way more than I’m not-afraid-of-heights. Even then, the tallness of the whole thing didn’t really bother me. The way the observation deck is set up, it’s way harder than you might think to look directly down, which makes your trip up there feel more airplane and less Scream from Six Flags. (That’s the Tower of Terror at most amusement parks for you non-locals out there)

There’s a very nice restaurant at the top of The Tower as well which spins (slowly) on a platform so you can get a full 360 view of San Antonio while you dine on pretty pricey food. I can only imagine the first day of any server’s job up there.

Tower of the Americas, Me

Tickets to go up top are barely more than a matinee movie at $12 a pop and $9 for kids 12 and under. I understand this to be not free, which is very unfortunate. They do however have an extensive wine list so this might make up for the ticket prices.

Overall, The Tower of the Americas was definitely a neat experience. It’s one of the many trademarks of San Antonio, and it was for sure something I would do again. If you’re taking the trip all the way up the tower, I would recommend staying for a meal to complete your mile high adventure. The waitstaff is beyond friendly and the views are unbeatable. Be sure not to wear shorter dresses and skirts because the top is very very windy and at the very least, buy a cup of Starbucks coffee just outside the building doors to sip on in place of wine.

Yours,

Jenna

Indoor Adventures

Free is Better at The San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art

Overall Rating: 9     Good for: ages 12+     Time Spent: 3.5 hours

3603956933_cd97d39b97_bHey, Buds!

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting an art museum in SA with my ‘Little.’ We had a blast! Specifically, we visited the San Antonio Museum of Art, which is located downtown San Antonio in this absolutely stunning historic building. I’m talkin’ super old. The best part of this building though? It’s totally free to get into on Tuesday’s and Fridays. Yeah, even parking.

The museum itself is four floors connected on the ground and second floor, and on the fourth by the sky bridge (which is under renovation until January of next year). It is filled with beautiful works of art from Japanese sculpting, Oceanic pieces, Meditterian works, 1800’s paintings from the U.S., Texas made art, and my personal favorite, modern art. It was bustling, but with a quietness that often accompanies museums, and the greatest pieces were nothing short of surrounded.  There was just enough to each collection and just enough variety to keep you captivated.

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The piece that struck me the most was on titled How do you Spell America? by Willie Cole, finished in 1991. This work lives in the contemporary section of the museum, above American art, and on the second floor. It’s not a happy piece, to say the least. What it is, however, is a striking capture of modern day America, of the challenges its peoples face. With every word I read, my stomach sank further and further toward the ground as a began to grasp the reality of this artwork, and both the fear and despair present in its lines. It is daunting and infuriating and amazing. It’s the kind of work you long to see in a museum. It’s not a 1600’s portrait of some white guy in a wig, but it is something that draws you in and forces you to think about its context, and how this context challenges the world around you. After all, if art doesn’t exist to challenge the status quo, then what’s the point of creating it in the first place? This museum delivers art that does just that and more. It contains pieces that challenge us to think, and it contains pieces that map out the history of land across the world. It is a must see in San Antonio, and, even better, it’s free (sometimes).

This museum delivers art that does just that and more. It contains pieces that challenge us to think, and it contains pieces that map out the history of land across the world. It is a must see in San Antonio, and, even better, it’s free (sometimes).

I’ll leave you with the wise words of Jawaharlal Nehru. Have a wonderful, adventurous day. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

-Jen