The walk-way area leading to the Tower is surrounded by an aesthetically impressive succession of cascading fountains that will diminish any anxiety that you may have about heights, such as riding up in an elevator to the top @ 750-feet tall! Take a few minutes to sit, watch, & listen to the gentle sounds of these fountains, & it will often relax the lingering scary fantasies that you may typically experience when going to “high-up” attractions. The Tower is located in “HemisFair Park,” & was built in 1966 as a symbolic theme of the venue of the 1968 official World’s Fair, which celebrated “The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas.” The 1968 World’s Fair showcased the many nations that settled the region, & also coincided with the 250th anniversary of the founding of San Antonio in 1718! Following the conclusion of the Fair, the tower continued to be an attraction that not only provided a breathtaking view of San Antonio but also a revolving full-service restaurant & bar (Charter House) for casual daily activities, such as weekday “happy hour,” with delicious appetizers & comfortable seating. The restaurant also serves an outstanding menu of classic dishes available after the usual rush of happy hour visitors. The Observation Deck is the floor immediately above the Charter House, & if you show your receipt for restaurant expenses, the usual charge for the ride to the top is free.
In 1968, the city expanded the River Walk about one-quarter of a mile in order to link the park to the other attractions of the River Walk experience for visitors. Public shuttle service is available from the Tower & Park to the more active areas of the River Walk. Ask the concierge @ the Tower entrance regarding current available services. On the whole, this attraction is definitely worth a visit if you are touring San Antonio: great panoramic view of the city, outstanding food & drink, & well-trained, friendly service staff across all settings!
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