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The History and Charm of San Antonio’s Oldest Hotels
San Antonio, Texas is a city with a rich history and vibrant culture. Its mix of Spanish, Mexican, and American influences make it a unique destination for travelers from all over the world. One of the best ways to experience the city’s charm is by staying at one of its oldest hotels. These historic properties have been around for generations, and offer a glimpse into San Antonio’s past.
The Oldest Hotels in San Antonio
San Antonio has several hotels that date back to the 1800s. These properties have survived wars, fires, and floods, and have become icons of the city’s history. The Menger Hotel is perhaps the most famous of these old hotels. It was established in 1859, just ten years after Texas became a state. The hotel has hosted many famous guests over the years, including U.S. presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Another notable historic hotel in San Antonio is The Crockett Hotel. Built in 1909 on the site where Davy Crockett died during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, this hotel is steeped in Texas history. It has been beautifully restored to its original grandeur.
The Charm of Staying in an Old Hotel
Staying in an old hotel can be a unique experience that transports you back in time. These properties often feature ornate architecture and vintage decor that are hard to find in modern hotels. They also have stories to tell about their past guests and events that have taken place within their walls.
In addition to their historical charm, old hotels often offer a level of service that is hard to match anywhere else. Many employ staff who have worked there for decades or even generations, giving them a deep understanding of what makes their property special.
Modern Amenities Meet Old World Charm
While staying in an old hotel can be a nostalgic experience, it doesn’t mean sacrificing modern amenities. Many historic hotels have been updated to include all the conveniences of a modern hotel, such as high-speed internet, flat-screen TVs, and luxurious bedding.
The Menger Hotel, for example, has a spa and fitness center, as well as multiple restaurants and bars. The Crockett Hotel offers complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi to its guests.
Exploring San Antonio’s History
Staying in an old hotel is the perfect way to immerse yourself in San Antonio’s rich history. The Menger Hotel is just steps away from The Alamo, the site of the famous battle that helped secure Texas’s independence from Mexico. The Crockett Hotel is located on the River Walk, where you can take a stroll along the waterway and explore some of San Antonio’s best shops and restaurants.
San Antonio’s oldest hotels offer visitors a glimpse into the city’s past while providing all the modern amenities one would expect from a luxury hotel. Staying at one of these properties will transport you back in time while allowing you to explore all that this vibrant city has to offer.
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New haunted attractions scare up excitement at SeaWorld San Antonio’s Howl-O-Scream
Guests seeking milder halloween hijinks can celebrate during spooktacular.
Mary Claire Patton , Digital Journalist
SAN ANTONIO – Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld San Antonio is returning with new terror-tories, haunted houses and frights.
The Halloween fun will come to life from 7-10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 16 through Oct. 31.
SeaWorld San Antonio has expanded the festivities with a new bar and party zone, two new haunted houses and two new terror-tories — Atlantis – The Cursed Chasm and DIS-Assembly Line.
The new haunts join returning frightening favorites Zombie Horde, Karver’s Kradle, Milton Creek Manor and the Swamp at Blackwater Bayou.
Also new for 2022 is GlaciAlly, where a chilled nightlife comes alive in Penguin Plaza, complete with an icy eerie vibe, amazing acrobatics feats, a DJ, and a new bar, appropriately named Frost Bite, according to a press release.
Guests wanting to experience the Howl-O-Scream sights but not the scary startles can purchase a No Boo Necklace. These colorful light-up necklaces are Halloween-themed and notify scare performers along pathways and terror-tories to steer clear and avoid startle scares.
Those seeking milder Halloween hijinks can celebrate Spooktacular, SeaWorld’s kid-friendly event designed for the whole family to enjoy.
Spooktacular includes a corn maze, in-park trick-or-treating and photo opportunities with Spookley the Square Pumpkin.
Howl-O-Scream and Spooktacular are included with general admission.
SeaWorld San Antonio is located at 10500 SeaWorld Drive near Highway 151 and Military Drive.
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Howl-O-Scream 2021 (SeaWorld San Antonio)
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HOWL-O-SCREAM IS BACK FOR THE 20TH TERRIFYING YEAR [ ]
Howl-O-Scream has transformed the peaceful park you once knew into something sinister this Halloween. Nightfall has awakened hundreds of creatures roaming scare zones and lurking the halls of haunted houses. SeaWorld's Howl-O-Scream includes FREE haunted houses that are included with your park admission. Back for the 20th Year, Howl-O-Scream returns with scarier experiences including the ALL-NEW horror-filled haunt, The Swamp at Blackwater Bayou and three NEW terror-tories ! Replenish your thirst for terror at one of our signature Halloween bars. Find ultimate thrills, as you ride coasters at night. Close the night with live entertainment by some of your favorite creepy creatures and monsters. Thrills and chills await you this October at Howl-O-Scream. Warning: At 7 p.m., the park’s scare level increases from haunting to horrifying, which may be too intense for young children. Howl-O-Scream is not recommended for children under the age of 13 or the faint of heart. Howl-O-Scream is included with park admission.
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- The Swamp at Blackwater Bayou
- Milton Creek Manor
- Zombie Horde
- Karver's Kradle
- Unearthed: Scarlett's Revenge
Scare Zones [ ]
- The Sindustry District
- Vampire Point
- Shadow Street
- Zombie Zone
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Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld San Antonio is bigger and more horrifying than ever
Howl-O-Scream, the park’s annual Halloween fear-fest, has expanded for 2022 with six haunted houses, eight terror-tories, a themed bar, and party zones, on select nights from September 16-October 31.
Over the course of 22 nights – on Fridays-Sundays – the marine wildlife park becomes a den of dire doings from 7 p.m.-10 p.m., as creepy creatures and houses of horror fill the night.
Howl-O-Scream new haunted houses
The event includes six haunted houses, two of which are new for 2022.
Atlantis – The Cursed Chasm dares visitors to enter a ravine where a timeless evil lurks in the deepest abyss.
DIS-Assembly Line is the realm of a mad scientist whose agonizing assembly line may be the last thing unsuspecting intruders ever see.
Returning houses include Zombie Horde, Karver’s Kradle, Milton Creek Manor, and The Swamp at Blackwater Bayou.
Predators prowl the pathways
Think you can just walk around the park and avoid the scares? Think again!
The Water’s Edge doesn’t involve gentle waves lapping at your bare feet. Instead, it’s the place where Sirens have awakened, and the screams of passersby are just the temptation they need to find and devour their human prey.
Along with the new The Water’s Edge are returning scare zones filled with zombies, vampires, bayou mutants, living shadows, and a host of horrifying freaks.
Need a break from the mayhem? GlaciAlly turns Penguin Plaza into an icy domain where the unwary will find acrobats, a DJ, and a glacial-inspired new bar, Frost Bite.
Guests can also dance away the panic at the Monster Stomp, where a live band, singers, and dancers put on a sinister show showered in murderous mischief.
Wrapped tightly in the dark of night, guests can take part in Coaster Creep during a thrilling ride alongside gruesome ghouls on one of SeaWorld San Antonio’s mega-coasters.
Visiting Howl-O-Scream with a friend or family member who is less eager for the full-on frights? Purchase a light-up No Boo Necklace that lets scare performers know they should avoid the guests as they walk along pathways and through terror-tories.
Have little ones in tow? Sign them up for Spook Camp-ular!, where grownups can drop off the kiddies while they head into the park for Howl-O-Scream, knowing their youngsters will be entertained by supervised games, crafts, and kid-friendly private tour that visits sharks, stingrays, fish, and dolphins. Dinner and a snack are included, and the experience is open to ages six-12. Camp hours are from 7 p.m. until park closing.
Family-friendly Halloween fun fills the park’s daytime hours
If Howl-O-Scream is all too much, visit the park during the day and enjoy Spooktacular, the kid-friendly event that includes a corn maze, photos with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, in-park trick-or-treating, and the fun of the Sesame Street Halloween Parade.
For more information visit SeaWorldSanAntonio.com .
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