SABCS 2018: Things to know before you go

The 41st annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium® (SABCS®) kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Henry B. González Convention Center. Although each day of SABCS 2018® will be packed with workshops, educational sessions, clinical updates, lectures, mini-symposia, plenary lectures and debates, attendees may want to make pre- and post-session plans to experience the Symposium’s host city, San Antonio.

Recently named one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Best of the World” for 2018, San Antonio offers visitors a welcoming sense of place. River Walk, Spanish colonial architecture, green spaces, and plazas make it one of America’s most picturesque cities. Notably, the Convention Center is walking distance from many of the city’s most popular attractions.

A favorite of locals and visitors alike, the River Walk, also referred to as the “World’s Largest Hotel Lobby,” has been expanded twice in recent years, and each section offers unique experiences. In the heart of downtown, visitors can stroll along cypress-lined paths, dine al fresco or enjoy narrated tours on the city’s new fleet of electric river barges.

Just south of the River Walk, the Mission Reach links four of San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions. Aside from exploring the missions, visitors can hike, bike and kayak this stretch of the river. The missions, including the Alamo, were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.

North of downtown, up the Broadway Corridor, the Museum Reach offers cultural and culinary immersion with museums, public art installations, and Pearl, an 1800’s-era brewery reincarnated into a contemporary urban district with boutiques, restaurants, a farmers market, and regular, live music and performance events.

Also along Broadway Street, visitors will find many of San Antonio’s significant cultural attractions including the San Antonio Museum of Art, The DoSeum, Brackenridge Park, Witte Museum, San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea Gardens and the McNay Art Museum.

What’s more is the holidays are in full swing in San Antonio this time of year. Be sure to experience the millions of lights along the tree-lined River Walk for the perfect evening stroll before or after dinner. Also, consider shopping local for holiday gifts at the Historic Market Square, a three block complex of stores and restaurants, and the largest Mexican market in the U.S. Market Square is listed as one of Frommer’s Best Public Markets, and is the scene for many Hispanic festivals year round.  

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