The 42nd annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium will bring together the greatest minds in breast cancer treatment and research from across the globe. Having the event in San Antonio exposes visitors to the city’s rich history and culture creating an authentic sense of place that can’t be replicated anywhere else. As the leading leisure destination in Texas, San Antonio offers entertaining attractions, an exploding culinary scene, and outstanding amenities that should be explored by attendees when not learning the latest in breast cancer treatment at #SABCS19.
The site of the 1968 World’s Fair, Hemisfair is essentially the “back yard” of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The space is transforming into a world-class urban park. The Mexican Cultural Institute, Tower of the Americas and University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures are all part of Hemisfair. The first phase of the reimagined urban oasis, Yanaguana Garden, is complete and open to the public. It features a 4.1-acre interactive environment designed for all ages, and eateries including Paleteria San Antonio, Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, and Commonwealth Coffeehouse.
Long hailed as the home of Pearl Beer, this former brewery from the 1800s has been reimagined into a bustling neighborhood along the San Antonio River Walk. Pearl’s mix of reuse and new developments is home to Hotel Emma, the Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio campus, and unique shops and boutiques found nowhere else in San Antonio. There are a host of chef-driven restaurants, a weekend farmers market and late-night entertainment like Jazz, TX and Sternewirth.
Broadway Cultural Corridor
Just north of downtown, Broadway Street offers a mix of art, history, education and entertainment. Broadway connects many top cultural attractions including the San Antonio Museum of Art, The DoSeum, Brackenridge Park, Witte Museum, San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea Gardens, San Antonio Botanical Garden and the McNay Art Museum.
The San Antonio River Walk has expanded, 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. To the south of downtown, 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. The Museum Reach offers cultural and culinary immersion with museums, public art installations, and Pearl. December is a special time along the River Walk’s main section which will be illuminated with more than 100,000 lights in celebration of the holiday season.
San Antonio’s culinary scene blends food, culture, tradition and innovation creating cuisine that invigorates the taste buds. UNESCO recently designated San Antonio a “Creative City of Gastronomy” for its unique culinary heritage. To taste for yourself, try culinary hot spots like Southtown or Pearl or try a restaurant from San Antonio’s Food Trails featuring local recommendations for tacos, BBQ and margaritas. A host of locations provide discounts and special offers for anyone attending a meeting and wearing their convention badges. More information is available here.
Browsing San Antonio’s stores provides visitors access to hidden gems from local shopkeepers to fashion-forward finds from some of the world’s top retailers. The La Villita Historic Arts Village just west of the convention center is filled with artisan shops and handmade crafts reflecting the culture and heritage of the region. Take the River Walk entrance from Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center north to the Shops at Rivercenter which boasts more than 100 brand-name retailers. Intriguing boutiques and specialty stores populate Pearl just north of downtown. On the city center’s west end is Historic Market Square featuring El Mercado with specialty items and gifts from Mexico and the Southwest. More traditional shopping can be found a few miles north at North Star Mall, featuring high-end retailers and trendy brands. Shoppers can find a “village” retail experience at The Shops at La Cantera, further out on the city’s far north side.
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