America’s Second Oldest Public Park

Oct 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Central/Downtown, Do This!, Featured Articles, See This!

San Pedro Springs Park

San Pedro Springs Park is just 75 years (give or take) younger than Boston Commons.

A Spanish padre named the springs at the park for the stumbling saint in 1709, but there is some debate that Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca may have camped out at the springs as early as 1535.  Just above the location of the swimming pool at the park, the source of the springs bubble up from the Edwards Aquifer beneath the city. San Pedro Springs park is just two miles north of downtown San Antonio. While the amenities can’t beat the attractions of Sea World or Fiesta Texas, tourists can exercise, sit in the shade, ride their bikes and skateboards, bring a picnic or prepare a barbeque and let the kids play and roam in safety under the watchful eyes of parents. Folks staying in the downtown area hotels won’t even need to get on a highway to drive to the park, or the local bus system, VIA has plenty of stops in the area of the park. The park is also the home of the San Pedro Theater and the McFarlin tennis complex. The park features one of San Antonio’s more interesting libraries.

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Nearby is the Pho Sure restaurant which we here at San Antonio Sub Rosa haven’t tried yet but intend to; San Antonio College of the Alamo Community College District; the historic neighborhoods of Monte Vista, Alta Vista and Beacon Hill.

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