Tower of the Americas: San Antonio’s most beautiful and iconic landmark. Rising up 750 feet, the tower is our tallest building and offers the most spectacular view of the Alamo City.
It was built as part of the 1968 World’s Fair, hosted by San Antonio April 6 through October 6. Dubbed HemisFair ’68, the theme was The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas, celebrating the many nations that settled in our region. The fair coincided with the 250th anniversary of the founding of San Antonio in 1718. And now, 50 years later, in honor of San Antonio’s 300th anniversary, I’m ranking the Tower of the Americas No. 42 in my 300 Reasons to Love San Antonio list.
The tower was designed by San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford – who designed most of Trinity University’s beautiful buildings (Trinity is No. 41 in my list) – and cost the city $5.5 million to build. It was the tallest observation tower in the United States from 1968 until 1996, when the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower was completed.
Among its features:
The award-winning Chart House Restaurant – don’t miss the macadamia crusted mahi, slow-roasted prime rib and the Original Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. The restaurant rotates, so you’ll experience a 360 degree view as you enjoy your meal. Be sure to make a reservation – it’s quite a busy spot!
Six Flags Over Texas Observation Deck, which offers mesmerizing views of the city below. Photographs on the deck’s floor pinpoint landmarks to help visitors identify their surroundings, and historic photos provide wonderful discussion points to enhance your experience.
4D Theatre – especially popular among the kiddos.
Gift shop, located at the base of the tower, filled with distinctive Texana merchandise to take home as a souvenir of your trip to the top of the Tower. There’s even a Tower Café serving Starbucks.
And there’s plenty of free concerts held on the HemisFair grounds throughout the year.
If you haven’t stopped by Tower of the Americas lately – or you’re one of our many wonderful visitors to our city – be sure to purchase a ticket and head on up! It’s a remarkable structure and one of my favorites, for sure.
Another great reason to live, work and buy a home in San Antonio!