The Witte Museum was born from many minds seeking a singular goal: to create a public forum that promoted lifelong learning. From a $65,000 gift bequeathed to the city of San Antonio after Alfred Witte's death in 1921, this museum of science, natural history, and South Texas heritage was built along the San Antonio River and named after the late Witte's parents.
Today, the Witte Museum still pursues this wide range of knowledge with hands-on scientific and historical exhibits. The museum's long-term features portray the natural wonders of southern Texas, including ancient rock art from the lower Pecos, examples of local ecology, and dinosaur fossils found locally while trying to uncover lost time capsules.
Awestrike yourself by strolling through current exhibitions such as An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection, a rare private collection of period works from artists including John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, and Theodore Robinson; or scratch your beard in the presence of TruthBeauty, an exposition of the pictorialism movement that blended photography with painting and drawing. McNay also preserves a large permanent collection, including local Southwest art and the expansive, unusual, 9,500-piece Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. After even one visit, you'll become so art knowledgeable that children will run up to you on the street and beg you to join the art history club they started with money they won on TV game shows.
At Soundmaster Tint & Alarm, Inc., a team of technicians installs mobile electronics ranging from GPS devices to car alarms. Request window tinting to keep your auto interior private or install subwoofers to build your own mini earthquake machine. Mobile video systems keep kids entertained on long road trips, and top-of-the-line audio systems soundtrack Sunday drives in cars or serenade mermaids in boats and jet skis.
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo bustles with a variety of vendors, bovine-inspired showcases, and activities for the whole family. Legally eavesdrop on live music, which wafts from five separate areas on the spacious grounds, or draw the fashionable wedge between man and livestock by accessorizing at the three shopping areas and the Texas Experience Pavilion, which comes stuffed with shopping, free samples, and exhibits on beekeeping, winemaking, and dairy farming. Meanwhile, the Family Fair lassos tykes with a petting zoo, pig races, and pony rides. The all-day event runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or midnight (depending on weather conditions), though some exhibit hours may vary. Proceeds from the event go toward the community and raising scholarship and grant money to support agriculturally inclined Texan youth.
Artworks seeks to strengthen creative children's artistic instincts and inspire self-expression through classes and events that focus on experimentation and imagination. Art classes ($100–$150/10 classes) introduce children ages 2–10 to past artists and techniques through open-ended exploratory projects. Instructors encourage budding apprentices to creatively craft with media and materials rather than demanding exact likenesses of older siblings in papier-mâché. Classes are offered throughout the school year and into the summer at both the Nacogdoches and Mainland locations.
13th Floor is the only company and brand in the country to produce haunted houses on a national scale, with houses in Denver, San Antonio and Phoenix with more to come in the future. Designed by world-renowned haunted house designers and featuring makeup and effects from Hollywood special effects artists. The 13th Floor Denver building takes fright to a whole new level with different interactive events like Christmas Blackout, Valentine X, and now Apocalypse, Live-Action Zombie Experience.