More than 45 water rides and attractions swerve and spray across the 20 landscaped acres of Splashtown San Antonio. A five-story slide sends guests speeding through a series of corkscrew turns and sudden drops, the park's wave pool sends huge swells toward body-surfers, and a pair of enclosed water slides generate part of their thrill from the pitch darkness. But it's also easy to just relax in the sun: the park also boasts a tree-lined lazy river, and basketball and sand volleyball encourage fun competitions on dry land. Splashtown San Antonio even rents out shady cabanas for groups with as many as 12 people, giving visitors a private retreat where they can dry off, catch their breath, and finally try to find chlorine on the periodic table of elements.
Austin Shoe Hospital's expert menders have repaired men's and women's shoes and boots since 1906. Old, comfortable footwear gains renewed life at the shop with replaced heels and soles, saving patrons from outfitting old pumps with cardboard-box bottoms. Additionally, the cobblers skillfully repair luggage, handbags, belts, and briefcases with services ranging from zipper replacement to full dyeing and reconditioning.
At The Royal Canvas Painting Parlor, owner Cassie Black and her staff of art instructors teach painters of all skill levels to create canvas-bound masterpieces. Each class blurs the line between artistry and social interaction, like when Leonardo da Vinci would bring the Mona Lisa to parties as his date. The focus falls on a predetermined painting composition, ranging from a quirky, cartoonish sheep for children's classes to re-creations of iconic works such as van Gogh's The Starry Night to challenge more adept artists. While students follow step-by-step instructions, they sip wine, nibble snacks, and rediscover their creative side.
A direct descendant of the 1891 flower-chucking commemoration of the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto, Fiesta San Antonio illuminates the cultural depth and noble past of the city. Fiesta commission membership benefits include an exclusive membership pin or ladder bar for each year of membership, a copy of the Fiesta magazine, participation in the commission's annual membership meeting on May 24, a 15% discount on official merchandise at the Fiesta Store, and a limited-edition medal.
A boutique-salon hybrid, Moda Luna outfits streetwise damsels in dresses, tops, jewelry, and new hairstyles. The shop stocks stylish attire fit for almost any setting, such as the work-to-weekend casual everyday wear dress ($39) and the beaded mini dress, fit for both dance floors and sleeper cell society galas ($39). A patterned necklace set ($39) and other distinctive accessories add a polished finishing touch. Those embarking on the search for a new job or lost socks that have slipped through other-dimensional dryer doors may opt to enlist Moda Luna's skilled stylists for a suitable new 'do. A full range of salon services lets clients book an appointment for a cut and style ($40–$45), updo ($30+), à la carte highlights ($5 per foil), and more.
Students of all skill and experience levels flock to the tranquil Alamo Heights studio to stretch, sweat, and strengthen together under the influence of highly-skilled teachers. Studio A: Pilates offers low-impact core-conditioning classes in the Fletcher style of Pilates to help workouteers reach healthy fitness levels, tone and lengthen their muscles, increase their flexibility, and twist away their tension. During the four-week introductory series, students learn the fundamentals of Fletcher alignment techniques, Percussive Breathing™, basic mat work, and Fletcher Towelwork®, with each class introducing new challenging moves to keep workouts fresh and fun. Class sizes are kept small to ensure that all students—even middle children wearing hand-me-down capris—receive individualized attention.