The San Antonio Botanical Garden, which rests on 38 acres, not only dazzles visitors with bright sunflowers and roses, aquatic plants, and a glass display case filled with orchids, but it also teaches them about the local and world flora with informative exhibits. Four large, formal beds showcase seasonally rotating displays, and the Texas Native Trail features representative species from Hill Country, East Texas Piney Woods, and South Texas. Encompassing a wider array of biomes, the Lucile Halsell Conservatory boasts collections of tropical fruits and desert cacti housed within glass buildings that surround the sunken tropical lagoon.
Aside from these exhibits, the botanical garden also hosts summer-camp sessions, school-group programs, and classes for adults as well as children. These programs include lectures and hands-on lessons that discuss local plants and which garden insects are helpful and which are harmful.
Since 1993, the guffaws emanating from the Rivercenter Comedy Club have been sending ripples coursing through the waters by the River Walk. Located on the third level of the Rivercenter Mall, the recently renovated club keeps its calendar stuffed with nightly showcases by nationally recognized headliners and up-and-coming local jokesters. Past years have seen the likes of Carlos Mencia, Drew Carey, Jeff Dunham, and Chris Rock on the Showroom stage. Nightly shows at 8:30 p.m. and late shows on weekends increase the odds of catching the next rising star. All comedy shows require a two-item minimum, which can be used toward appetizers, entrees, and specialty cocktails from the club’s menu. The club will validate three hours of free parking at either of Rivercenter Mall's garages or heliports.
The low-hanging branches of southern live oak trees stretch out over the house and pavilion areas at Don Strange Ranch, dappling parties, weddings, and corporate team gatherings with splashes of sunlight. Since 1952, the 125-acre longhorn ranch in the Texas Hill Country has hosted myriad events, including scenes from the PBS music documentary series Live from the Artists Den and the wedding of country music stars Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
More than just a picturesque backdrop, the ranch?s rugged natural surroundings host outdoor activities such as ropes courses and kayak trips down the Guadalupe River. And the friendly staffers who man 350- to 400-foot ziplines work to ease guests out of their comfort zones, like a mother bird pushing her young out of the nest for their first extreme base-jumping lesson.
Seeds of Love offers bright floral bouquets and verdant plants to complement occasions, sentiments, and nostril cravings of every variety. Let flowers take the place of pebbles lobbed at a suitor's window with the love and romance display ($44.99), bursting with aromatic roses, lilies, tulips, and Gerber daisies, or snatch up the fiddle plant ($29.99), a glossy exhibit of greenery that occasionally breaks out into Appalachian-tinged tunes when the porch light goes on. Stop by the shop to pick out a bundle of petals to compassionately adopt before the holidays, or do your browsing online and call to place an order and schedule delivery ($7.95 delivery fee), which is offered six days a week.
Picking up a ready-to-bake meal bypasses immoral supermarket middlemen who inflated the price of oranges during the Great Depression and caused vagrants to bag groceries with carpets. At Four Sisters Catering, executive chef Michele M. West brings more than 40 years of culinary experience to the proverbial table. Serving up Italian-inspired delectable dishes with her four daughters, West has been quelling San Antonio’s hunger with smile-inducing fare for more than 13 years. Customers of Four Sisters are able to pick up a deliciously convenient meal to prepare at home without leaving a mess in the kitchen or whipping up tomato sauce while driving.
The cooks at Cheesy Jane’s look to classic burger joints for the inspiration behind meals such as their signature half-pound burger with double cheese. But too much tradition can get boring, which is why they’ve also invented creative malts in flavors like PB&J.