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The Tower of Americas thrusts 750 feet toward the stratosphere, granting visitors a bird's-eye views of the Alamo City skyline. Ascending to the tower's peak, sightseers are delivered to the vitreous Flags Over Texas observation deck replete with panoramic views, as well as photos pinpointing important landmarks and highlighting historical events. After absorbing the vistas, cast a gaze on Skies Over Texas, the 4-D multimedia theater experience. During the dimension-bending ride, viewers soar across the Lone Star State to drop in on a Friday-night football game and a NASA shuttle crew while staying anchored firmly to the ground thanks to a noncompetition agreement with the Texas state bird.
Tower of the Americas
Overlooking downtown San Antonio, the Tower of the Americas stretches 750 feet into the sky and delights visitors with 360-degree views of the city. The Flags Over Texas observation deck educates with a series of murals detailing the history of the six flags that have flown over the state's buildings throughout its existence. Moving seats simulate the sensation of flight in the 4-D Skies Over Texas ride, where images enhanced by 3-D glasses leap out at viewers, showing Texas wildlife and festivals.
600 Hemisfair Park
San Antonio, Texas 78205