The Combined Sections Meeting is right around the corner and industry professionals from all around the country will gather in San Antonio, Texas. The CSM offers an unparalleled opportunity to check out new products, make new connections and reconnect with colleagues. While the CSM is definitely an exciting time, if you’re like us, you’re just as excited to take in some of San Antonio’s must see attractions. If you don’t know where to start, we here at Cedaron have put together a short list of attractions that are each about a 20 minute walk from the convention center. Check them out below!
1. The Alamo
Just a 15 minute walk from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, The Alamo tops Cedaron’s list of must see attractions. The Alamo served as a fortress for 187 men as they stood against 3,000 soldiers from the Mexican Army in an 1836 battle for Texan independence. After nearly two weeks of fighting, all 187 men fell, including historic figures Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie. The site was later declared a national monument and is remembered as a symbol of the fight for independence. According to thealamo.org, the national monument receives 2.5 million visitors each year.
2. The River Walk
The River walk runs right through the heart of the CSM. Follow it on foot for just 15 minutes and you’ll arrive at the center of the San Antonio River Walk. . The River Walk consists of more than 15 miles of sidewalks and paths that offer easy access to museums, hotels, and historic districts. Immediately recognized by the iconic colorful canopies, the heart of the River Walk is peppered with many shops and popular restaurants ranging from Italian to southern barbecue. Visitsanantonio.com touts the River Walk as the “largest urban ecosystem in the nation”.
3. The Tower of the Americas
The Tower of the Americas is a 750 foot tower located right outside of the CSM convention center. For those who aren’t afraid to look down, the tower offers an observation deck and revolving restaurant granting you access to the most exclusive views of San Antonio. You’ll be able to enjoy the spectacle of the tower right from the convention, but if you’d like to get up close and personal, the tower is just a short 10 minute walk from the convention center. While walking, you can wind right by the Mexican Cultural Institute and take in two sights on the same trip!
4. The San Fernando Cathedral
The beautiful San Fernando Cathedral is about a 20 minute walk from the CSM convention center and is rich with history. The Cathedral was built in San Antonio in 1731, predating the American war for independence by nearly 50 years. In 1836, the Cathedral was within eyesight of the men entrenched at the Alamo during the 13 day siege that eventually cost them all their lives. The ashes of the men who fought at the Alamo are said to have been placed in a small coffin at the San Fernando Cathedral. For historic figure Jim Bowie, the Cathedral was both the place he was wed and laid to rest.
5. The Majestic Theater
The Majestic Theater is a 20 minute walk from the CSM convention center. You can take the River Walk almost all the way there and swing by the Hard Rock Café as a bonus! The Majestic Theater is much younger than most sights you’ll find in San Antonio, having been built in 1929. Despite its young age, the theater’s importance as a beacon for the performing arts earned it a classification as a National Historic Landmark. The theater is known for its ornate Mediterranean style interior design and is currently home to the Broadway in San Antonio.
CSM is going to be a blast this year, and its central location makes checking out all of these sites a no brainer. Make sure to leave a comment and tell us how you’re planning to make the most out of this year’s meeting!