Top Reunion Destination: San Antonio

From the earliest Spanish Missionaries in 1691 to today, San Antonio continues to offer a unique blend of rich heritage, traditions, and natural beauty. Add to that the many bases and deep military connection, and you have a Top 3 Reunion Destination in the country.

The San Antonio River Walk, known as the “world’s largest hotel lobby,” winds along the gently flowing San Antonio River through the city – linking hotels, restaurants, shops, and museums.  Visit the Alamo, the first of five missions established by the Spanish government and the site of the infamous battle of 1836 where 189 men sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Texas.  The other four Spanish colonial missions (Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada) are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and worth touring.  The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum’s Hall of Horns, Hall of Feathers and Hall of Fins house not only the largest, but also some of the most impressive collections of native and exotic wildlife around.  Next door you’ll find the Texas Ranger Museum which contains priceless artifacts documenting the history and lore of the Texas Rangers.  And be sure to visit El Mercado, the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico.

Enjoy a scenic ride to Fredericksburg to tour the National Museum of the Pacific War, which is dedicated to everyone who served in the Pacific under Admiral Nimitz.  The Museum includes over 34,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space including the George Bush Gallery, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Plaza of Presidents, Veterans’ Walk of Honor, Japanese Garden of Peace, Pacific Combat Zone, and the Nimitz Education and Research Center.   At Lackland AFB take a stroll along the parade grounds and view a static display of vintage and modern aircraft.  Included in the display are the B-17, P-38, F-82, C-47 and many others.  Take a short trip to the History and Traditions Museum, which houses a collection of rare aeronautical objects.  The museum’s aircraft, engines, instruments, and air weapons span the years of aviation development from its origin to the aerospace age.

No matter the specific needs of your group, AFR has a hotel partner that would be ecstatic to host your next military reunion. Do you want to be right on the Riverwalk? Is a free airport shuttle and free parking a must? What hotels allow you to bring in your own alcohol for the hospitality room? Armed Forces Reunions (‘The National Reunion Bureau’) will guide your group to the best hotel for your needs and will make sure the rest of your visit to San Antonio is a resounding success.

CLICK HERE to get proposals for San Antonio. You can also call or email Charley Dey at charley@afri.com or 757-625-6401.