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Tower of the Americas, San Antonio

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When passing through San Antonio, don’t miss dining in the rotating restaurant at Tower of the Americas. This 230 m (750 ft) tower, located in the middle of HemisFair park, was the tallest observation tower in the United States from 1968 until 1996. The panoramic view is best seen from the observation desk, which is easily accessible by an elevator. If you like a challenge, though, you can climb the 952 steps to the top. A 4-D movie about the history of Texas is included in the ticket price. Make Tower of the Americas a part of your San Antonio vacation plans using our San Antonio trip planning app .
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  • Eating at the restaurant takes care of the fee to go up to the very top. We had a wonderful dinner as we enjoyed the beautiful view. The waitress was great. We had the coconut shrimp and it was delici...  more »
  • My buddy and I were in San Antonio during Thanksgiving Day weekend and decided to get a birdseye view of our surroundings so we take a ride up the Tower of Americas. The view is breathtaking. Don't st...  more »
  • We have been to the tower a few times in 36 years but not recently. We had company and thought they might like seeing the DT Christmas lights from the tower. They were beautiful. The tower has added h...  more »
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  • The observation deck is great. On weekends, you should probably plan ahead for a 30 minute wait in line to take the elevator to the top. Depending on the time of the year and what else is going on downtown, weekdays are usually a very short wait. You need to buy a ticket inside in order to take the elevators, but if you are dining at the restaurant level, the elevators are free and you can also go down to the observation level after you dine. The elevators to the top have glass panels on the front of them, so it can be a pretty thrilling ride to the top. But if that kind of stuff freaks you out, you can always stand to the back of the elevator or turn around like I do – I’m no thrill seeker and ain’t afraid to admit it LOL! Once you are at the top, you can stroll around inside and look out the glass that goes 360 degrees around the observation deck. Or you can choose to go outside and walk 360 degrees around the deck. It is usually windy up there but it is fun. Both inside and outside give you great views of the city, both at night and during the daytime. There is a gift shop inside on ground level and a gift shop inside on the observation deck (but the gift shop at the top is usually closed on weekdays). I think they also have a couple of vending and soda machines up there. Down below, there is some seating, some fountains and a decent sized tree shaded area to walk around in.
  • Tourist trap definition from Urban Dictionary: "A place specifically designed to attract stupid tourists and take their money. It's like taking candy from a baby, that's how easily they fork it over." I think they need to change the example sentence to "The Tower of the Americas is a tourist trap, you have to pay $15 to park in a mostly empty parking lot and THEN tickets on top of that?" Yeah, the view is nice, but not worth the $85 total it cost for my family of 4 to park and go to the top.
  • This is a great tourist attraction to come to. This is a historical landmark. I'm from San Antonio and me coming here never gets old. I use to come here when I was a kid now I bring my kids. The view is spectacular.
  • The Tower has great views. We went to the restaurant there, just before it got dark. That way we got views both before & after dark. For a family of 4 the meal was quite expensive but for a 1 time trip we went anyway. We were on vacation.. The meal was good but not really worth the money. If you factor in the experience & views you can sort of justify. I would recommend if you want an experience along with a meal, especially for something like an anniversary, etc.
  • While the views are lovely, the price is ridiculously expensive. $12 for adults, $9 for kids and if you park there, get ready to drop another $15 before you even enter the lot. The employees are rude and completely unhelpful. We entered the line to board the elevator, there was supposed to be someone taking pictures as you enter the line, but they were no where to be found. Then we stood in line by the elevator which states to wait for an attendant, but there's no one around. They are inside the elevator, FYI. Coupons on the brochure are a joke, you need 1 brochure per person to save the $2. Had I known all this to begin with, we would have skipped it. Much better things to do with a better value.
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