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Tower of the Americas, San Antonio

(3.6/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
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. Using our international travel planner, San Antonio attractions like Tower of the Americas can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Offering a 360 degree view of the city from 750 feet you'll get a great view. There is an inside and "outside" deck with the outside being a bit windy. The cost is reasonable for an attraction like th...  more »
  • The $12 entrance fee includes the 4D movies and the view from the top of the tower. There is really not much to see, just the surrounding buildings' rooftops. The movies were fun. 4D is like 3D but wi...  more »
  • The best view of all San Antonio, with a little of the history of Texas in its interior and well-kept surroundings. I loved it.
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  • My sister and I celebrated her birthday at The Tower of Americas yesterday (Sunday). Parking on the grounds was $11 but my sister is handicapped and we needed to be close to the entrance. The handicap parking was very close to the tower entrance and we were quite pleased. We had scheduled a 2:00 reservation for The Chart House but arrived early at 1:00 and it was no problem at all. We both ordered the spinach salad with grilled chicken added to it, for an affordable $18.00 meal. It was plenty for us to eat, delicious and the presentation was beautiful!! The server was great and every employee we encountered during the day was cheerful, fun and accommodating. The lines for the elevator were not long at all. Everything was very efficient. We later enjoyed a drink at the bar, and the Texas movie ride too. It was a wonderful day and we will return soon.
  • Great attraction. Has a nice park at the base and then 12 to take you to the top. Trip included a 4D movie thing and the flag display at the top. Obviously it had great views. Military and veteran discount of $2. Well worth the trip.
  • Good: - your ticket to the top is good all day - interior and exterior viewing areas - the exterior viewing area makes a complete, 360-degree circuit - your ticket includes a variety of short films in a "4D theater" that play continuously throughout the day (cheesy, but fun) Cautions: - pay to park - I did not experience as the crowd was light on my Monday visit, but peak crowds could definitely cause long waits to get up/down the down Tip: - save a buck or two with coupons available in visitor brochures available at many shopping centers are hotels - make the most of your "all-day" ticket by visiting during the day, then returning at night for a different perspective Overall, I think the price of admission is a good value. The views are fantastic and I highly recommend if you generally enjoy observation towers (especially, if you visit day and night).
  • Okay, this is the way it is.. the observation deck is fine and all BUT to take full advantage of the romantic views it has to offer I would only recommend it for adventurous couples, AND only during the off season when few people are up there to take full advantage of the empty deck (okay, okay, probably also cool for those that have lil tikes that will blow their mind running around on the observation deck in the sky). Other than that, I'd recommend just to head up to the restaurant that's housed under the observation deck and catch your self some cocktails and a bite to eat.
  • Arrived just before sun down so we were able to see it in the say and night. It was a fun way to spend an hour or two. Windows were dirty and didn't appear to have been cleaned for a while.