The San Antonio Quiz for the Ultimate Fan of the City

San Antonio is a special city. It's one of the oldest in the country, founded by the Spanish in 1718. That same year, the mission San Antonio de Valero, later known as the Alamo was built, and the rest, as they say, is history. San Antonio's geographical position gave birth to Tex-Mex culture, and today tourists visit the city to see this confluence of traditions in the buildings and ethos of San Antonites. This destination has one of the most memorable and vibrant waterfronts you'll come across, the Paseo del Rio or River Walk. History buffs can't get enough of the still-standing missions recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. And true foodies are in for a treat. San Antonio's many lauded restaurants prepare heavenly meals and ensure they're artful and packed with flavor and local ingredients. If you know all this already, you're exactly who should be taking this San Antonio quiz. Plan on traveling to San Antonio soon? You'll probably learn a lot about this gem in the Southwest too.

History lesson

Fascinating facts about San Antonio

  • San Antonio is home to the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico. El Mercado shopping district at the Historic Market Square boasts an impressive collection of 100+ restaurants, artisanal shops, and fresh produce stands. It's a place where you can easily spend hours exploring the three-block outdoor plaza.
  • The city was a pioneer in establishing the first all-digital library in the US. The Bexar County BiblioTech was the first library in the US to offer an exclusively digital collection. While the library's literary works are fully-digital, you can still visit its physical locations to access resources like computer labs and study rooms.
  • Church's Chicken was born across the street from the Alamo. The fried chicken chain first opened its doors in 1952 under the name "Church's Fried Chicken To Go" and quickly became a hit among San Antonians. It has since expanded to 30 countries around the world.
  • Before the San Antonio Spurs came to the Alamo City for the 1973–74 season, they played for six seasons as the Dallas Chaparrals.
  • The San Antonio Missions are one of 24 World Heritage Sites located in the United States.
  • SeaWorld San Antonio recently added the tallest, fastest, and longest wooden roller coaster in the state — the Texas Stingray.
  • In 2011, Lanier High School put on a tamalada like no one has ever seen — literally. A record-breaking 17,132 tamales landed the school in the Guinness World Records.
  • The Alamo City also boasts the tallest cowboy boots sculpture in the world, standing at 35 ft + 3 in.
  • It is technically illegal for people to flirt or respond to flirtation using their hands or eyes in San Antonio.
  • The San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest church in Texas — and one of the oldest in the US — dating back to 1738.
  • Then Army Lieutenant and now former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower served as the St. Louis College — now St. Mary's University — head football coach in 1916.
  • The San Antonio Stockshow and Rodeo reuses the same 2,160 tons of dirt every year.
  • 5-time NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal went to Robert G. Cole High School in San Antonio and graduated in 1989.
  • Gatorade was invented by a San Antonio native, Robert Cade.
  • And lastly, Fritos and Frito pie — yeah, you can thank San Antonio for that, too.

Did you know?

What is Bracken Cave?

The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Bracken Cave Preserve for housing the largest bat colony in the world during summer. The swarm is so huge that it sometimes appears on weather maps—nearly 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats occupy the cave outside San Antonio between March and October. The bat cave has restricted access to aid conservation efforts, but anyone who would like to see these mammals emerging from the opening can take a guided evening tour. It's a goosebump-inducing sight! The bats soar through the skies for 1,000 miles to reach this spot in time for the warmer seasons. Soon after their arrival, the moms have babies. As many as 500 pups have been observed hanging from one square foot of the cave. Thanks to funding from environmental groups, the sky around the cave stays dark and human development isn't permitted. The bats eat insects that would otherwise affect cotton crops.

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