Thousands of residents and visitors flock to Hemisfair Park in downtown San Antonio annually. One of the main attractions is the landmark Tower of the Americas. While simply impressive, what many come to discover is the historical significance of the park. These grounds were once home to the 1968 World's Fair.
A world's fair, or world expo, is an event that celebrates national accomplishments. These expos can last for months, which leads them to be as grand as the occasions they commemorate. The first World's Fair in 1851 was held in London's iconic Hyde Park and kickstarted a celebration of national achievements worldwide. The theme of the 1968 World's Fair in San Antonio was "The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas." It was a celebration of the many cultural influences that converged to establish the city and the surrounding areas.
The following video shows actual footage of the 1968 Hemisfair:
Enjoying this landmark locale is a walk in the park (literally!) and fun for the whole family. Let the little ones run around in Yanaguana Garden and get lost in a game of giant checkers or chess. There's also a playground with swings and an out-of-this-world space tunnel. Adults can enjoy the many water features of the park. Let the sounds of the bubbling fountains relax you as you take in the scenery all around. There's also a bocce ball court and foosball and ping pong tables.
Hemisfair Park regularly hosts family-friendly events. Some of the past events include marathons, "doggy days," and storybook readings in the gardens. The park is open from 5 a.m. to midnight daily and admission is free. Check out all the Hemisfair Park happenings below!
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