What a sight to behold: glass-walled elevators ascend more than 500 feet to the observation deck, providing a panoramic view ... More
Tower of the Americas
What a sight to behold: glass-walled elevators ascend more than 500 feet to the observation deck, providing a panoramic view of the city. Standing a total 750 feet tall, the tower was constructed for HemisFair, the 1968 World's Fair and symbolizes the progress made by the people of the Western Hemisphere. Tower of the Americas is one landmark that you surely can't miss on your trip to San Antonio. This tower is open to public everyday from 10a onwards.
Yes the view is great but although they make a big deal about the fact that you can stay up there as long as you want what they neglect to tell you is that you can't get down until THEY come back up!!! So I was stuck up there with a very small child panicking because the bloody elevator didn't seem to be working!! About 15 minutes later after I was really getting into a state (with no phone there or anything to call down for assistance!) they finally arrived once they had some other people to view the observation level. NOT GOOD! I was pretty upset and felt they DEFINATELY should have warned you what the deal was. What if someone had a heart attack or something up there? It could have meant the difference between life and death!
An observation tower such as this, in the middle of a city like San Antonio, does itself no justice. The only thing that is redeeming about this thing is that it is really tall. When compared to other such towers, such as the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, the Tower of the Americas falls flacid to meet my expectations of such a construct.
In the Space Needle you get a view of Mt. Rainier and the rocky mountain chain, Seattle's art district, and the Puget Sound of the Pacific Ocean.
To give contrast, and stay on topic, the Tower of Americas has a view that effectively sums up to staring at endless plains of an unshaven hiney. It's nice to be able to say, "Hey I can see my house from here," but with the way the Tower is positioned pretty much all you see is the commercial district which is up close, and the sprawling suburbs and ghettos that spread out as far as the eye can see.
The food, as well, was overpriced, though pretty good. Still, if you want spend a lot on a meal, go to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse which will cost about the same but be tastier.
The Tower was surely a place to go when in San Antonio!!! Very nice , clean and Historic!!! Very nice people work here and accomodating as well!!! The Chart House restaurant was so romantic however , the prices were kinda high!! but it's all worth it if you're with your Love of your life...
The veiw was beautiful, but I don't think that the food was worth the price. It seems like you are paying for the view. The food was accually my least favorite part about dining there, but overall it was a good experience.
Went to the Cafe yesterday (12/19/11) and purchased coffee for a friend and myself. As soon as we had gone outside to drink our coffee, the manager had everyone present escorted off the property by the police and cited with criminal trespassing. One woman (neither my friend nor myself) refused to leave and was arrested.
The Tower of Americas has an excellent view. I was able to use one of the telescopes and see into Alamo Stadium to check the score of a local high school football game. I can't wait to go back up there when they are done renovating the restaurant area.
The view of San Antonio can't be beat, but for $10 you can go up the tower and skip the restaurant. We had a small group, the food took over 1 1/2 hours to get to our table. Some of the food was so salty that it was inedible, the rare tuna was overcooked, so was the steak. The food is very expensive and tasted very average if not just plain bad. I do not recommend this, it is a tourist trap
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