Hemisfair 434 S. Alamo St., (210) 709-4750. Free. Built to host the 1968 World's Fair, this expansive park is a redo.
●Yanaguana Garden 434 S. Alamo St. Free. The new Yanaguana Garden section features a playground, a splash pad, a giant chess board, a giant sand box, and an inexpensive paleteria dispensing fresh fruit popsicles.
|giant chess set at Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas|
|splash pad at Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas|
|giant mosaic cat at Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas|
|child on swing at Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas|
|children in giant sandbox at Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas|
|toddlers examine the goods at paleteria in Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas|
●Dough Pizzeria Napoletana 518 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-2900. Situated adjacent to the sand box, this popular spot serves exceptional fare in a casual setting. It’s a great place to retreat to on a hot day. Most everything is made in house, including cheeses and drink flavorings. Frozen wine slush cocktails have included a peach Bellini and a prickly pear-lime granita, and it’s hard to beat the superb cherry ice cream soda. We started with the house signature “truffle burrata” that was as lovely as it was tasty, a simple Tuscan salad, and some warm marinated olives with olive oil-soaked toast. So good. Delicious artisan pizzas with crispy blistered crust are prepared here in a tarted-up wood-burning oven covered with copper pennies. The pizzas are cooked for 90 seconds at 900 degrees. For our vegetarian feast, we devoured a Neapolitan-style Fontina pizza with mushrooms and sweet caramelized onions as well as a simple Margherita. Brilliantly, kids are kept busy with their own ball of dough to play with. I can’t wait to return for more.
|colorful cocktails at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana at Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas|
|child playing with pizza dough at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana at Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas|
|truffle burrata salad at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana at Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas|
|copper penny-covered pizza oven at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana at Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas|
|pizzas at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana at Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas|
Nearby, The Institute of Texan Cultures (801 E César E. Chávez Blvd., (210) 458-2300. M-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. $10, 6-17 $8.) explores the cultural history of Texas. Exhibits include everything from Texas’ earliest settlers and how Tejanos lived in the 1930s to the importance of the chuck wagon in cowboy lore. The Institute hosts the Texas Folklife Festival annually in mid-June. This festival celebrates the wide range of the cultural history of Texas, including Mexican, German, Latino, African, and Native American traditions.
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