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Historic San Antonio

Destination(s): San Antonio

This is a great short trip for those of you who don't have much time, really want to stay downtown and experience the history of San Antonio, and still see a few places off the beaten path. No rental car is needed. You will feel like a native Texan after all you have learned on this trip! read more about Historic San Antonio

River Walk

River Walk

  • 454 Losoya
  • (runs through downtown)
  • tel:(210) 227 4262
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205

The River Walk is a must-see for any traveler to San Antonio. The River Walk was conceived in 1929. Downtown had serious flood problems, and Robert Hugman suggested that the city turn the San Antonio River into an asset rather than a hindrance. Hugman's brainchild has since become the essence of the city. Stairways down to the River Walk can be found on street level throughout downtown. Walk down anywhere you like, and wander and explore the great shops, galleries, restaurants and sights. To get the full story on the history of the River Walk, take the Rio San Antonio river barge cruise for a 45-minute narrated tour. It is well worth the price. read more about River Walk

Guenther House (The)

Guenther House (The)

  • 205 East Guenther
  • (enter on South Alamo St)
  • tel:210 227 1061
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78204
Mi Tierra Cafe

Mi Tierra Cafe

  • 218 Produce Row
  • (In Market Square)
  • tel:210 225 1262
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78207
Casa Rio Mexican Foods Restaurant

Casa Rio Mexican Foods Restaurant

  • 430 East Commerce St
  • tel:210 226 6718
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
King William Historic District

King William Historic District

  • 1032 South Alamo Street
  • East bank of the river, just south of downtown
  • tel:(210) 227 8786
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78210

Located just south of the downtown area, the King William Historic District is a residential area that was settled by German immigrants in the 1840s and named for Kaiser Wilhelm, King of Prussia during the 1870s. Today the area attracts visitors who admire the large, impressive houses and walk along the pecan and cypress-shaded streets. The area has also recently become known as a hip and artsy area, boasting edgy art galleries and quaint cafes. read more about King William Historic District

Market Square

Market Square

  • 514 West Commerce St
  • (at South Flores)
  • tel:(210) 207 8600
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78207

The Market Square, just west of city center and walking distance from most downtown hotels, is the scene of festivals and outdoor events year-round. Market Square is at its best in April, during the city-wide Fiesta celebration. The rest of the year visitors will find great Mexican restaurants, traditional Mexican handicrafts and an indoor shopping center where you are sure to find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your trip. read more about Market Square

Zinc Champagne & Wine Bar

Zinc Champagne & Wine Bar

  • 207 North Presa Street
  • (between Commerce & Market Streets)
  • tel:210 224 2900 / 210 224 1313
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
Mission San Jose & Visitor Center

Mission San Jose & Visitor Center

  • 6701 San Jose Drive
  • tel:(210) 932 1001 / +1 210 534 8833 (Visitor Center)
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78214

Mission San Jose, located at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, was founded in 1720 by Father Antonio Margil de Jesús. If you only have time to visit one of the San Antonio Missions, the "Queen of the Missions" is the one to visit. It is the largest of the five Missions and the most fully-restored. The Mission was a church-focused community, where Spanish Missionaries and their Indian converts lived during the 1700s and 1800s. Free ranger-guided tours last 45-60 minutes and are available at 10am, 11am, 2pm, and 3pm. The church still functions and visitors are permitted to attend the Sunday mass. read more about Mission San Jose & Visitor Center

San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernando Cathedral

  • 115 Main Plaza
  • tel:(210) 227 1297
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205

The San Fernando Cathedral was founded in 1731 and is the oldest active cathedral in the United States. Located midway between the city center and the Market Square, over 5,000 people participate in weekend masses at the Cathedral every week. The burial tomb of Battle of the Alamo heroes Davey Crockett, Sam Travis and Jim Bowie is also located inside the cathedral. read more about San Fernando Cathedral

Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

  • 715 River Road
  • tel:210 222 1400
  • San Antonio, 78212
Rosario's

Rosario's

  • 910 S Alamo St
  • tel:210 223 1806
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
Bill Miller Bar-B-Q

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q

Menger Hotel

Menger Hotel

  • 204 Alamo Plaza
  • At Crockett St
  • tel:+1 210 223 4361
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
Alamo (The)

Alamo (The)

  • 300 Alamo Plaza
  • tel:(210) 225 1391
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
Villita Historic Arts Village (La)

Villita Historic Arts Village (La)

  • South Alamo at Nueva
  • Nueva
  • tel:(210) 207 8610
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205

La Villita means "Little Village" and it is the original home of the first settlers of San Antonio. Today, people visit La Villita for its quaint cobblestone paths, art galleries and history. It is located on the south bank of the San Antonio River and hosts many outdoor festivals and events with live music and dancing, especially in the springtime. Don't miss a weekend dance performance of Ballet Folklorico at The Arneson River Theater, an amphitheater in La Villita, with the stage located across the San Antonio River. It is quite an experience! read more about Villita Historic Arts Village (La)

Villita Museum/Post Office (La)

Villita Museum/Post Office (La)

  • 418 Villita Building No.900
  • La Villita
  • tel:(210) 207 8610
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
Little Church (The)

Little Church (The)

  • 418 Villita Street
  • La Villita Historic Arts Village
  • tel:(210) 226 3593
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
Biga on the Banks

Biga on the Banks

  • 203 S. St. Mary's St.
  • River Walk, International Center
  • tel:210 225-0722
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon

  • 111 West Crockett Street #201
  • tel:210 212 4770
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205
Swig Martini Bar

Swig Martini Bar

  • 111 West Crockett Street #205
  • (between Presa and Navarro streets)
  • tel:+1 210 476 0005
  • Visit website
  • San Antonio, 78205