One of our favorite romantic cities is San Antonio, a city that we've written several guidebooks about but even today we continue to discover new and exciting destinations. The number one tourist destination in Texas and the gateway into South Texas, here Texas meets Mexico, not in a geographic sense, but in a cultural one seen in everything from attractions to restaurants to festivals.
A great way to save on your San Antonio getaway is with SAVE – San Antonio Vacation Experience . You'l find $600 in savings in this program including ways to save at the city's world-class theme parks, romantic hotels, animal adventures, top shops, restaurants, and tours.
This special program features Limited Time Offers with special deals at top-notch properties like the Hilton Palacio del Rio, which lies in the heart of the visitor area on the Paseo del Rio or the River Walk.
Here's a look at our top picks for romantic travels to the Alamo City:
The Alamo. Located in the very heart of San Antonio, the Alamo is considered the “Cradle of Texas Liberty,” probably the most famous spot in Texas. Established in 1718 as the Mission San Antonio de Valero, it plunged into history on March 6, 1836, when 188 men died after being attacked by Santa Anna’s Mexican forces. Among the most famous defenders were Jim Bowie, William B. Travis, and Davy Crockett.
River Walk. From world-class hotels to romantic dining, the River Walk makes it easy to enjoy a romantic getaway without the need for a car or taxi. This area is home to high-rise hotels, shops and al fresco cafes, all within easy walking distance (or a quick river taxi ride) of the convention center, making it easy to extend a business trip and transform it into a romantic getaway.
La Villita. This historic shopping area on the east bank of the San Antonio River was developed in the mid-to-late eighteenth century by Mexican settlers who lived on the outskirts of the Alamo mission. Today La Villita is San Antonio’s finest crafts area, filled with weavers, glassblowers, sculptors, and even boot makers. Within the restored buildings, shops sell everything from woven wall hangings to silver jewelry, and the historic Little Church is often the site of weddings.
Market Square. West of the River Walk, colorful Market Square is a busy shopping and dining area from early morning to late evening. It is also the scene of many San Antonio festivals. The history of Market Square goes back to the early 1800s, when Mexico ruled the settlement of San Antonio de Bejar. Chili con carne, the state dish of Texas, was invented here over a century ago. Back then, young girls known as “chili queens” sold the spicy concoction from kiosks. Today Market Square includes the renovated Farmers’ Market Plaza (rife with Mexican imports and crafts rather than produce), an open-air restaurant and shopping area, and El Mercado, the largest enclosed Mexican-style marketplace in the country. Also located nearby are two historic structures: the Spanish Governor’s Palace and Navarro House, home of a Texas patriot.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. This national park stretches along the San Antonio River and is composed of four remaining missions (outside of the Alamo) constructed by the Franciscan friars in the eighteenth century. The missions are active parish churches today, and all are open to the public. Each mission illustrates a different concept of mission life.
SeaWorld San Antonio. This Texas-size park is the home of Shamu the killer whale, plus dolphins, penguins, sea otters, and more. A large water park is one of the summer's top attractions.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas. This theme park focuses on the history, culture, and music of San Antonio and the Southwest with live entertainment and thrill rides. Theaters delight visitors with more than sixty performances daily, including the award-winning and always packed “Rockin’ at Rockville High” Grease-style musical production.
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