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History & Culture

The River Walk

Start your San Antonio cultural exploration with a stroll along the River Walk. Restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment follow the serpentine route of this relaxing river, and some of the city's top attractions can be accessed from it. Visit the Alamo, the must-see Shrine of Texas Liberty. If you find yourself intrigued by Spanish colonial mission life and architecture, there are four more to see along Mission Trail. All four missions and the Alamo are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Also along the River Walk is one of the oldest sections of town—La Villita. First it was home to Spanish soliders serving at the Alamo, and in the late 1800s, French and German immigrants settled here. Now, it's a National Historic District brimming with arts, craft shops and galleries. You can find more south of the border crafts and tasty treats at El Mercado, a market square that will make you think you're in Mexico.

Art and Architecture

Art and architecture thrive in the King William Historic District and Southtown. The King William Historic District is a restored neighborhood with a variety of architectural styles—Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian. Once farmland for the Alamo mission, it grew into a German neighborhood. The area fell into disrepair, but in the 1960s, its beauty was rediscovered and restoration began. Three homes are open to the public, the Guenther House, Steves Homestead and Villa Finale. The Guenther House was built in 1860, and includes a restaurant, store and museum. The 1870s era Steves Homestead is now a museum of historic homes. Villa Finale's Visitor Center is home to a museum and exhibitions focusing on the history of the beautiful King William neighborhood including Villa Finale, the first National Trust Historic Site in Texas.

Close to the King William Historic District is Southtown, an arts neighborhood. Its eclectic blend of shops, galleries and restaurants host an art walk on the first Friday of every month. While you're there, check out the Blue Star Arts Center—a renovated warehouse that includes artist space, galleries and a brewpub.


San Antonio is also home to world-class museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art exhibits collections of Latin American and Asian art, as well as folk and contemporary pieces. From Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso to manuscripts and sculpture gardens, the McNay Art Museum invites you to step into a masterpiece. The McNay opened in 1945 as the region’s first museum of modern art. Works are displayed in the ornate setting of a 1920’s Spanish colonial home and a contemporary addition amid 23 acres of beautifully landscaped terrain.

The Witte Museum combines culture, history and science, from Egyptian mummies to dinosaur bones. The San Antonio area’s rich history as a wellspring for cowboys, cattle ranching and oil production shines in the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum.  The Center overlooks the San Antonio River and incorporates the most up-to-date audio and visual museum technology in its fascinating displays.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, located on the River Walk, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage.

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