La Villita, south of the River Walk in downtown San Antonio, was originally settled nearly 300 years ago as one of the city's first neighborhoods. In 1939, La Villita Historic Arts Village was established and the neighborhood was adapted into a center for teaching regional arts and crafts and to serve as an artists market. Today, nearly 30 shops and galleries offer distinct handcrafted items by artists from San Antonio and surrounding areas. You'll find paintings, folk art, textiles, sculptures, copper wares, jewelry, and more. Plus, in the midst of these tree-lined walkways and plazas, enjoy a savory culinary experience at the area restaurants with options ranging from traditional Mexican flavors to steakhouse favorites. For individual shop listings click the website link located under the logo image on this page.
Go Rio Cruises offers an unforgettable way to experience the world-famous San Antonio River Walk. It captures the sights, wonders and culture of the River City. Take a guided or specialty tour, chartered excursion or catch a ride on a river taxi to experience the soul of San Antonio. These engaging tours are both informative and humorous. Learn more or buy tickets in advance online at GoRioCruises.com. Tickets may also be purchased at one of three ticket kiosks located on the River Walk. Tickets are non-refundable. The new fleet of electric boats are quiet, roomy, ADA accessible, and environmentally-friendly. No pets except service dogs.
Tours are offered 9am-10pm daily. Taxis are 9am- 9pm. During peak periods, hours of operation my be extended. Boats do not run during inclement weather.
Narrated River Cruises: (leave the 3 docks every 15 minutes)
Bexar County Residents ($10 - I.D. Required)
Children ($6 - 1- 5 years, under 12 months-free on lap)
Active Military ($9 - I.D. Required, validd for spouse and their children under 18 yrs)
Veterans ($9, for veteran only)
Seniors 65+ ($9 - I.D. Required)
Shuttle Rides: (valid 9am-9pm)
One-way pass $10
One-day pass $12
Three-day pass $25
One-day pass $12
One-day pass $16
Three-day pass $25
Bexar County Residents $25
City Sightseeing San Antonio Double Decker Bus Tour
People absolutely love our unique Hop On, Hop Off tour route. We start out in Alamo Plaza and immediately give you the double decker view of the beautiful Alamo.
From there we head north towards the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Pearl Brewery Complex, and much more.
And of course you are free to get off and explore at any of our 18 stops. If you do, just go back to where we dropped you off and wait for our next bus to arrive.
We typically have four or five double deckers operating so we get to each stop every 20 to 30 minutes. Take a look at our route below and buy online or come see us in Alamo Plaza. You will love it!
Our tour stops include:
1. The Alamo
Once home to Spanish Missionaries as Mission de Valero, it is the site of the Battle Of The Alamo in 1836.
2. The Pearl Brewery
A culinary and cultural destination along the banks of the river.
3. San Antonio Museum of Art
House the largest and most comprehensive collection of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Asian art in the Southwest United States.
4. VFW Post 76
The oldest Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in the United States.
5. Augie’s BBQ Restaurant
Great Texas BBQ in the heart of Downtown San Antonio
6. Riverwalk/Museum Reach
We stop at the Wyndham Garden Riverwalk Hotel where you can explore the beautiful Museum Reach section of the Riverwalk.
7. Tobin Center
Home to resident performing arts groups and major music and theatrical acts visiting San Antonio. (Bus stop is directly in front of the El Tropicano Hotel)
8. The Scottish Rite Cathedral
Completed in 1924 at a cost of $1.5 million dollars. A six story building in the style of a classic revival temple. Serves as a meeting place for the Scottish Rite Masonry.
9. Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building
Historic courthouse and post office located in Alamo Plaza. (Bus stop across the street from the Emily Morgan Hotel)
10. Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
An immersive Texas experience. Explore the Museum’s Hall of Horns, and the Texas Ranger Museum and Ranger town.
11. Riverwalk/River Cruise Ride
One story above the river, visit St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Majestic, Aztec and Empire Theaters. Also a great location for guests of the Hotel Valencia, the Drury Inn and Drury Plaza, the Omni La Mansion Hotel and the Holiday Inn Riverwalk to hop on and hop off.
12. San Fernando Cathedral/Spanish Governor’s Palace
Founded in 1731 and is the oldest continuously functioning religious community in Texas. The Spanish Governor’s Palace was constructed in the early 18th century as the “Presidio San Antonio de Bejar”. It marked Spanish settlement under King Ferdinand VI.
13. Market Square/El Mercado
Visitors and residents alike visit El Mercado for authentic Mexican dining, music, and treasures. Located in the “Zona Cultura”.
14. King William Historic District
The Blue Star Arts Complex, the Guenther House, the King William District, and Southtown. An area know for it’s diverse community, art galleries, restaurants and Victorian era homes.
15. Villa Finale Visitor Center Stop
Tour the museum and gardens of preservationist Walter Mathis. (Bus stop in front of the Friendly Spot)
16. Yanaguana Garden
Public art display and playground.
17. Tower of the Americas/La Villita
The 750 foot tall Tower of the Americas provides guests with the most spectacular view of the Alamo City. Enjoy the gorgeous panorama view from the Tower’s Observation Deck and experience the thrilling 4D Theater Ride. La Villita is the historic art village and one of San Antonio’s first neighborhoods.
18. The Shops at Rivercenter Mall
Shops, stores, the movie Alamo The Price Of Freedom at the IMAX, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and the Rivercenter Lagoon.
And a link to our website where there is loads of good material:
San Antonio Bike Share is the non-profit that launched San Antonio B-cycle in 2011 as the first bike share in the state of Texas. In 2018, San Antonio acquired a title sponsor, Southwest General Hospital, A Steward Family Hospital, changing the name to SWell Cycle. With hundreds of self-serve bikes and more than 60 stations, SWell Cycle offers 24/7 access to the City on your schedule.
B-cycle station map here.
Timeless sophistication and modern luxury blend seamlessly at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio. Ideally situated downtown, just a few steps from the iconic River Walk, our historic hotel welcomes you with contemporary amenities and impeccable service.
Make yourself at home in our stylish rooms and suites, which offer thoughtful perks and our Sheraton Signature beds. Sample farm-to-table dining at Market on Houston, or sip a cocktail at Bar 414. Enjoy unbeatable access from our hotel to a host of noteworthy downtown attractions- from the River Walk and the Alamodome to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and the Gonzales Convention Center. Past meets present with extraordinary results here at Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio.
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