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Things to do in La Villita Historic Village

Our most recommended things to do in La Villita Historic Village

San Antonio: Scenic Night Tour and River Walk Cruise

1. San Antonio: Scenic Night Tour and River Walk Cruise

Get to know San Antonio's nightlife during this night tour that features one-of-a-kind views of the city skyline illuminated at night from the Tower of the Americas, a relaxing River Walk cruise, and a narrated drive. Begin your night out with your tour guide greeting you directly outside the front of your hotel in San Antonio or Austin before heading out to the first stop of your night tour. First, take your view of San Antonio to new heights. Get whisked away up 190 m (623 ft) and marvel at magical views of the illuminated city skyline from the Tower of the Americas Observation Deck, the tallest observation tower in Texas. Once your feet are back on the ground, embark on an enchanting nighttime river cruise, passing multiple points of interest such as the historical Old Mill Crossing and La Villiata, the city’s first neighborhood. After your cruise, go on a drive with your tour guide to explore San Antonio’s cultivating nightlife. Experience an immersive 45-minute narrated drive through the illuminated streets to learn more about the city’s history and culture, pointing out multiple points of interest. Once your tour is complete, enjoy a safe return transfer back to your downtown hotel or arranged drop-off destination, where you can relax after your exciting night out.

From Austin: San Antonio Day Trip with Alamo and Boat Cruise

2. From Austin: San Antonio Day Trip with Alamo and Boat Cruise

Discover San Antonio on a 7-hour hour tour from Austin with visits to the Alamo, Riverwalk, Tower of the Americas observation, and pit stops along the way. Learn about the region’s history from your guide on this immersive Texan experience. Drive through San Marcos and New Braunfels and make a pit stop at the Bucees. Upon arriving in San Antonio, visit the historic Alamo. Enjoy a guided tour through the courtyard and learn about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. See some of the Alamo’s largest weapons and fortifications. While learning about historic highlights and local insights, head to Mission San Jose. Discover the city's stone walls and its unique granary. Then take a 750-foot elevator ride to the top of the Tower of the Americas for a magnificent panoramic view of the city. Afterward, experience the city’s 15-mile urban waterway on a relaxing river cruise. Enjoy the charm of the winding urban river while cruising past unique riverfront architecture. See the first neighborhood, La Villita, the Old Mill Crossing, and Selena’s Bridge.  Finally, your local guide will transport you back to your hotel in downtown Austin.

San Antonio: Historic Church and Downtown Walking Tour

3. San Antonio: Historic Church and Downtown Walking Tour

Join us for a 2.5 mile (2.5 mile) guided walking tour through downtown San Antonio, as we visit five historic churches. Founded in the 18th and 19th centuries by settlers from the Canary Islands, Germany/Europe, and other areas of the Americas, these churches contain stunning displays of stained glass, beautifully painted sanctuaries and ornate carvings of stone and wood. By touring these churches, you will gain a greater understanding of San Antonio history, especially the period of growth and development in the mid to late 19th century. The tour starts and ends at Alamo Plaza and includes visits to St. Mary's Catholic Church, San Fernando Cathedral, St. John's Lutheran Church, the Church of La Villita and St. Joseph's Catholic Parish - all located in the downtown area. Other points of interest along the route - Alamo Plaza, Historic Houston Street, Historic Theaters (Majestic, Texas Theater, and Aztec Theater), Main Plaza (Plaza de las Islas), La Villita and public art installations to include the Riverwalk Public Art Garden. Come experience the history of San Antonio by walking it's streets, touring historic churches and viewing other 18th and 19th century buildings.

San Antonio: 2.5-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

4. San Antonio: 2.5-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn downtown San Antonio into your own personal giant game board. Urban Adventure Quest created an interactive Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt that lets you do just that. On this 2.5-hour San Antonio adventure, you’ll see the city’s sights as you’re guided by your smartphone. Race to be the first to finish the game, or take as much time as you need, solving clues, completing challenges, and learning about local history along the way. The adventure begins deep in the heart of Texas, where there’s a history of courage and sacrifice for freedom. Your Quest starts in the center of San Antonio and takes you back in time to explore the grounds of the Alamo. You’ll then be guided down to the River Walk and through the streets to enjoy the sights and sounds of the modern city. So gather up your troops and defend your right to have fun! Play the game, see the sights, and experience San Antonio in a whole new way. This tour is offered at a fixed group price rather than a per-person, so it’s the perfect city adventure for groups who want to get the best value for money. Points of interest on your quest: Emily Morgan Hotel Alamo River Walk La Villita Courthouse/Main Plaza San Fernando Cathedral

San Antonio: Heart of Old San Antonio Walking Tour

5. San Antonio: Heart of Old San Antonio Walking Tour

Join us for a fun and informative 2.5 mile walking tour through the heart of old San Antonio, while you learn about San Antonio's rich, varied and multi-cultural history as well as enjoy public works of art. Starting and ending at Alamo Plaza, the Tour Guide will take you back through time to explore 18th Century sites related to the city's founding. Along the route, you will learn of historic events from both the 18th and 19th Century that shaped and defined San Antonio and Texas. The route also passes several public art installations which help tell the story of San Antonio. Points of interest along the route - Alamo Plaza, San Antonio River, Main Plaza (Plaza de las Islas Canarias), San Fernando Cathedral, Council House, Casa Reales, Bexar Heritage Center, Spanish Governor's Palace, Plaza de Armas, La Villita and the Riverwalk Public Art Garden. This tour will provide you will an overview of San Antonio's history from it's 18th Century founding, through the tumultuous 19th Century focusing on the Native American, Spanish, Canary Islander and Tejano inhabitants as well as Anglo and European settlers. Participants will also gain a solid understanding of the layout of the downtown area and this tour is a great starting point for exploring San Antonio. This tour is a great compliment to a more in-depth tour of the Alamo (on your own) or to one of our bicycle tours of the San Antonio Mission.

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What people are saying about La Villita Historic Village

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 106 reviews

Alfred was an amazing tour guide. I make sure the absolute 1st thing I do when visiting any city is to take a tour and this tour was fantastic. Alfred was super knowledgeable and prideful of the city he was born and raised in. Added bonus, we went to Tower of the Americas at sunset... we didn't even know it was part of the tour so this was great! I was lucky enough to book my tour when the lightshow at San Fernando Cathedral was going. SPECTACULAR EXPERIENCE!

Our guide was fantastic. We got up the tower quickly, had a nice your of the Pearl area, saw the light show at the cathedral which was awesome, did a quick tour of the Alamo area at night, and had a fun water tour of the riverwalk. Excellent time and service!

Alfred was very passionate about everything he showed us. Extremely polite as well.

4 great points of interest in 1 trip- well worth it. also- stay for the light show

We had a great time touring San Antonio. It’s a beautiful historic town.