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San Antonio Cruiser and Double-Decker Bus Tour
"San Antonio Cruiser TourMeet your guide in downtown San Antonio to begin your morning or afternoon cruiser tour of the city. Take a seat aboard your comfortable cruiser a personal transport vehicle that looks like a Segway but doesn't require you to stand. After a brief orientation session follow your guide into the streets of San Antonio and learn about the history and culture of the city as you visit top local attractions. You're sure to get many a curious look riding along on your cute little cruiser!See The Alamo where Texan colonists valiantly fought Santa Anna's Mexican army and visit San Fernando Cathedral where some of the heroes of that battle are buried. Admire the 750-foot (228-meter) Tower of the Americas and the 65000-seat
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San Antonio City Lights Ghost Tour by Segway
"Meet in downtown San Antonio on East Houston Street in the evening for your orientation and safety briefing. Once you feel comfortable on your Segway follow your guide on a 1.5-hour tour of the city.See haunted historic buildings and hotels such as Menger Hotel Emily Morgan Hotel and La Villita. Cruise down lively Houston Street and visit the Alamo where you’ll discover the bloody history of the Texas Revolution. Founded by the Spanish in the late 1700s this site is where Davey Crockett Jim Bowie Colonel Travis and many others fought valiantly during the final battle of the Texas Revolution.Explore HemisFair Park and approach the dazzling Tower of the Americas
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San Antonio Trolley Tour
"Meet your trolley in front of the Alamo to begin your sightseeing tour with an expert onboard guide. Hear about the Alamo established as San Antonio's first mission in 1718 and the site of a critical battle in 1836. Continue to HemisFair Park that was built in 1968 for the World's Fair. The expansive park features beautiful gardens historic buildings the Magik Theater the Institute of Texan Cultures the Instituto Cultural Mexicano
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La Villita Tips (10)

Picturesque La Villita

La Villita was established by people arriving from the Canary Islands in 1731. In fact, it was the first private settlement of residences and retail shops in San Antonio. This part of the city owes its preservation to the advent of the l968 HemisFair. It was for that event that La Villita was spruced up and walled.

When we spent the weekend in San Antonio a few days ago, we stopped by this pretty street twice. Once to shop at a very nice jewelry shop and another day when Mexican music attracted us to a fiesta in full swing (picture #4). Couples whirled around the square, laughing and stepping quickly to the music! It was so much fun to watch.

The house where General Martin Perfecto de Cos surrendered all Mexican held lands north of the Rio Grande in 1835 is in La Vallita. This surrender angered General Santa Anna who vowed revenge, leading to the Battle of the Alamo. The home is not open for touring (picture #3).

Last Christmas we attended a mass held at the Little Chapel at La Villita, a beautiful historic church nestled in the middle of the Villita street. It was constructed in 1879 in the Gothic Revival style. Nondenominational services are held here each Thursday and Sunday at 11 am. (picture#4)

Following the service, we were permitted to take photos of the front altar. The stained glass window was stunning (picture #5)! A friendly congregant invited us to coffee hour, which was held in a gift shop behind the church.

Update: Celebrating New Year's in San Antonio was a wonderful experience. La Villita was the site for some of the festivities, which featured games for the kids, mariachi music, a Mardi Gras atmosphere and plenty of food booths.

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VeronicaG
Jan 10, 2008

la villita

la villita is located at the intersection of alamo and nueva streets across from hemisfair park. la villita is san antonio's oldest neighborhood dating back to the mission days. in 1836 mexican general santa ana used la villita as his cannon line during the assault on the alamo. today la villita is home to craft shops and cafes. la villita has a more historic and cultural atmosphere than the river walk and market square. a interesting place to visit when in downtown san antonio.

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doug48
Mar 09, 2008

La Villita

Located just off the Riverwalk, La Villita (the little village) is San Antonio's oldest neighborhood. Most of the houses have now been turned into galleries, restaurants and small shops in which you can find unique local arts and crafts, and on the Web site you will find all the information you need to go on a self-guided historical tour of La Villita.

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Jefie
Apr 23, 2006

La Villita

La Villita (Little Village) is one of the original settlements in San Antonio. The restored village area hosts narrow streets, plazas, fountains, and authentic adobe buildings with souvenir shops, restaurants, art shops and down one level at the Riverwalk a theater.

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Jul 18, 2013
 
 
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La Villita Little Village

La Villita (Little Village) is a nice shopping area close to the convention center and the Hilton. It is within walking distance to the Rivercenter. This is an old town area of art galleries, craft shops, old Texas homes and souvenir shops.

Be sure to stop at Originals to design your own jewelry. Crystals, minerals and stone beads can be put together for you by professional jewelry makers. There is a $10.00 charge per piece in addition to your jewelry selection. It is well worth the time.
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Stellaluna
Apr 20, 2006

La Villita

Merchants

1. Villita Stained Glass
2. Lone Star Mercantile
3. Angelita's
4. Glassblower
5. Bonsai Arbor
6. Casa Manos Alegres
7. Originals
8. Village Weavers
9. La Villita Exhibit
FOR LEASE (downstairs)
10. Village Gallery
11. Chamade Jewelers
12.Starving Artist Gallery
13. The Little Church
14 River Art Group
FOR LEASE (upstairs)
15. Monte Wade Fine Arts
16. Guadalajara Grill
Mustang Grey's
17. FOR LEASE
18. Cos House
19. Arneson River Theatre
20. Galleria II
21. Scentchips USA
22. Nueva St. Gallery
23. Little Studio Gallery
24. The Sutler
25. Artistic Endeavors

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seagoingJLW
Apr 08, 2003

La Villita

La Villita (The Little Village) is a charmingly restored older section of town with lots of little shops - especially those selling arts and crafts. Business was pretty slow the day we were there.

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basstbn
Jan 24, 2006

La Vallita

Historic district and original settlement of Old San Antonio. It has many quaint shops, restaurants and buildings. It is on the National Register of Historic Areas.

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May 23, 2005

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La Villetta

Weekly themes with outdoor food, music and crafts were beautifully presented. A real happening along the Riverwalk. We were there for a Peruvian themed event.

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apbeaches
Apr 26, 2014

La Villita

This is another great place in downtown San Antonio to shop, browse, or just watch the people. It is also a very old, historic area.

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Sep 29, 2005

Things to Do Near La Villita

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Tower of the Americas

It's a tower. It offers a great view of San Antonio. It's not going to blow you away, but it's definitely worth seeing once. For me, the great and surprising draw was the Hemisfair Park that...
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Tower Life Building

The unique 30-story Tower Life Building was completed in 1929 and originally called the Smith Young Tower. Built as the great depression was beginning, it is said the architect included Medieval...
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Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

If you are in San Antonio for a convention, it will most likely be at the 1.3 million square foot Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This is not really a must see destination unless you are here for...
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IMAX Theatre

If you want to get into the atmosphere of the Alamo battle, to better visualize the events that took place there, or if you are in San Antonio with kids and you want them to have some...
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Hemisfair Park

Mayer Halff immigrated to Texas from Lauterborg, France in 1850 and came to San Antonio in 1864. He and his younger brother, Solomon, partnered in a dry goods company and operated a huge cattle...
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Hard Rock Cafe

I would probably normally put this tip under food; but since it is already here under "thing to do" I guess I will mention it here. Hard Rock cafe, like Hooters, is a place you go for the atmosphere...
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