King William Historic District Tours
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Take a tour of San Antonio’s King William Historic District for a peek into the city’s first suburb, settled by wealthy German merchants in the late 1800s. Stroll throughout the 25 blocks of historical mansions—many of which have been converted to shops, cafés, and museums—to admire the district’s Greek Revival, Victorian, and Italianate architecture.
Highlights of the King William Historic District, once affectionately nicknamed Sauerkraut Bend for its German influence, include the Guenther House and Pioneer Flour Mills, Villa Finale, and Edward Steves Homestead. Many of these offer paid tours or quaint cafés.
The best way to familiarize yourself with the King William Historic District is through a guided tour. You can take a walking tour, a scooter tour, or a hop-on-hop-off bus or trolley tour that will allow you to cover several key sights around the city. Some tours include a San Antonio River Walk cruise.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The King William Historic District is a must-do for fans of architecture and history.
- Plan to spend about two to three hours for a walking tour of the district.
- Some of these historical buildings have limited wheelchair accessibility.
How to Get There
The King William Historic District is located south of downtown San Antonio, and King William Street is its main thoroughfare. Madison and City streets run parallel to the east and west, with Turner Street on the north and Guenther Street to the south. Take the VIA Metropolitan Transit city buses or Blue Line Trolley to South Alamo and South St. Mary’s streets or Market and Alamo streets. You can also rent a bicycle from bike-sharing stations around the city.
When to Get There
King William Historic District homes that offer tours, as well as museums, shops, and restaurants, all have varying hours, so check before you go. Generally, house tours run from late morning to early afternoon (from about 10am to 3pm), and houses may be closed for holidays and special events, so plan your itinerary accordingly to avoid disappointment.
Did You Know?
The King William Historic District is home to the oldest continuously operating flour mill in the state of Texas. Carl Guenther immigrated to Texas from Germany in 1851 and established the Pioneer Flour Mills in 1859. King William Street was named for Kaiser Wilhelm I of Prussia, a reflection of the cultural influence of German settlers in Texas in the 1800s.
Address: 1032 S Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, USA, USA
9 Tours and Activities to Experience King William Historic District
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See San Antonio's top attractions and historic landmarks at your own pace with a 1-,2-, or 4-day ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Explore the sites you like and hear informative recorded commentary aboard the double-decker tour bus. Learn about San Antonio's history, culture, architecture and more as you pass by the Alamo, HemisFair Park, Tower of the Americas and Cathedral of San Fernando, then browse the shops at the Rivercenter Mall along the River Walk.
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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Combine two great tours, plus admission to an iconic landmark, for a comprehensive look at the city of San Antonio. First, enjoy a relaxing boat cruise along the San Antonio River. Then explore the most popular sites in San Antonio on a hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Select a pass, then board at any of the 19 stops to get to know the city in custom fashion with live, onboard commentary. Finally, enjoy a spectacular view of Alamo City from the top of the Tower of the Americas.
Discover the confluence of cultures and historic events that shaped modern-day San Antonio on a 4-hour evening coach tour. Designed to complement the optional half-day morning tour for a complete overview of the city’s history, the tour makes three stops to points of interest including the Japanese Tea Garden, the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Mission Concepcion, San Jose and the Alamo(optional). Along the way, learn Texas trivia and enjoy live narration from a local guide.
Combine two great tours for a comprehensive look at the city of San Antonio. First, enjoy a relaxing, 35-minute River Walk boat cruise along the San Antonio River. Then explore the most popular sites in San Antonio on a scenic hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit popular sites like the Alamo, Pearl Brewery, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Market Square and many more. Select a pass, then board at any of the 19 stops to get to know the city in custom fashion, with live, onboard narration.
Discover the historic highlights of San Antonio on a tour that takes you to markets, parks, squares, eateries, and more. A great introduction to the city for first-time visitors, this tour gives you a chance to learn your way around San Antonio with a guide to navigate and narrate the journey. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting lost or missing any of the historic details.
Experience four of San Antonio's most popular attractions with the ease of the San Antonio Super Pass. Simply use your pass to take the Rio Boat Cruise along the San Antonio River Walk, ride through downtown on the hop-on hop-off bus tour, enter into the Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum, and go to the observation deck and 4D theater ride, located in the Tower of the Americas.
Enjoy a fun-filled and one-of-a-kind way to explore San Antonio on this private tour via Vespa and custom-built sidecar. Pick between morning and afternoon departure times, and set off right from your hotel via stylish scooter. You’ll visit San Antonio’s top attractions, from the UNESCO-listed Alamo and San Antonio River Walk to the King William Historic District and more. Then, head to a locals-frequented venue for tacos and refreshments.
Skip the hassle of renting a car and see San Antonio’s highlights in just a few hours on this sightseeing excursion, a great choice for first time visitors and those with limited time. You’ll walk the grounds of Mission San Jose and stroll through the streets of the historic King William District, traveling between attractions with ease in a comfortable van. A drive by the up-and-coming Pearl District is also included.
See major attractions in San Antonio at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off bus tour pass that is valid for 48 hours. Take in landmarks such as the Alamo, Tower of the Americas, and Riverwalk, and use the provided admission tickets to visit the Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, and the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience King William Historic District?
The best ways to experience King William Historic District are:
- City Sightseeing San Antonio City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
- San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Tower of the Americas
- Half-Day Afternoon City Tour of Historic San Antonio
- San Antonio River Walk Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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