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La Villita Historic Arts Village Tours

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La Villita Historic Arts Village
Overview
San Antonio’s historic roots are preserved at La Villita historic arts village, San Antonio’s first neighborhood. This protected enclave has a history dating back nearly 300 years, with a collection of heritage buildings that today house boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. The complex hosts more than 200 annual events.

The Basics

No trip to San Antonio would be complete without a stroll along the cobbled streets of historic La Villita. Luckily, most sightseeing tours stop here, including San Antonio River Walk cruises, hop-on hop-off bus tours, and guided Segway tours of historic downtown. Its proximity to the River Walk makes it a natural extension for guided or independent explorations of the area. Leave time to shop at neighborhood boutiques and dine at local restaurants.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • La Villita is a popular stop among foodies, shopping enthusiasts, and history buffs.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven cobbled streets.
  • Shops and restaurants in La Villita accept cash and major credit cards.
  • How to Get There
  • You can get to La Villita on foot from the River Walk at the Arneson River Theatre. Parking can be scarce in the area, so if you're already downtown, it's a good idea to walk, take the bus, or hail a taxi.
When to Get There
Plan to visit the neighborhood when its shops and restaurants are open. Restaurant hours vary, but most shops are open daily, with shorter hours on Sundays. Check the calendar of events to see what might be going on during your stay.

Historic Attractions in La Villita

La Villita is home to numerous heritage buildings. Keep an eye out for Cos House, built before 1835 and one of the oldest buildings in the neighborhood, as well as the Little Church of La Villita, which operates one of the city’s longest-running food kitchens.


Address: 418 Villita Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205, USA
Admission: Free
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