San Antonio is better known for its turbulent history than a destination for lovers. However, romantics will find no shortage of things to see and do as a couple in the Alamo City. The River Walk area, in particular, is packed with great restaurants and sights, and has the kind of atmosphere usually found on the riverbanks of European cities like Paris and Venice. We’ve gathered together a list of the best things to do for couples in San Antonio to give you some inspiration on where to go with that special someone in your life.


    Have breakfast and shopping in Market Square

    You have to try the breakfast burrito

    As the biggest Mexican market in the US, Market Square houses over 100 shops selling jewelry, piñatas, textiles and many more Mexican products. Littered around these shops are bustling cafés and restaurants, offering unique Tex-Mex food. Whether you’re waking up early or ending your night late, these cafés are sure to have something to satisfy your appetite. A visit in the morning is a better call so you can avoid the crowds. If you happen to crave some Tex-Mex food in the middle of the night, Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia serves up a mean burrito.

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    Location: 514 West Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78207, USA

    Open: Market: Monday – Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 210-207-8600


    Relax in San Antonio Botanical Gardens

    Enjoy the Texan sun in 33 acres of gardens

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    The San Antonio Botanical Gardens impresses with their great, green open spaces and the variety of flora on display. Perfect for a relaxing wander in the middle of the day, the gardens are large enough to allow you to get lost. In the fragrant, colorful confines of the gardens, there is a restaurant named Rosella at the Garden. Here, you can enjoy coffee, breakfast, lunch and brunch in the sun. The restaurant is within the historic Sullivan Carriage House, which is linked back to the legendary cattle drives of the 19th century.

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    Location: 555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 210-536-1400


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    Enjoy the view from the Tower of the Americas

    Have a high-class meal at high altitude

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    For some reason, panoramic viewpoints are always kind of romantic. There must be something in the air up there. Anyway, the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas has the highest viewpoint in San Antonio, with the added bonus of an award-winning revolving restaurant and lounge at the top, offering great views and even greater food. The Godiva Chocolate Lava Cake is worth the visit just on its own! It’s a little bit pricey, with adult tickets costing about $13, but there’s a happy hour on drinks between 4.30pm and 7pm every weekday, so you can save a little on winter sundowners.

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    Location: 739 E César E. Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA

    Open: Observation Deck open Sunday – Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm, Friday – Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 210-223-3101


    See the rose window at Mission San José

    Explore the Queen of the Missions

    Mission San José is beautiful, historic and the largest of the Texas missions. This church has been active for over 250 years and its power and history is evident through its enchanting presence. San José is almost fully restored to its original design and is therefore a remarkable example of the architecture of its time. The mission is perhaps the most visually pleasing of the 5 missions of San Antonio, with unique, grand archways and its famous Rose Window. It’s said that the window was a gift from stonemason Pedro Huizar to his star-crossed sweetheart, Rosa.

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    Location: 701 East Pyron Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78214, USA

    Phone: +1 210-922-0543


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    Pose by the fountain at McNay Art Museum

    And check out the art collection, while you’re there

    The fountain in front of the McNay Art Museum is very popular with romantic couples and is regularly used as a backdrop for bridal photos and portraits. The beautiful 1929 mansion is a charming backdrop, but is also well worth a visit. It contains a remarkable collection of over 22,000 American and European artworks, dating from between the Renaissance and the present day. If you come on the second Thursday of the month, you can see a live local band playing, with local food trucks and beer available and free tours of the museum and its grounds.

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    Location: 6000 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA

    Open: Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (open until 9 pm on Wednesdays and until 5 pm on Saturdays), Sundays from noon to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 210-824-5368


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    Pop the question on Marriage Island

    It’ll bring your union good luck

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    Calling this tiny lump of land in the San Antonio River an ‘island’ is quite generous, but it is actually separated from the rest of River Walk, even if it’s by only about a foot of water. Cross the small bridge onto the tree-shaded stone patio, enjoy the view of the waterfront, then get down on one knee and propose. Local legend says that this popular romantic spot will bring your union good luck, especially if you hold your actual marriage ceremony there.

    Location: River Walk, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA


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    Cross Selena’s Bridge

    Re-enact the movie scene

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    There are a number of charming footbridges around the River Walk area, but Selena’s Bridge stands out as the most popular, particularly with couples. It takes its name from Texas-born Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla. An important scene from the 1997 biopic Selena (starring Jennifer Lopez in the title role) was filmed on this bridge, and people have been coming to recreate the scene ever since.

    Location: 1115-1137 River Walk, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA


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    Dine on the River Walk

    There are plenty of romantic choices

    Looking a little like the narrow canals of Venice, Italy, the River Walk area is undoubtedly the most romantic part of San Antonio. The sunsets are certainly nice, with the colorful sky reflected on the river, but the place really comes to life after dark, when the colorful lights come on and the riverside bars and restaurants open.

    The fine-dining Fig Tree Restaurant is among the best choices in the entire city, with outstanding food served in a beautiful historical setting. Meanwhile, the very refined Las Canarias, in the Omni Hotel, does an especially good Sunday brunch. For something on a more budget-friendly level, Bella On the River specializes in comfort food in a comfortable setting.

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    Ride in a horse-drawn carriage

    See the city in the most romantic way possible

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    A ride in a horse-drawn carriages is like something from a fairy tale, and are almost certainly the most romantic way to explore a city. The Bluebonnet Carriage Company offers tours of Downtown San Antonio, with a special romantic package featuring a 20-minute ride, a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates. This package costs $140 per couple, but there are others which are cheaper and some which are more expensive. Other carriage companies are available, giving you a few options when it comes to enjoying the open air and the rhythmic clip-clopping of the horse’s hooves as you see the city together.

    Location: 805 N Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA

    Open: Daily from 6 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +1 210-599-2474


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    Watch a show at the Majestic Theater

    Enjoy top shows in a fantastic old hall

    The Majestic is San Antonio’s oldest theatre, and one of the largest and grandest. It opened in 1929 and continues to showcase top acts and performances, including Broadway shows, concerts and symphonies. The Majestic Theater certainly lives up to its name, with a beautiful art deco interior and a distinctly classical exterior which, between them, have earned it a place on the National Register of Historical Places and a listing as a National Historic Landmark.

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    Location: 224 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA

    Phone: +1 210-226-5700


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