Does romance await you around every corner in the always festive and heartwarming city of San Antonio? It just might! If you’re looking to share some unforgettable romantic adventures with someone special this year, look no further than these exceptional and diverse choices that are sure to end with a kiss (or several)!
If you’re hoping to impress that hard to win over lady or gentleman, take them on a day trip through the magnificent Texas Hill Country to Fredericksburg where you can visit a variety of wineries, fine restaurants and take a romantic stroll through this charming, historic town. You can easily while away the hours at Slate Mill Wine Collective, where you can sip superb vino on their patio or find a secret spot to picnic and snuggle amongst the grapevines!
Of course, everybody knows that treating your love to a spa day is a sure way to stir up those romantic vibes. Although San Antonio spas span the gamut when it comes to ambiance and services, FLOAT offers a genuinely unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else. Spend an afternoon enjoying a float, couples massage, salt lounge and infrared sauna for a date that’s relaxing, sensual and invigorating!
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Bowlero offers a revolutionary spin on social entertainment. This isn’t the same old bowling alley your parents used to take you to when you were a kid. For groups and couples bored with bars and nightclubs, Bowlero offers an exciting alternative. This hip new hangout features forty-eight lanes of blacklight bowling, a thrilling gravity ropes course, amusement games, multiple themed lounge areas and a full-service kitchen serving inventive culinary creations. No more stale hot dogs and warm beer! In addition to their blacklight bowling lanes and the super fun gravity ropes course in the rafters, Bowlero also offers an oversized redemption arcade featuring a mix of interactive video games and retro-fun favorites, from giant Pac-Man and basketball to billiards and shuffleboard.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Competitive couples will love this modern day spin on bowling!
Kimberly’s expert tip: Bowlero also has a sports bar where you can whet your whistle after a heated game of bowling.
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Southtown, San Antonio’s arts district which abuts the King William District, one of the most historic neighborhoods in the city, is a prime site-seeing location. In Southtown you’ll find local arts and local artists. Galleries line the main thoroughfare, Alamo Street, with Blue Star being one of the coolest places to visit. Blue Star not only has a contemporary arts center, but restaurants, bars, shops, theatres, more galleries and lofts which are inhabited by, you guessed it, artists. In recent years, this district’s been booming with some of the most unique gift shops, restaurants, bars and businesses in San Antonio. It’s beloved by locals, who think of Southtown as a small town within the big city. You may not call it home, but once you see it, you’ll wish you did!
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The Southtown Arts District is filled with a plethora of choices for couples to enjoy a romantic rendezvous.
Kimberly’s expert tip: Take your sweetheart on a stroll through Southtown and the beautiful historic King William District, which runs right along the River Walk, before sampling a few of San Antonio’s best bars and restaurants.
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Located just outside of San Antonio, this wonderland of wild animals is a great way to spend your afternoon, especially if you have kids or just love animals. It’s like having a mini Africa in the middle of Texas. How it works: You meander (safely in your vehicle) through 400 acres of magnificent live oak trees, rolling green hills and creek beds where 500 animals from 40 exotic, native and endangered species roam free. You get a free bag of food for the animals with the purchase of your ticket and can buy more if you like. You then throw food to the animals so that they’ll come up to your vehicle. In actuality, the animals are so used to getting fed they come up to your car anyway, sometimes blocking the way until you throw them a handful. Beware of the Ostrich, however, as they can be very territorial!
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: For a fun date where you can still keep all to yourselves, look no further than Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch!
Kimberly’s expert tip: Wintertime in Texas is the best time to enjoy this park, when the animals are fresh and frisky!
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It’s a rare thing in the San Antonio area to be able to witness the changing of the seasons, but if that’s what you’re looking for, you don’t have to go terribly far to find it. Just a few hours northwest of San Antonio is a state park known as Lost Maples. Although it makes for an extraordinary excursion any time of the year, during the fall, this grove of “lost maples” turns all the beautiful colors of autumn. This scenic park is also known for its abundant wildflowers, steep canyon walls and the gorgeous Sabinal River. This is a great place to take the whole family, especially once fall has hit Texas. Go hiking, photo trekking, fishing, birding, camping, stargazing or hunting for geocaches. With 10 miles of trails, it’s easy to get happily lost in this wonderland.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Active couples will enjoy exploring the beauty of this amazing park.
Kimberly’s expert tip: Make sure to take the scenic route from San Antonio to take full advantage of nature’s gifts and inspirations!
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What’s better than an outdoor movie? A free outdoor movie! And thanks to Slab Cinema, which provides free movie watching experiences all over the city of San Antonio, you have the opportunity to enjoy popular films, often several times a month. Slab Cinema started in 2004 and has been a favorite family activity ever since. From The Little Mermaid to War Games and even a Coen Brothers triple feature which includes Raising Arizona, Big Lebowski and Fargo, Slab Cinema pops up at the coolest, iconic venues, ranging from the San Antonio Museum of Art (at Confluence Park) to Hemisfair Park and even the Alamo. On the Southside, they’ve been playing movies on a restored drive-in screen at Mission Marquee Plaza. Typically, the movies tend towards family-friendly flicks, but the content varies, so be sure to check out their website to see what’s coming up. Bring a blanket or chair, maybe a cooler with some drinks and snacks and you’re set for the evening. Often the venues have food trucks or access to nearby restaurants, in case you don’t have time to prepare. Free never felt so fun!
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Slab Cinema offers couples a great inexpensive date night option where snuggling is encouraged.
Kimberly’s expert tip: Don’t forget to bring a bottle of champagne, sexy snacks and a comfy blanket you can share.
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Travel + Leisure ranked the San Antonio River Walk as the #1 River Walk in America. Also known as Paseo del Rio, this major tourist attraction brings in over five million visitors a year. Delight yourself with a relaxing dinner at one of the numerous restaurants or cafes that line the river. Spice it up by visiting one of the numerous night spots or enjoying the sounds of mariachis and other live music. Adults and children enjoy floating on riverboats piloted by San Antonio’s humorous tour guides. The River Walk is the perfect place to hang out with family or sit quietly with your date while you enjoy the sounds of a bubbling waterfall.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Regardless of the time of the year, the river walk is always the best place to inspire romance.
Kimberly’s expert tip: Make sure to make reservations at one of the River Walk restaurants, such Biga on the Banks or Paesanos, for a date that is guaranteed to impress!
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If you only visit one museum in San Antonio, make sure it’s the McNay. Not only do they have a superb art collection, the museum itself is a work of art. This 24-room, Spanish colonial revival-style mansion and its own sizable collection was donated by Marion Koogler McNay, an American painter and art teacher. The museum focuses primarily on 19th and 20th century European and American art and has some impressive pieces by artists such as Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Diego Rivera, Mary Cassatt and Edward Hopper. Also, be sure to visit the absolutely stunning interior courtyard, complete with a Japanese-inspired garden and fishpond. It’s a nice place to sit and ponder.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Nothing inspires romance and love as much as being surrounded by the beauty curated by the McNay.
Kimberly’s expert tip: If you’re planning a special surprise, perhaps popping the big question, McNay’s incredible courtyard is the perfect choice!
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San Antonio’s Botanical Gardens is one of the prettiest places to see in the city. This extraordinary 33-acre facility showcases plants from desert regions to equatorial rainforests, some of which are housed in individual, climate-controlled glass environments surrounded by a sunken courtyard and tropical lagoon filled with aquatic plants. Specialty collections include epiphytic plants, desert cacti and succulents, equatorial tropicals, palms and cycads, tropical fruits, ferns and aroids and insectivores. The Gardens, which always strive to connect people to the plant world through experience, education and research also features a children’s garden, a Japanese garden and even a garden for the blind.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The Botanical Gardens and all their many wonders provide a magical place to share with someone special.
Kimberly’s expert tip: Check out their website for special events and exhibits. They are currently featuring an “Origami in the Garden” exhibit, perfect for couples to explore together.
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FLOAT is an outside-the-box spa that puts you in a float tank for the ultimate relaxation experience. A float tank, or deprivation chamber, removes all noise and distractions, including gravity, which allows the mind, body and spirit to sink into a deep state of relaxation. This allows you to quickly regain your balance, rejuvenate and heal on all levels. A float starts off with some decompression in a state-of-the-art massage chair. It’s a truly unique spa experience with notable results that will have you hooked in no time! FLOAT also offers massage therapy, Ashiatsu massage, and extra perks, such as their infrared sauna and new salt lounge, which helps to alkalize your body. FLOAT is more than just an hour or day at the spa, it’s a lifestyle that enables you to manage stress, re-energize and optimally support your body so that you don’t just float, you soar!
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The ultimate “treat yourself and your sweetie day,” if you’re looking to share a uniquely romantic adventure!
Kimberly’s expert tip: FLOAT offers couples massages and has an infrared sauna where couples can sweat together, as well as a salt lounge for connecting and rejuvenating. Ask about their couples Spa Day special!
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A day trip into the Texas Hill Country is always fun, but few things are more delightful than a wine tour excursion, and Slate Mill Wine Collective, which sits on a stunning historic property, makes for an exceptional first stop (or only stop), practically tailor-made for a romantic experience! The winery is also home to a vineyard, as well as historic buildings which was part of the original Pioneer Flour Mill. With a beautiful landscape filled with grapevines and picturesque trees and a gorgeous wine room with an expansive patio, it’s a must for couples or anyone visiting the San Antonio area. Oh, and did we mention the wine? This family-owned business is passionate about wine making and transforms Texas-grown grapes into drinkable masterpieces. The winery always features live music and offers socially distanced tastings throughout the facility as well as thoughtful food pairing that compliment the wine! For true wine connoisseurs, you might want to take advantage of their wine club.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: A day trip to enjoy a wine tasting at Slate Mill Wine Collective is great way to entice your one-and-only!
Kimberly’s expert tip: For Valentine’s Day, couples can buy a picnic basket filled with Slate Mill Wine’s superb vino and yummy charcuterie and find a cozy spot to canoodle and enjoy!
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