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The 10 Most Romantic Things to Do in San Antonio

Romance is everywhere. If you know where to look, that is. Though cities like Paris and Venice seem to have cornered the romance market, there’s something to be said for reconnecting closer to home. Whether celebrating an anniversary or simply planning a weekend away, San Antonio has a way of bringing couples closer. 

In downtown San Antonio, there’s a little romance in everything. It’s in the way your footsteps echo along cobblestoned streets as you walk hand-in-hand to the next dreamy destination. It’s the fact that along the way you’ll pass other enamored couples recreating romantic movie scenes on the Selena Bridge. It’s in the city’s marriage of history with modernity and an enticing splash of Spanish culture. 

From candle-lit dinners to picnics in the park, discover 10 of the most romantic things to do in San Antonio–just in time for Valentine’s Day. 


Peruse a Panaderia 

Market Square is known for its tex-mex influences. Cozy up over a sweet empanada and a spicy Mexican hot chocolate at Mi Tierra before shopping the market. 

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Explore Mission San José

Find romance at the Mission by looking for the Rose Window. Located on the mission’s south wall, the window is an homage to the carpenter’s sweetheart. 

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Cruise the San Antonio River

Cuddle up as you meander along 2.5 miles of the San Antonio River Walk. Cruises last 35-40 minutes and feature stories of the Alamo City’s unique history.

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Visit Marriage Island

Though it’s barely an island, it’s still a must-visit for lovers. Get engaged like couples before you, or simply reminisce on or dream about your own engagement.

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Picnic at the Botanical Gardens

Pack mimosas in the morning or sandwiches in the afternoon then sprawl out amongst the rolling hills of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.

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Couples’ Massage 

You’re at your best when you’re relaxed. Unwind together with a couples’ massage or other relaxing treatment at The Spa at Hotel Contessa

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Reminisce at Selena’s Bridge

This bridge stands as a memorial to Selena Quintanilla. Many couples make the pilgrimage to Selena's Bridge to recreate scenes from the Selena biopic. 

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Shop La Villita 

La Villita was first settled almost 300 years ago. Today, it’s known for the eclectic and memorable shops, galleries, and culinary experiences.

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Drinks & Dinner at Las Ramblas

At Las Ramblas, you can share a meal overlooking the Riverwalk. Dig into a candle-lit dinner of local flavors with a unique Texas-twist. Don’t miss their daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. 

the majestic theater

Catch a Show 

The Majestic Theater is as much a destination as it is an event venue. Get a drink at the bar and take in the historic architecture before witnessing any of their special events. 

The Hotel Contessa

306 W. Market Street
San Antonio,TX 78205

Toll Free Reservations 844.258.7210

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