Romantic Excursions That Will Take Their Breath Away

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By Kimberly Suta, San Antonio Local Expert

San Antonio is the heart of Texas, so what better place to capture the heart of your loved one than right here in the Alamo City, and what better way to do it than on one of these romantic excursions?!

Pamper your sweetie with an adventure to the Texas hill country, complete with car service, lunch and, wine, wine, wine! ARC's Texas Hill Country Wine Tour is a fantastic way to romance that special someone and let them know just how much they mean to you. 

Step it up a notch with a spa day at one of San Antonio's newest, Hiatus Spa. Enjoy a couple's massage then dinner at any one of the amazing restaurants at the Pearl, such as Cured, Boiler House and Botika. 

Outdoorsy couples might enjoy a hike up to Enchanted Rock. Take a picnic with some fine wine and toast to your beautiful surroundings and enduring love. 

10. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
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There were five missions established in the early 1700's. These Spanish missions were more than churches. They became towns with a focus on encouraging the natives to become Catholic in order to be citizens. The Spanish king was able to extend influence outward from Mexico. Four missions are linked on this trail. San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion, and Espada. The fifth was the Alamo. With the exception of the Alamo, all four of the missions are still active Catholic parishes. Beautiful architecture remains almost as it was nearly 300 years ago. Step back into a beautiful history as you tour the San Antonio Missions. Family friendly and educational.

9. Six Flags Fiesta Texas
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If you're a thrill seeker, you cannot visit San Antonio without stopping off at Fiesta Texas, one of the best entertainment parks in the country. Located on 200 acres of what used to be a rock quarry, this theme park features teeth-chattering rides, great shows, and incredible attractions, plus White Water Bay water park for cooling off during the hot summer months. Although Fiesta Texas used to be geared more towards the Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny, Fiesta Texas has now become the place to go for thrill rides. They have some of the most spine-tingling roller coasters you'll ever ride, including the Rattler and Superman Krypton Coaster.

8. Southtown
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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!

7. Greune

If you want to find the oldest dance hall in the Lone Star State, you'll have to make the trip back in time to this tiny community right outside New Braunfels. Gruene Hall has been in continuous operation since 1878, and over the years folks like Lyle Lovett, George Strait, and Robert Earl Keen've played to packed houses. During the day, Gruene is a favorite of history buffs and antique hounds, who scour stores like Cactus Jacks and Black Swann for everything from old bottles and battered signs to European furniture and arrowheads. There're also a few places to cool your heels, most notably Janie's Table, known for their Hill Country-style.

6. Pearl Brewery
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The Pearl Brewery is one of the coolest places you can visit in San Antonio. This brewery, established in 1883 and once home to Pabst beer, has recently been transformed from a historic brewery to a thriving multi-use space where you can eat, shop, learn, work and live. The Pearl is situated next to the recent Riverwalk expansion, so you can catch a tour boat or walk from the Pearl all the way downtown, past the San Antonio Museum of Art and numerous artistic elements that have been carefully built into the landscape. You'll find fine dining to street food restaurants, a great coffee shop run by the Culinary institute and more. The Culinary Institute and the Aveda School have facilities at the Pearl and both are open to patrons. Every Saturday, the Pearl is host to an amazing Farmer's Market and has become a traditional Saturday event for locals.

5. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
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Just 90 miles from San Antonio lies the second largest batholith in the United States. Enchanted Rock has seen human activity up to 11,000 years ago. You'll enjoy fun and enriching activities like backpacking, camping (primitive also), hiking, rappelling and rock climbing, bird watching, and the stars at night are absolutely amazing! Local legend has it that the Tonkawa Indians named Enchanted Rock because of the sounds they heard coming from the rocks at night. They believed the formation was enchanted. This is one of the most beautiful natural areas in Texas. There is also a cave towards the top of the formation - but beware if you are claustrophobic, it is very cramped and at times you find yourself crawling. Flashlights are a must!

4. Brackenridge Park
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Located just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, not far from downtown, Brackenridge Park has been a gathering spot since prehistoric times (dating back 11,000 years) and has since evolved into one of the most popular family hang-outs in San Antonio. This beautiful park is covered with Live Oak trees and offers visitors dozens of privately situated picnic tables and barbeque pits to choose from. Brackenridge offers three pavilions (available for events), a playscape for children, a softball field, a walking path around the pond, where you'll find all sorts of ducks and other wildlife and, best of all, a charming mini-train that runs right through the park.

3. San Antonio Museum of Art
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The San Antonio Museum of Art boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Near Eastern art in the southern United States. It is also one of the largest collections found in public museums. The size and variety of all the exhibitions is astonishing. Located on the River Walk, the museum is also host to many children during the school year. The vast array of educational information makes it a very attractive place for field trips. The museum hosts over 500 guided tours each year and is appealing to adults seeking scholarly immersion as well as families with young children.

2. Hiatus Spa
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Hiatus Spa and Retreat likes to take a fresh approach to relaxation and overall wellness. They believe that a day at the spa isn't just a luxury but a necessity. They have several locations throughout Texas, and have built up a following of loyal clientele who take advantage of their membership opportunities. San Antonio's location at the stunning Pearl Brewery is about to open in just days. You can enjoy all of the traditional treats (or treatments) at Hiatus, such as massages, facials and pedicures. They also offer packages, such as The Big Chill, which includes a 90-minute Signature Massage followed by a super-charged plant peel (The Perfectionist Facial), which will help you regain that lovely glow. You might also want to consider their "Happy, Happier, Happiest" package, which pampers you from head to toe. It combines their three most popular treatments - the Signature Massage, The One and Only Mani-Pedi, and The Tailor-Made Facial. Why not treat yourself today? You deserve it!

1. ARC's Wine Plus - Hill Country Wine Tours
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The beautiful little German towns are not the only reason that visitors and locals flock to the mecca known as the Texas Hill Country. It's one of the premier wine destination in the nation. The area is home to over 30 wineries, each with its own bouquet and unique venue, and this Texas Hill Country Wine Tour is a lovely way to really relax and enjoy the fruit of the Texas vines, not to mention the beautiful scenery! Your wine tour adventure includes a fabulous guide to cater to your needs throughout the day, comfortable, air conditioned transportation (usually a luxury mini-bus*), as well as visits, tastings, and sometimes winery tours to at least 3 wineries throughout the Texas Wine Country. Guests will also enjoy a light lunch to enjoy along the way while learning fun and interesting facts about Texas wines, trivia, and some general wine knowledge.