Romantic Art Tours, Hiking, Biking and a Couples Spa Day in SA

Who needs Cupid to win the heart of your love in San Antonio? With so many romantic things to do and see here, it's a wonder there's time for anything besides romance! 

If you're on a budget, one of the most romantic excursions you can take is on the tree-lined Riverwalk. There are plenty of bridges to take a picture or grab a kiss, and oh-so-many things to see and do. If along the residential section near King William, keep an eye out for a local musician who sings and plays guitar under the bridge. He might just serenade you and your amor with a Spanish love song. 

For a special night out of wining and dining, go see a show at the premier entertainment venue, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Afterward, grab a few drinks or dinner at the award-winning restaurant, Ocho, situated in the historic Hotel Havana along the Riverwalk. Who knows what their floor-to-ceiling views will inspire.

Athletic couples will love hopping on some superb bikes at the Blue Star Bike Shop to create their own exciting romance! 


The Tobin Center is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose 1,759-seat (2,100-seat with flat-floor configuration) performance hall, a 250-seat studio theater, and an outdoor performance plaza connected to the river walk with a permanent 30 foot video wall and water taxi portal. The building itself is an architectural accomplishment. The Tobin is situated along the banks of the river walk and within walking distance of some of the city's finest hotels, such as the Havana Hotel and Tropicana, as well as San Antonio's enchilada-colored library and many fantastic restaurants. What was once a historic Municipal Auditorium, with its original facade preserved, has been transformed into an incredible venue that will be a huge draw for acts of all kinds, from opera to music and A-list comedians and speakers. A wide variety of stellar acts and performers can always be seen at the Tobin!

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The Tobin is one of the newest entertainment venues, home to all the big acts, and is certain to impress.

Kimberly's expert tip: Head to the speakeasy bar at Ocho, only a few minutes from the Tobin, for a few cocktails after the show.

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One of Boerne's most delightful attractions is the Cibolo Nature Center. Tucked amidst huge sycamore trees along the Cibolo River, the CNC boasts marshes, a butterfly habitat, wildlife and several hiking trails. In June 1997, the center lost many trees to a large summer storm. 15 inches of rain fell on the community. The resulting flood exposed dinosaur footprints on the Boerne Lake spillway. A careful replica of the tracks was made and positioned next to the gazebo at the nature center before the tracks were buried by water or vegetation again. This is a favorite exhibit amongst children. These days the center is host to school field trips, bird watchers, and nature lovers in general. The center hosts seminars on wildlife, bats, and even astronomy.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: This is the perfect choice for couples who enjoy getting outdoors and appreciating nature.

Kimberly's expert tip: Cibolo puts on special events and workshops couples can take together, such as the Indigenous Peoples of the Hill Country.

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For active families, there's no better way to spend the day with the kids than exploring the wonderful Alamo city by bike. We suggest heading down to Blue Star Bike Shop, which is just minutes from downtown, where you can rent bikes for a family of four for less than $100/day. You certainly can't say that about other popular family activities like Fiesta Texas. Hop on to the River Walk, which is right next to the Blue Star complex. You should see it, but if you get confused, then feel free to ask for directions from a friendly Texan. Once you're on the River Walk, you can stay on it the entire way as you head north. Take time to meander through the stunning King William residential district, perhaps stop to have lunch along the popular part of the river downtown and then explore the new River Walk extension

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Adventurous lovers can rent high quality bikes at Blue Star Bike Shop and create their own tour of the city.

Kimberly's expert tip: Stop in at the next door Blue Star Brewery after an invigorating ride for a few local brews to whet your whistle.

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If you want to find great shopping, food and the oldest dance hall in the Lone Star State, you'll have to make the trip back in time to a tiny community right outside New Braunfels, called Gruene, but pronounced like green. 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. The Grist Mill is another notable destination for great food, right along the river.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: This historic music and dance hall will ensure a night to remember!

Kimberly's expert tip: A short jaunt from SAn Antonio, make sure to head to Gruene early for a romantic dinner at the popular Gristmill.

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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 was voted the number 2 wine destination in the nation, second only to Napa, by Orbitz Travel 2007. The area is home to over 30 wineries, each with its own flavor and unique venues and this Texas Hill Country Wine Tour is the perfect way to really relax and enjoy the fruit of the Texas vines and the beautiful scenery that goes with it! 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 delicious along with Texas wines, trivia, and some general wine knowledge.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: ARC also offers cocktail tours in the Historic Pearl and King William areas for a sip of the local scene.

Kimberly's expert tip: Special requests for foods, desserts, moonshine and even entertainment can also be easily coordinated!

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San Antonio's Japanese Tea Gardens feels like a set straight out of a movie, something like "What Dreams May Come" or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." The point is, it's a magical and enchanting place, perfect for declarations of love and sonnet writing. The restored garden is a beautiful destination all year long and features a verdant garden and floral display with shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with fat and happy Koi. A whimsically winding walkway encompasses the garden and makes for nice after dinner stroll. If you visit just one of San Antonio's landmarks, be sure to make it this one!

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Take a stroll, hand-in-hand, along the beautiful stone path at the Japanese Tea Garden for some romantic inspiration on a budget.

Kimberly's expert tip: If you're looking to take some great couple's photos, this is the place!

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San Antonio likes to lead the way in all things and the zoo is no exception. Parents magazine ranked the San Antonio Zoo as one of the Top 10 Best Zoos for Kids. It is also the third largest zoo in the nation so there is plenty to see. Home to over 8,500 animals, the zoo is open 365 days a year, rain or shine. There are plenty of places to grab a cold drink or a bite to eat as you spend the day exploring. The San Antonio Zoo is about 10 minutes from the downtown area. We recommend you bring your sunscreen as you explore this friendly animal world. Your kids will want to stay awhile.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The San Antonio Zoo is one of the best in the country, with beautiful grounds and an array of awe-inspiring animals.

Kimberly's expert tip: Find a spot along the lake in Brackenridge Park, near the Zoo, and start your date with a picnic in the park.

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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.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: SAMA is the ideal destination for art lovers in love.

Kimberly's expert tip: If you know that you'll be visiting in the future, it is a good idea to sign up for the email list on their website. They send out weekly updates about educational programs, upcoming exhibits and other interesting events that take place on site.

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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 one of their newest location and a convenient choice if you're staying at Hotel Emma. 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!

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Hiatus is one of the newest spas in town, offering all of the traditional luxury services.

Kimberly's expert tip: After your couple's spa day, walk across the courtyard for a few cocktails at Hotel Emma.

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River Walk
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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: Take a romantic stroll along the river, then stop in at one of the many bars or restaurants for a few drinks and exceptional dinner. Biga on the Banks and Boudro's are popular options.

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Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations,...  More About Kimberly