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La Villita Historic Arts Village

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Address: 418 Villita, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number:
+1 210-207-8614
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita was one of...

Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita was one of San Antonio’s first neighborhoods. In 1939, as ground broke on the San Antonio River Walk development, city official led by Mayor Maury Maverick acted to preserve this colorful part of San Antonio’s history. Today La Villita is a thriving arts community that stands as a monument to San Antonio’s past. La Villita is on the National Registry of Historic Districts. A historic arts village since 1939, the galleries and shops found in just one square block offer unique art by local and regional artists featuring oil paintings, sculptures, watercolors, metal art, rock art, textiles, copper wares, pottery, jewelry, stained glass and regional folk art.Please check out the many Shops at La Villita, which are open 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, many on Sundays. In addition to the shops, restaurants and cafe, La Villita also has a number of beautiful outdoor venues, including the Arneson River Theatre, available for rent for weddings, receptions, birthday parties, concerts, dance performances, and much more.For a complete list of events at La Villita, please find us on Facebook.

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A quaint village

It's a fun little village to walk around for an hour or so. There are a couple of interesting shops to visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I tried a couple of times to visit La Villita over the weeknd and each day it was closed or closing. So, i only got to visit 2 shops. It is a nice and cute area but make sure you get there early in the day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a fun little village to walk around for an hour or so. There are a couple of interesting shops to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Hardly anyone was there. Some cute shops . It was very clean and nicely done. I collect crosses and found a handmade one done by the owner that was glass and very pretty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wow, - sometimes ya just have to go discovering!! and La Villita was a blast. You felt like you were in Mexico - shopping the little open air shops, enjoying the vitality of the people surrounding you, seeing such beauty. What a fun place!!

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Village was close to hotel - very convenient walk. I believe it just adds to the charm of the river walk - not many stores but amazing shop owners. Everyone is so friendly and found a few unique gifts

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second time visiting La Villita (August 2016) and it looked as if several businesses have closed since I was there around 5 years ago. I remembered different buildings in the historic village displaying beautiful traditional arts and crafts from the area. I don't remember if B & C Leather Designs was there when I visited previously, but... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What shops were open were cool enough... but there weren't all that may open (we were there in early May). It looked as if at one time this was a hopping place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A unique, historic spot to pick-up art work and unique gifts. Conveniently located adjacent to the Riverwalk and Hemisphere Park. A nice place to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the quaint shops.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here is where they filmed a piece of Ms Congeniality. A must see when you visit, it was empty when we went.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a nice little area directly up some stairs from the Riverwalk. The shops mainly featured artwork. It seemed that many shops were closed though. It could stand more eating places as there is just one where you order at the counter. It would be nice if it were a little more developed with more shops.

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