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San Antonio Downtown Art Scene - South Leg

Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour

Overview :  The south Leg starts at the Blue Star art complex and continues north to Nueva street. You'll experience the grounds of beautifully... more »

Tips:  San Antonio can get rather warm, so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Public art is viewable long after the galleries are closed, so you... more »

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Points of Interest

There's no "art" here, but I like to start off a day of touring with a great breakfast! The Guenther House offers this, plus beautiful outdoor seating on the quiet banks of the San Antonio River -- very picturesque.

There's a little gift shop in this beautifully kept house. You can pick up goodies and gifts like mixes, preserves, baking tools,... More

The Blue Star Art Complex houses several galleries, as well as studios and residences.

If you're lucky enough to visit on a "First Friday" (evening), you'll find the complex hopping with openings and performing arts events.

Walk around and investigate the outside sculptures. The examples in the photograph may not still be around when you... More

3. San Angel Art Gallery

My favorite (first) stop in the Blue Star Art Complex is San Angel, which has been open for over 20 years, and which was named after after the suburb of San Angel in Mexico City.

If you're looking for paintings of Bluebonnets and cactus, this is not the place for you. "Eclectic" and "weird" art rules here. This nationally recognized gallery... More

4. Walking On Water

After leaving the Blue Star complex, you'll start to head north along the river on the famous River Walk. Just north of Alamo St., you'll soon come to this nice overlook above the water. This walkway swings out over a bend in the river, and it's a great place to take in the view or take some photos. From here, you'll continue to head north... More

5. Sidewalk Detail

The River Walk has been (and continues to be) built in several sections. As you go along this walk taking in the sights around you, remember to look down and take note of the sidewalk itself.

Each of the sections takes on the contemporary style from the era in which it was built. The sections closer to Downtown show signs from the Works... More

Another great collection of galleries! Well over a dozen different galleries are located here in La Villita. You can find just about any style from those serene Bluebonnet paintings, to jewelry (is that really art?) to local "starving" artists' work to various eclectic assortments.

Particular favorites are Artistic Endeavors, Found, and Monte ... More