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King William Historic District

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Address: 1032 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78210
Phone Number: 210 227 8786
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Settled by wealthy German merchants in the late 1800s, San Antonio's first...
Settled by wealthy German merchants in the late 1800s, San Antonio's first suburb consists of 25 blocks of historic mansions set amid lovely landscaping.
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Walk it, and be awed.

These mansions are spectacular, and some feature museums you can enter. If you're strolling along the river, you're far away from the tourist trap of the main River walk, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

These mansions are spectacular, and some feature museums you can enter. If you're strolling along the river, you're far away from the tourist trap of the main River walk, but close enough to stop and wander in Blue Arts and the brewery and shops inside.

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Centreville, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Only recommend driving around this area. Beautiful homes, great food but pricey. Never did find a place for a beer, it is German town right? Off season I guess.

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Northeast Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A brochure is available that lists descriptions of homes of interest in the area along a walking route. It is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours.

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Greensboro
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252 reviews 252 reviews
18 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

If you like to walk to get your exercise this is a great way to do it! The houses along the route are beautiful and offer a glimpse into San Antonio's past. If you don't want to make the walk round trip there are trolley rides available to take you back to downtown area.

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Boerne, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Get up close and personal with elegant and classic old homes in one of San Antonio's most prestigious old neighborhoods.

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Sydney, Australia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
10 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We picked up a brochure with map and history from the display stand out the front of the San Antonio Conservation Society. The circuit walk takes in lots of lovely old houses, passes the Stoves Homestead Museum and includes a very scenic stretch of riverwalk. At the end/beginning there's a decent looking cafe. From downtown it was 4.5 km one... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Heading back north to the downtown district after visiting the Missions, we took a very slight detour to drive through the Historic District. The four of us loved seeing these beautiful structures and could only image the history that happened here and the people who resided in the homes. Undoubtedly some of the leading citizens of past eras. Walking or... More 

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Texas
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231 reviews 231 reviews
136 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Visited this area as part of a tour of SA and it was well worth the visit. This is the area the Germans settled when they came to SA. The architecture of the homes is beautiful. You can safely walk this old neighborhood or even rent bikes or Segways.

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Allen, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My husband and I biked through the King William Historic District. I really enjoyed looking at the different types of houses there. There were so many architectural styles to see! The gardens were amazing and most of the houses are renovated and beautiful. History everywhere. We did not research the district before going, and left with lots of unanswered questions!... More 

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Kansas City
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210 reviews 210 reviews
67 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We walked to the King William District after eating dinner at Rosario's (BTW, don't miss eating there!). Even though none of the houses were open to the public at that hour, we thoroughly enjoyed our stroll. In fact, it was at the top of my wife's list for everything we did in San Antonio. The architecture is beautiful, the homes... More 

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