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“Quaint local shops” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Villita Historic Arts Village

La Villita Historic Arts Village
418 Villita, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
210 207 8614
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Ranked #58 of 196 attractions in San Antonio
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Historic Sites
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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“Quaint local shops”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Very cute little artists village. Mostly local artists with galleries and showrooms but a couple touristy shops as well. I enjoyed a morning stroll through here.

Visited September 2012
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El Paso, Texas
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“I went there and saw nothing special...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

My husband and I went there...and honestly i didn't see something special to buy, and the place looked abandoned. The souvenirs shops, weren't special, all the same crap that you can't get at the mall for half the price

Visited September 2012
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texas
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“Nice Artistic Villa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Located right off the River Walk, their are lots of small, quaint, artistic type shops. The Villa is blocked off from traffic so it's a nice relaxing atmosphere with shops, restaurants, cafe's with something for everyone. It is very easy to get to with plenty of parking in the area

Visited September 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Could be so much more”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

This area is an area that is in search of an identity these days. Its very touristy without much original stuff to offer. When there is a festival or something going on, there is life there. Otherwise it is often a ghost town in downtown. Other than during fiesta, you will be hard pressed to find a local here. Which is too bad.

The shop owners/workers are generally friendly. The prices are set for tourists so watch out. It is fun to walk around and see all the old buildings though and the bars on the edge were pretty hospitable as well.

Visited August 2012
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Austin, Texas
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“Disappointing after all these years.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Saturday evening of Labor Day weekend....the stain glass shop closed in our faces...early and without apologies. We have been shopping and buying from here for over 30 years. The pottery shop was without anything remarkable or new. The other art gallaries/shoppes displayed mediocre stuff. Gone are the days when you could find a sweet oil painting, a lovely watercolor, a blouse, or belt that became a family treasure. The area remains, the artists are gone.

Visited September 2012
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