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“Definitely worth a walk-through”

La Villita Historic Arts Village
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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.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“Definitely worth a walk-through”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

You'll find arts villages and art shop clusters with more businesses and artists in different tourist towns, but this is just off the Riverwalk, has some good artists showing their wares, and is worth a visit. Don't make a special trip to town to see it, but if you're on the Riverwalk do take the short detour to at least walk through it.

Visited October 2013
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Enid, Oklahoma
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“A little bit out of the way. But worth it!!!”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

My wife and I visited La Villita Village just off the River Walk in San Antonio. There are great small shops that offer a wide range of items. The staff seemed to be very friendly and eager to help. We were there late, but were not pressured to leave because of closing time. I would like to visit when there are lots of activities going on. When we were there, there were not many folks visiting.

Visited October 2013
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Very quiet on Sunday morning”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Nice little village with some historic houses. However very quiet on the sunday even though the shops were open. Can be reached easily from the Riverwalk and from the Hemisfair park, it is more or less between these two.

Visited September 2013
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Ventura, California
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“Looks like its closed but it isnt”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

On Sunday we walked from Madhatters to the tower and to La Villita. At first I thought it was closed. I didnt see anyone walking around. But after looking further I saw some shops and galleries opened and had a lovely time looking at the arts and crafts. Most art is pricey as usual.Sundays seems to be a slow day.

Visited September 2013
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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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“Worth a stop but not a detour”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

A fun, cultural atmosphere tucked by the riverwalk, it is an interesting place to explore. though quite small and lacking much substance. La Villita is an interesting cultural landmark tucked into San Antonio, and a convenient place to tour as it is best many other attractions. However, it is quite small so you won't need much time. If really interested in Mexican culture, had over to the market square.

Visited September 2013
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