A Walking Tour of San Antonio’s Convention Center District

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History, entertainment, and dining abound in one of the country’s most walkable cities.

San Antonio has one of the most walkable convention center districts in the country. Restaurants, entertainment, nightlife, culture, outdoor recreation and more are just steps from the Henry B. González Convention Center.

Located just outside the Convention Center, the River Walk is your connection to the city’s best hotspots—not to mention an ideal spot for networking.

Hemisfair: Adjacent to the Convention Center

Site of the 1968 World’s Fair, Hemisfair is one of the convention district’s biggest renovation projects, with many improvements complete and a few still under way. Check out the park’s anaguana Garden, complete with a yoga studio for asanas in between meeting sessions. Stop for a bite to eat at Paleteria San Antonio, Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, Con Safos or Commonwealth  Coffeehouse—and don’t forget to get your sweet fix at Chocollazo and Sugar Sugar.

Southtown: Head south on Alamo St. until you get to Presa St.

At the Southern tip of downtown, but still within walking distance, Southtown’s urban village has an eclectic mix of eateries, breweries, galleries, cafes, studios and local shops. If you’re planning an intimate social event or group gathering, this unique neighborhood has plenty of options.

La Villita Historic Arts District: Head back north towards the Convention Center—this district is just past E Nueva St.

Just a block from the Convention Center, La Villita Historic Arts District offers a culture-rich San Antonio experience. Browse more than 25 galleries, boutiques and restaurants in a beautiful natural setting—the perfect respite after a day of sessions.

Market Square: Take the River Walk west a bit before walking along W Commerce St. towards Market Square

A 15–20 minute walk from La Villita Historic Arts District will take you to the country’s largest Mexican market, plus a bevy of locally owned shops in El Mercado and the Farmer’s Market Plaza. Souvenir shoppers can peruse Talavera pottery, exotic curios and handcrafted works of art. Hungry? Grab something quick at the food court or sit down for a meal at Mi Tierra or La Margarita.

Plan your next meeting in San Antonio and experience the modern meeting destination that has evolved amid a city of unforgettable attractions, history and culture.