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“A Jewel of a Neighborhood”

King William Historic District
Ranked #24 of 282 things to do in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The King William Historic District is a quiet but vibrant neighborhood within easing walking distance of the San Antonio Riverwalk. Nestled among live oak trees, the Victorian-era architecture is charming with numerous stately homes being turned into bed and breakfasts! It's a walking neighborhood with fun, interesting restaurants and bars on the perimeter. And, when you're ready to get out and explore San Antonio, the Viva bus stops are plentiful to take you on a comfortable ride to all the desirable destinations, like parks, art galleries, and all the major sights and sounds that make San Antonio so special.

Thank Laura V
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I live in San Antonio and always recommend a walk through the King Williams area for out of town guests (and a tour of Steves Homestead). On a recent Sunday afternoon, we took a walk through the King William area and then along the river, which was incredibly quiet and peaceful at 3pm. I was with someone who has lived in or near San Antonio for 30+ years and never knew about the access to the riverwalk from the King William area and how lovely and quiet it is. I highly recommend a walk down King William (and the surrounding streets) and also along the river.

Thank Carla F
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

This district is good for driving through, better for walking and reading. It would be helpful to have a tour book of some kind so one could grasp the spirit of what happened in this small piece of geography near the heart of San Antonio. Some of the houses are open for touring. These tours would have good value for those who are into historic homes and the families who lived there. We enjoy the stories and the time to ask more in light your own interests.
Regardless of interest, the King William district is simply a charming "kingdom" of its own and worth the effort to visit.

Thank 510dele
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

It's a doable stroll from the River Walk area of San Antonio to see these few blocks of 19th and early 20th century houses. I wish we had known that we could have walked completely along the river on a paved path between the two!
There is quite a variety of architectural styles to see, including one pink 1930s or 1940s (my guess) small modern standout among its more stately neighbors. Most homes look very well kept up, while a few are in obvious need of restoration. Several houses are open for tours, though we didn't do that.
The Gunther House is the one commercial structure in the area but well worth a visit, right next to the family's big and still active flour mill. It includes an outdoor restaurant (partially covered) and a very nice gift shop. We couldn't actually tour the house itself.

2  Thank CBW47
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

King William historic district is a charming place to walk and a great place for photo opportunities. It is close enough that you can lock down the Alamo or over to the Riverwalk. It’s peaceful and some places has beautiful plantings and trees.

2  Thank podunk13
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