It’s not a secret – romance flows like the river in San Antonio. Apparently San Antonio is the #1 most romantic city in the U.S., according to Amazon.com. With a reputation like that, coming up with the right proposal plan isn’t hard, but it does need to be unique and catered to your partner’s personality. If she likes to be the center of attention, consider a public, over-the-top proposal. If she’s more of an intimate, romantic type, consider a private outdoor spot. Here are some of our choices for the best places to propose in San Antonio:
Make Your Own History at The Alamo
If your partner loves Texas history, consider a proposal at The Alamo. After you get engaged here, we’re pretty sure your new inside joke will be “Remember The Alamo?” Just imagine candid engagement selfies in front of Texas’ most visited historic location. Try to arrive in the early morning to avoid crowds (make up an excuse, a tourist day perhaps, and make sure coffee is involved) or late evening for a twilight proposal at this pivotal location in the Texas revolution.
Grey Moss Inn on the Scenic Loop Road
About a half hour outside of San Antonio, the winding Scenic Loop Road was created as a touring route for San Antonians in the 1920s. Enjoy the charming drive, make a few stops along the way to enjoy the view and arrive at the rustic, romantic Grey Moss Inn Restaurant. Built in 1929, this hidden gem offers fine dining in an exceptionally romantic setting: the restaurant and patio are graced by a canopy of huge Texas Oaks. Organic herbs are grown in the restaurant garden and what once was an old well has now been crafted into a charcoal grill to serve as a focal point for the patio. Picture yourself proposing by candlelight in the warm Texas heat and toasting over a bottle of local San Antonio wine.
The Museum Reach on the Riverwalk
If you both can enjoy the scenery among tourists, the Museum Reach on the Riverwalk in the evenings is one of the most romantic places to propose in San Antonio. Where can you find a unique proposal place of your own on the Paseo del Rio? The internationally renowned path features 1.5 miles of winding paths and bridges, so there’s sure to be a romantic spot somewhere in there for you to get down on one knee. Weeknights offer the best opportunities for finding privacy among the manicured foliage and terraced landscaping.
King William on the Riverwalk
The only thing tougher than figuring out your partner’s ring size without them knowing might be choosing the perfect place to propose along the Riverwalk — there are just so many amazing options! The King William neighborhood offers seclusion that will not keep you up at night worrying about timing. Like real estate values, summertime proposals are all about location, location, location. King William is a bit further from downtown compared to other Riverwalk destinations; that means if you are up early or out late at night, hours after the trams and bike rental shops close, you will definitely have enough privacy to propose and enjoy your magical moment together.
Marriage Island on the Riverwalk
This might seem an obvious choice for those in San Antonio — especially given its name. The tiny, picturesque island on the banks of the San Antonio River is a rare treat for lovebirds. Located right outside the Hotel Contessa, a single massive Montezuma cypress tree grows in the center, surrounded by two stone benches. For years, men have popped the question on this destination that’s considered one of San Antonio’s top romantic attractions. Plus, you can easily have a photographer on the other side of the river to capture this special moment. Book a surprise night at the Hotel Contessa to make your proposal even more magical.
Biga on the Banks
If you’re looking for the best places to eat in San Antonio, Biga on the Banks is one of the top choices for locals and chefs alike. Biga on the Banks, set on the San Antonio River Walk, is known for their innovative, fine dining approach to New American cuisine and romantic ambiance. While there are loads of restaurants on the San Antonio River Walk, Biga is consistently named one of San Antonio’s best restaurants, as chef Bruce Auden reinterprets fine dining in his own way, creating a relaxed and casual vibe. This is the perfect dinner location if you’re going for an evening stroll along the River Walk and plan to propose somewhere between river bends. Biga on the Banks can help you celebrate your proposal, especially if you call them ahead of time and ask for help orchestrating the perfect culinary proposal. Enjoy one of Texas’ famous steaks, but be sure to save room for their Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Tower of the Americas
Breathtaking views make for ideal proposal locations, and the Tower of the Americas is San Antonio’s version of the Empire State Building observation deck. At 750 feet, it is the highest point in River City that you can take your significant other to without a pilot’s license. The views from the tower are spectacular; some online dining reviews about the San Antonio rotating restaurant imply the perspective is better than the cuisine. If you are looking for a unique destination with uncompromising service, consider the fine dining options at ground level.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
While it is slightly closer to Austin than San Antonio, the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Fredericksburg is an ideal refuge for couples seeking respite from urban confines and congestion. The park’s centerpiece is a 425-foot rose-colored batholith frequently scaled by campers, day hikers, and dog walkers. Shade is scarce and water bottles are essential, so choose a cooler day and you might sweat fewer details about the most important question of your life. Stargazing atop Enchanted Rock is one of the most romantic things you can do on any cloudless evening in Texas. Just remember to bring a flashlight or lantern, and do not drop your diamond engagement ring in the dark during your proposal.
Japanese Tea Garden
Built over a former limestone quarry, the Japanese Tea Garden in Brackenridge Park is a placid proposal location, situated conveniently close to the city. As with most garden spaces throughout San Antonio, the flowers and foliage here are at their best in the springtime. Walk among the paths and over bridges spanning the Japanese/Chinese Sunken Gardens to admire the foliage and the schools of koi; many a marriage proposal has happened in this charming garden. Parking near the garden and nearby zoo can be challenging on weekends, so anticipate a walk from your vehicle if you will not be arriving early.
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