13th Oct 2021.
It doesn’t take long to begin to realize why San Antonio is the most visited city in Texas.
From its rich history to eclectic areas across town, you’re bound to find something to do.
With incredibly friendly people and plenty of restaurants and diverse activities, this happens to be one of our favorite cities in the United States.
Since this location has the potential to create a special experience that meets a variety of needs, why not plan a Texas-sized engagement here?
We’ve compiled a list of the best proposal places in San Antonio to help as begin to research your options. It was SO hard to narrow it down, so we’re sharing our top twelve (with a special focus on the River Walk!)
Best Proposal Places in San Antonio
Soak in the Culture with an Unforgettable Engagement in San Antonio
San Antonio offers plenty of inspiration with a variety of ways that you can pop the question. Whether you live the ranch life, are nature-lovers or history-buffs, here are some options on where you can propose.
Add an engagement ring to her cowboy-chic ensemble at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Cowboy boots and hat? Check? Engagement ring? Check! If you both love all things country, propose at the rodeo! Founded in 1949, the rodeo offers a taste of Texan history and can become the backdrop to an unforgettable proposal moment. Check their calendar in advance for special concerts and performances, livestock events, and details on their fair grounds to help make this more meaningful. Learn more.
Get festive at the Fiesta San Antonio festival. As the most popular festival in the state, this is a 10-day festival that honors the memory of the battles of San Jacinto and the Alamo. There are more than 100 events that occur every April, so you have plenty of options to create a proposal experience that feels true to who you are as a couple. If this sounds appealing then mark your calendar for next year: March 31-April 10, 2022. Learn more.
Become one with nature at the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy. If you’re looking for an engagement experience with a rustic vibe that allows you to propose in the fresh air, the Phil Hardberger Park is a great option. Propose while walking hand in hand over the iconic skywalk, being surrounded by butterflies at the butterfly garden, or while riding bikes on one of their spacious trails. (P.S. the photos featured in this blog were captured here. If you don’t get proposed here, make sure to come back for an engagement session!) Learn more.
Create a peaceful proposal memory at the Japanese Tea Garden. If you’re looking for an outdoor engagement opportunity located in a garden, the Japanese Tea Garden in Brackenridge Park is one of the best proposal places in San Antonio. Honor Asian culture and enjoy a moment of tranquility with Japanese bridges, koi ponds, and lush foliage surrounding you both. Tip: go in the springtime for the incredible colorful blooms! Learn more.
Get down on one knee at the San Fernando Catholic Cathedral. If you and your significant other come from a Catholic background, this church is a unique engagement spot. As the oldest church in Texas (dating back to 1738) this is an important part of the faith-foundation of San Antonio. Attend a service and then walk the grounds outside before your proposal moment or visit on a day of the week when it’s quieter. You could get married here, too! Learn more.
Become a part of history at the Alamo. Could we have a list of the best proposal places in San Antonio and not include the Alamo? No way! Join one of the 2.5 million visitors each year and propose at the Alamo. As a critical fort during the Texas Revolution, the Alamo is a memorable proposal location for any history-buffs (especially those who have a special passion for Texan history.) Learn more.
Inspiration for Romantic Proposal Ideas at The San Antonio River Walk
The San Antonio River Walk, also known as Paseo del Rio, is the #1 most popular attraction in Texas. While it may seem cliché to get engaged here, we think this is one of the best proposal places in San Antonio because you can build your very own personalized experience.
The trick to getting engaged in a high-traffic and highly stimulated tourist attraction area is to find a spot to carve out for yourselves that feels right. And if you propose at the River Walk, there are plenty of ways to celebrate afterwards—from cruising down the river on a boat tour to singing along to live music.
Elevate your engagement experience with fine dining at Las Canaries. One of the best parts of the River Walk are the variety of dining experiences and we think that Las Canarias is one of the best. Located in the hotel, Omni La Mansión del Rio, this restaurant offers a fine dining experience with a clear view of the river. Depending on the time of day, you can propose over mimosas at their incredible brunch or margaritas over a candlelit dinner! To continue with the celebration, stay for the weekend and enjoy the hotel pool and luxurious spa. Learn more.
Create a colorful engagement memory at the Casa Rio. As one of the oldest and most photographed spots along the river, this Mexican Café would make for a lively engagement setting that’s right in the middle of all the action! The restaurant is known for the colorful umbrellas which line the side of the river and create a canopy of shade over their tables from the hot San Antonio sun. Their menu offers traditional TexMex favorites and their margaritas are out of this world. Learn more.
Say cheers at the Bier Garten. If you and your significant other typically enjoy a night out with tasty beers, the Bier Garden will be right up your alley! When you enter the Bier Garten, it feels like Oktoberfest all year-round. Their menu features well known Bavarian cuisine favorites with plenty of German beer, cocktails, and wine offerings to help wash it down. The live entertainment ties it all together and will help take your experience over the top! Learn more.
Design a movie-worth scene on the Selena Bridge. The Selena Bridge connects one side of the river to the other and feels like an idyllic scene from a movie. (It was actually featured in a movie about the life of the Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla, which is where the name of the bridge comes from.) Find a moment to be still together, ask the big question, and then celebrate with drinks afterwards in the area. Learn more.
Lock in your love at the Love Lock Bridge. Modeled after the famous Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, the Love Lock Bridge is one of the best proposal places in San Antonio. Write your names on a lock and place it on to the bridge together. Per tradition, you will then toss the key into the river. Come back to visit the location of your lock on your anniversary or other significant milestones in your relationship so that you can always remember your special day. Learn more.
Get engaged under the romantic, shady tree on Marriage Island. This is a small islet carved out in the middle of the San Antonio River in front of the Hotel Contessa. As the home to over 200 weddings a year, you could get engaged in the area and then come back to celebrate an intimate wedding with the people you love most. Learn more.
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We hope that you enjoyed our recommendations of the best proposal places in San Antonio.
If you’re planning an engagement, we’d love to be there to capture this joyful moment! Having professional photos of your engagement can help seal this milestone in your relationship into your photo albums for years to come.
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