cheap and free date ideas in San Antonio

Looking to plan the perfect date? Whether it’s your first date or your 500th, there are tons of fun things to do in San Antonio for couples. The best part? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great time. With these 50 free and cheap date ideas in San Antonio, you can have a night to remember without breaking the bank.

Here’s our list of 50 Cheap and Free Date Ideas in San Antonio:

  1. Admission to one of San Antonio’s most beautiful sites is always free. Take a stroll along the sparkling lights of the River Walk. Boat rides are cheap- just $5- $10! When it comes to cheap date ideas in San Antonio, it’s hard to beat!
  2. Get your competitive juices flowing with some indoor go-kart racing. It’s fun, and you can visit K1 Speed in San Antonio for cheap with this special deal.
  3. Possibly one of the most beautiful museums in Texas, the McNay Art Museum is free every Thursday from 4- 9 pm. They’re also free on every first Sunday of the month. It’s also free for some college students!
  4. Visit other museums on the cheap thanks to Groupon. You can get discounted tickets to The Witte Museum, The Briscoe Western Art Museum, and more right now.
  5. Reading dates are the best dates. Meet up at Bibliotech, the world’s first tech- only library. Everything is free here for Bexar- County residents.
  6. Grab a beer and go people watching at Pearl Farmers Market next to the brewery. They have over 40 local farmers.
  7. Go on a scavenger hunt at Trader’s Village- you never know what treasures you may find! Entrance is free, parking is just $4.
  8. For a fun but intense date idea in San Antonio, how about a game of Monopoly? There’s no better way to get to know someone! If you don’t own any board games, Magic Beans Cafe has plenty of their own for you to borrow.
  9. San Antonio has so many old Spanish missions, you probably haven’t seen them all. They’re also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and they’re FREE- take your date to see them all!
  10. Check out new art, play in the streams, or practice a game of chess on a life-sized board at Yanaguana Gardens.
  11. Maybe you can’t afford to eat at Chart House atop Tower of the Americas, but you can meander around the grounds outside- they’re gorgeous! Go on a selfie-spree in front of their fountains and bring a picnic.
  12. Tuesday nights are Open Mic Night at Laugh Out Loud comedy club. No cover on Tuesdays!
  13. Rent a bicycle and peddle through South Town. Check out the San Antonio BCycle locations here.
  14. Find a Slab Cinema set up and catch a free outdoor movie. You can bring blankets and picnics to keep you comfortable.
  15. Check out a record store and see if you can find your favorite albums. They might even have a record player!
  16. Watch the sunset together at Hays Street Bridge- it’s an Instagram- worthy spot!
  17. Get weird at Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum. Be sure to take pics with your favorite seat!
  18. Take a tour of one of San Antonio’s dozen-plus breweries. Most tours are free!
  19. Hit up Traders Village on the weekend to shop thousands of unique vendors in this massive market.
  20. Sing your heart out at any of San Antonio’s karaoke bars.
  21. San Antonio Museum of Art Free on Tuesdays from 4- 9 pm
  22. Visit the Japanese Tea Garden right next to Brackenridge Park. It’s open to the public every day from dawn until dusk.
  23. Just roll with it. Roller rinks are a popular date spot because they’re cheap. Plus, you get to show off your best moves, get in a workout, and raid the snack bar.
  24. Second Friday at Uptown studio include slam poetry, dancers, live body painting, and more.
  25. Check out an Improv Workshop at Overtime Theater. The workshop is free but donations are appreciated.
  26. Try a Paleta at San Antonio Pops. They are a Best of San Antonio winner.
  27. Volunteer at San Antonio Pets Alive or Animal Defense League. If they’re a dog- lover, you’ll win their heart!
  28. Check out Alamo Music Center, browse the instruments, and pick one up! Serenade your date and you’ll never have a dateless weekend again.
  29. Art Pace is free and open to the public every day of the week. It’s a non profit residency program for artists near and far.
  30. Browse the rare finds at Cheever’s Books. See who can find the oldest book. (You DO know how to find the year a book was published, right?)
  31. Head down to the King William Historic District and get lost in History. You can visit the Guenther House or Villa Finale.
  32. Check out any and all of San Antonio’s parks. There are over 180 of them- that’s 180 dates!
  33. Have apps and drinks at some of San Antonio’s favorite eateries- Crossroads Kitchen, Faust Tavern, and Friendly Spot are all popular.
  34. If you like antiques and shopping, there’s no better place than Fredericksburg.
  35. Speaking of Fredericksburg, they’re known for their wineries. Why not take a winery tour? San Antonio has several of their own.
  36. Visit the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio’s Main Plaza. See what you can spot among their beautifully colorful walls.
  37. Catch a fly ball. The San Antonio Missions baseball games offer cheap food and drink nights.
  38. Cool off at the San Pedro Springs Park Swimming Pool. It’s gorgeous and free.
  39. Have a desserts only date- or at least dessert before dinner! Check out Belgian Sweets or Arctic Wild.
  40. Don’t play ball- play pool! Bananas Billiards is a local favorite.
  41. Make it your mission to visit all of the Farmers Markets in San Antonio.
  42. Visit the Blue Star Arts Complex. It’s considered the anchor of San Antonio’s art scene and has a thriving social events calendar.
  43. Get properly scared on a San Antonio Ghost Tour. There are tons of companies in town with all different prices so check our site or Groupon for deals!
  44. Get lost at the SoFlo Market. It’s a combination farmers market, artisan market, and more.
  45. Go biking, paddling, or picnicking at Mission Reach Linear Park.
  46. Have a free Fitness Date at Hemisfair. They have a weekly rotating calendar of free fitness classes.
  47. BYOB and have dinner at a local restaurant. Some restaurant like Thai Dee allow you to bring your own beer or wine- just call ahead to ask if there’s a corking fee.  It’s a great way to have dinner and drinks on the cheap.
  48. Go Geo-cashing at the San Pedro Culture Creek Park. Be sure to bring your own treasures to leave behind for the next Geo-Cashers!
  49. Shop your heart out at El Mercado. Historic Market Square has plenty of fun and free events plus artists and live performances.
  50. Pet the rabbits, peacocks, deer, and geese at The Quadrangle at Fort Sam Houston. All you need for free admission is a driver’s license or military ID.

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