Going Green and Keeping Fit with Historic Downtown San Antonio Tour

By Mo Brown, Casa Navarro Site Manager

Last month, Casa Navarro State Historic Site hosted the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation’s Go! Historic SA Guided Running and Walking Tour. The tour started and ended at the Texas Historical Commission’s Casa Navarro, and highlighted San Antonio's historic downtown, including Main Plaza and the beautifully lit Bexar County Courthouse, historic Houston Street, La Villita, the River Walk, the Alamo, and more.

The tour featured new energy-efficient and festive holiday lighting downtown, including the City’s newly-installed LED lights on the River Walk and the downtown buildings participating in the Mayor’s Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest (which included Casa Navarro). All provided an alluring backdrop for the guided tours of our historic downtown.

Casa Navarro staff hung 100 percent LED holiday lights, decorated the exteriors and interiors, provided open house self-guided tours, and donated refreshments for the occasion. Historic preservation staff and volunteers guided small groups of 92 walkers and runners, who chose to walk, run, or jog along the 2.25-mile tour.

This family-friendly tour was the perfect way for locals to enjoy their city, learn more about historic downtown, see holiday lights, and exercise all in one. Go green with historic preservation!

Casa Navarro is located at the corner of S. Laredo and W. Nueva streets in downtown San Antonio, in the Texas Independence and Hill Country Trail Regions.

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