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23 Cheap Date Ideas for the Broke San Antonian 

Whether you're holding out until pay day or like to live frugally, San Antonio has plenty of great options to get out on the town and have a good time with your significant other. So, get out of the house and check out some of our favorite ways to enjoy San Anto on the cheap.
Catch a free movie with Slab Cinema
Multiple locations, (210) 212-9373, slabcinema.com
Tip: Bring a small blanket so y’all have to cuddle the whole night.
Photo via Facebook, Slabcinema
Catch the sunset at Hays Street Bridge
803 N Cherry St, (210) 207-0970, facebook.com
What’s more romantic and inexpensive than the sunset?
Photo via Instagram, duffythevampireslayer
Volunteer at the Animal Defense League
1300 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 655-1481, adltexas.org
Do your good deed for the day and spend time with your S.O., it’s a win-win.
Photo via Instagram, animal defense league
Stock up on paletas from El Paraiso
1934 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 737-8101, elparaisoicecream.com
At only 50 cents a piece, you can eat plenty spending more than a couple of bucks.
Photo via Instagram, therealmorgue
Bump the disco music and skate at The Rollercade
223 Recoleta Road, (210) 826-6361, therollercade.com
For only $3 on select nights, you and your boo can skate around the rink hand-in-hand.
Photo via Instagram, maddiesobol
Browse for rare finds at Cheevers Books
3613 Broadway St., 210) 824-2665
When it comes to quality used and vintage books, Cheever is hands-down the place to go. Get lost in the Broadway shop’s collection of rare finds and work your way through bookshelves that are packed with one-of-a-kind books.
Photo via Instagram, julez_lorenzi
Hit up Artpace
445 N Main Ave, (210) 212-4900, artpace.org
It’s free and trendy, this is a must do date night.
Photo via Instagram, artpace
Browse through Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum
239 Abiso Ave., (210) 824-7791, facebook.com/satxtsam.
For decades, Barney Smith has lovingly carved, shellacked, and otherwise tricked out an unrivaled collection of 1,272 toilet lids/seats and memorabilia, with subject matter ranging from Michael Jackson to local dog shows to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Plus, it’s free.
Photo via Instagram, kiiiitk
Treasure hunt at a flea market
9333 SW Loop 410, (210) 623-8383, tradersvillage.com
Score some good deals throughout the market, or dish out $10 to have unlimited rides for the entire day.
Photo via Instagram, devicedoctor
Splash around the San Pedro Swimming Pool
2200 N Flores St, (210) 732-5992, sanantonio.gov
Say you’ll never let go, Rose.
Photo via Instagram, alejandra_073
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Slum it at your favorite dive
Faust Tavern, 517 E. Woodlawn Ave., (210) 257-0628, fausttavern.com.
Ditch the lace and pearls for a shot of fernet at Faust Tavern. After enjoying a rail drink or three inside the Goethe-inspired haunt, split a piping hot fried chicken sammich at Crossroads Kitchen.
Photo via Instagram, chojin_1999
Have a picnic at McAllister Park
13102 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 207-7275
Enjoy the sun while on the open field, just be sure to bring some raspas with you.
Photo via Instagram, salty_silver_trash
Stroll down the River Walk
849 E. Commerce Street, (800) 313-7960, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Romantic, much?
Photo via Instagram, trulysteph1
Explore The Witte Museum for free on Tuesdays
3801 Broadway St, (210) 357-1900, wittemuseum.org
The couples that learn together, stay together.
Photo via Instagram, s.franklin12
Cruise through the King William Historic District
Southtown, (210) 227-8786, ourkwa.org
These gorgeous houses will have you planning for the future without a second thought.
Photo via Instagram, historic_texas
Get Cultured McNay’s Second Thursdays
6000 N New Braunfels Ave, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org
Sophisticated AND free?! We’ll see you there.
Photo via Instagram, mcnayart
Spend the day in one of the small towns around SA
Take your pick between Hondo, Poteet, Floresville or Fredericksburg. Just kidding — — there are plenty of towns to choose from.
Photo via Instagram, giannacalacool
Play some board games at Candlelight Coffeehouse
3011 N St Mary's St, (210) 738-0099, candlelightsa.com
A little competition can be flirty in this cozy coffeehouse.
Photo via Instagram, babydeniro
Visit San Fernando Cathedral
115 Main Plaza, (210) 227-1297, sfcathedral.org
Be amazed by the art installation that tells the saga of SA four days out of the week.
Photo via Instagram, jared.slack
Catch a fly ball at a Missions game
5757 U.S. Hwy 90 W, milb.com
So you can score a home run, too.
Photo via Instagram, joanna_kat
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Get inspired at PuroSlam
107 E Martin St, (210) 226-5070, thekorova.com
Fair warning: You’re highly likely to get in your feelings or go on a rant afterward.
Photo via Instagram, do210
Sing a duet at Asiana Karaoke
4408 Walzem Road, (210) 599-9697
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart or I’ve Got You Babe, take your pick.
Photo via Instagram, stephanie2019
Drink up at SA’s premiere “brewstillery”
4834 Whirlwind Dr, (210) 775-2099, drinkrangercreek.com
Enjoy the free (!) weekly happy hour, or cough up $10 for the guided tour that comes with three samples and a souvenir pint glass.
Photo via Instagram, jerimeetsworld
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Catch a free movie with Slab Cinema
Multiple locations, (210) 212-9373, slabcinema.com
Tip: Bring a small blanket so y’all have to cuddle the whole night.
Photo via Facebook, Slabcinema
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