Riverwalk & Riverwalk Mall, San Antonio
I'd hate to sum up an entire city by one attraction, but the San Antonio's Riverwalk is alone a reason to visit this great Texas city. It's beautiful, swank, hip, rugged, classy, all rolled into one. In addition to the breathtaking views, it's clean, safe, and there's a magnificent boat ride, sort of like a water taxi. There's shops, great restaurants, and really great bars and nightlife. There's definitely something here for the entire family! I can't wait to go again!
The Riverwalk (Paseo del Rio) is a nice relaxing walkway along the river one level down from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. It is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and trendy shops along with the usual stores and has a number of access points throughout the downtown area. It seemed cooler than the streets on the hot summer day I was there. Shop, enjoy a meal at a sidewalk café, listen to live music or just escape the fast pace of San Antonio. You can walk down the sidewalks or ride one of the boats that cruise the river every 1/2 hour.
I've experienced the san Antonio River Walk several times now (latest was Jan. 2013) and even in winter with the leafless trees along the area, it is still relaxing and fun.
The San Antonio River Walk is a public park open 365 days a year, lined with individual businesses composed of restaurants, hotels, attractions and more and is the number one tourist attraction in Texas.
River Walk consists of a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath approximately 5 miles of downtown San Antonio. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important tourist attraction.
The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels and more. It connects the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery.
Over 20 events take place on the River Walk every year.
See and experience River Walk to get a sample of the Texas southwestern lifestyle, taste the southwestern and Mexican cuisine, and just enjoy being outdoors with the option of active living or simply soaking in life in a laid back venue,
The River walk is great place to spend your holiday. It has a Great family friendly atmosphere, with wonderful restaurants, music, and fun. My family and I have spent many weekends and holidays just walking around, looking at the sights, listening to the Mariachis, and enjoying some great mexican food! The price ranges are pretty good, and the food excellent.
To me famous San Antonio Riverwalk was just like taking a nice walk along the town's area that is bordering the San Antonio River. But yes, there one can indeed find out how San Antonio is a romantic, never-ending celebration.
From the waters of the San Antonio River spring forth a vibrant city rich in over three centuries of tradition. According to legend, a Spanish missionary traveling through Texas came upon a tribe of Payaya Indians who lived among the wild grapes and Cypress Trees upon the banks of a sparkling oasis. The oasis they had found was named Rio Saint Antonio de Padua, from whence The San Antonio River derives its name.
We enjoyed another beautiful day of great weather when we went to the Riverwalk.
There were not any long lines waiting for the boats when we bought our tickets. We paid $5 for a senior rate for the Riverboat Cruise. Our guide pointed out the significant buildings along the river. It's a different way to see the city of San Antonio, and later when you walk along the river, you can identify places that were mentioned by the guide. You can pick up the Riverboat Cruise just a very short walk from the Alamo. We walked through the mall that is there, which took us to the river.
One of the best ways to experience the Riverwalk is on a boat tour. Tours leave several times an hour and last about 30 minutes. The boat tour allows you to see the Riverwalk area from a different perspective, and your knowledgeable tour guide will tell you all about it's history, along with some fun facts you never would find out just from touring on your own. There are also some nice picture taking opportunities.
One hint: Riverwalk boat tours fill up quickly during sunset hours; it's quite a spectacular time to be out there. Unless you like crowds, you may want to take your tour during the day as I did. Its just as informative, and you can get many of your piccies while walking anyway.
Prices for the tour are very reasonable: $7.75 for adults, less for seniors, kids and members of the US military. Reservations can be made online or over the phone, and charters are available for large groups. This boat tour is well worth it.
FYI, the pictures on this tip were taken while I was on the boat tour.
If the Alamo is San Antonio's historic center, the Riverwalk is its entertainment heart. Indeed, most everyone seems to congregate on the Riverwalk, especially on Saturday nights.
Much of San Antonio's nightlife and many of the better restaurants are on the Riverwalk. It's also a beautiful place to just walk around, snap some some great pictures and take in the city. Please note that the Riverwalk is rather narrow in spots; you may have to squeeze past some people to get around, lest you fall in the river! Note especially several of the stone bridges that span the river; most are quite lovely in their own right. Christmas is an especially fine time to be on the Riverwalk - they hang the Christmas lights straight down from the trees, creating a wonderful effect.
As well as being lovely, the Riverwalk is lively too. It's got many terrific Mexican and Southwestern restaurants and several bars - both local and more touristy places like the Hard Rock Cafe and Coyote Ugly. Many of the hotels in town are at or near the Riverwalk, and it's got quite a few shopping opportunities too.
I found the Riverwalk to be a very charming place to just walk around. It's also a very romantic place - bring your special person with you; I'm sure they'll love it too. It's especially beautiful at night.
If you're in San Antonio, you'll end up at the Riverwalk not long after you get there. Take some time to soak it all in - it's a great experience.
Should you not want to walk the entire Riverwalk, there are 35-40 minute guided tours of the river that run from 9am-9 pm, currently it is $7.75 for the cruise. You can also take a river taxi for less with no narration for $4 one way or all day for $10. You can even charter a boat and have lunch or dinner if you have a large group, we saw 3 or 4 boats all with ladies with crowns of flowers on their heads having lunch, they stopped near Boudro's every 20-30 minutes to get another course.
I have to say this was one of the neater things I got to see in my one day in San Antonio. We did a lot of walking and it was really hot (late August). There are a lot of neat shops and some great restaurants. We had heard of a particularly good Mexican place and ended up eating at a different one by mistake. The food was still really good, unfortunately I can't remember the name of either place. They were right next to each other though.
Just walking around was interesting, seeing the arcitecture, and taking pictures.
one way to see the river walk is to take a boat tour on the san antonio river. the boat captain will point out the sights and history of downtown san antonio. you can board the boats at crockett & navarro streets, market street between presa and alamo streets, and at commerce street at the rivercenter mall.
next to the alamo the river walk is san antonio's most visited attraction. the river walk was the idea of robert hugman in the late 1920's. he wanted to call the project the shops of "aragon and romula". funding for the river walk came in 1939 as a WPA project. sidewalks were built along the the river and over 20 bridges were constructed. the river walk was completed in 1941. today the river walk is lined with restaurants, bars, and shops. a must see site when in san antonio.
As famous as the double decker buses of London are the river boat cruises of San Antonio's River Walk. Get a good deal of history and a good grasp of the downtown area while enjoying good, warm Texas weather!
The tours last about 30-45 minutes so if you're visiting June-September make sure to bring a hat, sunglasses and some sunscreen! If not, you could be in a bunch of pain afterwards!
Open Daily from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
If you are there during the Christmas season make sure to take one at night so you can see the River Walk all lit up!
The Riverwalk is a fun place at any time of the year, but especially magical during the Christmas season (the month of December). There are lights in the trees lining the Riverwalk and everyone is bustling about getting Christmas gifts! There is a beautiful tree in the RiverCenter Mall plaza that is a great symbol of the giving season. Just walk around and soak up the wonderful time of year!
The river cruise has taken us past this interesting building several different times and yet we didn't know too much about it. When we arrived home recently, I decided to do some research on it.
The Aztec Theatre was constructed in 1926 at the cost of $1.75 million dollars. It was designed in the Meso-American style with special effects and authentic columns and artifacts.
At one time, a 26 piece orchestra and 16 chorus girls performed on stage. When it opened for business, it was a very popular venue for San Antonio residents.
The theatre had to be renovated in the 1980's. Through this effort it was plucked from ruin and is now on the National Register for Historic Places.
The Aztec Theatre is currently closed for further renovation, but will open again in Spring 2008. It offers the public shows such as The Phantom of the Opera and others of that genre.
For further informastion call: 210-227-3930 or see www.aztecontheriver.com