Riverwalk & Riverwalk Mall, San Antonio

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    Take A River Cruise

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 7, 2008

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    Cruising Along The River Walk
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    UPDATE: Celebrating New Year's with our family from Chile was alot of fun. Naturally, we had to sample the river cruise, so a few of us took to the water. (picture 2).

    One can't visit San Antonio without noticing boat after boat floating up the narrow river channel alongside the River Walk. We couldn't wait to take a ride!

    We had been eyeing the boats all afternoon, but they weren't covered and the hot, hot sun just beat down mercilessly. That evening, we stood in a quickly moving line and had the pleasure of a meandering ride on the San Antonio river. We eased our way along the River Walk, passing colorful restaurants and shops as tourists wandered along the walkway beside us. Our guide made humorous remarks during his time with us while handing out tidbits of information about this historic town.

    Rio San Antonio Cruises offer a 30-35 guided tour departing every 15-20 minutes. The charge for adults is $6.50; children 1-5 $1.50. I believe we caught it near the Hilton Hotel.

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    The heart of San Antonio

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Oct 19, 2007

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    No1 attraction
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    The Riverwalk is truly the heart of San Antonio. It takes a bit of imagination to realize that this stretch of river and walkway, lined with restaurants, shops, apartments, hotels and parks - and always busy with people having a good time - had its inception in a devastating flood that caused the death of 50 people.

    From the earliest days the river was the region's main thoroughfare, used by everyone living in the area. Even then it was prone to flooding but, thanks to the ingenuity of the flood control works put in place during the 1940s, the city has been spared any further disasters and today most of the people enjoying themselves along the Riverwalk probably have no idea of the real purpose behind it.

    Boat cruises operate along the river all day and into the night. They're quite short - only 35-40 minutes but you get a commentary and the view of the buildings lining the river is very attractive from water level. Check the website here for details of price, times, etc.

    There are plans currently afoot to extend the Riverwalk for at least another two miles through the city.

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    Romantic evening or Party Time, you choose

    by jlpretty Written Jun 14, 2007

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    The riverwalk is a place where everyone from everywhere else goes to enjoy. It is fun to walk at night and enjoy the balmy night air. Christmas time they put Christmas lights in the trees making it quite beautiful

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    San Antonio's Riverwalk

    by shargurl Written Apr 15, 2007
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    The Riverwalk is a 'must see' in San Antonio. It is located below the street level with sidewalks on both sides. There isn't any railing, so if you fall in don't worry, the depth is only 2-4 feet.

    On your first visit to San Antonio, you must do the Riverboat cruise. This tour is highly informative and will give you a lot of information about the history of the Riverwalk, the events that happened there, and you'll learn more about the historic hotels that you see along the way.

    There are many restaurants and shops on both sides of the river. I highly recommend Boudro's Texas Bistro. Order the guacomole, it's awesome!

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    Jog the Riverwalk

    by atufft Updated Mar 19, 2007

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    Nightshot along Riverwalk San Antonio
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    The San Antonio Riverwalk has two axes, one along the main San Antonio river, I believe, and the other a spur from some tributary leading to it. The engineering of the Riverwalk was available in our hotel, but I still didn't understand how the water was circulated from the main river. In any case, the city managed to keep from closing over what must have been by the 1940's an open sewer. The water isn't pretty, except in the glimmer of the lamps at night, but the passageways and paths along either side are a pleasant jog. Numerous restaurants and hotels line either side as well, unfortunately, few open early for breakfast or stay open late into the evening. We walked the dog, but greenry are basically potted plants or trees planted without much soil around them. The paths are so narrow in places that a couples can't pass each other without making single file. Yet, this winding little trail of uneven pavement is really quite pleasant and a must do activity in San Antonio's downtown.

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    The Riverwalk

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 13, 2006

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    The Riverwalk is well-known as the heart of San Antonio's tourism, dining, entertainment, and nightlife scene. Tourists love scooting up and down the river in the cheesy flat-bottom boats and jostling each other along the narrow sidewalks barely avoiding knocking each other into the filthy water. Where else in the world can you eat at Joe's Crab Shack, Dick's Last Resort, Hard Rock Cafe, Starbucks, an Irish Pub (choose any of the 3 or 4), or Tony Romas? That's right...just about any city in America!!!! Why even bother leaving home?

    As you probably guessed, I was not overly impressed by the Riverwalk... an amazing job of downtown revitalization, yes. As a place to find much of anything the slightest bit original or reasonably priced, no. This place is packed full of so many people it often looks and feels like Disneyworld...lines, rides, high prices and all. I found it much more pleasant to walk the street and avoid the whole mess.

    It does have some beautiful scenery, especially along the north and south stretches of the Riverwalk away from the flocks of people.

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    River Boat a good way to Orient Yourself

    by RickinDutch Updated Nov 17, 2006

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    River Walk boat ride
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    The river boats that run up and down the River Walk are a nice way to orient yourself and pick out where you want to go for food and libations. There must be over a hundred places to eat and drink along the 4 mile stretch and riding the boat saves a lot of wear and tear. Plus the guide does a nice job pointing out the highlights and giving you the history.

    Most of the River is shaded but the area around the convention center and the Mall is in the open. If you aren't used to all that sun (like us Alaskans) sun screen and a hat are a good idea. The boats go into the basin the Riverwalk Mall is built around. Usually live misc playing for the patrons of the food court.

    The kiosk to buy tickets and board the boat was about three bridges to the left of the Hyatt back door as you face the river.

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    Riverwalk - Pasedo del Rio

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    Ahhh, the Riverwalk
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    Known as Americas Venice, the River is one of San Antonio’s crowning jewels of Texas. It served the missionaries that arrived here in 1691 and it still serves San Antonio with its beauty and entertainment. This two and half mile stretch of flanking cobblestone walk ways, romantic arches bridges that calming emeralds waters that are a natural serene backdrop painting for restaurants, clubs, hotels, boutiques, and theatres that line the river. At night, the sounds of music and laughter can still be heard and provide couples a romantic path to stroll along all awhile enjoying the beauty of the evening.

    LOL, ok enough of my poetic description, but I enjoyed the Riverwalk for its historical value and beauty. I made a point to eat at a restaurant along the Riverwalk and thoroughly enjoyed the meal and atmosphere. I loved doing all the lookie-looing I could do. Loved it!

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    Riverboat Tours

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    She is such a cute pie!!

    To me these tours are always fun and educational. I do not care how many maps or information you may find about your current travel destination, local tours are usually the best because they are filled with fun facts and some facts only locals will really know. So make a point to take a tour and have some fun. I enjoyed it because of the information and was able to click off some neat photographs also!

    Welcome to the River Tours!
    Rio San Antonio Cruises River Tours and Rio Trans Taxi Services are available daily.

    Individual fares are:
    $6.50 - Adult
    $4.50 - Bexar County Residents
    $1.50 - Children (1-5 years)
    $4.50 - Senior Citizens (60 & older) & Military

    All prices are tax inclusive. Discount prices require picture ID.
    Group rates are available. We offer a 10% discount on tickets purchased in bulks of 25. This rate is not available at our ticket booth. When requesting tickets through our online Ticket Form, you'll receive information about group rate discounts if the number of tickets you request qualifies for a group rate.
    Hours of Operation »
    Open Daily from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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    Arneson River Theatre

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 4, 2006
    Arneson River Theatre, on the River Walk
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    With a capacity of 1,000, this is the ideal place for concerts, weddings, plays, and other special events. It has a perfect location, on the River Walk, near hotels, restaurants, and parking. For more information, contact La Villita Facilities Rental, below.

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    The Paseo del Alamo

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 1, 2006

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    The Paseo del Alamo
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    Running from the Alamo Plaza, through the Hyatt, down to the River Walk is the Paseo del Alamo. A lovely, charming miniature River Walk, it's an excellent place for a side trip while visiting the Alamo and/or the River Walk.

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    River Walk

    by Ericasmurf99 Written Aug 26, 2006

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    Strolling down the river

    A nice little walk by a river. You can take in the various stores, hotels, restaurants and cafes as you walk along the banks. Another great option would be to take tour/cruise. It lasts about 45 minutes as you slowly float along the river. The guides are really funny and informative.

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    Walking along "El Paseo del Rio"

    by Jefie Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    Going for a walk on the Riverwalk
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    The Riverwalk is located in the heart of downtown San Antonio and walking along the river you can easily understand why it has become so famous. Both sides of the river are filled with historic buildings, restaurants and shops, and the beautiful walkways are shaded by towering cypresses, oaks and willows and bordered by gardens of flowering ornamental plants.

    A pretty unique spot along the Paseo del Rio is "Marriage Island", located across from the CPS building. It is very tiny and it might seem like a weird spot for a wedding, but legend has it that couples who get married there stay together forever.

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    Paradise

    by Stellaluna Written Apr 20, 2006
    The Riverwalk
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    The San Antonio River flows throughout the center of the town. Architect Robert Hugman designed the River Walk. The River Walk (2.8 mile) area is a vision of Venice with its many cafés, saloons and bars. Grab a margarita and your sweetheart and settle in for romance.

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    Beautiful and worthwhile

    by jinkoe Written Apr 8, 2006

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    Typical of every gorgeous picture on the Riverwalk

    The Riverwalk and Riverwalk mall are a pair of sites that have to been seen and experienced in San Antonio.

    The Riverwalk itself is amazing. Even if it was simply the walk, with vibrant colors, tons of scenic picture taking opportunities, and serene atmosphere, it would be worth it. The rest of it, however, is what makes the Riverwalk great. There are tons of shops and restaurants; if you want to eat and shop, visit immediately.

    Additionally, the Walk and the Mall are perfect for people-watching and mingling. It's the absolutely perfect place to be at night; it seems that everyone in SA visits; yet, it's not crowded. And the Mall is a nice-sized mall with plenty to see and buy.

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