Riverwalk & Riverwalk Mall, San Antonio
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.
The Arneson River Theatre is situated along the River Walk and offers stepped seats which begin at river level below and ascend to the restored village of La Villita above. The river winds along the River Walk, separating the stage from the seating.
The theatre was built in 1939 and designed by architect Robert Hugman. Hugman's inspired idea to construct canals throughout this area created San Antonio's famed River Walk.
Performances are given as pedestrians freely move along the walkway up and down the canal in front of the viewing area. The seats are of stone, so it's not like settling down on a plush theatre cushion, but they are adequate. A number of events are held in this area each year.
If you prefer not to walk, you can take one of the boat trips. This is not too expensive but I have been hesitating to classify this tip in the tourist traps. Even if the river bend is quite nice, as everything is said by its name, this is a walk! I can't understand how people can chose to be packed in these boats to listen to some flat comments.
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.
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.
One of the best places to eat, meet people, shop and just have a great time. 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. Today you can dine at some of San Antonio's finest restaurants, or shop in style along The Riviera of Texas!
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
If you eat at one of the restaurants on the Riverwalk, pick a table by the water and have fun feeding the ducks! They're San Antonian ducks so they love nacho chips! Just don't overdo it - I didn't see any signs saying we weren't allowed to feed them but it still can't be all that good for them...
If you go to the Riverwalk, you should definitely take the Riverboat tour. I've done it a few times with different guests. Some tour guides are better than others, but they're always funny and informative, and some of the things you'll learn are surprising. I expected it to be cheesy, but it wasn't.
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.
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.
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 Riverwalk is very pretty with it's shops & restaurants. Just becareful of the prices...they'll getcha. Also, Rivercenter mall is a great place to shop. Try the Menger Hotel if you're into ghosts (it's supposedly haunted).
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 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