I WENT THERE AND THE ONLY TROUBLE I HAD WAS MAKING THE MISTAKE OF ASKING THE BIKE COPS FOR DIRECTIONS. HE TOLD ME THE WRONG TROLLEY AND I ENDED UP TOURING DOWNTOWN WHICH WAS FINE THEY HAVE BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS.
THERE WAS NO BUMS OR UNSEEDY PEOPLE WHEN I WAS AT THE RIVER WALK. JUST A REALLY COOL SCENERY.
AND TO THAT PERSON TALKING ABOUT FALLING INTO THE RIVER WALK THATS REAL SIMPLE DONT LEAN OVER IT.
I LOVED SAN ANTONIO ID GO BACK IN A HEART BEAT IT HAD CHARM BOTH PEOPLE AND THE CITY
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the sting of a cactus prick, I would highly recommend that you watch your step when walking around in the natural environment of San Antonio. You likely will not face this flora in the middle of the Riverwalk, but care should be used when walking in the open fields around town.
In particular, there are alot of landscaped areas at the National Park's missions, so keep an eye out and watch where you walk!
The early times in Spanish colonization were clearly for a smaller group of people than exist today. As we were walking around the missions here in San Antonio, we definitely noticed that we were “head and shoulders” above the rest in terms of height. On several occasions even Sarah at 5’7 had to duck down to get through the entrances. As you can see here, there was not much clearance, Clarence. A couple of these places caught me off guard because once in the room, there was plenty of space to stand, but if I moved too quickly toward the door, I would end up nose to nose with the cross beam! Definitely watch where you are going when here!
Again, this tip is likely a moot point as most savvy travelers know not to leave valuables readily visible in a car, but in particular watch out in San Antonio. There are park rangers around that are monitoring particular areas, but they are not there at all times, so when you are visiting the attractions around town, make sure you leave your valuables at the hotel or hidden away when you leave your car. When a location has to go to the extreme of creating a sign in the parking lot to remind you of this, you know that the possibility of it happening is even greater.
Although this is likely common knowledge to most people, it is particularly crucial in parts of San Antonio to watch where you are stepping. When we were touring the Missions around town, there were several occasions when you would have to walk on the grass or through the open field to get a view of the mission. When you leave the pavement, it is time to be aware of your walking path and especially where you stop. If you choose to wear sandals, then this tip is especially important, as these little fire ants can set your foot ablaze in a moment’s notice! Be careful!
When you are walking on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, you will need to keep an eye out for the differing terrain in the area. Most people are busy gawking instead of walking in this part of the city, so often people can lose sight of where they are walking. Although we did not see anyone fall in the river specifically, we did notice a few people slip and slide while walking across the portion of river which has this cut stone look. Most of the Riverwalk is well paved, but this particular portion is distinctively not. Be careful where you walk, or you may end up in the dirty grey water of the San Antonio River!
The Cops are out if full force. You'll see them in ones and twos along the heart of the Riverwalk, but on the street above the ditch, you might see 10-15 standing around together waiting to bust some horrible criminal for not wearing a seatbelt or public intoxication. Oh the horror. They must have something better to do like guard the border.
At least they keep the touristy areas safe and welcoming for tourists and the local workers.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas did a fine job of rescuing the Alamo from years of neglect and restoring it. The lovely old building with its tranquil gardens and moving shrine is a credit to their dedicated care. Just remember though, as you sit and listen to the tale of the heroic men who defended liberty here as it is told with passion and vivid imagery by the red-waistcoated guides that history is written by the winners and deep in the core of the myths and legends that have grown up around the old stones of Mission San Antonio Valero there is the story of the Mexicans who were doing no more than defending their newly independent country's sovereignity over the land their forefathers had settled. Maybe one day they too wil have a monument erected here in their memory.
One thing I have noticed since Ive been back home is that San Antonio does have ALOT of crime! However, there are police everywhere downtown if you are staying there. Especially near Club Rive which is a great club too. If you are like me and like to venture outside of tourist areas, ask taxi cab drivers where to go outside of downtown if you dont know anyone and want to check out another place. They know for sure what areas to stay away from. Also, ask the police downtown too if you are staying in the area. Sometimes the concierge in the hotels dont give the best recommendations because alot of them arent from the downtown areas or they arent club goers. Now, I have heard negative reports about Graham Central Station and Club Rio.
People say the East and West sides of town are real bad. However, the news just reported last week that the North side had more rapes and burglaries this year than the West side. As with anywhere, be vigilant and smart about your decisions. The places I have mentioned on my San Antonio Nightclub section, I have gone to by myself at night and they have security or actual city police.
San Antonio is a great place for singles, couples and families alike. So much to do and see. The mexican culture adds so much to the city. Whether it's shopping, sight-seeing, food, etc. you're guarenteed to find something for everyone here. A Must Visit!
If U R staying here in San Antonio and your kids are in middle school,DON'T SEND THEM TO WHITTIER!!!!!!They have drug problems and fights,drug overdoses plus used condoms on the ground.I know,I go there.It Hell.
This is popular cliche you will see all over Texas.......huge Texas flags with gas stations,or even better car rental places....
It kind of represents what i thought of Texas,
like anywhere else though,positive and negative......their are some kick ass places in Texas.....you just gotta know where to look :P
There is a real danger that you won't ever want to leave this place. :))
As for dangers, I couldn't imagine there being too much danger here, but as anywhere in this world, keep a close eye on your purse/wallet/documents/cameras etc..
Somone ate too many chili peppers!
Where is the doctor?
This is the performance at Sea World in San Antonio. I just LOVE to see the whales. I am amazed at what they can do at such a weight.
The area surrounding the Riverwalk and the Alamo is not a good area. We were trying not to run over the passed out people with the stroller. Our six year old wondered why so many people were in the streets, We were also privy to a few scenes where the police had to break things up. This was about 8:30 pm, so we weren't out very late. Be careful when you are out and about.
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