If you’re visiting the San Antonio, Texas area, the River Walk is someplace you need to experience. It’s a beautiful city park alongside the San Antonio River. It’s lined with cobblestone streets, rows of colorful umbrellas, lively restaurants, shops and more.
In this post, you will discover rich history, boat rides on the water, Mexican cuisine, and why San Antonio is one of the top must-sees in all of Texas.
This gorgeous outdoor oasis is surrounded by the San Antonio River. Some people have referred to River Walk as the American Venice. You know- just replace the European feel with more of an Old Mexican-meets-Wild West one. But, the views of the water are equally spectacular. Walk around and enjoy the shops and restaurants lined around the water. Or for a unique view of the downtown area, book a boat tour and experience a relaxing narrated cruise.
The views don’t stop there. Once you’re back on land, take a stroll (and a selfie) through the Museum Reach area. All of River Walk is about 15 miles long. And this particular portion is a 1.33-mile extension of that which features visual and aural works of art, gorgeous landscapes and pedestrian access to the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Are enchiladas and margaritas calling out for you? Or maybe it’s tacos and tequila? Whatever the case may be- if you’re hankering for some authentic Mexican cuisine there are several stops at the River Walk. (And even some Tex-Mex options.) Grab a plate Enchilada’s on the walk at Boudro’s. Or celebrate Taco Tuesday at Rosario’s Mexican Cafe Y Cantina. And whatever you do, don’t miss out on flan from Cascabel Mexican Patio.
Boudro’s On the River Walk
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Cascabel Mexican Patio
Rosario’s Mexican Cafe Y Cantina
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Aztec on the River
If you’re tired of walking and shopping, change gears and buy tickets for a show at Aztec on the River. This historic 1926 movie palace has been meticulously restored, complete with a Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ.
Visiting around the holidays makes for an extra memorable vacation. On St. Patricks Day, the San Antonio River is a sight to see. The city dyes the entire River Green. And during Thanksgiving/Christmas time, you can participate in the annual Ford Holiday River Parade which features an impressive display of lights and floats. It’s a celebration that has been going on for nearly 4 decades.
Howl at the Moon
Adults, if you’re in search of the nightlife scene, grab a date, or your group of friends, and gather round. Howl at the Moon is a riveting dueling piano bar with alcoholic drinks, a full menu, and an excellent time.
True, there are a variety of shops along the water. But, if it’s a bigger department store name you’re after, or you just need a reprieve from the outdoor heat, the Rivercenter Mall has you covered. There is plenty to do in the four-story building. Including, watching a movie inside of the IMAX theatre. If you’re planning to see The Alamo during your visit, it’s a good idea to watch the featured 3D movie about its history as a precursor to your time there.
Do you remember the Alamo? Visit the Alamo Mission and pay your respects to those who lost their lives. In 1836, Texas was a part of Mexico when the famous battle at the Alamo happened. A group of about 600 Texan revolutionaries occupied the Alamo when they were attacked by General Santa Anna and his thousands of soldiers. Some famous Americans such as Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie died in the battle.
Texas revolutionaries bravely held out for 13 days before being overpowered and slaughtered by the Mexican army. After this battle, the Texan revolutionaries rallied, defeated Santa Anna (and Mexico), became a republic, and then joined the United States. Admission is free, but you can pay for a private tour.