The Famous River Walk in San Antonio, Texas

 Riverwalk Have you ever been to the River Walk in San Antonio? I had heard of this place for many years but had never been to that part of Texas. Finally we made it to the San Antonio area and it was on the top of our to-do list. I will share our visit in a minute, but for those who haven’t been, or don’t know much about the River Walk, here is a little bit of history and information.  River Walk 2 According to the Riverwalk page, the Paseo del Rio, aka the River Walk, is a network of walkways one story beneath the streets of Downtown San Antonio. It runs along the banks of the San Antonio River and is lined by bars, shops, and restaurants. Today the River Walk is an important part of the city’s urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right. It loops  under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with aforementioned restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Alamo to Rivercenter Mall, to the Arneson River Theatre, to Marriage Island, to La Villita, to HemisFair Park, to the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Pearl Brewery.

River Walk 4We got there and saw a bunch of people on these bool looking river boats that we just had to do, lol. We got our tickets and walked around a little before taking our tour.  We weren’t in a big hurry and there was so much to see. It was quite amazing.

 Eventually we boarded the boat and headed down the river for our 35 minute ride which covers about 1 ½ miles of the beautiful San Antonio River Walk.  While we cruised our tour guide shared a lot of history about the River Walk as well as the San Antonio area. While on the tour we saw the Lila Cockrell Theater,  many hotels including the Hyatt Regency, and too many restaurants to count.  One really caught our attention, Rita’s, and we decided to head there after the tour. We had such a nice time and the guide was very friendly and answered several questions Gene asked him.  We would highly recommend this tour when you are in the area.

River Walk - RitasLike I said, we decided to have dinner at Rita’s and slowly made our way there. It was so nice just walking around and listening to some mariachi’s playing music.  Maybe it was because we were on vacation, but it seemed so relaxing.  Rita’s was right on the water and we were lucky enough to get a table right near the lake. It was incredible.  Our server was very and made sure we had a wonderful experience. The food was fine, but the only thing our server couldn’t fix or change was the spiciness of the food.  We were both quite disappointed in our first Tex-Mex experience.  I do like a lot of spiciness, but I was hoping for a little more heat since it was Tex-Mex. Sadly it was dimmed down most likely for all the tourist. We asked the server if it could be hotter, and he said it was as hot as it comes 🙁 Gene was really disappointed because he really likes spicy food.  Oh well. I do have to say the black beans were some of the best I have ever tasted. Kudos to that. River Walk 3After dinner we walked around and just soaked up more of the entertaining atmosphere that is the River Walk. If you are in the area, it is definitely something you should spend some time visiting and walking around this amazing area that is now a Texas tourist attraction.


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5 comments on “The Famous River Walk in San Antonio, Texas
  1. Hi Stefanie, thanks for the comment. Glad you had a good time on the cruise. We really enjoyed it a lot too. Would love to see it all decked out for Christmas. Maybe sometime in the future. Thanks again

  2. My husband is visiting San Antonio right now! I haven’t been in a few years but really loved the Riverwalk area— the river cruise was a lot of fun!

  3. Hi Tina, thanks for the comment and information about it being drained in January. That would be so disappointing if you weren’t aware and wanted to do a boat tour. Thanks again and please say thank you to “A” for his service!

  4. Loved the River Walk. We visited it when our son graduated fro the Air Force academy. It was during the winter months but it was a beautiful day. Word to the wise though, the first time we tried to ride, it was drained. Once a year in January they drain it for the annual Mud Festival. This is when they clean the accumulated mud from the canal. If you plan on visiting in January, check when the Mud Festival is going to be. We still enjoyed walking around the shops.

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