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The San Antonio River Walk, San Antonio

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A network of walkways along the San Antonio River, The San Antonio River Walk winds its way under a series of bridges. Lined with bars, restaurants, and shops, the walkways offer a different perspective of the city, away from the traffic buzzing one level above. You can explore most of the city's main tourist attractions by following this network of pedestrian-friendly sidewalks--without having to worry about parking or getting stuck in commuter traffic. In many sections, no safety fences separate the sidewalks from the water, so be cautious, especially with small children. Take a look at our San Antonio vacation planner to schedule your visit to The San Antonio River Walk and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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To be at the heart of San Antonio's buzzing atmosphere and attractions, stay along the city's River Walk. Lined with hotels of all levels, the area is known for excellent dining and nightlife, and is close to all of the city's main sights. While this area tends to be pricier than other neighborhoods, it is the best option for those traveling without a car who want to take full advantage of their vacation time in San Antonio. For a more rustic experience, venture outside of the city limits to stay at one of the old-world guest ranches that dot the beautiful countryside.
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  • The Riverwalk is nicely landscaped and very well set-up, and it extends well beyond areas with restaurants, so you can walk it for a good distance if you want. Tour boats are often full and I'm sure t...  more »
  • The River Walk is a wonderful place to do some people watching, eat some delicious meals, or just get a good walk in. If you are walking to a destination, like the mall near the end of the River Walk,...  more »
  • Most of the River walk was under construction or blocked off while visiting. It appears as thought they may be revitalizing the area. Otherwise it is a nice walk to get out and move about the city!  more »
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  • Such a lovely part of San Antoni! I was surprised with a date night here while visiting my sister and her husband. They watched the baby so my hubby and I could go down to the river walk and it was perfect. The area is very well taken care of and you can tell somebody really pays attention to presentation and preservation.
  • Absolutely love the river walk. Lots of shopping and places go eat. Great for the family. Night Time is a totally different environment. Homeless people begging for change, creepy people walking around with hoods on during a 80° night. And lots of drunks, not the happy go lucky type but the have a problem type drunk. Wouldn't recommend taking your kids out passed 10pm on the walk. Do not take cash or carry valuables just to be safe. Stay in the populated areas and you'll have a great time. Wonder off and I guess you're rolling the dice so to speak.
  • One of my favorite places to visit in the States. The River Walk is a historic venue that winds it's way through downtown San Antonio via canals, including paths that walk along (and through!) hotels, restaurants, and convention spaces. This was a public works project in the early 1900's and you just don't find government spending like this anymore. There is a ton of public art (the mosaics are exceptional), and the River Walk paths are filled with restaurants, shopping, and beautiful gardens. There are canal tours via boat that are cheap and I highly recommend everyone partake to better understand the history of the American southwest.
  • The San Antonio River Walk is probably the best thing that San Antonio has to offer. It has lots of bars and restaurants in one place and then if you go further south it is very scenic and quiet. When I lived down there I would run on the River Walk every day. The best part of the River Walk is the wild life. A trip to the River Walk is like a trip to the public zoo. There is a really cool tree in South Town near Halcyon where these really beautiful birds sleep in at night. There is a light that shines on the tree at night lighting up the white birds and it looks like white Christmas lights. If you ever come to San Antonio, this is a place that you must go to!
  • Great place to visit and have a great time. A little something for everyone. The boat tour is great for history buffs and a good way to see everything before you walk around aimlessly. Everyone there is having a great time so meeting new people is a breeze.