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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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  • Touted as a major San Antonio attraction, our reaction was a little "so what"? I guess it's the distance from the sea that makes this winding waterway popular with tourists being ferried round, and ea...  more »
  • The Riverwalk is a very nicely styled and maintained outdoor attraction. It contained many restaurants and bars with a lively atmosphere yet quaint locations for couples and families. 
  • I also heard about the River Walk and just thought it was going to be a little river running through the city. Boy, was I wrong. It is about an hour trip in a river boat which is under the shopping ce...  more »
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  • A gazillion pics only do a decent job of capturing the ambiance of the River Walk. Technically, the River Walk stretches for miles throughout San Antonio, but the heart is downtown where the river makes a complete circuit (a loop roughly three blocks by three blocks). If visiting the area, I would highly recommend walking the loop (or a portion at minimum). Though in the middle of downtown, the walker is somewhat removed from the city and taken to an enchanted labyrinth of walkways on both sides of the river and crossing several times. There is a good variety as some stretches feel like Venice and others feel like the Amazon. Additionally, there are more secluded, relaxed areas while other areas are crowded with touristy restaurants and shops. Overall, I highly recommend visiting.
  • Certainly, and easily, one of the, if not THE #1 spot to visit if you've never been to San Antonio. Surrounding this River Walk are markets, stores, restaurants, brew houses, museums and other historical sites, as well as being a nightlife hot spot. FUN POINTER:... As long as you don't stroll up to the street level and stay on the river walk path, you can enjoy any of your favorite alcoholic beverages along the river, so grab yourself your favorite elixir and enjoy yourself a long stroll!!!
  • On some level the River walk reminds me of a Disney attraction - but I love it. Lush, green and beautiful it has a distinct Texas - Spanish flavor. Wedged between the Streets of San Antonio Businesses on either side and down it's full length it has some shops and many restaurants and bars along the way. During our two day stay we enjoyed sitting along the river each evening while we ate dinner and watched boats drift by. Little ducks to, of course. I absolutely love the high-arched bridges, tall old trees and pretty gardened edges.
  • Absolutely loved the river walk! Tons of restaurants, shopping, and people watching. It was not crowded at all and is pet friendly. Some of the restaurants even have a pet menu. The barge tour was informational and comical. There are multiple parking lots and garages nearby. The river walk itself is not that big, but they do have water taxis should you need one. Its open 24 hours.…go during the day and at night to get both experiences. Can't wait to visit again.
  • No matter how many times I visit SA, I always talk a stroll along the River Walk. Winter, Summer, Spring, Fall; it's always beautifully decorated, there is always something going on and the ambience gets you in the spirit. I have been fortunate to visit SA for St. Patricks day, they dyed the river GREEN! and all the bars and pubs were decorated accordingly. At Christmas, every tree is lit, the carols are playing and it's like a winter wonderland, void of snow. Summer is best if you are taking a river boat tour. This is an experience in and of itself and a great history lesson for all ages and in the fall, the weather in SA can't be beat.