San Antonio River Walk
San Antonio River Walk
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Also known as Paseo del Rio, this 15-mile-long river walk is a must-do in San Antonio. Opt for a self-guided walking or bike tour of the riverside paths, lined with beautiful cypress trees, shops, museums, hotels and of course, Tex-Mex restaurants. But one of the best ways to experience the River Walk is on a hop-on, hop-off cruise, which glides past iconic spots like the Arneson River Theatre, Marriage Island, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Visit during festivals and holidays like St Patrick's Day and Christmas for exciting river parades and spectacular light illuminations. – Tripadvisor
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  • Brian S
    519 contributions
    Don't miss this
    Riverwalk is quite an experience but after doing it a couple of times its pretty much gift shops and restaurants the whole way. The boat tour we did twice- once during the day and again at night- expensive. its quite clean and well maintained, a gem for the city.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 28, 2023
  • LT_Dallas
    329 contributions
    Ideal tourist spot
    San Antonio Riverwalk is a must for tourists. It is safe and fun with lots to do. There is fantastic Mexican food, live entertainment, the river cruise, drinks and ice cream. Yes, there are a few homeless that wander around, but the majority are just people wandering and having a good time.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 1, 2023
  • starketcher
    Pendleton, South Carolina342 contributions
    Cool place
    The riverwalk is the basis for all San Antonio tourism. We were there 2 days. The first day was warm and pretty & tons of people. The next day is was occasional sprinkles & cooler. We had the place to ourselves! I saw maybe 10 other people that day. Don’t miss the craftsman area there!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 1, 2023
  • ED-THERESA S
    Steinbach, Canada331 contributions
    GREAT RIVERWALK
    This is a great riverwalk. it is so scenic and relaxing.so many restaurants and shops . it is amazing that one is in a big city as it feels like the city is so far away. the best way to see the riverwalk and the museum reach is a a shuttle boat. it takes one everywhere and one can hop on and hop off almost anywhere. a must see in do when in San Antonio.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 1, 2023
  • reklaw
    Indiana7 contributions
    A peaceful and beautiful place to visit
    It was absolutely beautiful. The weather was great and going during the week helps with tourist and congestion. It was easy to access local shops and restaurants. I was told that it was even better pre-covid. The tourism took a negative turn when everything shut down.
    Visited April 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 2, 2023
  • Jrtm2014
    Seattle, Washington286 contributions
    Good for two days
    The Riverwalk is a fun day activity. If you like malls, you could make it two days it's very pretty and there are a number of really good restaurants lining the river. You can take respect, carriage, rides, walking tours, and ghost tours.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 4, 2023
  • lithlith
    884 contributions
    RiverWalk
    The San Antonio Riverwalk is great! It's perfect for strolling, shopping, dining, and people watching. It's a little break from the city and just a level down from street level. No need for a boat tour...if you walk along the riverwalk there are so many boat tours that you'll be able to listen to the commentary along the way. There are many bridges along the way to cross over as well as stairs to get back to street level through out. The only thing I wasn't expecting was that the river is literally right there, no guardrails, so just be careful with small children or drunken adults.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Boo913
    Hawkins, Texas644 contributions
    Beautiful and festive
    This is my fourth time at the Riverwalk during Christmas time and it is always a bright and festive time with the flowing stream of lights dangling from the trees illuminating the river. Magical actually! Plenty to do, lots to drink and delicious restaurants!
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 8, 2023
  • Baggiecat
    158 contributions
    A real people place
    We enjoyed the Riverwalk-it is pretty and very active… it is also very crowded, so just be ready for that. I would also suggest that if you have young children, hang on to them as much of the walk does not have a rail of any kind. It about a 4 foot drop down to the water and the walkways are about 6 feet wide. We were told that about 150 people a year do fall in-so just be mindful of your feet.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 15, 2023
  • Deborah B
    1 contribution
    Great hotel, great location, Wonderful employees, particularly Tadeo
    I just want to give a huge shout-out to Tadeo at the concierge desk who was such an awesome employee. He went over and beyond service when he helped us with our tire that was very low when it was retrieved from valet parking. Not only did he help us with our car but he went and got his personal Air Supply machine and inflated our tire so that we could get to a tire store to have it serviced before we started our journey home. Not only that, he would not accept an extra tip I was trying to give him for his kindness. When a person is in a strange city, it is even more meaningful to find a person like Tadeo who treats you like family. I cannot say enough about how much we appreciate this wonderful employee of San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk hotel. Tadeo is the best and San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk is lucky to have him on their staff!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 17, 2023
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MaryEllenM27
Kalispell, MT17,949 contributions
Dec 2019
This was quite a nice way and area. You can float around the river ways of central San Antonio on some nice passenger barges for a small fee. You learn a bit about the area the building of the River Walk, and admire the landscaping along the walk and the huge buildings. Some are old, historic and architecturally interesting...some much more modern. Along the way we saw all kinds of riverwalk cafes and even some live musical groups. After the River Walk boat tour you can get off and meander the River Walk pathways lining the canals. You can visit Las Velitas, an arts section as well as leave the river and easily walk into the main area of SA or even over to visit the Alamo. The area is very nicely landscaped and maintained.
Written January 7, 2020
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Veronica T
56 contributions
Dec 2019
Have to admit I wasnt expecting much, but was blown away. A natural river winding through the city, accompanied in the most beautiful way by overhanging trees, eateries and an amazing atmosphere. The perfect place to sit and dine all day. Took one of the tourist narrated boat cruises that winds through the river walk, highly recommend. Would return to San Antonio just for this.
Written January 22, 2020
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Patticakes50
Jackson, WY19 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
First time in San Antonio. River walk is a happening place. So glad we bought tickets for the boat tour at the river walk, it was more expensive on line. We went early when it was less crowded and enjoyed the 30 minute boat tour. Sort of disappointed, we thought the ride would be longer and could see more of the river and downtown. You only need to do this once, or would skip if ever return. A lot of places to eat and shop along the river walk, very touristy. Went to the Alamo in afternoon and it was super crowded, go early to avoid crowds. The outdoor presentation was great and well worth the 30 minutes. Beautiful grounds and right downtown. Definitely know what is happening local before you go, live shows, ballet, and concerts happening right downtown.
Written February 22, 2020
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Travelaandd
Loveland, CO331 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
First time here and the river walk is very pretty. Unfortunately really crowded at night. We enjoyed walking it during the day. And the lights are beautiful at night but we didn’t spend much time there as the crowds were just too much to feel comfortable during Covid. I wouldn’t recommend eating at a river side restaurant at night unless you don’t mind people all around you.
Written January 19, 2021
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Tiffany A
Opp, AL1,875 contributions
Jul 2021
If you haven't been to a place for 39 years, you expect things to have changed somewhat, but with beautiful optimism, you hope the essence is preserved amid the "progress."

Sadly, I am unable to report that the riverwalk of San Antonio is still as charming and lovely as it was 4 decades ago. Not even in the same league. I know, few things are, I'm not really surprised. If you have cherished memories of this place, and want to re-live or share them, please reconsider.

The current state of affairs is that the riverwalk is dirty, too crowded to enjoy, eat, shop, see anything for fear of bumping people or falling into the river, being pick-pocketed, stepping in/on something disgusting, etc... trash floating in the disgusting looking river, hardly any landscaping anywhere, the ugliest boats possible chosen for tours.

The restaurants can't or won't open all of their seating, and so many of them were not bothering to dry the wet outdoor seating at all from a rain that had happened a couple of hours earlier - on an extremely crowded Saturday night. The buildings are still charming, and the musicians performing for diners are priceless, but an apathetic pall hangs over this place.

And for the privilege of parking 3 blocks away from this, you get to pay $25 for less than 3 hours
Written July 18, 2021
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Erin A
Albuquerque, NM17 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Noticeably disappointing. Unless you are there to drink and walk around, pay way too much for everything, and eat gross food, I would skip it. Looked trashy, smelled horrible, and the restaurants were terrible and overpriced. I suggest- do the riverboat ride, then leave ( if you are willing to pay the crazy $15 parking)
Written February 15, 2020
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Tim J
Brookline, MA441 contributions
Oct 2021
The Riverwalk was an odd experience. On the one hand, the pathway cut into the earth is well maintained and grants you access to a bevy of restaurants, museums and arts villages acting as an artery for downtown San Antonio. I spent long stretches of my time in the city, when not at the Alamo or Buckhorn Saloon, seeing where this would take me and was rarely disappointed. If you want to take a River Walk cruise I'd recommend waiting for later in the afternoon/evening as the lit-up areas do provide a certain ambiance that I image looks far more impressive from the water out. If you are at any point confused in where you are going there are several map areas that you can utilize to locate your position and determine your next course of action.

I'd recommend making your way to La Villita and the San Antonio Museum of Art, especially the restaurant at the SAMS Tre Trattoria who make the Nutella X3 which was rated as the best dessert in San Antonio while we were there. If you want to stick closer to where the Alamo is the Rainforest Cafe is one of the most unique bars/restaurants I've eaten at in recent memory and is an experience worth having on a random Friday/Saturday night. If you're worried about it being handicap accessible, there are ramps you can use at various points to descend to the River Walk and we did see a few people in w/c or other assistive devices enjoying the River Walk with us.

The one negative is the water itself. I've seen a lot of riverways (Providence, RI for one) and this is the first where the lime green water looks nearly fake or at least heavily treated. I get why, it doesn't tend to move much meaning bacteria, algae and other undesirable pathogens can accumulate making it necessary to keep clean. It smells clearly chlorinated on warm days, I can imagine that smell becomes more potent on hot days. If you are sensitive to that you may way to stay at street level or limit your time in the River Walk itself.
Written April 9, 2022
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ttiottn1
Ohio360 contributions
Apr 2022
After visiting the Alamo on a rainy Monday morning, we did the river walk in the afternoon. It was cool (only 65-70 deg) with off and on rain all day, sometimes heavy but we wore our raincoats and were able to stay warm & dry by ducking into buildings or under bridges when it really poured. It was not crowded at all with plenty of time to meander the walk and shop the stores. The river boats were NOT running so unable to do that. But I would recommend the river walk when in San Antonio even if you are just enjoying the ambiance. Tip: Park at the city owned Houston Street parking garage for a max charge of $10 for the day; it felt safe and was near the river walk.
Written May 5, 2022
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Sam p
The Colony, TX21 contributions
Apr 2022
To the City of San Antonio ! Get Public Parking under control. It's ridiculous to charge 40 dollars for parking only for couple hours of stay. Just couple days ago a party of us 5 people decided to visit the river walk near the Alamo plaza so we go there around 8pm. No people on site all public parking are auto pay no security or a parking attendant no lights just a lot of hooded characters walking around looking suspicious. I've tried one machine and they wanted 40 dollars next parking over said 5 dollars on the sign but when I placed my credit card it was charging 10 dollars per hour. Now let me see we were going to spend over 3 hours having dinner and a walk and parking should have been the last thing to worry but no no...we had to pay extortion rates to park in your city. That's what I call gauging big time and the city is culpable. San Antonio your city needs to do better otherwise you will have a lot of people pissed off. Personally I am not coming back and so are the others with me it's not fun anymore or safe.
Written April 16, 2022
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karen m
Eureka, IL401 contributions
Feb 2020
The Riverwalk is a great way to spend some time whether you want peace and quiet or action! The main Riverwalk where all the restaurants and hotels are is busy, fun and engaging! Many great restaurants-all kinds! Ice cream places and small shops. We stayed on the Riverwalk and it was so much fun! And from the Riverwalk we walked downtown (about 5 miles) which led to quiet, beautiful art filled areas, flowers, etc. Alot of art along the way. The path was in excellent shape and very, very clean. We saw no homeless once we left the downtown area. You can walk from the Riverwalk all the way down to the Pearl which is also a fun place.
Written March 3, 2020
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