River Walk

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San Antonio, Texas

River Walk San Antonio Reviews

mdfehmel mdfehmel
233 reviews
The River Walk, San Antonio, TX - USA Nov 09, 2012
When my wife and I were trying to decide to go on a brief vacation this year, we wanted to go to a place that was oriented towards adults since, for once, we would be traveling without my 2 young kids. We came up with New Orleans, but due to Hurricane Irene, we quickly changed plans to another great city - San Antonio, TX. We had never been, but had always heard glaring reviews from other people who had. The main draw to the city - The River Walk, a water level (below street level) walking path littered with shops, restaurants, and hotels. Although the main concentration of the River Walk is about 1.5 miles across a giant horseshoe, the main body of the San Antonio River goes on for miles through different neighborhoods and districts of the city. Outside of the main "strip" for lack of a better word, there are no attractions, although the city does maintain the paths which make for fantastic running trails. From what I could see, biking was not permitted although I saw a couple bad-boys breaking the rules. Even within the 1.5 mile strip of businesses, there are enough restaurants to allow you to dine in a different establishment every night for at least 2 weeks. There are an equal amount of bars, although most of the shopping in the city is at the street level. All of the big hotel companies are represented on the River Walk to include Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott. See my separate review on the Marriott San Antonio River Walk. Of course, how can one talk about The River Walk without talking about the river boat tours that operate on the river day and night. Although very touristy, I actually enjoyed the tidbits of local custom and history that you learn while on board. Prices are fair and boats run constantly. Day rides are nice because you can see everything, but it can be very hot. Night cruises will be more comfortable, although it does get quite muggy since there isn't a whole lot of air movement below street level. However, the River Walk is very beautiful at night. All in all, I was pleased with our last second diversion to San Antonio and the River Walk had about 80% to do with that. Highly recommended if you have never seen it.
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WanderingintheWorld Wanderin…
4 reviews
River walk is Nice at Night - Be Warned the River is Dirty and Smells Sometimes Jul 12, 2012
The best way to discover all the good things in SA is to do a walk along the river. You'll see Downtown, the Alamo, River Walk Shopping Center, La Villitas, City Hall, theaters, Fernando Cathedrale, Market Square, parks, etc.

The best way to discover all the good things in SA is to do a walk along the river. You'll see Downtown, the Alamo, River Walk Shopping Center, La Villitas, City Hall, theaters, Fernando Cathedrale, Market Square, parks, etc.
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Nair2011 Nair2011
246 reviews
Walk next to natural river May 21, 2011
San Antonio river walk is a nice place to spend the evening with family and friends. Weekends this place host some shows too like Mexican cultural dances to watch.

Boats are available for a small fee to take the ride in the water. This place looks awesome in night.

Many bridges are there to cross over the river to access restaurants both the sides.

This place has all good restaurants. Mexican, Sea food, Italian and almost all Internations cuisines are available. Also nice desserts. I like the crabs place next to dicks restaurant. While eating food all the people who serve food will dance together to entertain the visitors.

Also many river walk facing hotels are there to make your stay more memorable in San Antonio. One of the places I recommend to all visitors of San Antonio for evening walk and their dinner.
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spocklogic says:
I visited here in 2003. I was attending a conference, so had a nice hotel with a back door right to the River Walk. This is a great place to go for lunch or stroll around after dinner. The food is great too most places, with an international variety and local cuisine too. I like this place better than the Alamo!
Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
hawkeyes1981 hawkeyes…
1 reviews
river walk Apr 17, 2011
The river walk is amazing I have never seen anything like it. They have shops and restaurants all along a river with bridges to cross if you make it there this is a must see. It's almost like a mall with a river that runs the length of it. One of the coolest. Things I have seen
tststfanty tststfan…
1 reviews
River Walk, San Antoni, TX, USA Apr 07, 2011
This is a "must" see if around these parts of the USA. The boat rides are a little expensive but it provides a different perspective and some background information from the boat operator. In terms of cost, the river-walk itself is free, but you can spend as much or as little on the surrounding businesses and attractions.
jofustx jofustx
35 reviews
RIVERWALK May 02, 2008
A winding wonderland beneath the bridges and streets of downtown San Antonio, bordered with stone paths and lush tropical gardens of ferns, fan palms, nandina, cycads and papyrus, the 2.5-mile San Antonio Riverwalk is lined with first-class hotels and restaurants. Locals stroll its length during contemplative morning walks and jogs. Couples enjoy the umbrella-shaded sidewalk cafe tables in the evenings. And both the young and young at heart spend weekend nights whooping it up at the many lively nightspots as the hours reach the single digits. "If you miss the River Walk, you've missed San Antonio," a San Antonian advises.

This is a wonderful place to shop and find very traditional foods. I attempt to visit this area every time I am in town! I see it all the time when I am by the Rivercenter Mall or by some of the other attractions in the area.

San Antonio is a tremendous place to really gather a large portion of Texas' history!
X_Drive X_Drive
837 reviews
Very touristy, but a great place to stroll Apr 16, 2008
San Antonio’s River walk is something special. It extends throughout much of the downtown area, but in the mile or so I got to see I was treated to some beautiful, peaceful and relaxing things, even if there were many people strolling, eating and drinking. As you stroll through this very upscale and touristy walk the wide paths on both sides of the river are lined with eateries with colorful umbrellas, bars and shops. The landscaping has not been forgotten and the are many ferns, trees and flowers. And at night the experience is totally different.

I had the chance to see both and believe me you will enjoy the stroll at night even more than the daytime. The evening lighting is wonderful.

If strolling isn’t your cup of tea you can take a leisurely cruise down the river in a slow boat for a price. If you do stop to eat or drink expect to pay a handsome price, but if money is no object, you will enjoy the view.

So close to the Alamo, this is the second must see of the city.
elle-mo says:
awwww, the river walk! yay! the BEST time to come to the riverwalk is, imho, christmas time! the friday night after thanksgiving, the mayor throw the switch in alamo plaza (in front of, you guessed it, the alamo!) and a huge christmas tree lights up there in the plaza, and zillions of colored lights light up all over miles and miles of the riverwalk. it is truly spectacular! the best restaurant to enjoy all this is definitely casa rio... the most famous restaurant on the riverwalk! the wait is long, but the food is great. oh, an outside table is a must (so you can feed bits of tortilla to the fish and wave at everybody passing by on the river barges)! some restaurants even have river barge dinner cruises which are great fun! oh, and during christmas, various youth groups and church choirs will go caroling on the barges. beautiful christmas lights and all your favorite christmas songs echoing off the historic buildings and arched, stone bridges makes for quite the christmas memory (and for many warm fuzzies)!
Posted on: Jun 28, 2008
andrewcsikes andrewcs…
19 reviews
May 07, 2006
The River Walk is a must see if you visit San Antonio. The experiance is wonderful. There are lots of thing s to do. You can shop, eat at the wonderful restaurants, or take a tour along the riveron boarda river boat.
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