Sometimes referred to as the American Venice, San Antonio’s River Walk will never disappoint you. Located in Downtown San Antonio, this area offers attractions, assistance, entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and hotels. The question is not what is there to do at the River Walk, but what doesn’t the River Walk have to offer locals and tourists alike.
The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is considered to be a city park. It offers over 2 miles of walkways and passes that will take you to many restaurants, shops, and other activities. A great way to start your time at the River Walk is to catch the Rio San Antonio Cruises’ boat tour. There are various places along the River Walk that you can procure tickets at and enjoy a wonderful 35-40 minute narrated tour on the San Antonio River. For only $7.75 for adults, $2.00 for children (ages 1-5), and $5.00 for senior citizens, active military, and Bexar County residents (with proper id), you can get a beautiful overview of the River Walk area.
There are events taking place year-round at the River Walk. For example, during the month of September, you can enjoy the Jazz’SAlive festival. You’ll have 2 days full of performances from local and regional talent, as well as performances by the nation’s top jazz entertainers. Best of all, this is a free event. If you are around the River Walk in November, you can catch the Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony. The day after Thanksgiving, the switch is flipped, lighting up the River Walk until New Year’s Day with beautiful Holiday lights. A quick search of the Internet will bring up a calendar of events so you are sure to never miss anything.
La Villita is the beautiful Historic Arts Village. This historic district stands as a monument to all the history that has passed through San Antonio’s first neighborhood. Today, many working artists live in this area, so you will find many shops and galleries where you can browse and purchase local works of art. There are four restaurants in La Villita where you can dine and enjoy the view after an intense day of shopping and leisurely walking through buildings that date from the 1800s through the early 1900s. This area is not far from the Hemisfair Park, with its Downtown All-Around Playground, so even the kids are sure to have fun.
The San Antonio Zoo is another attraction in the River Walk area that is sure to please the entire family. Not only can you spend your day getting to experience mammals, amphibians, birds, and reptiles, but you can also experience the San Antonio Zoo Eagle Miniature Train Ride. The train excursion will take you through the park and crosses the San Antonio River twice. For only $2.50 (ages 3-11) or $3.00 (ages 12+), free if you are part of the under 3 crowd, the train ride is among the favorites at the zoo. However, if you can’t wait to get some educational experiences in there for the kids, the zoo offers a plethora of programs and events that will be hands-on learning fun for all ages.
These are only a few of the activities that you find available to you when you head to the River Walk. An excursion to the River Walk can be as inexpensive or expensive as you would like it to be. There are many free events and activities and there are activities that have a cost. No matter what you decide to do, you will not be disappointed. The only problem is that you will not be able to enjoy everything in one trip, so as you are planning this trip, go ahead and plan your next trip to the River Walk too.