San Antonio River

Tourists and natives mingle along its tree-lined concrete walkways far below the fantastical jumble of the downtown skyline.
San Antonio River
San Antonio River
Illustration by Carl DeTorres

Section The San Antonio River Walk
Difficulty Effortless
Length and duration 2.5 miles, 35 minutes
Resources Rio San Antonio Cruises
Reward yourself Savor the enchiladas and margaritas at Casa Rio, the first restaurant built on the River Walk.

 


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There’s no place else in the world like San Antonio, a city where the strata of history, from the missions to the Alamodome, butt up against one another at odd angles like objects in a Picasso. Think of the River Walk as the thread that holds it all together. Tourists and natives mingle along its tree-lined concrete walkways far below the fantastical jumble of the downtown skyline, eyeing the array of Texas culinary culture on offer. Better still is the river cruise; your guide’s narration will make some sense of this weird mix of edifices. You’ll learn how the River Walk was created, what was removed to make way for it, and everything you’d want to know about the buildings—and even the trees—to be found along the way.

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