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12 Things To Do On The San Antonio River Walk, TX

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Is there anything better than river walks surrounded by lush landscapes and cypress-line paths (and vibrant city life) on a balmy evening?

Welcome to the legendary San Antonio River Walk, also known as the Paseo del Rio; a 15-mile oasis in the heart of a hot Texas city.

The San Antonio River Walk is what will turn your impression of America’s seventh largest city from a heaving metropolis image into scenes of memorable wows.

Not only is it peaceful, but there are so many things to do on the San Antonio River Walk.

I feel so tranquil just reliving the River Walk through these photos. Our trip to San Antonio was short, with the intention of taking my Dad to see the Alamo, which was a lifelong dream of his.

We did however, have time to explore the River Walk.

It’s a place I will always go back to whenever I’m in the city. After every visit, I discover more amazing things to do in San Antonio, including exploring nearby Texas Hill Country.

In this guide, I will reveal to you all the best attractions on the San Antonio Riverwalk so you can make the most of your visit.

Where is The River Walk in San Antonio?

kalyra wlaking on the San Antonio River Walk

It begins at the University of Incarnate Word College, just 4 miles north of the city, and flows through approximately 5-miles of downtown San Antonio before eventually joining the Guadalupe River and flows all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s divided into three sections: The Downtown Reach, The Museum Reach, and the Mission Reach. The entire length of the Riverwalk is 15 miles.

Attractions in Downtown Reach of the San Antonio River Walk

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The downtown area is the most popular part of the Riverwalk since it’s so close to some of the other main attractions in San Antonio.

Below are some of the best things to do in downtown San Antonio Riverwalk.

1. Walk Along The Riverwalk Path

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The San Antonio River Walk has been named by some as the American Venice. But instead of old world European charm, it has the sights, sounds and flavors of Native America, Old Mexico and the Wild West.

A little more raw and edgy than Venice.

Brightly colored umbrellas line the banks of the San Antonio River, as diners and merrymakers sit at tables underneath relishing in the festive spirit.

boat going under stone bridge

Colorful, (and brightly lit at night), barges pass under arched stone bridges, which help you move from one side of the river to explore the…

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