If you hear the name River Walk and have never been there, you might think
of a typical harbor side shopping area.
Make no mistake, The River Walk in San
Antonio, Texas is one-of-a-kind.
Take a little stroll with us through the
most beautifully landscaped 5-mile riverside walk that we have ever seen. Did
you know that The River Walk is actually a public park and is situated one-story below San Antonio’s city center?
It is open 365 days a year, which means
most of the restaurants, museums and
shops are open as well.
It’s an enchanting and very inviting
attraction with a variety of riverside
and restaurant aromas, colorful outdoor
table umbrellas and street musicians
playing a lively assortment of music in
the background. As we take one of the
stairways down to the River Walk level,
you might be surprised by what you see,
as it truly is a unique potpourri of old
and new, bustling and serene in all directions.
For an overview, hop on one of the
San Antonio riverboats and take a 30-60
minute tour. The area is steeped in his-
tory, just like the nearby Alamo. While
rolling on the river, you will hear a little
slice of history, as you pass The San An-
tonio Museum of Art, the depression-
era murals and the “lock and dam” (like
the Panama Canal), which is situated
downtown. You will also see the unusual
Arneson River Theater that has the stage
on one side and the theater seating on
the other side of the river for an excep-
tionally different experience.
Back on the sometimes twisting and
turning path leads us to some of our
favorite places to eat. Although there is
every type of dining experience available to tantalize your taste buds and in
all price ranges—even riverboat dinner
cruises—we always like to recommend
some of our local preferences.
Tex-Mex and Texas style BBQ are
the two most popular local flavors. Teka
Molina is a great place for starters and
although some might consider it a fast-
food restaurant, the food is even better
than the low prices. Grab a cornmeal
cup filled with refried beans or gua-
camole. Or, for a more upscale atmo-
sphere, try Boudro’s, a terrific bistro that
is loved by tourists and locals alike. The
fare is a distinct cross between south-
western and Texan and offers items like
smoked shrimp enchiladas and the blue
crab seacakes. Have fresh guacamole
prepared to order at your table while
sipping on a Prickly Pear Margarita or
a signature Bloody Mary.
Overall, The River Walk has that
“larger-than-life” scale that Texas offers,
as well as the affordability that you can’t
get in most popular areas of the country. It combines the old Art Deco style
with the new modern vibe in such a
harmonious way we doubt you will find
anything like this elsewhere.
Add to that the lovely annual climate that ranges from lows in the 40s
and highs in the 90s and you can see
why everyone who visits and lives there
confirms, San Antonio is a great place to
live and visit. I-L
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Strolling Down the River Walk in San Antonio