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Visiting the River Walk in San Antonio Texas

About the River Walk

The River Walk, also dubbed the “American Venice”, is one of the greatest attractions in Texas, USA. It is visited by millions of people from all over the world every year. It is situated one storey beneath the town in downtown San Antonio along the banks of the San Antonio River.

The entire stretch of River Walk is a breath-taking experience lined with shops, bars, hotels, attractions, and restaurants; there is something for everyone at the site.

If you want to experience a blend of native and modern American culture, River Walk offers it all. If you are here during Christmas, you will experience the magical Ford Holiday River Parade, a tradition that has been going on for over 30 years. This one hour parade features 1.8 million LED lights along the banks of the river, illuminated floats on the river, bands, celebrities and so much more.

Things to do at the River Walk San Antonio

Here are some of the things that you can enjoy doing at the River Walk San Antonio:

Boat Tour

You cannot visit the American Venice and fail to take a boat tour. You will be able to experience different sights and attractions up close along the River Walk stretch. Some of the sights to enjoy on the boat tour include: the Grotto, a cave-like structure built by a local artist; the statue of St. Anthony, the 2nd tallest tower in the United States; the Alamo, the longest courthouse in Texas; and so much more.


The entire River Walk stretch is lined with shops, but you can get a real shopping experience at the Rivercenter Mall. This is a 4-level shopping complex. It has over 100 shops, a hotel (Marriot hotel) and restaurants.

Located on the mall are also IMAX and AMC theatres where you can enjoy movies and shows. You can also enjoy local Mexican-themed shopping stores and other local stores all over and along the river bank.


The night life along River Walk is vibrant and entertaining. You can enjoy live music at joints such as Howl at the Moon and also at the outdoor theatres. Other places to enjoy night life along River Walk include: BierGarten, El Luchador Bar, Jazz Texas, MadDogs, Naked Iguana Tequila Bar, Barriba Cantina, Esquire Tavern and so many more.


If you are looking for a place to dine, there are a wide variety of restaurants to choose from along River Walk. You’ll find fine dining and casual dining establishments to suit your needs. There are also different cuisines to choose from, including Italian, American, Continental, Asian, Bar-B-Q, Mexican, Seafood and so much more.

Some of the restaurants to enjoy dining along River Walk include: Barriba Cantina, Acenar, Dick’s Last Resort, The South Bank, Boudro’s Texas Bistro, Bella on the River, Biga on the Banks, Café Ole and Casa Rio amongst others.


The site has attractions for both kids and adults. You’ll find the Aztec Theatre, Pearl Brewery, La Villita Historic Arts Village, Historic Market Square, Six Flags, Battle for Texas, St. Anthony Hotel and so many others.

Being a stretch of over 2.5 miles, River Walk offers so much to do in one region to keep you entertained. Whether you are looking for just a day of fun or a comprehensive touring experience over several days, there’s something for everyone.

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