The river goes back to the city’s very origins and continues to be San Antonio’s star attraction. A three-mile stretch along the river, the River Walk is actually a public park below street level—open 365 days of the year—with luxury hotels, upscale restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops, and historical attractions built along the banks of the river. While it is a huge draw for tourists, locals also frequent the River Walk for its restaurants and nightlife. Once you arrive at the River Walk, you can move from one venue to another on the cobblestone footpaths or—even more fun—by river taxis, which run from 9am to 9pm and stop at 39 locations along the river. Tickets can be purchased from hotels, onboard the taxis or online. (A 24-hour pass is $10 with other options available.) The 35-minute narrated cruise of the river, available through Rio San Antonio Cruises, lets you see the River Walk from a different vantage point. The River Walk is particularly magical at night when the outdoor lights come on and are reflected off the water. A $279-million expansion project currently underway will increase the River Walk from three miles to 13 miles, and by 2014 extend south to the Spanish Missions. Go to the River Walk website to download maps of the River Walk or to view a digital copy of Rio, the official magazine of the River Walk.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Attractions & Landmarks, Sports and the Outdoors