Hello, everyone! We want to introduce another amazing place to visit in our beloved San Antonio. The San Antonio River Walk is called the American version of the Venice Grand Canal. It is also called Paseo del Rio or simply River Walk. The River Walk is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River lined by bars, shops, restaurants, nature and public art. Situated one story beneath the streets of San Antonio, the River Walk is a big tourist attraction and a must-see when visiting Texas.
According to its website, it all began in 1536 when Alex Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca visited Texas and describes the River to his people. Then in 1792, when San when the missions in San Antonio were closed down, the growing population of San Antonio made steps to control the flooding in the area. This made commercial development along the river possible. On June 28, 1929, Robert H. Hugman presents his plan for “The Shops of Romula and Aragon” to the city but the Depression prevents further expenditures.
It was in 1936 that Texas Centennial Jack White, manager of the White Plaza Hotel, that teamed up with the Mexican Businessmen’s Association to stage the first river parade called “A Venetian Night”. Then in 1941, the first river carnival and night parade were held. But it wasn’t until 1961 that the rehabilitation of the River Walk level was truly put into action.
The first Paseo del Rio Association Great County River Festival was held in 1969. From then on almost yearly a new establishment opens along the river up to 2011. Now you can see the River Walk wind and loop under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops. The major tourist attractions are the Shops at Rivercenter, the Arneson River Theatre, Marriage Island, La Villita, HemisFair Park, the Tower Life Building, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Pearl and the city’s five Spanish colonial missions. These San Antonio Missions have been declared a World Heritage Site in 2015.
Things To Do At The River Walk
Today there are a lot of things to see and do at the San Antonio River Walk. There are riverboat tours, attractions, restaurants, bars, and shops. You can also stay at various hotels near the River Walk. According to TripAdvisor, there are a lot of things to do at the River Walk and we collected the top 5 here:
1. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
2. Boating via the Rio San Antonio Cruises
3. Visit the Briscoe Western Art Museum
4. Check out The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
5. Try out the SegCity Tour
Team Peace have been to the San Antonio River Walk and we loooove the sights down there! It looks gorgeous all year round. There are so many attractions and shops to visit and you can find the list here. We appreciate how the Paseo del Rio Association takes care to decorate for every holiday and how they make the River Walk such a fun and festive place. All year long many different groups of local people will come to perform at different parts of the river walk, and there are many events to check out. The River Walk is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting San Antonio.
If you have other questions about the San Antonio River Walk, feel free to use the comment box below, or check out the FAQs from their website. You can also call the Paseo del Rio Association at their office: 210-227-4262.