When you think of San Antonio, two things automatically come to mind: the Alamo and the River Walk. The River Walk was concei... More
When you think of San Antonio, two things automatically come to mind: the Alamo and the River Walk. The River Walk was conceived in 1929. Downtown had serious flood problems, and Robert Hugman suggested that the city turn the San Antonio River into an asset rather than a hindrance. Hugman's brainchild has since become the essence of the city. The city's most popular attraction, it is often crowded and filled with children, party goers, tourists and locals. In the heart of the River Walk is an area filled with restaurants, shops and nightclubs, punctuated by fountains and towering Cypress trees. The River Walk is particularly crazy during Fiesta.
I also did this the same day I did the Alamo, but we did this first. The tour guide was very knowledgable and he gave a lot of information. I just wished that I could have gotten to my back pack for an additional rolls of film because there was so much I wanted to take pictures of.
This is a unique urban environment, always lively and interesting. Great people watching. It is also quite large, so unlike many tourist spots, you can spend hours there and keep returning. Lots of outside restaurants in always a lively atmosphere. Fascinating just for the tropical vegetation. Great place to walk for exercise or to mingle with people. I discovered that it extends for miles beyond the intense tourist area, creating long, quiet walks.
Riverwalk is really beautiful!! It's quiet and relaxing in the morning, getting loud in the afternoon and at night it's just like a party on the riverwalk!!!
Lots of great restaurants as well! I recommend taking the river cruise in the day and walk at night, it's nice to see the lights reflect on water, very beautiful!