The San Antonio
River Walk

Boating at the San Antonio River Walk

The San Antonio River Walk is a public park in the heart of San Antonio that is open 365 days a year and offers countless opportunities for you to explore, celebrate, dine, and drink.  


The River Walk, or Paseo Del Rio , is a San Antonio treasure and the largest urban ecosystem in the nation. Tucked quietly below street level and only steps away from the Alamo, it provides a serene and pleasant way to navigate the city.


You can explore the 15 mile-mile urban waterway by foot along the river’s walking path or jump aboard a river barge for a ride and guided tour.


We can only guarantee one thing: you won’t be disappointed! 


The San Antonio River Walk has striking architecture and amazing ambience. In fact, it is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the USA.


While you're visiting you might want to stop in to enjoy a gourmet meal at Hard Rock Cafe, chow down on some seafood at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, or enjoy the unique cuisine at Mad Dog’s British Pub.

restaurant at the San Antonio River Walk

Once you’re finished eating you can head to one of the many events that regularly occur at the River Walk. If you want, you can even book a stay right on the River Walk so you're always only a step away from all the action.


For a truly unforgettable stay, make sure to check out the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk - a sophisticated hotel with the timeless elegance of Spanish Colonial and Modern Mediterranean nestled on the banks of the historic San Antonio River Walk.  


But The River Walk didn’t always exist - so how did it get started? 


In September 1921, a disastrous flood along the San Antonio River took 51 lives, with an additional 23 people reported missing. Plans were then developed for flood control of the river. Among the plans was to build an upstream dam and bypass a prominent bend of the river in the Downtown area, then to pave over the bend, and create a storm sewer.


However, the paved sewer option met stiff opposition, and in 1929, San Antonio native and architect Robert Hughman submitted his plans for what would become the River Walk.

Shops at the San Antonio River Walk

Hugman endorsed the bypass channel idea but, instead of paving over the bend, Hugman suggested several other options: 

  •  A flood gate at the northern (upstream) end of the bend. 
  •  A small dam at the southern (downstream) end of the bend.
  •  A Tainter gate in the channel to regulate flow. The bend would then be surrounded by commercial development, which he titled "The Shops of Aragon and Romula".


Casa Rio, a landmark River Walk restaurant, became the first restaurant in the area in 1946, opening next door to Hugman's office.


Today, The San Antonio River Walk is an iconic treasure to all who visit. To get started, head to 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205.  


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Hotels close to the San Antonio River Walk