Around Town: The River Walk

Around Town is a series where I take you on a tour of my latest home, San Antonio, Texas, a city rich in history, culture, and Tex-Mex food. So grab your sombrero, put on your boots, and let’s get exploring!
San Antonio Texas

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The Paseo del Rio, or River Walk, is the largest urban ecosystem in the country and one of the most visited place in Texas. Hidden away quietly below street level and only moments from the Alamo, it provides a tranquil place to explore the city.

With 15 miles of sidewalks to explore, the river definitely has a little bit of something for everyone – access to museums, the King William District, 300 year old Spanish missions, hotels, shops, restaurants, and quite possibly even Narnia! It’s no wonder why it’s one of my favorite places in town. Shopping, food, history, and walking trails! Yes, please.

San Antonio River Walk



The downtown section of the River Walk is an awesome place to indulge in some retail therapy and grab those last minute souvenirs.

When you’re finally done emptying your wallets, you can soothe the pain over the loss of your money by filling your stomach with delicious food and knocking back a few a drinks. Just don’t forget to enjoy all the people watching as you eat yourself into a food coma and drink yourself into a stupor.



The Museum Reach

For those of you who prefer a little more history with your vacation there’s the Museum Reach, a 1.33 mile extension of the River Walk. It boasts works of art, landscaped terraces, and access to theΒ San Antonio Museum of Art, and the historic Pearl Brewery complex. It’s a great place to get your learning on!

River Walk, San Antonio

The Mission Reach

For those looking for more of an opportunity to commune with nature or explore historical buildings, there’s the Mission Reach. The Mission Reach provides access to recreational trails, picnic and seating areas, pavilions, and four Spanish missions β€”ConcepciΓ³n, San JosΓ©, San Juan and Espada.

San Antonio Missions

San Antonio Texas, San Antonio Missions

What are some of your favorite spots to explore in your city?

  • I LOVE San Antonio. I went there last year and spent a night by myself in this beautiful hotel on the River Walk. I went to the Alamo by myself and went to this dueling piano bar called Catch A Rising Star (I think) and then some other one that’s on the river walk, I can’t remember the name. Then there was a guy on the corner playing the bagpipes and everything was in red white and blue! I’ve never felt so patriotic. Being in Texas makes me love America. The people are wonderful and everything is larger than life. The Mission Reach looks cool though. I’ll have to check that out next time.

    • Kelly, that guy with bagpipes is STILL there! We see him all the time when we’re downtown. It sounds like you had a great time! There’s so much to do in this city that I’m sure you can find so many new things to see next time. πŸ™‚

  • You know his girlfriend actually got in touch with me on Facebook because she did a google search of his image and a picture of him from a post I did on San Antonio came up. Now we’re FB friends. How funny is that?

    • Oh, wow. That is pretty funny. It’s a small world when Google is involved. And now you have an in with San Antonio’s famous bag piper. Score!

  • I love reading about places I’ve never been. San Antonio looks awesome!

  • Meg

    Ooh, San Antonio looks wonderful! The mission reach seems fab and I wouldn’t mind having a drink and people watching!

    • San Antonio is pretty awesome! I hope you get to experience the River Walk for yourself someday. The people watching and the food are my favorite things. πŸ™‚

  • Brittany

    I’ve always wanted to visit Texas. The River Walk seems like it would be a highlight of my trip.

    • Brittany, the River Walk would definitely be a great place to start! Where else would you like to visit in Texas?

  • I LOVE San Antonio, I have been twice and for me that is huge. I love the Riverwalk, its a must each time I there. I just love it.

    • That’s awesome! What are some other must dos when you are in San Antonio? πŸ™‚

  • Lauren Gardner

    Love the River Walk!

  • This looks so beautiful. I must visit.

    • You totally should! I think you’d really like it. πŸ™‚ Have you ever been to the states?

      • I’ve been to Florida several times, but only really saw Disney, and I went to New York in October this year. There’s several other places I want to visit in America too.

        Mr R is taken with the idea of moving to New York. I’ve told him it’s not quite as simple as he thinks to be able to move to America. X

        • Oh, there are several place I still want to see in the U.S. also. I hope you’re able to see them all! πŸ˜€

          Heh. I can understand wanting to move to New York. And it’s never quite that simple. Personally, I’m pretty taken with the idea of moving to London, but my boyfriend isn’t as sold on the idea.

  • Awww no, has he visited London before? Why doesn’t he want to move there? It is very expensive I guess, but there’s some cuter places outside of London that are a bit less busy and expensive!

  • You should both go visit, there’s cheap places to stay on AirBnB, maybe that’ll be a cheaper way of doing it

    • Thanks! We’re actually planning a trip to the UK for this fall. πŸ™‚ I’m pretty excited about it.

  • Liz

    I’ve always wanted to visit San Antonio! So beautiful!!
    Visiting from the Travel Tuesday!
    πŸ™‚ Liz @

    • San Antonio definitely has many beautiful places! I’m sure you would be able to capture amazing photos of the city.I hope you’re able to visit sometime. πŸ™‚

  • My first military assignment was in San Antonio. I loved it there and really hope to visit again someday. Your pictures are beautiful! My favorite part of SA was the riverboat tour. I did that tour at least four times in the short time I lived there and learned something different each time. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    • I’m so glad I could help bring back some good memories. πŸ™‚ That river boat tour is pretty cool. How long were you in San Antonio?

      • I was there for a little over a year for training at Randolph. Loved it!

  • I would love to visit those Spanish missions.

  • I love San Antonio! The riverwalk is just so amazing! Thanks for linking up with Travel Tuesday!

  • I love the riverwalk. We did that when my husband was in basic there for the USAF. Such a beautiful part of Texas. Thank you for linking up for Travel Tuesday last week and looking forward to seeing your post this week! ο»Ώ

    • I’m so glad that you enjoyed your time in Texas. πŸ™‚ I look forward to seeing your post also.