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I’ll be honest, San Antonio, Texas, was not on my list of must-see places. But since we were there to visit for a family reunion we had to check out the acclaimed San Antonio River Walk, and I’m so glad we did. I had no idea this wonderful and unique place was in the heart of bustling San Antonio.

The trees and mini-waterfalls lining the river make you forget you are in the middle of a big city in no time. The San Antonio River Walk really has something for everybody! And the colorful boats making their way along the river add a sense of whimsical fun to such a picturesque area.

Taking the Narrated River Cruise

While it is called the San Antonio River Walk, there is no need to actually walk all of it. The narrated river cruise is a great alternative to walking the length of the river. And you get to learn fun facts about the history of the river and nearby buildings as you cruise around. The cost of the San Antonio Narrated River Cruise is $13.50 per adult (ages 6-64) and take about 35 minutes.

After you get your fill of exploring and shopping the San Antonio River Walk, check out one of the many restaurants along the river. Sit under an umbrella (maybe with a delicious frozen cocktail) as you watch the boats glide along the water.

San Antonio River Walk narrated river cruise boat

Other Activities in the River Walk Area

The San Antonio River Walk area is home to many other interesting places: Japanese Tea Gardens, San Antonio Missions and the Tower of the Americas just to name a few.

Just don’t forget to visit the Alamo! It is super close to the River Walk and may even be on your way back to the parking lot.

The Alamo, near the San Antonio River Walk, with crowds of people standing outside

I truly did love this area of the city! Even on a super-crowded, scorching hot day it was still a blast and really felt like an escape from the big city.

Tips for the San Antonio River Walk

  • It is probably going to be crowded and hard to find parking if you are going on a weekend. So try to get there early if possible.
  • Make sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a big ol’ bottle of water too. It can get hot out there and there are some spots, especially on the boats, where you are in direct sunlight.
  • And of course, a camera is a must with so many picturesque spots to enjoy.

UPDATE: We actually ended up moving to San Antonio temporarily in January 2017 to live with family while we looked for an RV! Full-time RV life wasn’t even on our radar when this post was written in 2015! Life is funny like that sometimes.

Read our other Texas outdoor adventure tips here.

Quick Tips for Exploring the Iconic San Antonio River Walk