San Antonio River
San Antonio River
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Scenic river winds through the town of San Antonio.
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,751 contributions
    South Texas' major waterway
    Historically, the San Antonio River was host to five major 18th century Spanish missions that lined up along the course of the river in San Antonio, including San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo. Today, the river is also host to the San Antonio River Walk, the city's centerpiece and one of its most popular tourist attractions. The river originates in a cluster of springs near the University of the Incarnate Word, about four miles north of downtown San Antonio. It winds it way through the city and follows a southeasterly path through five counties and eventually feeds into the Guadalupe River about 10 miles from San Antonio Bay on the the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of 240 miles. First documented by Spanish explorers in 1535, the river played a role in several major conflicts during the Texas Revolution in 1836. Now it plays a major role in San Antonio's bustling tourist industry as the River Walk, with sidewalks on both banks and lined with restaurants, bars, night clubs, shops and art galleries, follows the river for several miles. In 2009, the River Walk was extended to the north to what is called the Museum Reach, which features such attractions as the Pearl Brewery and the San Antonio Museum of Art. In 2013. it was extended to the south with hiking and biking trails and paddling in the river available to the public.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 March 2023
  • John Y
    4 contributions
    Riverwalk
    The Riverwalk area is beautiful and a nice easy walk. Many restaurants, shops and bars to visit. If its your first time make sure you take a riverboat ride first to see some things you may want to visit while walking around
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,188 contributions
    The Highlight of San Antonio
    The San Antonio River which is used the create the River Walk is a beautiful experience and is the highlight of a visit to the city. You can stroll along the banks and cross the river on several bridges, or you can take a guided boat tour. There are restaurants, bars, shops and hotels all along the River Walk. My favorite time is after dark when the area really comes alive.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 26 May 2023
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada1,816 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I took a river cruise on the San Antonio River and learned that the river that cuts through the city was man-made to mitigate against the risk of floods from the seasonal rains. Robert Hugman was the architect of pathways and bridges flanking the river as it winds its way through the downtown, with the use of bypass channels and flood gates it mitigated against flooding.
Written 25 November 2023
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C8281XNjt
Boise, ID23 contributions
Apr 2023
The cruise was great and informative.
The river for the most part was clean. The History was interesting and well discussed.
Recommend the cruise or a walk around.
Written 19 June 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,188 contributions
Oct 2022
The San Antonio River which is used the create the River Walk is a beautiful experience and is the highlight of a visit to the city. You can stroll along the banks and cross the river on several bridges, or you can take a guided boat tour. There are restaurants, bars, shops and hotels all along the River Walk. My favorite time is after dark when the area really comes alive.
Written 27 May 2023
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Rajesh R Kumathekar
Pune, India649 contributions
May 2023 • Family
We visited San Antonio and had good time there. River walk was the last point & last is always best!

Such a nice evening & beautiful sun set.
River bank is nicely decorated & you can have a nice river walk.

Had a good round with good dinner also.
Written 25 May 2023
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John Y
4 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
The Riverwalk area is beautiful and a nice easy walk. Many restaurants, shops and bars to visit. If its your first time make sure you take a riverboat ride first to see some things you may want to visit while walking around
Written 19 May 2023
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,144 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The river cuts through downtown San Antonio and is home of the Riverwalk. It's not very wide.....actually, it looks more like a man made canal but is a natural river. It's a highlight in the city.
Written 3 May 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,751 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Historically, the San Antonio River was host to five major 18th century Spanish missions that lined up along the course of the river in San Antonio, including San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo. Today, the river is also host to the San Antonio River Walk, the city's centerpiece and one of its most popular tourist attractions. The river originates in a cluster of springs near the University of the Incarnate Word, about four miles north of downtown San Antonio. It winds it way through the city and follows a southeasterly path through five counties and eventually feeds into the Guadalupe River about 10 miles from San Antonio Bay on the the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of 240 miles. First documented by Spanish explorers in 1535, the river played a role in several major conflicts during the Texas Revolution in 1836. Now it plays a major role in San Antonio's bustling tourist industry as the River Walk, with sidewalks on both banks and lined with restaurants, bars, night clubs, shops and art galleries, follows the river for several miles. In 2009, the River Walk was extended to the north to what is called the Museum Reach, which features such attractions as the Pearl Brewery and the San Antonio Museum of Art. In 2013. it was extended to the south with hiking and biking trails and paddling in the river available to the public.
Written 30 March 2023
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Gran7
Crossett1,620 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
What a beautiful spot. The river and its banks are historic besides serene and full of stories. The restaurants are local and fun with good food. Take a ride on the river as you explore
Written 4 March 2023
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Brian S
Escanaba519 contributions
Feb 2023
San Antonio has a beautiful addition to its city for all to enjoy for many many years to come, hope to come again.
Written 1 March 2023
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Colleen C
Troy, NY2,155 contributions
Nov 2022
Everyone talks about "The Riverwalk" and why not it is beautiful and the best part of San Antonio ~ but please experience the River it's self we did this by going on the "Go Rio" boat cruise that was 40mins long and looped us around 2.5miles of the River ~Beautiful! you have to pay for the boat ride ~ but you can still experience the River for free by walking "the Riverwalk". Some of this river is natural and some is man made.
Written 15 November 2022
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