Household Issues to Do on the San Antonio River Stroll

On our latest spring break trip, my household visited the San Antonio River Stroll in downtown San Antonio. This lovely spot, often known as the Paseo Del Rio, is among the hottest vacationer sights in Texas and is residence to numerous inns, lovely surroundings, eating places, and small outlets. 

Positioned one story under avenue stage, the San Antonio River Stroll initially gained reputation throughout the 1968 World’s Truthful in San Antonio. It’s a nice “residence base” to your San Antonio household trip, and there are a selection of inns you can keep in. A few of these inns and eating places might be accessed by the road and the river stage.

We selected to remain on the Omni La Mansion Del Rio, which is situated within the busy part of the River Stroll. It was the proper place and a terrific choice for a household trip as a result of it additionally has an out of doors pool. Should you plan to remain there, listed here are some household issues to do on the San Antonio River Stroll, the place you’ll discover among the hottest sights within the state.

Disclosure: Our lodging and airfare was booked and paid for by us. I did go to this lodge and vacation spot a number of years in the past as a part of a Cooper Tire press journey earlier than happening the household trip paid for by us. All opinions are my very own. Affiliate hyperlinks are included – in case you click on on/buy from one in every of these hyperlinks, we could obtain a fee.

Bridge over River Walk with buildings along the sides

Household Issues to Do on the San Antonio River Stroll

Boat Tour of the San Antonio River Stroll

If you’re visiting the San Antonio River Stroll, you completely should take a San Antonio Riverwalk boat journey. Rio San Antonio Cruises operates plenty of riverboat rides, together with narrated excursions, river taxis, and dinner boats. The latest boats are totally different from those pictured on this submit. The brand new boats are electrical and quieter than the unique boats.

You should purchase tickets there. There are additionally package deal excursions that embrace tickets to the Tower of the Americas and a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, which might be bought upfront.

We selected to take a riverboat on our second full day in San Antonio. After strolling the brief distance to the ticket sales space to buy our tickets, we boarded the subsequent narrated river cruise (count on traces throughout busy occasions, together with weekends and days in the summertime months). Because it was a Monday, and the climate was overcast with an opportunity of rain, we didn’t have to attend.

The boat journey takes about half-hour, and the information/driver narrates the entire journey. We discovered it entertaining and academic – and the youngsters thought it was top-of-the-line elements of the journey. It’s an effective way to listen to concerning the wealthy historical past of San Antonio.

Narrated journeys run for 35 minutes, and run each quarter-hour from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Boats can accommodate about 40 passengers.

Throughout the vacation season, you may take one in every of a number of vacation excursions, together with a vacation narrated cruise that must be reserved upfront.

If you’re visiting throughout a busy time of the 12 months, it’s greatest to buy tickets and board early. There are a great deal of these boats going up and down the river all day lengthy, however there are additionally traces to entry the boats!

Additionally they supply a water taxi that goes up and down the river. Tickets are bought on board, however they don’t make scheduled stops, so you need to name for them if you see them going by. Riverboats might be differentiated from tour boats by the checkered flags within the again. The River Stroll is fairly walkable, however taking a water taxi undoubtedly might be a lot of enjoyable.

Should you’d like a particular expertise, among the eating places on the River Stroll supply dinner cruises. These should be reserved upfront – speak to the precise restaurant if you’re . That may very well be a very enjoyable method to expertise the River Stroll.

Strolling the San Antonio River Stroll

Though we cherished the boat tour, it’s additionally enjoyable to stroll on the River Stroll. Take into account that it’s a slender sidewalk, and there are not any guardrails in most spots, so undoubtedly supervise younger kids.

Strollers are allowed, however you’ll both have to make use of the assorted elevators all the way down to the River Stroll or carry your stroller down. When you have a stroller, it could be price taking your stroll earlier earlier than issues get busy.

You’ll have the ability to cross the River Stroll at varied factors by means of lovely bridges. You should definitely cease within the specialty outlets. You could even hear some reside music as you stroll.

Casa Rio on the River Walk

Consuming on the San Antonio River Stroll

There are such a lot of scrumptious and enjoyable eating places on the River Stroll, from standard chain eating places just like the Rainforest Cafe to native, impartial eating places. We had some suggestions from mates but additionally relied on Yelp and our lodge concierge to get different concepts since there’s a big number of eating places. Right here had been our favorites:

Casa Rio – the oldest restaurant on the River Stroll, Casa Rio (pictured above) can be probably the most photogenic and top-of-the-line eating places within the space. You’re more likely to discover a wait throughout busy occasions. Their delicacies is conventional Mexican/Tex-Mex. It’s a enjoyable location on the busy a part of the River Stroll and is a superb spot to take a seat exterior and other people watch.

Boudro’s on the River Stroll – this was our favourite restaurant. It will get very busy, so make a reservation, particularly if you wish to eat exterior. We cherished the filet, the shrimp and grits, and the prickly pear margaritas. We cherished it a lot that we went right here twice.

Acenar – we ate right here after we first arrived in San Antonio, and all of us cherished our meals. It’s a terrific spot for genuine, scrumptious Mexican meals.

Margaritas on the San Antonio River Stroll

After all, assuming you’re of authorized ingesting age, you’ll wish to attempt a margarita. Our favourite was the prickly pear margarita at Boudro’s. You’ll discover a lot of totally different eating places providing varied kinds of margaritas, and everybody I sampled was scrumptious.

Past the San Antonio River Stroll

There are a number of sights inside strolling distance of the River Stroll, together with Ripley’s Consider It or Not and the Alamo. Different actions embrace the Pearl District (take a look at the Lodge Emma), the San Antonio Missions, SeaWorld San Antonio (the place you’ll discover thrilling rides), the San Antonio Zoo, Brackenridge Park, and the San Antonio Museum of Artwork.

See extra issues to do in San Antonio with children.

Need to keep on the River Stroll? I’d suggest both the Drury Inn and Suites or the Omni La Mansion Del Rio. You may also take a look at the map under for extra choices:

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Pedestrian bridge over the river with trees overhead

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