Now there’s even more River Walk to enjoy. Earlier this year, an additional stretch of garden-bordered pathways was added along the San Antonio River almost doubling this famed site in length and connecting more of the city’s unparalleled charm. From passages that lead to the San Antonio Museum of Art to restaurants by top chefs, the river is more alluring than ever!
A Day by the River
Wake to the slow-paced life of San Antonio and wander from your riverside hotel room to bustling plazas and walkways brimming with restaurants. From contemporary French eateries to Tex-Mex cocinas, where to dine may be the most option-filled decision of your day.
After you’ve nourished your body, feed your spirit with a leisurely stroll or river boat ride along the River Walk where awe-inspiring art installations have been incorporated throughout the new stretch. The grotto, an artificial cave designed by San Antonio faux bois artist Carlos Cortes acts as a pocket park and natural gallery while allowing you to stroll behind a waterfall.
Many sights will draw you in, including the San Antonio Museum of Art , with its castle-like exterior. Housed in the former Lone Star Brewery, the museum is a stunning example of urban repurposing. Ramble through Wester antiques, examine contemporary American paintings and explore the Nelson t Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art-the largest repository of its kind.
Upriver, the 126-year-old Pearl Brewery awaits. Yet another historic remnant from San Antonio’s days as a major brewing town, the Pearl has been transformed into an urban village along the River Walk. Grab a bite to eat at acclaimed restaurants or peruse the Saturday farmers market. Take a class at the Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio campus and make time to shop for Mexican tiles, antique fixtures and artisan-made home accents. It’s a cultured haven that’s simply San Antonio.
Downstream, the original River Walk is alive with galleries, authentic shops and a beautiful blend of people. Evenings can be spent watching klkloric performances at an outdoor river theater, sipping Texas beer at a pub or dancing to the sounds of Latin rhythms. The River Walk is also home to a flurry of festivities this fall including New World Wine & Food Festival events, the International Accordion Festival, various Dia de los Muertos celebrations and nearby is the Jazz’s Alive outdoor music fest. It’s this unique culture that brings people back to the river time and time again. You’ll see it in the kind smiles of passers by, hear it in the sounds of mariachis and feel it-deep in the heart.