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Overview

Embrace the rich culture and vibrant urban surroundings of San Antonio’s leading tourist destination aboard a River Walk cruise, part of our San Antonio bus trip. Stretching five miles beneath Downtown San Antonio, get lost in the major tourist draws as you travel down the winding river.

The River Walk has been a lifeline to Texans since it was discovered by Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish explorer in the 1500s. The river has seen many developments over the years. Not only has the River Walk been a vital source for San Antonio’s natives, but has encouraged tourism in the San Antonio area and bettered the economy. 

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The San Antonio River Walk Today

Today the San Antonio River Walk is preserved, protected and promoted by the Paseo del Rio Association who sees the great importance and potential of the significant River Walk. Whether you want to get involved in one of the exciting events put on by the Paseo del Rio Association, or explore the winding paths, the network of walkways provide an important connection between some of San Antonio’s most popular destinations.

 

What You Will See on Your River Walk Cruise

The San Antonio River separates two parallel walkways each lined with busy shops, restaurants and hotels. Enjoy the River Walk from the comfort of a boat during a 45-minute cruise down the river. Not only will you get to see the hustle and bustle of the walkways, but how the walkways link important cultural landmarks to one another.

 

Alamo

The Alamo is just one of the historical sites connected to the San Antonio River Walk. Once a home to missionaries and their Indian converts, the Alamo has played a significant role in San Antonio’s past. Millions of visitors pass through the Alamo each year to uncover the story behind this 18th century mission.

 

Rivercenter

Built in 1988, the Rivercenter is a shopping mall along the River Walk that has undergone many developments over the years. Its largest establishments are Macy’s and the 38-story, Marriot Hotel. Browse the shops and enjoy a five star meal by the river.

 

Arneson River Theater

The remarkable Arneson River Theater was designed by Robert Hugman in 1939 and sits on the north side of the River Walk. If you are lucky, there might just be a performance taking place at this open-air venue as you pass by on your cruise down the wondrous San Antonio River.

 

La Villita

La Villita is known for its cultural arts scene. From unique art stores and gift shops to its fine dining, this section of the River Walk is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Bexar County, Texas.

 

San Antonio Museum of Art

Once the Lone Star Brewery, the building was converted into the San Antonio Museum of Art in the 1970s. Today the San Antonio Museum of Art is a popular stop among tourists who are exploring the River Walk. Admire San Antonian works of art made by locals, and national and international artwork too.

 

Pearl Brewery LLC

While the original Pearl Brewery closed down in 2001, Silver Ventures saw potential in the old brewery and purchased the property in hopes of transforming it into a popular section of the River Walk. Today the Pearl Brewery is a booming culinary and cultural destination where locals and visitors come to enjoy the historic banks of the San Antonio River.

Travel Tip

While the deck of the River Walk Cruise has disabled access, it is important you let your reservations agent know ahead of time, so that they can make sure to accommodate your group in the most convenient and comfortable setting.