SAN ANTONIO CELEBRATES 300th ANNIVERSARY!
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The San Antonio River Walk
is a verdant oasis of cypress-lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes. It gently winds through the city center, providing easy access to the city’s cultural hot spots, historic sites and other attractions.
Touring: The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is the largest urban ecosystem in the nation. Tucked quietly below street level and only steps from the Alamo, it provides a serene and pleasant way to navigate the city. Ride a river cruiser, rent a bicycle or take your time seeing the sights on foot. With 15 miles of sidewalks and paths, the River Walk provides access to museums, the King William Historic District, 300-year-old Spanish missions, hotels, shops, restaurants and a new adventure around every turn.
Dining: Colorful and iconic umbrellas shade riverside tables as diners savor a splendid array of diverse River Walk cuisine. Classic Tex-Mex, tender barbecue, traditional Italian and contemporary Southwestern fare are just a few of the choices you’ll find in the cafés, restaurants and bistros.
Entertainment: When the stars come out it's time to head to the Main Plaza, in the heart of downtown, where there is live music all year long. Experience two-step to a country-western band at Cowboys Dance Hall, the legendary dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon, see the city from new heights on Paramour's rooftop or checkout upscale class of a jazz club at Jazz TX. Whatever your mood, the River Walk offers a wide range of entertainment options when the sun goes down.
Market Square: Three historic blocks of shops and restaurants known as El Mercado are located on a plaza gifted by the King of Spain to the Canary Islanders in the 1730s. You’ll find a good selection of Mexican pottery, clothing and jewelry in the El Mercado stores. Lively festivals are frequently underway with local musicians and performers.
San Antonio’s colorful culture stems from a history of diversity that provides exciting experiences throughout the city. Below, you’ll find the opportunity to explore some of the unique, dynamic neighborhoods that make San Antonio unforgettable. Learn more about some of these amazing areas for your trip.
Pearl/SoBro/Broadway Cultural Corridor: Discover this vibrant historic neighborhood that features some of our most popular attractions. Explore the area’s museums and restaurants, the botanical garden and the zoo while enjoying beautiful paths perfect for biking, jogging and walking.
King William/Southtown/South Flores: Get an up-close look at our past while gazing into our future in this area full of character. Here, you can tour 19th century mansions, find an interesting mix of restaurants, galleries, coffee shops, studios and artisans.
Missions & South: The Mission Reach section of the 15-mile River Walk is an urban park that covers eight miles of waterway and hike and bike trails connecting four 18th century Spanish Missions, to each other and to the downtown section of the River Walk.
Eastside/Sunset Sation/Dignowity: The African-American culture has a rich history in San Antonio. Ellis Alley was one of the first African-American settlements in the city. St. Paul Square was named in honor of one of the oldest African-American churches in the city and is now a district of entertainment and restaurants with beautiful historic buildings that have been restored. Enjoy colorful culture, eclectic shops and hip eateries and bars in this historic neighborhood.
Westside/Deco District/Monticello: Enjoy a day of food, shopping and art in this historic neighborhood full of authentic character and charm. This area is full of interesting buildings and artwork (including many murals) that offer a unique glimpse into the city’s Mexican-American heritage.
Did you know? San Antonio, called the Military City USA®, has been home to a consistent military presence for nearly 300 years. It has one of the nation's largest active and retired military populations. An average of 39,000 students graduate from military training here each year. Training, equipping and caring for America’s service members is a way of life in San Antonio.