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Downtown San AntonioSan Antonio

Explore the network of pedestrian paths that follows the beautiful San Antonio River to discover restaurants and bars, gift shops, galleries and museums.

The San Antonio River Walk is a picturesque way to navigate across downtown and to explore the banks of the river, which are one of the city’s major entertainment precincts.

You can enter the 15-mile (24-kilometer) San Antonio River Walk from a number of points in the center of the city, each offering access to a myriad of activities. A range of colorful Tex-Mex restaurants, cocktail bars and open-air music venues provide entertainment on the restaurant terraces overlooking the river. You can find many of San Antonio’s independent musicians here performing rock, folk and Mariachi music within the cozy cafés and bars.

Follow the path to see the colorful boats that line the water’s edge or take a cruise along the river for a relaxing journey through the heart of the city. Make sure to stop at La Villita Historic Arts Village, a highlight along the River Walk. Here you can admire exhibitions of local and international art and browse more than 30 boutique craft stores.

Stroll further along the riverbank from the center of town to the Museum Reach cultural precinct. Pass under drooping trees, flowering shrubs and landscaped garden areas. The San Antonio River is a haven for the city’s wildlife and you’re likely to see ducks and squirrels playing in the area. Arriving at Museum Reach, you’ll find the San Antonio Museum of Art and a number of San Antonio’s upscale restaurants overlooking the river.

The San Antonio River Walk is well serviced by all modes of public transport and metered parking can be found at each entrance to the trail. Visit the San Antonio River Walk to see why it has become one of the most popular attractions in Texas.

Top hotels in Downtown San Antonio

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Riverwalk Plaza
Riverwalk Plaza
4 out of 5
100 Villita Street, Dwyer/Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX
The price is £75 per night

This family-friendly San Antonio hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Tower Life Building and River Walk. San Antonio Majestic Theater ...

3.8/5Good! (2,117 reviews)

"I really liked that the hotel had a game room! We got rained in one night, but we were able to play monopoly in the game room which made up for it!"…"

Reviewed on 27 May 2020

Riverwalk Plaza
Hotel Gibbs Downtown Riverwalk
Hotel Gibbs Downtown Riverwalk
3.5 out of 5
105 N Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX
The price is £54 per night

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this hotel is steps away from Alamo Mission in San Antonio and Alamo. River Walk and San Antonio Majestic Theater are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,003 reviews)

"Great historic building clean great customer service with great information about surrounding area of restaurants and things to do"…"

Reviewed on 23 May 2020

Hotel Gibbs Downtown Riverwalk
Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk
Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk
2.5 out of 5
118 Soledad Street, San Antonio, TX
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £102 per night

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of River Walk and Market Square. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and Alamo are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (330 reviews)

"Overall a nice stay with a nice view of the Riverwalk. However, the room pictured was not the room that we received when we checked in. It was not the studio room we thought we were getting. The elevator to the Riverwalk was not functioning and the restaurant inside the hotel was shut down. We had ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
4 out of 5
150 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX
The price is £115 per night

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this romantic hotel is steps away from San Antonio Majestic Theater and River Walk. Market Square and Alamo are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (4,589 reviews)

"They have a beautiful courtyard with Fire and Water...unfortunately it was out of Order and I was disappointed about that."…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk-Downtown
Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk-Downtown
3.5 out of 5
125 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £114 per night

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this hotel is steps away from Main Plaza, River Walk and San Antonio Majestic Theater. Market Square and Alamo are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,103 reviews)

"It was excellent just missed the breakfast but is was cause the covi 19"…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk-Downtown
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
3 out of 5
303 Blum Street, San Antonio, TX
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £78 per night

Located in Downtown San Antonio, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and Alamo. River Walk and Alamodome are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,208 reviews)

"Employees are ready to give you help. Place is very clean. It was not my case but usually you have to pay for parking. I did not pay only because of the pandemic that parking lot was closed but most of hotels downtown SA you have to pay for parking space"…"

Reviewed on 4 May 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk

Popular places to visit in Downtown San Antonio

River Walk
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River Walk

5/5(21 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to River Walk, a popular green space in San Antonio. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this walkable area.

Alamo
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Alamo

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Learn about the fierce Battle of the Alamo and pay your respects to those lost during the Texan Revolution at this historical complex.

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
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Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Find out what's happening in Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center during your trip – a top convention centre in San Antonio. Experience the lively festivals and acclaimed theatre scene in this walkable area.

Market Square
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Market Square

4/5(13 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Market Square, a popular shopping spot in San Antonio. Experience the great live music and lively festivals in this walkable area.

Alamodome
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Alamodome

Catch an event at Alamodome during your trip to San Antonio.Experience the great live music and fascinating museums in this walkable area.

Tower of the Americas
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Tower of the Americas

4.5/5(4 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of San Antonio when you visit a top site such as Tower of the Americas. Experience the fascinating museums and lively festivals in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Downtown San Antonio

San Antonio Ghost Tour
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San Antonio Ghost Tour

80% of travellers recommend
£16
Per adult
Go San Antonio Explorer pass: Choose 3 or 5 attractions
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Go San Antonio Explorer pass: Choose 3 or 5 attractions

78% of travellers recommend
£78
Per adult
Downtown Delicacy Tour
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Downtown Delicacy Tour

86% of travellers recommend
£46
Per adult
San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

88% of travellers recommend
£31
Per adult
Real San Antonio Guided Tour
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Real San Antonio Guided Tour

100% of travellers recommend
£25
Per adult
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium Tickets
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Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium Tickets

86% of travellers recommend
£27
Per adult

Other areas in San Antonio

Southtown, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America
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Southtown

Southtown is popular for its stunning river views, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Blue Star Contemporary Art Center or Guenther House.

Southtown
Tobin Hill, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America
Robert Parker on trover

Tobin Hill

Tobin Hill might not have many top sights, but Pearl District and San Antonio Majestic Theater are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Tobin Hill
Midtown, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America
Robert Parker on trover

Midtown

Unique features of Midtown include the river views and bars. Make a stop by Pearl District or The DoSeum while you're exploring the area.

Midtown
Arena District, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America
George Zimzores on trover

Arena District

If you're spending some time in Arena District, AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum are top sights worth seeing.

Arena District
Uptown, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America
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Uptown

If you're spending some time in Uptown, Fort Sam Houston and North Star Mall are top sights worth seeing.

Uptown
San Antonio Botanical Gardens which includes a park

Alamo Heights

You'll enjoy the museums and coffee shops in Alamo Heights. You might want to make time for a stop at Fort Sam Houston or Witte Museum.

Alamo Heights