Stroll San Antonio’s Winding River Walk

September 15, 2006 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

I’d heard great things about San Antonio from Estelle, a friend who loves living there and from many others who have visited. So I was anxious to see for myself.

San Antonio is a very visitor-friendly city with many of its highlights close to its extensive and winding River Walk (Paseo del Rio). It’s a walk-able city, but also offers several streetcar routes around town at just 80 cents a ride. Cabs are also inexpensive and the cabbies were great. You’ll find signs on most street corners — all around town — that point you in the direction of the places you’ll likely want to visit.

The River Walk runs on both sides of the narrow San Antonio River through downtown and it continues both north and south of the downtown area. Restaurants and sidewalk cafes line the cobblestone and flagstone Walk.Mariachi band at a River Walk cafe Mariachi bands play at several cafes along the way and you can enjoy their music whether you choose to dine there or not. You’ll also find some small shops, most hotels and the Rivercenter shopping mall along the River Walk. If you prefer to see the Walk from the water, you can board a guided boat tour. So if you want to see the sights and shop in a relatively compact area, the River Walk is perfect.

My friend, Cathy, was my pal on this trip and a good A beautiful cafe along the River Walksounding board for what was fun, what was just okay and what was probably not high on a girlfriends’ getaway agenda. As we walked along the river, she noticed wonderful bowls of guacamole being freshly prepared tableside at Boudro’s Texas Bistro. So we popped in to enjoy their fresh and delicious guacamole for two with homemade chips ($8). It was a good choice.

With grassy stadium seating on one side and a stage jutting out over the narrow river on the other side, visitors can enjoy nightly free entertainment under the stars. Authentic Mexican dancing, costumes and music bring visitors closer to the true Mexican culture.

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TIPS: Download
1) Sightseer Special brochure for a single bus route that visits most major cultural attractions
2) Maps. Metro, downtown and ADA accessibility maps. (Because the River Walk is about 20 feet below street level — but it’s not underground, stairways are located at most intersections. If you’d rather use an elevator, check the map for those locations.)
3) Visitors Guide. Handy information. I used the online request form and received it within a week.
4) Upcoming River Walk Events. Great for planning the dates of your getaway.

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