If you happen to be in San Antonio, Texas, then make sure to take some time to visit the San Antonio River Walk. The Riverwalk that is also known as Paseo del Rio (which is Spanish), is a walkway that runs along the side of the banks of the San Antonio River. Other than that, it also runs through the downtown of the city!
One of the main reasons why this spot is interesting to visit is because it offers many kinds of attractions. Other than the river itself, the shops and restaurants in the area are an attraction to the visitors. Now to help you out on your visit, here are some important information that you should know about the San Antonio River Walk:
1. Length & Accessibility
The Riverwalk is about 20 miles in total length. 15 miles of the tracks is through the river while 5 miles flows out through the downtown of San Antonio. To accomplish the whole track, people will need around 5-6 hours in total, so it can be quite long.
As for wheelchair users, it is best to check out the map that is available on their website. Not all tracks or crossing points are wheelchair accessible. So, it is important to check out the map before strolling around the Riverwalk.
2. Rules of Pets on the Riverwalk
Dogs or other kinds of pets are permitted to walk on the Riverwalk. However, they must be on a leash, so they don’t make a mess. Most restaurants and cafés also allow pets to come in, but it is best to check it out first before entering the restaurant. Also, remember to always bring plastic with you in case your pet needs to go badly.
3. Operational Hours
The great thing about San Antonio Riverwalk is that it opens every day and every time of the year. The restaurants and cafes may close but not for the Riverwalk. One of the places that have operational hours is the Riverwalk that passes through Brackenridge Park. Special for this area, it is open from 5 am to 11 pm.
4. Maintenance Time
To keep the river clean, the water in the river is drained for maintenance. Don’t worry this happens only twice a year and it usually happens at the end of January. Normally it will take 10 days but sometimes it can be faster, but it is still best not to come during that moment. To see whether this year is their maintenance year or not, then make sure to check out their updates on their official website.
5. Things to Do
Luckily there are plenty of things to do when you reach the Riverwalk. Other than just walking through the Riverwalk, people can enjoy their time eating at a restaurant or going shopping. If you are on a limited budget, then try to ride a boat, where you can see the city from a different view. Or for those who like to learn about some history, make a stop at the Museum Reach Section.
Hopefully, with this guide, you can prepare and enjoy your time at the San Antonio River Walk. If you plan to walk from end to end, then make sure to wear some comfortable footing and clothes! As for those who just want to relax, then spend your time relaxing at one of the restaurants or café in the Riverwalk.