SAN, ANTONIO, TEXAS – There’s no railing, the bumpy sidewalk is very narrow, and the stroller mafia has infiltrated heavily. Stressful? Not really. Because even if you do tragically belly flop into the river, you can simply stand up. It’s shallow. Burdened by many chains and over-priced crappy Mexican food (BEWARE!), the River Walk somehow remains incredibly charming day and night (if you can ignore the drunks).
Hop on a boat tour — a moonlit cruise is magical — and you’ll see how large the River Walk truly is. Beyond the popular avenue of bars are serene stretches of gorgeous hotels, an entire mall, and a convention center.
Make a reservation at the ever-popular Boudros for delicious made-at-your-table guacamole and sinful frozen prickly pear margaritas. Take a seat in the grassy amphitheater and indulge in a riverside concert. Appreciate the air-conditioned lobbies of world-renowned hotels Omni La Mansion del Rio and the Watermark.
Travel Tip: If you visit the River Walk during the weekend, you’ll see uniformed men and women wearing navy pants, light blue short-sleeve shirts, and navy caps. They are Airmen. They’re on “town pass” with their families because they just graduated from 8 weeks of basic military training at the nearby Lackland Air Force Base. Every week, a new group graduates and finally gets to don their ‘blues’ off base. If you pass an Airman, say “Congratulations, Airman,” or “Thank you for serving our country, Airman.”