Of course one of the places to see in San Antonio is its famed River Walk. I actually came here once with my family when I was in high school visiting colleges (ew). That time, we arrived in late afternoon, when the River Walk looked completely different than at night. Personally, I think the River Walk looked its best – magical, mysterious, and romantic – after sunset.
Walking along the pedestrian-friendly streets was the best way to explore the area. Hellooo, it’s called River WALK for a reason! However, you can also ride the little riverboats. Last time, my family waited for hours under the hot, Texas sun to board, and now I don’t even remember any of the facts or history that the guide told us (but if you’re interested in reading up on it, check here)! Though I will say the advantage of boating was being able to navigate most of the River Walk in a short amount of time.
Behind every bend and turn was a new sight. Shops, restaurants, hotels, and bars lined either side of the river. But those very restaurants are tourist traps, I tell you. They’re overpriced and food pretty average. Last time we came, my family ate at Joe’s Crab Shack. C’mon, a chain restaurant? This time, I looked up everything online and saw that Rosario’s (a Mexican restaurant less than 5 min away) was highly recommended. We tried it, and the verdict? Disappointing – the food tasted so basic. In general, food in San Antonio couldn’t hold a candle to the ones in Austin (though if you know of great places, please share!). San Antonio was more a city for sightseeing and entertainment.
In all, I think the River Walk was very touristy (but then again, I was one there). The shops and restaurants will milk you for all you’ve got. However, I appreciate the walkable streets that were right next to the river and the area’s unquestionable beauty. At the least, I got another chance to practice my night photography! 😉
Have you been to the River Walk? What areas in your city do you find interesting?
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