San Antonio Neighborhoods: River Walk

The River Walk San Antonio can best be described as the jewel of downtown San Antonio. This area of downtown San Antonio winds throughout the city and provides visitors and residents alike with beautiful, picturesque surroundings. Texas-style hospitality is evident the moment you step onto San Antonio’s famed River Walk.

Cobblestone walkways, pedestrian-friendly bridges and the boats of the San Antonio River Cruises and Casa Rio guide visitors along the relaxing riverbanks, where they can enjoy lush landscaping, towering Cypress and Oak trees and gardens of ornamental plants and flowers.

Millions of visitors each year experience the River Walk San Antonio and the surrounding restaurants, shops, hotels, tour, and dinner boats and entertainment, making it one of San Antonio’s most famous attractions. Both nature lovers and trendsetters feel right at home at the River Walk, with quiet parks, European-style sidewalk cafes, chic boutiques, and trendy nightclubs all adding to the charm of the River Walk.

The Rivercenter Mall is overflowing with shops, restaurants, and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. It is also where many of the Rio San Antonio River Cruises depart.

The River Walk San Antonio is often an even more popular destination during the nighttime hours when the theme parks, nightclubs, and restaurants come alive and electricity fills the air.

A popular destination on the River Walk is Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano show which is centered on audience participation and two, baby grand pianos.

Some of the annual events held at the River Walk include arts & crafts shows, the Mardi Gras river parade, the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the River Walk Mud Festival, and holiday boat caroling.

Often described as “the American Venice,” the River Walk San Antonio offers a beautiful combination of city and nature and the result is nothing less than spectacular. The incorporation of the River Walk into San Antonio tourism was a feat of genius back in 1536 and still remains so today.


Travel in and around San Antonio remains convenient, as the downtown area and the River Walk are encircled by three freeways: I-35, I-37, and I-10. These three freeways create a rectangular route around the downtown area of San Antonio, including the River Walk.


School District: San Antonio Independent School District

Schools: San Antonio Independent School District, which is the second-largest school district in San Antonio in terms of enrollment, serves the downtown San Antonio and River Walk areas.