River Walk Boat Rides
Discover the River Walk first hand on this one-of-a-kind tour of “The American Venice”. The River Walk Barges provide several different options for you to enjoy the River Walk on a boat. Below is all you need to know about the River Boats in San Antonio.
Narrated River Walk Tours
Step aboard a River Walk barge for an exciting and entertaining narrative of the rich history of the San Antonio River Walk. The cruises are about 35 minutes long and cover one and a half miles of the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. The River Walk boat tour connects you to the city’s timeless charm! Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable boat captains will share fascinating stories about the city’s culture, history, and architecture during your 35-minute tour along the San Antonio River.
- Tour Duration: 35 minutes
- Departures daily from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., every 15 minutes (During peak season, wait times will be longer)
- Seating: Approximately 40 passengers
Community River Walk Dining Boats
Want to enjoy a River Boat while you are eating an amazing River Walk meal? Community Dining Boats are a great affordable way to make new friends and experience the River Walk in style. Simply contact one of the following River Walk Restaurants below for more information about community River Walk boat dining. These restaurants are the only restaurants on the River Walk that offer community dining boats.
Boudro’s is an experience to savor, embracing all the flavor of our regional heritage with a distinctive menu of Texas and southwestern specialties.
Community barge dining: Reservations for community barge dining may be made up to two weeks in advance. Please contact the Catering Office at (210) 224-1313 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm) or the restaurant at (210) 224-8484 for availability and times of barge dining. A credit card number is required to confirm.
Lone Star Café
A Texas-style steakhouse on the River Walk. Take a bite of a 12 oz. Abilene T-Bone and wash it down with buckets of your favorite beer.
The Place to come to satisfy your cravings for delicious Mexican cuisine, the home of the Ultimate Fajita and the 60 oz Margarita.
Michelino’s Ristorante Italiano
Try our fabulous Italian specialties, you’ll swear you are back in the old country!
Range @ Embassy Suites Riverwalk Hotel
Range, a modern American chophouse, created by famed local chef and restaurateur Jason Dady is the new jewel on the San Antonio Riverwalk located in the Embassy Suites River Walk.
Private River Walk Cruises
Dinner cruises seat 20 guests and offer the unique experience of dining on our boats with a wonderful meal catered by one of the many great restaurants along the river. If you have up to 30 guests, cocktail cruises are also available. Cocktail cruises are designed for appetizers and drinks catered by one of the River Walk Restaurants.
River Boat Taxis
Just trying to get from place to place as you explore San Antonio attractions? Look for the River Walk Taxi Boat signs that are located along the River Walk downtown and on the Museum Reach.
River Walk Taxi Boats are labeled with GO RIO Shuttle signs. The River Walk Taxi Boats run approximately every 60 minutes. Shuttle service begins at 10 am. Tickets also available for purchase on the boat or at any GO RIO Ticket booth.
The Monthly Pass is $25 for Bexar County residents, allowing locals to get on and off the GO RIO Shuttle, throughout both the Downtown and Museum Reaches, for an entire month!
The drivers do their best to accommodate most scooters. At times larger scooters are not able to load due to the size of the ADA area designated on the boat. Wheelchairs and strollers are always allowed though guests are asked to fold their strollers and place them in the back.
River Shuttle Options For Your Trip To San Antonio
River Walk Attractions:
The Downtown Reach encompasses the center of San Antonio (downtown) with a wide variety of restaurants, theaters, and the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. The
Downtown Reach is from Lexington to Nueva St.
The Museum Reach is north of downtown, pedestrian-friendly, and a great way to explore a quieter side of the river. The Museum Reach begins at Lexington and runs all
the way up to The Pearl.
Where can I purchase River Walk boat tickets?
There are 3 ways you can purchase tickets:
1. Online: Purchase tickets online. Please note that purchasing tickets online ensures you a ticket, however, passenger boarding is first come, first served. Also, keep in mind that your ticket is mailed to you after your purchase online.
2. In-Person: If you are already in San Antonio, head on down to one of the three kiosks located along the River Walk. So where are the kiosks located? We went ahead and created this cool map so you can easily locate the nearest River Boat ticket booth to you.
Private River Boat Reservations
The easiest way to reserve your own river barge is to fill out our private riverboat reservation form. We take the information and send it to all the operators on the River Walk.
It is highly recommended that you plan at least 3 weeks in advance before your event. More time may be needed during the busy season.