We’ve had the pleasure to spend quite a bit of time in San Antonio recently and there is so much more to this city than it’s Riverwalk area, so this will be the first of several posts about San Antonio. In the summer the San Antonio Riverwalk is the most visited tourist spot in all of Texas. I thought I’d give a quick overview of just the Riverwalk to help you plan a visit- which I highly recommend. I like to read travels from non- locals as well, because they’ve had to grapple with some of the same things I’ll have to! But if you are a local in San Antonio – or if you’ve visited, please add to this post in the comments.
When To Visit The San Antonio Riverwalk
Come to San Antonio in the winter! From October through February the weather is mild and mostly warm. With highs in the 60’s and 70’s and cooling off a bit at night. Absolutely perfect for long walks by the river any time day or night and since San Antonio is still somewhat of a hidden gem during the winter months, you’ll practically have it to yourself. Troy and I are BIG on traveling off season everywhere we go if possible.
Where To Stay
I recommend staying in a hotel either right on the Riverwalk or in the Pearl District (which also has easy Riverwalk access). We’ve been traveling on business so we’ve had other requirements to meet but I can highly recommend the Marriott Rivercenter.
However, definitely check out the more plush offerings at San Antonio’s historic hotels that line the Riverwalk. These are luxury hotels, many of which are also national historic sites so no matter where you actually stay these hotels are worth your time to check out and take a stroll through the lobby. The design, architecture and old world elegance are absolutely stunning. The pictures below are from the lobby of the St Anthony.
The Marriott Rivercenter is somewhat unique in that it is situated on a quieter, less busy section of the Riverwalk. It has 38 floors and is the second tallest building in the city. The hotel was recently renovated and has a fresh, modern vibe in it’s 80+ rooms and suites. There is a cafe, an indoor/outdoor pool, a full, well-appointed gym and lightening fast, touch-less elevators. The food and cocktails are definitely an elevated experience from what you would expect in a typical hotel and there were always affordable options.
What To Do
This 15-mile (!) network of walkways runs along the banks of the San Antonio River. It provides easy access to some of the city’s most noteworthy attractions. The Riverwalk area is full of the things you find in most tourist areas so I won’t list them all here. But seriously- there’s a LOT. From the Riverboat Rides to museums, to shopping, to galleries, to The Alamo. It’s all RIGHT here and within walking distance. If you come in the winter months, the Riverwalk area is one of the most delightful places in any city area that you’ll find to walk, relax, feed the ducks, read, sit in the warm sun at an outdoor cafe. For children, Legoland and Sea World are sure to be huge hits!
Where To Eat
I’ll be honest- I had NO IDEA the amazing culinary scene going on in San Antonio, but it definitely did not disappoint. There are SO many hidden gems in this city that the locals will tell you about, for getting the best Mexican food, breakfast and lunch spots, etc. But if you’re visiting, you probably are saving your main splurge for dinner. So here are our top picks for a fabulous night out in San Antonio.
Biga On The Banks _ Exquisite fine dining from start to finish. You will not be disappointed. Book early, it’s right on the River Walk.
Rebelle – Located inside the luxury hotel the St. Anthony prepare for superb seafood dishes, excellent service amid enchanting surroundings. Book early and enjoy!
Maverick Texas Brasserie– Maverick features a constantly changing menu that uses Texas ingredients whenever possible — most of the fare is cooked over a live wood fire. The food, service and atmosphere do not disappoint!
Supper – Located inside of the exquisite Hotel Emma, the food at Supper is highly creative and bursting with different flavors. They have a quaint outside dining patio that faces the river.
Rooftop at The Fairmont Hotel– A rooftop oyster bar. One of only a couple rooftop bars in San Antonio, my suggestion is to go here for a drink after your dinner. The oysters here are superb but they are quite pricey. A stunning location and maybe you’ll catch one of those spectacular sunsets!
More Pics from the San Antonio Riverwalk
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