My second favorite reason to love San Antonio is most definitely our world-famous River Walk, which happens to be the top tourist destination in Texas. More than 12 million people visit the River Walk each year. With 15 miles of sidewalks and paths, the River Walk – also known as Paseo del Rio – is lined with shops, restaurants, public artwork, beautiful cypress trees, stone bridges and staircases and our 300-year-old Spanish missions.

You’ll find our colorful and iconic umbrellas at a wide range of restaurants – from classic Tex-Mex and barbecue to traditional Italian and contemporary Southwestern fare. Casa Rio, a landmark River Walk restaurant, became the first restaurant in the area in 1946.

The River Walk is open 24 hours a day, year-round and is comprised of three sections: The Museum Reach, Downtown and The Mission Reach.

The Museum Reach features the the San Antonio Museum of Art, Witte Museum and The Doseum, as well as Brackenridge Park and the beautifully renovated Pearl.

The Downtown section is lined with hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions. I highly recommend the Go Rio Cruises 30-45 minute narrated boat rides. If you’re lucky enough to have Juan as your captain, you’ll enjoy his Matthew McConaughey impersonation – “Alright, alright, alright!”

The Mission Reach is a peaceful natural habitat offering nine miles of river, along with walking and biking trails. The trails go by four of our five missions: Mission Espada, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose and Mission San Juan. You’ll have easy access to our fifth mission, The Alamo, from the Downtown section.

Dog lovers will love the fact that leashed pooches are allowed on the River Walk. Many of the outdoor restaurants and shops welcome dogs on their patios. Some restaurants even have pet menus (Rita’s on the River). Please call ahead to check if the specific business you wish to visit allows dogs.

To keep up with the latest River Walk news, events, discounts and more, visit TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com.

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