5 Things Experience on the San Antonio River Walk

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San Antonio’s River Walk is one of the most popular attractions in the Hill Country. As a world-famous destination, the River Walk is home to countless restaurants, shops, and vendors located on both levels. Figuring out which ones to visit can be challenging. Here are five suggestions for locals and tourists alike to see or do on their next trip down to el Paseo del Rio.

1. Explore via SegCity Segway Tours

SegCity tour at the River Walk

Photo: Facebook/SegCity San Antonio

What better way to navigate through the hustle and bustle of the River Walk than with SegCity San Antonio. Not only is it worthwhile to have your very own tour guide, but your feet will thank you as well. SegCity offers a variety of tours, including a Haunted Legends Tour and a Breakfast Tour. Most importantly though, you will have segway training prior to your tour. For more information or other common inquiries, you can find their FAQ’s here.

2. Enlighten at La Villita Historic Arts Village

la villita at the River Walk

Photo: Facebook/La Villita Historic Arts Village

Spanish for “Little Village,” La Villita is a must-do while on the River Walk. Established in the 18th century, it is one of San Antonio’s oldest neighborhoods. Today, La Villita serves as a cultural hub for artists, musicians, and chefs looking to share their unique fares to the public. Besides that, it also hosts a variety of festivals and events. Just look at how many upcoming events they have this year!

3. Escape at Hotel Valencia

Hotel Valencia at the River Walk

Photo: Hotel Valencia

Step inside the Hotel Valencia and you step into old world class. Nestled on a quiet bend of the River Walk, the Hotel Valencia  “blends Spanish Colonial and Modern Mediterranean design with contemporary ideals.” Visitors and guests can enjoy delightful Argentinian-themed cuisine at Dorrego’s or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere in Naranja, their separate full service bar. Furthermore, with 213 luxury rooms and suites and in-room spa services, The Hotel Valencia is the perfect relaxation destination on your visit to the River Walk.

4. Imbibe on The Bar Walk

The Barwalk on the River Walk

Photo: The Bar Walk

Founded by native San Antonian Emzy King, The Bar Walk is not your ordinary River Walk tour. Rather, The Bar Walk is an intimate and interactive tour that takes its patrons to various historic bars throughout the downtown area. Emzy himself is the tour guide, and regales his guests with stories of old times past. Unlike your average bar crawl, Emzy ensures that each excursion is personal. Check out the FAQ’s here, then make your reservation. The Bar Walk books up fast. 

5. Educate at the San Antonio Museum of Art

SA museum of art at the River Walk

Photo: Facebook/San Antonio Museum of Art

Turn your trip to the River Walk into an educational one by visiting the San Antonio Museum of Art. Founded in 1981, the Museum houses extensive collections of Mediterranean, Egyptian, Greek, and Latin American art. Educational programs number over 400 events a year. Current exhibitions include “The Magic of Clay and Fire: Japanese Contemporary Ceramics” and “Carlos Merida: Selections From the Permanent Collection.” They also have a gift shop where you can purchase books, jewelry, and home decor.