San Atonio was recently named a “new urbanism” pioneer for its work on the River Walk project, which is slated to finish in 2014, at a cost of $279 million. Once finished, the River Walk will extend to 13 miles, reaching all the way to the city’s Mission district. It will be the nation’s largest ecosystem restoration in an urban area.
The River Walk and all its Glory
As the number one tourist destination in Texas, the River Walk has managed to give itself quite the impressive reputation. Each year, millions of visitors stroll its cobblestone walkways, partaking in the culture, the nightlife and the cuisine, soaking in this urban sanctuary and enjoying the beautiful river views. From restaurants and cafes, to galleries and quaint boutiques, the River Walk speaks of San Antonio’s unique and eclectic culture and history, and invites visitors to experience all of the splendor, first-hand.
Best of all, as part of San Antonio’s park system, this unique, urban destination is free! Make sure to enjoy the:
- River Walk Museum – New in May 2009, the River Walk Museum will extend the River Walk, connecting to the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Pearl Brewery, a unique village in San Antonio. The new museum features some of the finest art installations of local, national and international artisans.
- River Cruises – Enjoy a unique perspective of the River Walk aboard a water taxi. Nineteen river taxi stops along the River Walk allows visitors to easily get to where they want to go.
- River Cruise Guided Tours – For a more in-depth view the River Walk, step aboard one of the area’s river cruisers, and learn about the history and cultural of this unique region from an experienced tour guide.