San Antonio River Park, also known as Paseo del Rio is one of the appealing attractions for the tourists. It is a network of walkways along the bank of the San Antonio River. Walkway is reserved for pedestrians, one level down from the automobile street. San Antonio River is the heart and soul of the city. In 1700s first Spanish civilian built homes to settle here before that this river was a gathering place for Native Americans. In the late 1920s, local government officials and business leader realized that river could be a asset for the growing city so the Robert H.H.Hugman submitted his plan for what would become the river walk that eventually led to construction of a 21-block section starting from Nueva to Lexington and completed in March 1941. San Antonio River beautification project transformed the look of downtown through preservation, beautification and flood control.
Now the river walk becomes one of the top tourist attractions for sightseeing tours and dining. Visitor can tour the River Walk using the City bike share program it is packed with lush greenery, water views and fascinating architecture. It is a hub for dining and cuisines such as Bella on the river – menu includes toasted bruschetta, Greek salad, shrimp, fresh seafood and much more, Enjoy a unique dining experience at Las Ramblas with their exhibition style kitchen on the beautiful bank of the river, this restaurant specialize in Spanish cuisine and regional American classics. At the hotel Havana, enjoy small plate delicacies in the steel and glass conservatory with new approach to traditional Latin fare like sweet plantain griddle cakes with Mexican cream and blue berries and much more.
Fiesta San Antonio is the city biggest annual festival held in April. It began as a single event to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. When a local woman decorates baby buggies, bicycles with live flowers and threw the blossoms at one another. This was the first Battle of Flower parade; later it became an annual event and soon other activities also included with it like balls, parties and a carnival. The celebration name changes over a period of time from Carnival to Spring Carnival to Fiesta San Jacinto to Fiesta San Antonio. If tourists are looking for more adventurous way to tour, they can experience the thrill of kayaking trips down the historic Mission Reach section of the San Antonio River. Tourists can observe 80 and more species of wildlife, sightings of the elegant Caracara. All trips are family and pet friendly select from 2 mile, 3 mile or 5 mile shuttle trips.
The Museum Reach
In 2009, the extension of River walk was completed and named as the Museum Reach; it is a north of downtown, pedestrian friendly and a great way to explore different activities of all ages. This is 1.33 mile extension of river walk; river taxi can be used to transport visitors to and from the original river Walk area. It features visual and aural art work, landscape with native plants and access to the San Antonio Museum of Art and the historic Pearl Brewery complex