This is one of my favorite places to visit every time I get a chance to come home. Hi Again! It’s me, Diana Blevins with You, Me and The Dock. I’ve been in San Antonio, Texas for all four seasons and winter is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. Now it’s time to see, “Through My Eyes”, how beautiful San Antonio’s River Walk truly is.
San Antonio’s fifteen mile pedestrian friendly River Walk – also known as Paseo del Rio is compliant with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and lends its beauty to everyone. The fabulous thoroughfare follows the San Antonio River through the seventh largest city in the United States.
In September 1921, a disastrous flood overtook the San Antonio River and 50 lives. Plans then were developed for flood control of the river. The plans didn’t come into play until 1929 when a San Antonio native and architect Robert Hugman submitted his plans for what would become the world famous River Walk. Finally in 1939 the River Walk project broke ground with Mr. Hugman as the directing architect. A hotelier by the name of Jack White joined Robert, which led to its completion in 1941.
The city is constantly improving the River Walk and its surrounding community to accommodate the many tourists who visit the iconic attraction. You can also enjoy such amenities as assorted restaurants, shops, museums, hotels and historic sites. This type of atmosphere sets the perfect tone for visiting with family and friends. You can stroll down the festive walkway and hear the laughter and celebrations almost any hour of the day.
The Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, which resides on the 1968 HemisFair grounds is another nearby attraction. It host approximately 300 events a year. I always enjoy riding on the river boat. The tours are filled with colorful flower gardens, brightly colored umbrellas and decorative lighting along the river banks. They also have river boat rides where you can enjoy a tasty dinner while taking in the fabulous sites.
Speaking about colorful umbrellas, they are lined up and down the River Walk at the local restaurants. There are a variety of cuisines that will appeal to anyone’s palate. There are plenty of cantinas, cafes, sports pubs and fine dine restaurants to chose from. Could you just imagine yourself sitting and enjoying your favorite beverage and/or meal while watching the children sticking their heads in the cutouts for photo ops.
The River Walk truly offers a family friendly environment. I feel that you would really enjoy visiting one of San Antonio’s most popular downtown attractions. The people are warm and inviting, the spice scented smells coming out of the eateries are to die for and the creative lighting amongst the landscape makes for a perfect experience. The next time you plan a family vacation, romantic outing or a quick get away – think San Antonio. I bet you won’t be disappointed.
This will end our tour for today. I will be hosting more exiting adventures and I look forward to being your guide. See you soon!
Author: Diana Blevins
Photographer: Diana Blevins
Associate Editor: Maureen Scopel
Publisher: You, Me and The Dock