FAQs

+-How much does it cost to visit the River Walk?

The River Walk is a public park and is free to visit. Boat rides, attractions, and other activities will have various costs associated with them.

+-How do we get a boat ride?

Rio San Antonio Cruises offers boat tours and boat taxis. For more information call 210-244-5700 or visit http://www.riosanantonio.com.

Weather permitting, boat tours and boat taxis operate from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm daily. Call the reservations office at 1-800-417-4139 or local (210)-244-5700 or visit www.riosanantonio.com.

+-Is the River Walk drained every year?

In the past, the River Walk was drained annually for cleaning and maintenance. Since 2002, the River Walk is now drained on a schedule determined by the City of San Antonio. To see the draining schedule go to: http://www.sanantonio.gov/ccdo/riverwalk/maintenance

+-What is the address of the River Walk?

The River Walk is 15-miles long. It flows through approximately 5-miles of downtown San Antonio. As such, there is no one address. For GPS purposes, use the address for the Shops at Rivercenter, located directly on the River Walk, in the heart of downtown, at 849 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205.

The headwaters of the San Antonio River is located at the University of Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. approximately 4 miles north of Downtown.  It joins the Guadalupe River and flows all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

+-Where can I park my RV or bus Downtown?


Out-of-town visitors may park their buses at the Travis Park parking meters or at The Alamodome. Arrangements for parking meters need to be made in advance on a first-come basis with the Traffic Division at (210) 207-7755. For more information on The Alamodome, visit www.alamodome.com or call 210-207-3663.

+-What is the average weather in San Antonio?

Climate Conditions Daily Average.

Month Daily Maximum Daily Minimum Rainfall

January 62.3 41.6 1.66
February 66.1 44.7 2.07
March 72.4 49.6 1.54
April 78.8 57.6 2.54
May 85.2 65.4 3.07
June 91.6 72.2 2.79
July 95.6 73.9 1.69
August 95.9 73.4 2.41
September 89.8 68.8 3.71
October 81.1 59.2 2.84
November 71.1 48.2 1.77
December 64.6 41.8 1.46

Visit http://www.weather.com for local San Antonio conditions 

+-Is there a place to get married on the River Walk?

There is! It is called Marriage Island and is located on the bank of the river near Contessa Hotel. Reservations & Fees must be requested through the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department at 210-207-7275.

+-Where can I find an ADA map of the River Walk or rent a wheelchair or scooter?

Contact The City of San Antonio Disability Access Office by calling 210-207-7957 or by visiting http://www.sanantonio.gov/ada/.

The nice folks at Tom’s Wheelchairs rent wheelchairs and scooters. You may reach them at 210-223-7878 or www.tomswheelchairs.com. They are conveniently located in Downtown San Antonio.

+-What time does the River Walk close?

The Downtown and Museum Reach sections of the River Walk are open 24 hours a day. Please check with businesses directly for their hours of operation. the Mission Reach section of the River Walk is open during daylight hours only.

+-Are dogs allowed on the River Walk?

Dogs are allowed on the River Walk, but they must be leashed. 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.

Please remember to clean-up after your pet.

+-Where can I park?

Downtown San Antonio has countless parking garages, lots and metered parking.

Downtown Tuesdays is a city program offering free parking on Tuesdays after 5 p.m. Details may be found at  http://www.downtowntuesday.com/Parking-Map

Lot rates vary throughout the year, but you can expect to find all-day parking ranging in price from $5 through $25.  Going a quick 3 minutes walk (a few blocks) will score you the best prices.

Most River Walk hotels offer valet or self-parking. Some hotel restaurants will validate parking while dining. Ask when you make a reservation! 

+-Is it okay to feed the wildlife?

As tempting as it is, we ask that all visitors refrain from feeding the wildlife people-food.  It is not healthy for them, and it has a direct affect on the delicate eco-system of the river by changing the PH balance of the water. 

+-Can the River Walk flood?

Thanks to a series of locks and dams, the downtown section of the River Walk does not flood - even during heavy rain periods. Street level water around the River Walk is routed into the river to avoid street level flooding as well.   A sophisticated monitoring system ensures water level does not reach the sidewalk on the Downtown River Walk.

The portion of the River Walk south of downtown, called the Mission Reach, does flood. If you can't see the sidewalk or a barricade is up, turn-around and avoid the area.