The Ultimate Guide to River Walk Neighborhoods

January 31, 2024

San Antonio’s River Walk is a picturesque urban oasis that winds its way through the heart of the city, offering a unique blend of history, culture, and outdoor beauty. In this ultimate guide, we’ll explore three distinct River Walk neighborhoods: Mission Reach, Downtown River Walk, and Museum Reach, each with its own charm and attractions.

Downtown River Walk

The iconic Downtown River Walk is the beating heart of San Antonio and probably the most recognizable section of the river. It offers a vibrant mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment. 

First-Time Must-Do’s:

  • Take a narrated riverboat tour with Go Rio Cruises to learn about the rich history and architecture of the buildings lining the riverbank. 
  • Spend a day at the Shops at Rivercenter, exploring more than 100 retailers, including 14 restaurants, IMAX, AMC Theaters, and a 1,000-room Marriott Hotel
  • If you’re looking for a more local experience, visit the oldest neighborhood in San Antonio, La Villita Historic Arts Village, where you’ll find 25 shops and galleries that showcase local handmade goods and are home to over 200 events a year.
  • Attend one of our River Walk Parades or Artisan Shows
  • Enjoy a Texan culinary experience at Boudro’s Texas Bistro, known for its famous guacamole-made tableside and flavorful dishes.

Places to Eat + Drink:

Unique Experiences:

Museum Reach

The Museum Reach neighborhood is a cultural hub where art and nature converge along the River Walk. Immerse yourself in creativity with these suggestions:

First-Time Must-Do’s:

Places to Eat + Drink:

Unique Experiences:

  • Admire the public art installations along Museum Reach, such as The Grotto, which turns the river into an open-air gallery.
  • Listen to soulful sounds at Jazz, TX, for date night. 
  • Explore the Museum Reach via Kayak.
  • Cool off at the Thompson Hotel rooftop pool and grab a drink at The Moon’s Daughter.

Mission Reach

Nestled along the southern stretch of the San Antonio River, Mission Reach is a haven for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Here’s what you can discover in this scenic neighborhood:

First-Time Must-Do’s:

Places to Eat + Drink:

Unique Experiences:

  • Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle through the gentle waters of the San Antonio River, surrounded by lush greenery and wildlife.
  • Visit the first Margarita Garden at Burgerteca (coming soon).
  • Take a free yoga class at Confluence Park.
  • Experience the monthly First Friday.