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Exploring the River Walk in San Antonio

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As famous as it is today, the San Antonio River Walk has been a local joy since 1968 – not nearly as long and with way less activities, sights and facilities, but none-the-less San Antonio has been fine-tuning their tourist experience for a long time. Check out cheaprooms.com to see what’s available and find a discount hotel room in San Antonio to suit every budget from the more-than 300 hotels on offer.

San Antonio is a great city for moving around outside – the heat of summer not withstanding. And the San Antonio River Walk relies on the weather for people to get the most out of it. For cheap accommodation in San Antonio all you need do is select a hotel nearest your preferred start to the River Walk.

All that exercise on the River Walk will make you hungry so plan to stop at some of the extraordinary restaurants on the way. Biga’s on the Bank is a popular River Walk restaurant, with a wide-ranging menu and a focus on healthy meals. It’s been going since 1991 so they’re doing something right. It’s more a fine dining choice rather than cheap and cheerful, but the American cuisine specialties such as 11-spice Texas Venison and grilled quail, as well as several fish dishes are well worth stopping in for.

The locals consider the River Walk area to be the horseshoe bend portion of the river from roughly the Drury Inn & Suites to The Westin Hotel, as you’ll see on this excellent map of the River Walk area. That’s a fairly short walk and the city is trying to expand the walk to reach the San Antonio Museum of Art. The club and pub scene is really just in the horseshoe area however and this is where to concentrate your people-watching skills. Best time to see it is the early morning as it does get crowded later in the afternoon and evening.

Of course, it may be called the River Walk, but you can see the River Walk by boat and save all that walking energy for a stroll over to the Alamo. The boats take you around the 2 1/2 mile circuit and you get to experience a different world away from the hub bub of the roads above. The boats are actually simple barges but it’s a cheap ride and you get to see everything you need to see. Longer cruises will take you up river to the Pearl Brewery and the Art Museum.

Most people don’t go beyond the downtown horseshoe, but you’re missing out if that’s the case. Head north of downtown to discover the art installations on the way to the San Antonio Art Museum. There are 12 in total and best time to see them is night because they all use light in a different way. If you’re taking a river boat up to the Pearl Brewery (well worth it), you get a close up look. at some quite extraordinary public art. The fish under the I-35 are great.

Superbike racing in slow-mo is impressive…

 

Saturday the 28th – is Kiss Your Mate day!

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And we say that’s a wonderful day to head off on a short city break you’ve organized for your wonderful partner at the last minute! And the city you should choose is San Antonio! We’ll tell you why this little part of big old Texas is perfect in a moment, but first, rest assured Cheap Rooms has plenty of cheap hotels in San Antonio to choose from. (And to Kiss Your Mate in!)

Finding a hotel in San Antonio is easy, and so are flights to San Antonio. This beautiful city is set on the San Antonio River and the River Walk is one of the state’s top tourist attractions. It’s a delightful walk of around a kilometre and is a never-ending vista of small bars and cafes, restaurant and quirky boutiques. The local council are developing it even further and the route now stretches to the former brewery up river. This area has redeveloped itself into a thriving bar and boutique experience with plenty of places to stop and enjoy the people-watching the River Walk is famous for. But San Antonio doesn’t stop there… it also has Texas’ biggest attraction – and you really should check Cheap Rooms for deals right now to get you there!

One of the special things about the River Walk is its focus on art. Even if you don’t like art generally, the installations and public art on display are quite extraordinary. The San Antonio Museum of Art is a grand building at the end of the walk and is such a beautiful building to gaze upon and explore within. Walk it or explore it from a barge, the River Walk is a local institution that’s well worth cruising. Highlights include the Aztec Theater, the depression-era murals, the public art and the amazing La Mansion Hotel.

Texas’ biggest attraction? No prizes for guessing… The Alamo. It’s right in the middle of downtown so is easy to get to. The original chapel is a scenic monument up there with the best of them. What strikes as you approach is the simple beauty of the Mission. The history of the siege and battle will suck you in, but so will the vicious fight about restoring the monument (well worth a little research in itself!).

Do you have time for a show? Then make sure you check out the event program at the Majestic Theater. The restoration of this grand old theater just has to be seen to be believed. Harking back to a fine time in the annals of live theater, the Majestic is all frills and private boxes, soaring columns and majestic arches – all very Phantom of the Opera! The line up in coming months looks particularly good, so check it out.

Bringing the kids? Then a stop at Morgan’s Wonderland is the key to happy times for all. It was designed and built particularly to assist disabled kids of all ages to take pleasure in a theme park as much as any one else, and the result is wonderful. It’s the first special needs park in the world, but everyone can enjoy it.

Her dad took a picture a week of Lotte and then joined it all together when she was twelve. Very cool!

 

Go west young man as they say…

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… but what they really mean is ‘go Southwest everyone,’ …to San Antonio.

This historic town is home to a multitude of things for the casual visitor and the seasoned tourist alike. Visit the site of the Alamo and you’ll see firsthand the birthplace of a legend. A seminal moment in US history, William Travis and Jim Bowie were left in command of the old mission. originally ordered to retreat, Bowie and his defenders fought to the death and the rallying cry of ‘Remember the Alamo’ lives on today.

The Alamo is the most popular tourist destination in San Antone, but the River Walk comes a close second. And for sheer vibrant, noisy, good times it’s hard to beat! The River Walk goes for some 3 kilometers (2 1/2 miles) and is full of sidewalk cafes, shops and restaurants. It’s a lot of fun and summer brings out the best in the place. You’ll even come across the occasional night of flamenco! This is testament to the earliest settlers. Surprisingly, the mighty Spanish empire stretched all the way to Southwest Texas in the early 1700s and Spain had ordered a number of families to emigrate from the Canary Islands in 1731. They arrived and the rest, as they say, is history.

Spanish Mission is the architecture de jour and the beautiful churches and homes are striking. Many historic buildings are still in place and a wander through downtown is not only excellent exercise, but an exercise in just how well different cultures can mould a city in to something special.