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The Paseo del Rio is the city's (and the state's) leading tourist attraction. Built a full story below street level, it comprises about 3 mi of scenic stone pathways lining both banks of the San Antonio River as it flows through downtown, connecting many of the city's tourist attractions. (Soon, however, it will expand to 13 miles, connecting downtown with Brackenridge Park to the north and the missions to south.) In some places the walk is peaceful and quiet; in others it is a mad conglomeration of restaurants, bars, hotels, shops, and strolling mariachi bands, all of which can also be seen from river taxis and charter boats.

Updated: 02-05-2013

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    Don't listen to the haters

    @kjdandjbd I just cannot let you get away with your review. Yes, some parts of the RiverWalk are congested and full of tourists, but that's only a small chunk of the 13 mile long River Walk. Saying that ALL of the Riverwalk is congested, full of tourists, etc. is like saying that all of Downtown Austin is like 6th street on a Friday night (i.e. full of drunk frat boys and half-dressed sorority girls puking their guts out). The Museum Reach of the River Walk is absolutely gorgeous and you will rarely find a tourist there. It's full of runners, families with their children, young couples, and neighborhood locals going for an evening stroll. Not to mention, there's plenty of parking at the Pearl. Or what about the River Walk that runs through the beautiful King William neighborhood? No tourists there, it's clean, and really beautiful with all the huge trees. The houses along the River there are also a treat to look at. The newest part of the RiverWalk, the Mission Reach, is a lovely bike ride to some of the state's most amazing historic treasures: the Missions.

    by flyingZ, 11/14/13
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    Great sightseeing

    The Riverwalk is always full of people and it seems something cultural is always going on. It may get hot and congested during the summer, but on cooler days it can be worth the trip to walk around or ride one of the boats to get a little more insight on San Antonio's history. One of my favorite places and childhood memories is visiting the Riverwalk. Beautiful buildings, great place to people watch, and grab a bite and margarita!

    by JaneBond009, 3/17/09
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    Terrible

    There is nothing that is beautiful about the Riverwalk except the flowers when they are in bloom. Other than that there is nothing even remotely pretty about it. The water is polluted, it is always crowded, parking is horrendous, the people are rude, service at the restaurants is below mediocre. Don't even visit San Antonio, go to Austin instead, it is so much better!

    by kjdandjbd, 8/14/07

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