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Go Rio Cruises River Tours

Boat cruises on the Riverwalk are an amazing way to see the river and downtown San Antonio.  The tours are operated by Go Rio Cruises and take place from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year.  The tour of the main Downtown area lasts about 35 to 40 minutes and is a wonderful way to learn about the origins of the river and our downtown history.  Go Rio offers 3 convenient ticket and boarding locations at various positions on the River Walk. You can also pre-purchase your boat tour tickets on their website at www.GoRioCruises.com.

Don’t miss out on taking a boat cruise on the Riverwalk on your next visit!

Go Rio Cruises Riverwalk Tours

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Go Rio Cruises narrated river tours can be accessed from several different locations along the Riverwalk.  The costs of the tours are below.

  • Adults: $14.50
  • Children (ages 1-5): $8.50
  • Local Residents of Bexar County Texas: $12.50
  • Senior Citizen (65 & older) and Military: $11.50
  • All prices include tax

Hours of operation:

  • Daily: 10am to to 10pm.

Spanish language tours are available Monday through Thursday at 10:30, 11:30am and 12:30pm at their Historia ticket and boarding location across from the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel.

Ticket Purchase Locations For Go Rio Cruises Narrated Tours

  • Under the Market Street Bridge and Alamo Street (across from the Hilton Palacio del Rio)
  • The Shops at Rivercenter – Rivercenter Mall (Commerce Street and Bowie)
  • Aztec Theatre (St. Mary’s and College Streets)

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Go Rio Cruises River Shuttle Services

Riding the River Shuttle

The Go Rio Cruises River Shuttles

Just trying to get from place to place as you explore San Antonio attractions? Look for the GO RIO Shuttle signs that are located along the River Walk downtown and on the Museum Reach. Boats are labeled with GO RIO Shuttle signs. Shuttles run approximately every 60 minutes. Shuttle service begins at 12 noon. Tickets also available for purchase on the boat or at any GO RIO Ticket booth.

Go Rio Cruises Shuttle Passes One Day Shuttle Pass $20.50 3 Day Shuttle Pass $29.50

Monthly Pass Local Bexar Residents $28.50

Lunch and Dinner Cruises Lunch and dinner cruises are done on a charter basis. There are currently no Riverwalk restaurants that offer reservation based “community” type lunch or dinner cruises where you can join others on a boat for a meal.  To book a charter lunch or dinner cruise, you first contact a Riverwalk restaurant and they will assist you in chartering the boat and cater the meal for you. Chartered dinner and lunch cruises seat a maximum of 20 guests but most recommend 16 to 18 people for comfort.  It is a wonderful and charming way to see the Riverwalk. If you would like more information about a private, chartered dinner, lunch or cocktail cruise, email us here .

Cocktail Cruises Cocktail cruises are also done on a charter basis and catered by any number of Riverwalk restaurants. They can seat a maximum of 30 to 40 guests and can be configured for drinks and appetizers.

For more information on dining and cocktail cruises click here .

Chartered Narrated Tours If you are part of a group coming to San Antonio, there is no better way to see the Riverwalk than with a private, chartered narrated tour. These private narrated tours can seat up to 40 people.

Looking for a great restaurant or bar on the River Walk? Visit our restaurant page!

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San Antonio River Walk Boat Tours

River Walk Boat Tours San Antonio

River Boat Tours San Antonio

If you’re looking for a great way to spend your day in San Antonio, then why not try out a River Walk boat tour? Taking a leisurely cruise along the San Antonio Riverwalk is one of the most popular activities in the city, offering spectacular views and plenty of entertainment.

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The best part of the San Antonio Riverwalk is arguably its lush scenery and vibrant atmosphere. The walkway itself passes by popular sights such as historic buildings and waterfront shopping centers, giving visitors plenty to do. It’s also been featured in several movies and TV shows, making it a memorable destination for many people.

Discover the River Walk firsthand on this one-of-a-kind tour of “The American Venice”. The River Walk Barges provide several different options for you to enjoy the River Walk on a boat. Below is all you need to know about the River Boats in San Antonio.

Narrated River Walk Tours

Step aboard a River Walk barge for an exciting and entertaining narrative of the rich history of the San Antonio River Walk . The cruises are about 35 minutes long and cover one and a half miles of the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. The River Walk boat tour connects you to the city’s timeless charm! Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable boat captains will share fascinating stories about the city’s culture, history, and architecture during your 35-minute tour along the San Antonio River .

  • Tour Duration: 35 minutes
  • Departures daily from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., every 15 minutes (During peak season, wait times will be longer)
  • Seating: Approximately 40 passengers

Community River Walk Dining Boats

Want to enjoy a River Boat while you are eating an amazing River Walk meal? Community Dining Boats are a great affordable way to make new friends and experience the River Walk in style. Simply contact one of the following River Walk Restaurants below for more information about community River Walk boat dining. These restaurants are the only restaurants on the River Walk that offer community dining boats.

Boudro’s (210) 224-8484 Boudro’s is an experience to savor, embracing all the flavor of our regional heritage with a distinctive menu of Texas and southwestern specialties.

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Lone Star Café (210) 223-9374 A Texas-style steakhouse on the River Walk. Take a bite of a 12 oz. Abilene T-Bone and wash it down with buckets of your favorite beer.

Café Ole (210) 223-2939 The Place to come to satisfy your cravings for delicious Mexican cuisine, the home of the Ultimate Fajita and the 60 oz Margarita.

Michelino’s Ristorante Italiano (210) 223-2939 Try our fabulous Italian specialties, you’ll swear you are back in the old country!

Range @ Embassy Suites Riverwalk Hotel (210)227-4455 Range, a modern American chophouse, created by famed local chef and restaurateur Jason Dady is the new jewel on the San Antonio Riverwalk located in the Embassy Suites River Walk.

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Dinner cruises seat 20 guests and offer the unique experience of dining on our boats with a wonderful meal catered by one of the many great restaurants along the river. If you have up to 30 guests, cocktail cruises are also available. Cocktail cruises are designed for appetizers and drinks catered by one of the River Walk Restaurants.

Private Parties on the River Walk boats

River Boat Taxis

Just trying to get from place to place as you explore San Antonio attractions? Look for the River Walk Taxi Boat signs that are located along the River Walk downtown and on the Museum Reach.

River Walk Taxi Boats are labeled with GO RIO Shuttle signs . The River Walk Taxi Boats run approximately every 60 minutes. Shuttle service begins at 10 am . Tickets also available for purchase on the boat or at any GO RIO Ticket booth.

The Monthly Pass is $25 for Bexar County residents, allowing locals to get on and off the GO RIO Shuttle, throughout both the Downtown and Museum Reaches, for an entire month!

The drivers do their best to accommodate most scooters. At times larger scooters are not able to load due to the size of the ADA area designated on the boat. Wheelchairs and strollers are always allowed though guests are asked to fold their strollers and place them in the back.

River Shuttle Options For Your Trip To San Antonio

River Walk Attractions: The Downtown Reach encompasses the center of San Antonio (downtown) with a wide variety of restaurants, theaters, and the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. The Downtown Reach is from Lexington to Nueva St.

Museum Reach The Museum Reach is north of downtown, pedestrian-friendly, and a great way to explore a quieter side of the river. The Museum Reach begins at Lexington and runs all the way up to The Pearl.

Where can I purchase River Walk boat tickets?

There are 3 ways you can purchase tickets:

1.  Online: Purchase tickets online.  Please note that purchasing tickets online ensures you a ticket, however, passenger boarding is first come, first served.  Also, keep in mind that your ticket is mailed to you after your purchase online.

2. In-Person: If you are already in San Antonio, head on down to one of the three kiosks located along the River Walk. So where are the kiosks located?  We went ahead and created this cool map so you can easily locate the nearest River Boat ticket booth to you.

Private River Boat Reservations

The easiest way to reserve your own river barge is to fill out our private riverboat reservation form. We take the information and send it to all the operators on the River Walk.

It is highly recommended that you plan at least 3 weeks in advance before your event. More time may be needed during the busy season.

The best time to for a boat to is usually from sunrise to mid-morning, but you’ll need to check the weather conditions to make sure that it’s safe. Swimming is not allowed in the San Antonio River Walk due to safety regulations – so stick to walking and boat rides for your explorations! Beer is allowed in certain parts of the River Walk, but it’s important to be mindful of local laws and regulations.

Unfortunately, swimming in the River Walk is not allowed. Although the water is relatively shallow and safe, it is full of plants and debris which can make swimming dangerous. Additionally, many of the pathways around the River Walk are filled with people and can be too crowded for swimming.

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Drinking alcohol while walking around the Riverwalk is also not allowed, however, some restaurants and bars will provide special plastic cups that allow you to enjoy your beverage while you explore the area. It’s important to follow the laws though – drinking alcohol openly on the Riverwalk can lead to serious fines or even jail time.

The River Walk is open from 8 am until midnight, with certain areas staying open until 2 am at certain times of the year. The depth of the water varies along the length of the River Walk but generally ranges from about 2 feet to 6 feet deep.

It is generally safe to visit the River Walk at night, as there is a strong police presence in the area and it is well lit. However, visitors should always keep an eye out for their personal safety and belongings, even during daylight hours.

When it comes to finding the best part of the San Antonio Riverwalk, everyone has their own opinion! Many enjoy visiting the historical sites within walking distance such as the Alamo and other nearby attractions, while others love simply taking in all of the incredible sights along the walk itself.

The San Antonio Riverwalk is famous because of its beauty and charm. This two-mile stretch of winding pathways offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore natural scenery while enjoying access to some of the best shopping and dining in the city.

People very rarely fall into the River Walk – however, it does happen occasionally! Most likely this happens due to someone tripping over something or not paying attention to where they were going.

The main thing that makes the San Antonio Riverwalk special is its combination of natural beauty and bustling city life. You can experience both at any time of day or night and get a sense of why San Antonio is so beloved by locals and tourists alike.

The Alamo is located approximately one mile from River Walk and can easily be reached by foot if you choose to do so. San Antonio is known for its vibrant culture, diverse population, delicious food, and unique architectural design.

The River Walk typically shuts down around midnight each night. During peak holiday seasons such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Fourth of July, and Memorial Day weekend this could extend later into the night. It’s best to check ahead when possible.

When choosing what to wear to the San Antonio Riverwalk, it’s important to wear comfortable clothes that will keep you cool in the heat. Lightweight shorts and t-shirts are usually best. Additionally, you should bring a hat or sunglasses to protect yourself from too much sun exposure.

Floats down the river tend to cost around $20 per person for trips lasting around an hour. Prices may vary depending on your location.

The San Antonio Riverwalk occasionally gets drained for cleaning or repairs. This typically happens once every three years and allows workers to assess any potential problems more closely.

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Go Rio Cruises

As we reopen our cruises, we will continue to practice and take part preventative measures to ensure the safety of you and your family. We look forward to cruising with you again! 

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With a fleet of eco-friendly electric river boats in vibrant colors inspired by Mexican folk art, GO RIO offers an unforgettable experience of the San Antonio River Walk that reflects the sights, wonders and culture of a unique American city.

Guests can take narrated or specialty river cruises, chartered excursions or catch a ride on our  GO RIO river shuttle  from downtown to the Museum Reach to experience the Soul of San Antonio.  (Specialty Cruises and River Shuttles are temporarily closed)

Guests may visit our GO RIO Beverage Bar and Retail location near the Rivercenter Ticket Booth for frozen margaritas, piña coladas, beer, sodas or water to sip on while they enjoy a GO RIO Cruise or during their visit to the River Walk. Guests can also stock up on souvenirs or other necessities like sunblock. 

Rivercenter Ticket Booth 849 E. River Walk San Antonio, TX 78205

Historia Ticket Booth 706 River Walk San Antonio, TX 78205

Aztec Theater Ticket Booth 731 River Walk San Antonio, TX 78205

Beverage Bar  and Retail Location  809 E. River Walk  San Antonio, TX 78205

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Go Rio San Antonio River Cruises : Boat Rides San Antonio Riverwalk

Uncover the marvels of picturesque and historical  San Antonio, TX , like never before aboard an amazing sightseeing cruise with this Narrated River Cruise. These vibrant, lively and eco-friendly cruises provide visitors a one-of-a-kind experience .

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Book your river walk boat ride today to have an amazing san antonio boat ride experience and see the beautiful san antonio riverwalk..

Along your sparkling San Antonio River Walk boat tour route are various restaurants, attractions, and historic buildings that have made the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk draws millions of visitors each year, and the ideal choice for seeing this significant piece of local history is Go Rio Narrated River Cruises. Throughout these San Antonio Riverwalk Boat Tours, your knowledgeable guide shares fascinating info and stories about the city.

Each boat tour San Antonio lasts approximately 35 minutes, making this a coveted tour to plan as part of your getaway. Take a river boat cruise any time during your stay, since cruises head out approximately every 15 minutes from 10 AM until 10 PM. Your cruise will provide you with tons of information and sightseeing opportunities while granting you utter enjoyment and the relaxation of cruising itself. There are several different boarding points and your ticket allows you to take your cruise at any point, so you can totally customize your experience on the boats. 

About the Go Rio San Antonio River Cruises Boats: Experience some of the best boat rides San Antonio offers with a trip on these Go Rio Cruises! Board your San Antonio river boat and experience a fun San Antonio Riverwalk Cruise the next time you visit Alamo City. A San Antonio Riverwalk Boat Ride is sure to be an amazing time! 

Rio San Antonio Cruises only electric riverboats so they don't pollute the pristine river water for which the city is known on the River Boat Tours San Antonio, and they provide quiet, relaxing cruises. The brightly-colored boats accommodate up to 40 passengers at a time, and each boat is headed by a knowledgeable and fun captain. Fully-certified under San Antonio licensing laws, the operations run smoothly and have provided fun for thousands. 

About the GO RIO Beverage Bar and Retail Location Since alcohol and drinks are allowed on the boats, be sure to purchase a delicious margarita, beer, soda, or water to sip on as you cruise along the gorgeous sparkling waters. The gift shop onsite also features some awesome souvenirs and items like sunscreen should you need to purchase anything for your riverwalk boat tours San Antonio adventures.

About the san antonio riverwalk with 15 miles of attractions, restaurants, shopping opportunities, and historic landmarks, the riverrwalk is san antonio's most iconic place to visit. as well as being home to the alamo, the riverwalk features some other amazing places. whether you want to spend the day exploring the colorful mexican-influenced culture of the city or want to get in some shopping, there's something for everyone, and the san antonio riverwalk boat tour allows you to explore the area. , san fernando cathedral, restaurants on the riverwalk, shopping at the riverwalk.

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Rio San Antonio Riverwalk Boat Tours San Antonio offer a family-friendly San Antonio River walk boat tour, and allows visitors to learn about the city of San Antonio and the River Walk, so be sure to get out on the water and see the sights from 'the soul of San Antonio.' Enjoy a fully-narrated cruise while seeing incredible architectural feats, fun things to do, and historic sites, and enjoying cultural music aboard this unforgettable adventure. Enjoy an extremely unforgettable vacation to San Antonio by booking a Go Rio San Antonio Cruise ticket today. 

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  • What type of seating does it have? It has chair seating.
  • What type of parking do you have? Paid city parking is available nearby.
  • Approximately how long is the cruise? The narrated cruise is approximately 35 minutes.
  • How many decks or levels are there aboard the Go Rio San Antonio Riverwalk Cruises? There is one deck on the boat.
  • What lake or river does it cruise on? San Antonio River, which goes through the heart of the city and along the River Walk.
  • How many passengers does the boat hold? Approximately 40 passengers
  • What is the dress code? The dress code is casual.
  • Is Go Rio San Antonio River Cruises : Boat Rides San Antonio Riverwalk handicap accessible? Yes. All barges are ADA accessible. Daily shuttle can accommodate 2 wheelchairs per barge. Boarding ramps are available. Reasonable accommodations are always provided.
  • For what ages is Go Rio San Antonio River Cruises : Boat Rides San Antonio Riverwalk appropriate? All ages, even infants, are allowed on the cruise.
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The 4 Best San Antonio River Walk Cruise Tours [2024 Reviews]

When you think of Texas, images of mouthwatering BBQ, cowboy hats, and tumbleweeds may come to mind. However, if you find yourself in the enchanting city of San Antonio, there’s no better journey out there than through the vibrant heart of the River Walk.

It’s here, where the heart and soul of Texan culture comes alive in a melting pot of flavors, colors, and history. Just like a well-aged whiskey, the top San Antonio River Walk cruises are smooth, rich, and unforgettable.

I’ve carefully curated the top 4 that are well worth your time and money, so let’s jump right in!

Best San Antonio River Walk Cruise Tours

111 Alamo Plaza, San AntonioVariety of locationsPickup and drop-off from downtown San Antonio
Hop-on Hop-off all day7:00 PM7:00 PM
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River Walk Boat Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour pass, Tower of the Americas admission, free Oyster Sampler at the River Walk 'On The Bend' Oyster Bar & LoungeRiver Walk Boat Cruise, driving tour of San Antonio, Tower of the Americas admissionRiver Walk Sightseeing Boat Cruise, Driving tour of San Antonio, Tower of the Americas admission

Quick Answer: The 4 Best Rated San Antonio River Walk Cruises For 2024

  • Best of San Antonio Small Group Tour with Boat + Tower + Alamo
  • Scenic San Antonio Small Group Night Tour w/Riverwalk Boat Cruise
  • San Antonio: Small Group Night Tour with River Walk Cruise
  • San Antonio River Cruise & Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

San Antonio River Walk Cruise Tour Reviews

1. best of san antonio small group tour with boat + tower + alamo.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure: Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Departure Time: 8:30 AM or 2:00 PM
  • Includes: Driving tour of San Antonio, 35-minute relaxing River Cruise Tour of the Alamo, admission to the Tower of the Americas, admission to the San Antonio Missions, pick up and drop off at any downtown San Antonio location, intimate, small-group tour size with 7 guest limit

For me, this is yet another tour that I felt perfectly encapsulated the rich culture here in San Antonio. It’s also one of the more convenient tours, offering a hotel pickup and drop-off so you don’t have to do any of the legwork.

The Best of San Antonio Small Group Tour with Boat + Tower + Alamo  is an all-around incredible experience that also combines a driving tour and river cruise!

With a maximum of 7 participants allowed, this is a very intimate group tour that allows you full access to your guide and a bit more of a personalized experience.

You’ll set off to the iconic Alamo, where you’ll get to tour through the grounds and the Alamo itself while learning about the infamous 1836 battle. I highly recommend checking out that massive, 16-pounder cannon and the barracks.

After, head over to the Tower of the Americas which soars over a whopping 600 feet above the ground! This place offers some of the best panoramic views of the city, and if you aren’t afraid of heights, it’s one that can’t be missed.

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After that exhilarating experience, head down for a relaxing 35-minute River Walk cruise along the fun 15-mile urban waterway. As you sail through, you’ll be thrown into San Antonio’s rich culture, history, and amazing architecture.

Along the way, you’re guide will offer up an educational commentary as well as some interesting anecdotes to spice up the journey. There’s no having to deal with crowds or trying to see over the heads over your group – just a relaxed way to see the city and its stories.

Oh, and we can’t forget a trip to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which tells the stories of the area’s history and the people who walked these lands for hundreds of years.

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100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience, 2. scenic san antonio small group night tour w/riverwalk boat cruise.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Departure: Variety of locations
  • Departure Time: 7:00 PM
  • Includes:  River Walk Boat Cruise, driving tour of San Antonio, Tower of the Americas admission

If you really want to get to know San Antonio the way it deserves, you must explore the gem by both land and water.

Our next tour seamlessly combines both modes of transportation, offering a different perspective in an expedition filled with historical landmarks, cultural treasures, and some classic Texas charm throughout.

The Scenic San Antonio Small Group Night Tour w/Riverwalk Boat Cruise is one I suggest everyone experience at least once!

The first stop of the day is typically the VFW Post 76, known as “The Oldest Post in Texas”, where countless veterans’ stories resonate through these halls. You’ll learn all about the brave souls who served their country all the way around the world.

On a less somber note, you’ll then fuel up at the legendary Augie’s Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse where the air is filled with the scent of barbecue and the twang of live country music.

Museum Reach is up next, where you’ll get to soak in the gorgeous landscapes, explore the biking trails, and of course, see some other restaurants.

If you’re into the arts at all, you’ll love the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts where both local and touring acts put on shows. You’ll then see the Veterans Memorial Park, where both the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials stand, serving as a tribute to these honored heroes.

If you aren’t staying here, you’ll have to see the iconic St. Anthony, A Luxury Collection Hotel, where everyone from presidents to celebrities have stayed.

Going back to a more “Texan” note, you’ll then make your way to my personal favorite: The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum. This immersive experience lets you see countless types of animals, and learn more about the rugged and wild tales of the Texas Rangers.

We can’t forget a visit back to the Spanish colonial times at San Fernando Cathedral and the Spanish Governor’s Palace, which helped shape San Antonio.

Explore the nearby Historic Market Square filled with authentic Mexican culture, then the King William neighborhood with its beautiful Victorian-era homes.

3. San Antonio: Small Group Night Tour with River Walk Cruise

  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Departure: Pickup and drop-off from downtown San Antonio
  • Departure Time:  7:00 PM
  • Includes:  River Walk Sightseeing Boat Cruise, Driving tour of San Antonio , Tower of the Americas admission

Get ready to embark on another lively ride of a lifetime with this ultimate exploration combining both a river cruise and a driving tour of San Antonio . This one stood out to me because none of us were hurried and got to set the pace at each landmark.

With the San Antonio: Small Group Night Tour with River Walk Cruise , you get to choose how long you spend at each, ensuring everyone is happy.

Start out with an enriching 35-minute River Walk boat cruise, which is honestly one of my favorite things to do every time I’m in this city.

The energy and vibrant culture is concentrated around the waterway, and you’ll get a glimpse into the zest for life and charm that it seems like everyone has here.

As you glide through the waters, your guide will offer interesting stories, historical accounts, and much more to add more context to what you’re seeing.

Then, it’s time to board the mini van, where you you’ll see the legendary Alamo and get time to tour through the old building while learning all about the famous battle that changed Texas forever.

The Pearl Brewery was another fun stop, and was perfectly followed up by a juicy trip to Augie’s Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse!

The van does come with live, onboard narration so you don’t have to worry about boring, pre-recorded sets that sound like someone is reading from a script.

You’ll pay visits to the historic San Fernando Cathedral, the lively Historic Market Square, and the interesting Blue Star Arts Complex. These are all contained in the beautiful King William Historic District known for the art galleries, Victorian homes, and just a generally pretty environment.

4. San Antonio River Cruise & Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

  • Departure: 111 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
  • Departure Time:  Hop-on Hop-off all day
  • Includes:  3 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Bus Tour, River Walk Boat Cruise, Live Guide, Fantastic Views

This is one of my favorite combo packages that let you unwind, have some fun, and learn about this magical Texan city.

The San Antonio River Cruise & Hop-On Hop-Off Tour  is ideal if it’s your first time here and really want to get a glimpse into the vibrant culture that keeps it running. All I can say is, prepare to be enchanted by the city’s beauty, its people, and its history.

First things first: we’ll take on a leisurely, 40-minute ride down the River Cruise, which lets you unwind and soak in the sights around you. Here, you’ll find all kinds of delicious restaurants, stores, and beautiful natural landscapes.

No matter what you do, you simply have to experience this part of San Antonio. Now it’s time for the hop-on, hop-off part of the tour, which takes place on a spacious, double-decker tour bus to allow for some unobstructed views of the city.

You get to choose how long you spend at each location, ensuring everyone gets to see as much or as little as they want. The first stop is usually The Alamo, which makes sense, considering it’s one of the most important when it comes to Texan history.

After that, check out the San Antonio Museum of Art, which holds the most expansive collection of ancient art in the entire Southern United States! Continue on to the refreshing Pearl Brewery, where you’ll learn all about the local culinary and brew scene (and potentially get to do some tastings).

There are plenty of amazing restaurants, cafes, and bars here, and you’ll get to stop at one of the most popular: Augie’s Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse.

If you’re in any way interested in juicy BBQ and live country music, this is the place to be. Next, brush up on your history at the Veterans Memorial Park, which allows you to take some time and pay respects to the Korean and Vietnam War veterans.

Don’t forget a more lighthearted trip to the opulent St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, the Southtown neighborhood, and the soaring Tower of the Americas.

FAQs About The San Antonio River Walk River Cruises

What will i see on a river walk tour.

The Alamo : No doubt you have heard of the Alamo. This famous fort and museum was the site of a famous battle for Texas’ independence in 1836. Your guide will give you the inside information about the defenders who fought against the Mexican arm.

The Arneson River Theater : This outdoor amphitheater hosts concerts, festivals and events year-round. You can see the stage and the audience on both sides of the river. The colorful mosaic tiles that decorate the theater make it very unique.

The Museum Reach : This section of the River Walk has several museums and attractions, like the San Antonio Zoo, the DOSeum plus the Pearl Brewery. You can see the art installations, sculptures, and murals that adorn the river banks and bridges.

The Restaurants and Shops : The San Antonio River Walk is famous for its wide variety of restaurants and shops. There is a diverse food selection of Tex-Mex, barbecue, seafood. You can even smell the food from your river boat as well as see the displays of souvenirs, crafts, and artwork.

Are the boats handicap accessible and pet-friendly?

Yes, most all of the boats are wheelchair accessible however, to be safe you should check with the tour operator before booking to confirm. Pets are also allowed on the boats as long as they are leashed or in a carrier.

Where can I board the boats and what are the hours?

There are several boarding locations at various spots on the River Walk. A few of the more popular locations are under the Market Street Bridge and Alamo Street, the Shops at Rivercenter, and the Aztec Theatre. You can ride the boats from 10am to 10pm.

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The San Antonio River Walk Cruise, Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Tower of Americas is our Editors Choice for the best San Antonio river walk cruise tour

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Enjoy a dinner aboard a river boat, whilst floating and dining on the towering cypress-lined San Antonio River Walk. We’ve created an Italian experience, full of fresh ingredients, bold flavors and legendary dishes like our famous Shrimp Paesano.

Cocktail Cruises on the San Antonio River Walk

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Grab your friends, co-workers, or just the two of you, and join us for a great  evening of floating and refreshing cocktails on the San Antonio River Walk. Begin your 30-minute excursion at Paesanos Riverwalk, and we’ll take care of the rest – enjoy a guided tour and unlimited house margaritas, beer, and house wines.

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Drone show, live music, River Walk parades planned for downtown San Antonio this Fourth of July

Celebrations in downtown san antonio will start july 1, end july 7.

Rebecca Salinas , Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO – Downtown San Antonio will host several events this Fourth of July.

Centro San Antonio, the City of San Antonio, The Alamo and Visit San Antonio announced details for the inaugural Stars and Stripes on Houston Street celebrations, which last July 1-7.

The celebrations include multiple days of patriotic River Walk parades, outdoor movie screenings, live music, and more. There will also be a drone show at The Alamo on July 5.

Here are some of the events for the inaugural Stars and Stripes on Houston Street.

  • Red, White, and Blue Paleta Y Popsicle Pop Ups: From noon-2 p.m. on Houston Street, six pop-up kiosks will hand out free paletas and popsicles.
  • Star-Spangled Movies By Moonlight: “The Sandlot” : From 7:30-10 p.m. at Travis Park, there will be a showing of the classic movie plus food and drinks available for purchase. Visitors can take advantage of free parking at city-operated parking facilities after 5 p.m. for Downtown Tuesday.
  • Roof Top Party: There will be six DJs, cocktails and food at 1 Watson Rooftop Bar, 111 Soledad, from 4-11 p.m.
  • 4th of July at The Alamo: The celebration at the Alamo will last from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Alamo Church, Long Barrack and Alamo Gardens are free and open to the public.
  • Fourth of July Artisan Show: Vendors will sell their handmade merchandise from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the River Walk extension (on the Chamber of Commerce sidewalk and close to the Shops at Rivercenter).
  • Majestic Theater Open House: The theater will be open to the public for tours and backstage access from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Picnic Under The Stars: The event at the Majestic Theatre includes a dinner, cocktails and more for $100 a ticket. The event is 5-8 p.m.
  • Salute at Sunset River Parade July 4th: Dozens of decorated floats will salute all branches of the military and offer patriotic entertainment. The parade starts at 8 p.m.
  • San Antonio Stars & Stripes on Houston Street Parade: There will be a street parade with military members, fire trucks, classic cars, marching bands, local groups and more on Houston Street. The parade is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Summer Night City: Volcán and Pochos Chidos will perform at Texas Public Radio, 321 W. Commerce, from 5-9:30 p.m. There will also be vendors, food and drinks.
  • Fiesta Noche del Rio: The recurring event features cultural performances at the Arneson River Theatre along the River Walk. The event lasts from 8:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Salute at Sunset River Parade July 5: Dozens of decorated floats will salute all branches of the military and offer patriotic entertainment. The parade starts at 8 p.m.
  • Stars & Stripes Salute: The event will take place at Alamo Plaza, with family activities starting at 9 a.m. There will also be live music from 4-9:30 p.m. and a drone show at 9:30 p.m.
  • Patriotic Picnic in the Park: Milam, Legacy and Travis parks in downtown San Antonio will host food trucks, live music, performance groups and more activities from 2-10 p.m.
  • Salute at Sunset River Parade July 6: Dozens of decorated floats will salute all branches of the military and offer patriotic entertainment. The parade starts at 8 p.m.
  • Star-Spangled Movies By Moonlight: “Armageddon” : From 7:30-10 p.m. at Travis Park, there will be a showing of the classic movie plus food and drinks available for purchase.
  • Salute at Sunset River Parade July 7: Dozens of decorated floats will salute all branches of the military and offer patriotic entertainment. The parade starts at 8 p.m.

Click here to see more events in downtown San Antonio.

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Rebecca salinas.

Rebecca Salinas is an award-winning digital journalist who joined KSAT in 2019. She reports on a variety of topics for KSAT 12 News.

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