Jan 21 2010
One of the highlights of our trip to Texas was strolling down San Antonio’s Riverwalk. I’d been there before as an adult, but it’s a little different when traveling with kids. Here are my tips for visiting the Riverwalk with kids.
- Go early in the day. We got there at 10 a.m., and it was uncrowded and easy to let the kids roam. As the day progressed, it got steadily more crowded and harder to move through the throngs of people.
- Leave the stroller behind if you can. Parts of the Riverwalk are rough pavement or bricks, and there are stairs to access the street level. It’s also easier to weave through crowds without it.
- Take the counter-clockwise path. Although some areas of the Riverwalk have railings, many are just an easy step away from a very wet child. If you walk counter-clockwise, moving to the right as you meet other pedestrians will put your kids farther away from the water rather right next to it.
- Book your barge tour early. We waited until 2 p.m. to get tickets for a river cruise, and they were sold out until 4:30 p.m., when we’d then have to get back in line and wait for a space on a tour. We should have done the cruise first thing in the morning when it was less busy.
- Find a snack. The ice cream shop on the Riverwalk near the Casa Rio restaurant was actually more affordable than the ice cream shop in the Rivercenter Mall food court area.
- Eat a meal. Several restaurants on the Riverwalk offer outdoor seating. We ate at Cafe Ole and enjoyed the patio, but the pigeons flying past scared our daughter. You won’t go hungry; there are several restaurants along the Riverwalk, as well as the food court at the mall if that’s what your family prefers.
- Keep your eyes open. See if you can spot a historical marker, the building with gargoyle faces, a waterfall, or some unique gardens. Our kids loved counting the number of times that we crossed under Navarro Street.
- Have fun! The San Antonio Riverwalk is a unique and interesting place.