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Discover Fun Things to Do on the River Walk

El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel is the perfect spot to begin your walking tour of  San Antonio’s storied River Walk. Located on Museum Reach at the original Hugman Dam, the hotel serves as the perfect gateway to a tranquil, 1.3-mile of stretch along the banks of the San Antonio River. Meander to some of the city’s most outstanding local restaurants, shops and sites at the spectacular Pearl Brewery complex, home of the Culinary Institute of America. And if your visit falls on a weekend, don’t miss the Farmer’s Market, offering the best local and seasonal products by vendors from the city and region.

Buildings by the Riverwalk

Be sure and visit the San Antonio Museum of ArtThey have a collection of more than 30,000 objects representing 5,000 years of history and culture from every region of the world including important works from Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, and Contemporary art.


Also there are lots of public art installations to see along the Muesum Reach, including Bruce Lipski’s F.I.S.H.,


Bring your running shoes! This section is a favorite walking / jogging area for locals because of the serene preservation areas of native wetlands. 

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts - just across the river from the hotel

Tobin Center For Perfoming Arts at Night

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is set on the banks of the San Antonio River, this stunningly renovated performing arts facility features a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose performance hall, a 250-seat studio theater, and an outdoor performance plaza with a 30-foot video wall that overlooks the River Walk.

To honor the site’s heritage as a World War I memorial, striking monuments to San Antonio’s Medal of Honor recipients stand guard along the slopes of the Plaza.  It’s a Military City USA must see.

Majestic Theater - 0.5 miles

Stage at the Majestic Theater

Built in 1929, this beautifully renovated Spanish Mediterranean-style theater celebrates a time when taking in a show meant something special. The 2,264 seat Majestic Theatre is a National Historic Landmark, and is currently home to the San Antonio Symphony, the Broadway in San Antonio series, along with a wide variety of concerts and performing arts attractions. 

The theater hosts a wide variety of concerts and shows.

Alamo - 0.7 miles

The Alamo at Night

Located in the heart of San Antonio, this Franciscan mission stands as an icon of Texas history, a monument to the 189 volunteers, including James Bowie and Davy Crockett, who fought and died here during a 13-day siege in 1836 by Mexican dictator General Antonio López de Santa Anna.  People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

Central River Walk Area - 0.7 miles

Outside Tables at Hard Rock Cafe

The Paseo del Rio, as it’s also known, is a scenic, three-mile stone pathway winding along both banks of the San Antonio River. In some areas the stroll is tranquil and quiet, in others you’ll find bustling restaurants, bars and shops, all of which can be accessed by river taxis, charter boats or by foot.  

The Riverwalk's South Bank is home to the Hard Rock Cafe, Howl at The Moon and Swig Martini Bar and many other fabulous entertainment options.

Tower of the Americas - 1.2 miles

Tower of the Americas at Night

For almost five decades, the 750-foot Tower of the Americas has offered visitors one of the most spectacular views in Texas. Once you’ve taken in the jaw-dropping sightlines on the observation deck, head for the Skies Over Texas, a breathtaking 4-D interactive ride that takes visitors on a high-altitude journey across the Lone Star State, soaring over a Friday-night high school football game, a NASA space shuttle flight and more.

The tower was built as the theme structure for the 1968 World's Fair.  The Tower was the tallest observation tower in the United States from 1968 until 1996.  It is the tallest building in San Antonio and the tallest building in Texas outside of Dallas or Houston.

King William District - 1.3 miles

Mansion at King William District

King William is located on the south bank of San Antonio River.  This historic neighborhood is home to some of the city’s oldest mansions. Ranging from small cottages to grandiose Tudor and Victorian estates, most homes have been beautifully restored and provide a glimpse into the lives of San Antonio’s 18th century elite. The district also features a wide array of restaurants, bars and shops to satisfy all tastes.  Be sure and visit the Blue Star Arts Complex...its a must see

Pearl Brewery - 1.3 miles

Pearl Brewery at Night

Boasting fabulous restaurants, upscale shopping, a farmer’s market and weekly foodie events, this gathering spot is one of San Antonio’s premier culinary and cultural destinations.  

The Pearl is home to the Culiary Institute of America and is adjacent to the progressive South Broadway "Sobro" area where even more food and drink can be found.  The Pearl is a short, fifteen minute stroll from the hotel along the beautiful River Walk's Museum Reach.

Market Square - 1.4 miles

El Mercado Market Square

Immerse yourself in San Antonio’s rich Mexican heritage at this three-block outdoor plaza lined with authentic restaurants, shops, produce wagons, street performers and pop-up artist stands.

The largest Mexican market in the U.S., also known as “El Mercado”, it has also been named one of America's top ten outdoor markets by Frommer's.

Alamodome - 1.5 miles

Overhead View of Alamo Dome


 This world-class, 65,000-seat sports and entertainment venue hosts everything from professional sporting events and the biggest names in music to Disney on Ice, college football and more.  

It is home to, of course, the Alamo Bowl annually and has played host to the NCAA Final Four and will, yet again, be host for the presigious event in 2018.  

Fort Sam Houston - 4 miles

Five Flags on Wall

Named a National Historic Landmark in 1975, Fort Sam Houston traces its roots back to when the very first U.S. soldiers encamped here in 1845.  It is one of the oldest posts in the country.   The 1946 transfer of the Army's Medical Field Service School to the post marked the beginning of Fort Sam Houston role as the home of Army medicine.

At the same time, Brooke Hospital Center and several other medical activities on the post were all organized as Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC).  It continues to serve the military community to this day.  

Today, it’s also home to over 900 meticulously preserved buildings that tell the fascinating story of America’s military history.

San Antonio Botanical Gardens - 5 miles

Stone Walkway through Garden

The Botanical Gardens has 33 acres of beautiful gardens and meadows dappled with indigenous Texas vegetation and plants and flowers from around the world. Be sure to visit the Halsell Conservatory, a 90,000-square-foot, climate-controlled greenhouse that takes you on a journey from the arid desert to a lush, tropical rainforest.  While there be sure to dine at  Anne Marie’s Carriage House Bistro.  

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