We came to San Antonio for a few days to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We are staying in Houston for a few months and just wanted to get away for something romantic – The Riverwalk seemed like the perfect place!
We have really been enjoying the RV park we are staying at in Houston and it just so happens the same company has one in San Antonio as well that just opened up in July, so we are staying there. It’s called Greenlake RV Resort. We kept our monthly site in Houston going but brought the trailer here for 3 nights. It’s still a cheap way to travel as we are only spending about $24/night with Good Sam discount. Bonus – we don’t have to remember to pack anything! Everything is with us! We just love this life.
We took the road trip to San Antonio on our actual anniversary. We love road trips! We even made a video as we traveled.
By the time we pulled in, set up, took showers and got gussied up, we really didn’t hit the town until about 8pm. We strolled the Riverwalk a little and just took in the atmosphere, then selected a little Mexican restaurant where we could dine on the water. We had a romantic little anniversary dinner, just enjoying each other.
The next day was really our “San Antonio day” where we took in the Riverwalk and the Alamo and spent the day wandering. We started off our day enjoying coffee and breakfast at Sip, a local coffee spot. We spied a little glimpse of the Riverwalk from up above:
We really aren’t big on cities, especially big cities! LOL… but San Antonio is more than just a city. When you go down below street level to the Riverwalk, it doesn’t feel like “big city” anymore. It’s like another world!
Charming walkways, beautiful architecture and tons of lush plants – not to mention the river itself – all come together to create the most delightful atmosphere. For me it feels a lot like places I have been in Europe. It is, simply put, a place you want to be. We felt so relaxed strolling along.
Nature is a very present force along the Riverwalk, doing its own thing:
Yep, that tree is growing right out the side of a building we walked by.
After strolling around on our own for a while, we decided to take one of the boat tours. $8.25 for an adult ($6 for a veteran) and the tour lasts 35 minutes. We found out tour to be very informative, interesting, and just plain fun. It was a great day for it as it was somewhat overcast and we didn’t have the sun beating down on us. We floated around learning about the buildings, the river, and some history of the area.
It was fun to have some things pointed out to us that we might not have noticed on our own… for example, this awesome building which was built to give the illusion of being two dimensional:
I love any boat ride anyway, and we both really enjoyed including this in our day, albeit a pretty typical “tourist trap” experience – some of them are great and we think this one was!
Taking the tour also helped us get a sense of how everything was laid out and where we might want to go throughout the day, including picking our lunch spot (an Irish pub called Waxy O’Connor’s) and finding out that we needed to get to the Alamo by going through the Hyatt Regency. It helped us form our game plan 🙂
After the tour we stopped at an empty table along the water and sat down to write each other anniversary letters. This is a little tradition we are starting. We wrote each other letters about this past year as well as what we hope/dream for the year to come, and we plan to read them next year on our 2nd wedding anniversary 🙂
We had lunch at the Irish Pub after finishing up our letters and continued along the Riverwalk toward going to see the Alamo.
There were so many scenic spots along the Riverwalk, like little waterfalls and giant lush plants. We were stopping to take pictures constantly!
We did eventually make it to the Alamo, but that is going to be a whole separate blog post 🙂 After we visited the Alamo we came back down the the Riverwalk and finished off our day with some ice cream and yes, even more walking along just enjoying. We didn’t really seem to get tired of doing that 🙂
The weather was perfect – yes still a bit warm and sticky but hey, it’s Texas. The cloud cover really helped to keep things comfortable, and it never did rain as we feared it would. We enjoyed every minute of our day just taking in the atmosphere of the Riverwalk.
We definitely recommend checking out the San Antonio Riverwalk whenever you have the opportunity. We think it would also be very family friendly. There’s plenty to see and do, lots of good food places to enjoy. The boat tours are fun. We also noticed it is very handicap-friendly, and many patrons in wheelchairs were getting around and enjoying the area as well. If you like that feeling of getting away from things like we do, this “not in the city” feel when you ARE in the city, might just be for you 🙂
We also made a video of our day in San Antonio for your viewing pleasure 😀
Thanks for coming along with us!