We have visited the Riverwalk a few times but found it to be a bit chaotic, especially trying to herd 2 smallish kids and a stroller through the crowds (and even more fun, up and down the numerous steps and overpasses). On our most recent trip this past week, we decided to try a River Tour (boat). It was really a lot of fun! It's about 40 minutes, you'll get to see all of the Riverwalk and best of all, you can really see/appreciate the buildings, take great photos, scope out places you'd like to try and learn some of the fascinating history of the river and it's buildings.
Our guide, Leon, was a hoot! He gave a lot of information and had a great sense of humor. Highly recommend this if you're in San Antonio.
** It should be noted that, while the tour normally runs every 30 minutes or so, if the weather is bad or if there's been a heavy rain, the boats will stop running and the ticket office will close without warning. We came to get our tour tickets on Friday morning (a few hours after a rain storm) and found the ticket kiosk closed and no one around to give info. The friendly yellow-shirted Tourist Information representative stationed nearby told us that the boats would not be running for the next hour or two while they waited for the water level to go down. If you're stuck in a situation like this, find an Info Rep (yellow shirts, yellow wagons - on most street corners) and ask. It might save you some time (and grief!).
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