Frequently Asked Questions

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We received hundreds and hundreds of emails each year asking a wide variety of questions about the Riverwalk and visiting San Antonio in general. Some are very unique but many of you have questions about the same things. Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive, along with our answers!  If you do not find a specific question you have answered here, feel free to email us at  We will get back to you as quickly as we can!

Frequently Asked Questions About The Riverwalk

Q: What is the physical address of the Riverwalk?
A: The Riverwalk does not have a physical address. With the addition of the Museum and Mission Reaches it runs for many, many miles. A central location would be the Hard Rock Cafe. Their address is 111 West Crockett Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Q: What time does the Riverwalk close?
A: Technically the Riverwalk never closes. You can walk along it at any time, day or night. Of course the businesses on the Riverwalk do close at night. Most of the restaurants close around 10pm and the bars at 2am.

Q: Do I need a reservation to ride the Rio San Antonio river boats or can we just walk up and buy a ticket?
A: Individuals do not need a reservation to ride the river boats. There are 3 ticket booths conveniently located at various spots along the Riverwalk. Those locations are, at Rivercenter Mall, across from the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel, at the Aztec Theatre. You can purchase tickets to ride the boats at any of these locations. Groups should have a reservation to ride the boats. You can make reservations by simply contacting Go Rio Cruises. Just click here to visit their website.

Q: What hours of the day do the boats operate?
A: Weather permitting they operate from 9am to 9pm every day of the year.

Q: Where do we park to visit the Riverwalk?
A: Downtown San Antonio has just over 10,000 city and privately owned parking spaces in garages, surface lots and parking meters. Click here to view our downtown parking page.

Q: How do I ride the River Taxi and how much does it cost?
The River Taxi’s are the boats that have a sign on the front and the back saying Go Rio River Taxi. To ride them you just need to get the drivers attention as they pass by. The driver will then pull into the closest docking area to where you are. Costs of the River Taxi vary depending on where and how long you want to ride.

Q: How do we do a dinner cruise?
A: You can do a dinner cruise in two different ways. To do a private/chartered dinner cruise you first contact a Riverwalk restaurant and then they assist you in chartering the boat and cater the meal for you. Click here for more information on dining cruises.

Q: We would like to do a private dinner cruise. How many people does a boat seat for dinner?
A: A boat configured for dining holds a maximum of 20 people but most recommend 16-18 for comfort.

Q: We would like to do a dinner cruise. Can we just bring our own food?
A: No. Food and beverages must be provided by a restaurant or catering company.

Q: We would like to do a cocktail cruise. Can we just bring a cooler with our own beer and wine?
A: No. Food and beverages must be provided by a restaurant or catering company.

Q: What is the best hotel on the Riverwalk?
A: That is a very subjective question and depends on the needs of the particular visitor. We have spa hotels, limited service hotels, suite hotels and others. The best hotel depends on what a specific traveler is comfortable with and what best meets the needs of their traveling party.

Q: What is the best restaurant on the Riverwalk?
A: Again this is very subjective. We have all types of restaurants and the best one depends on what the individual travelers are looking for.

Q: Is there an outdoor place for people to get married on the Riverwalk?
Yes. The popular wedding spot is called Marriage Island and is located directly behind the Hotel Contessa. It is a small peninsula that juts out into the river and is a perfect place for an outdoor wedding. To reserve it, you need to contact the City of San Antonio Department of Parks and Recreation. Their number is 210-207-7275.

Q: When is the Christmas/Holiday river parade?
A: It is always the Friday after Thanksgiving at 7pm.

The Holiday River Parade on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

The beautiful Holiday River Parade!

Q: Do we have to have a ticket to see the Holiday River Parade? Can’t we just watch if from a bridge or from the sidewalk?
A: For the major river parades the walking area along the Riverwalk is closed at around 3pm in the afternoon. This allows time for the restaurants to set up their seating for customers who purchase parade packages from them. Yes some people will be able to watch the parade(s) from the bridges that cross the river but please understand that tens of thousands of people will be trying to do that. It may not be the experience you are hoping for.

Q: How do we take a carriage ride around Downtown San Antonio and how much does it cost?
A: The carriages line up along the North and South walls of the Alamo pretty much every day. The times they appear vary, but they are almost always there at night. Just approach them and inquire about a ride/tour. The cost is $20 for each person that is riding.