The San Antonino River Walk is a major tourist attraction located on the banks of the San Antonio River. The walk is a special pedestrian street that's one story beneath the automobile streets of the city. Visitors can enjoy any number of bars, shops, natural sights, public art, historic missions, and restaurants all located right on the river walk. The 15-mile River Walk winds and loops under bridges, while two parallel sidewalks follow the river. Many of the major tourist attractions in this part of the city are right off of the River Walk. There's a large selection of stores at the River Center and a walkway to the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Alamo. Plus, there are seasonal events, such as the River Parade and the Fiesta San Antonio, that take place along the path.
One famous movie that was filmed at the San Antonio River Walk is "Miss Congeniality," featuring Sandra Bullock. The movie is loosely based on real events of a female FBI agent posing as a beauty pageant contestant for a case. Bullock portrays the FBI agent and travels from New York to San Antonio to take part in the Miss United States beauty pageant. Parts of the production of the movie filmed on location both in New York City and San Antonio. Scenes in San Antonio were shot right along the River Walk as well as at the Alamo, which is right off of the River Walk.
The lush green trees, park benches, flower gardens, and level walking path make this location in San Antonio a beautiful start to a simple, low-key afternoon. But if you want more than stone bridges and boat rides, there are loads of restaurants, attractions, and shops as well. You can work your way through Museum Reach, which is an additional 1.3 mile stretch that was added in 2009 to provide a boat landing at the San Antonio Museum of Art. The Reach also provides stunning landscape views and public art installations, along with the Grotto, a cave-like structure that was created by local artist Carlos Cortes. For those looking for food, you’ll find Rivercenter Mall with loads of local and chain options, along with loads of Italian, Tex-Mex, and casual bistros along the way. For shopping, there are local boutiques filled with clothing, shoes, trinkets, antiques, artwork, and souvenirs. Visit the historic Market Square, South Bank Mall, Plaza Marketplace, La Villita Historic Arts Village, Silversmith Inc., LiberT - Tshirts and Souvenirs or a classic Five & Dime store.
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