Thursday, April 16, 2009
While in San Antonio today, we experienced the Riverwalk there. First we walked it, and then we rode a boat with a tour guide. Each provided a different experience, so I'm glad we did both. They claim that this is the #1 entertainment destination in Texas and after visiting, this does not surprise me in the least. Its history dates all the way back to 1536. The Riverwalk is considered a city park so it is a public space which means it is free and open for everyone to enjoy. Auburn will be happy to know that dogs are welcome on the Riverwalk.The boat tour provided many interesting facts about the riverwalk. There is a spot called Marriage Island where an average of one marriage ceremony a day is performed. There is a hotel that was built in an interesting way-the first four floors were built on site and each floor after that was built eight miles away and was built room by room and then fitted into the building like a puzzle piece. I'll stop there, otherwise I'll ruin the tour for everyone that hasn't taken it yet.We ate lunch while here and it was neat to be sitting right on the water, close enough to the duck to pet them, while eating. There were dining boats where you could eat while doing your tour which we thought were interesting too.This was Austin's favorite feature of Riverwalk. It is a building that provides an optical illusion of being a flat wall, rather than a building. He is still talking about this.We truly loved this place. I can see why many of what I assumed to be locals, used this as a place to walk or jog. If I lived here, I would too.