In the heart of downtown San Antonio, visitors can find two distinct yet inextricably connected worlds -the hubbub of
a busy metropolitan downtown at street level and an oasis of trees, water, music and food 20 feet below,
on the Paseo del Rio.
The San Antonio River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is a linear
park rich with lush subtropical plants, cypress trees, and flowers.
Build along the banks of the river between 1939 and 1941 as part of the Works
Progress Administration effort, this natural waterway winds through the heart of the downtown
business district, offering an oasis from the workaday world 20 feet above at street level.
All along the cobblestone paths, 75 different types of trees can be used as refuge from the warm Texas sun.
Native to the area, the bald cypress tree is the most predominate, followed by the pond cypress and the crepe myrtle.
Visitors, as well as natives, enjoy wandering pathways flanked with the stunning beauty of annuals and callendias during the cooler months.
During the warmer months, however, you'd better bring your sunglasses!
Nestled among the European-style sidewalk cafes, specialty boutiques and chic nightclubs are banks of radiant colorful flowers.