Buildings along the San Antonio River near The Riverwalk Plaza

Local Attractions

Stay Moments Away from Some of the Best San Antonio Activities

The Riverwalk Plaza Hotel is a destination unto itself, with newly transformed accommodations, great dining, a tasteful lounge and an outdoor pool. While there’s plenty here at the hotel to keep you busy, we hope you’ll take advantage of our great location to venture out and explore all that downtown San Antonio, Texas has to offer. Whether you’re traveling by foot, in a historic trolley car or on a boat down the San Antonio River, this city offers countless opportunities for discovery.
Learn a little more about the Riverwalk, or let us fill you in on some of the area’s best attractions, activities and events.

Here is a list of open attractions and resturants in San Antonio: Open San Antonio Attractions

Exterior view of the Market Square near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

Market Square

A three-block outdoor plaza lined with restaurants, shops and produce stands near San Antonio’s city center, Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the U.S. It is one of America’s top-ten outdoor markets, according to Frommer’s.

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Aerial view of the Main Plaza near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

Main Plaza

Main Plaza was the site of the first authorized Texas city when it was established as the market square for San Antonio March 9, 1731. Government structures still share Main Plaza with the Cathedral and the 1882 County Courthouse. Enjoy free live concerts every weekend.

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The San Fernando Cathedral near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

San Fernando Cathedral

The Cathedral of San Fernando is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church located in Downtown San Antonio. It is the mother church of the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the seat of its archbishop. The cathedral is also known as the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is notable as the oldest cathedral in the United States.

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The Villita historic arts village near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

La Villita Historic Arts Village

La Villita Historic Arts Village is an art community in Downtown San Antonio. There are many fine arts galleries, stores selling souvenirs, gifts, custom jewelry, pottery, and imported Mexican folk art, as well as several restaurants in the district.

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A boat sailing in the Rivercenter mall near Riverwalk Plaza

Rivercenter Mall

Rivercenter Mall is located on the Riverwalk and houses many shops and restaurants. Visit stores including, Macy's, Sun Glass Hut, Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, Gap, Tony Romas, IMAX Theater, Rivercenter Comedy Club, and so much more. 

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The botanical garden near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

Botanical Gardens

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is non-profit botanical garden in San Antonio, Texas. It is the city's official botanical garden.

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The crowded Alamodome stadium near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel


The Alamodome is a domed 65,000 seat, multi-purpose facility used as a football, basketball stadium and convention center. The Spurs played in the Alamodome for a decade and is now used for a variety of events such as UTSA football and NCAA tournaments.

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Mission San Francisco de la Espada near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

The Five Spanish Missions

Take a step back in time and visit the Spanish colonial missions established in this area in the early 1700s. Park rangers will take you on tours of the San Juan Mission compound that includes homes, ranches, farms, workshops and churches.

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A lion in the San Antonio Zoo near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

San Antonio Zoo

This is the third largest zoo in the U.S., featuring more than 3,500 animals and 600 species on 56 acres.

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The Crowded Sea World San Antonio near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

Sea World San Antonio

SeaWorld San Antonio is a 250-acre marine mammal park, oceanarium, and animal theme park, located in the Westover Hills District. It is the largest of the three parks in the SeaWorld chain owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, and the world's largest marine-life theme park.

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Exterior view of the Northstar Mall near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

Northstar Mall

This internationally acclaimed shopping center boasts more than 200 specialty stores and restaurants.

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Exterior view of the Alamo Quarry at Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

The Alamo Quarry

This open-air mall still carries the architectural flavor of the former Alamo Cement Company – the site upon which the complex was built. You'll find a movie megaplex, a Whole Foods, restaurants, boutiques and entertainment venues.

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The shops at La Cantera near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

The Shops at La Cantera

The Shops at La Cantera is a 150-acre, upscale, open-air regional shopping mall with over 130 stores and services. La Cantera is also home to Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Westin La Cantera Resort and Spa and two world-class golf courses, The Palmer Course at La Cantera and The Westin Resort Course, which was home to the PGA Valero Texas Open.

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The Prime Outlets San Antonio near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

Prime Outlets San Antonio

More than 130 brand-name retailers make up this shopping haven.

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The San Antonio Convention center near Riverwalk Plaza Hotel

San Antonio Convention Center

The Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio is just a short 5 minute drive from our riverfront hotel.

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An Abundance of Fun

San Antonio is one of Texas’ largest and fastest growing cities, with a thriving cultural scene and world-famous attractions – the Riverwalk Plaza Hotel places the best of it within your reach. There is an abundance of fun things for couples and families to do and see here, from enjoying free concert events at the Main Plaza to exploring the San Antonio Mission or cheering on the San Antonio Spurs and Silver Stars at AT&T Center. And of course, no visit to the city is complete without checking out the famous Riverwalk link to Riverwalk page, just steps from our doors – as well as the Alamo, an easy 15-minute stroll away.