Welcome to the Downtown North River Tour

From the prehistoric native-American peoples to the Spanish missions to today's Riverwalk, the river has long been a gathering place and source for community. The river continues to be a setting of beauty, particularly with the recent extension of the Museum Reach Project.

The Downtown North River Tour begins downtown at the Southwest School of Art, Artpace, and the Central Library. It encompasses the San Antonio Museum of Art, Brackenridge Park and finishes with the Witte Museum, the Botanical Gardens and ultimately ends with the source of the San Antonio River on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word.


Research courtesy of the Texas Handbook Online, published by the Texas State Historical Association.  Please visit the TSHA website at http://www.tshaonline.org for information regarding additional cultural and historic sites in Texas.

The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) has collaborated with residents, neighborhood groups, artists, and arts organizations to develop each Neighborhood Discovery Tour.  The information presented on this website is provided as a reference only.  If you have questions or comments regarding the tours, please contact OCA directly at (210) 222-2787.  If you have any questions regarding individual establishments, please contact them directly.

Photos by Susie Walker-Atchison unless noted otherwise.