Be River Proud! Kayaking the River Loop and Enjoying Holiday Lights

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Last Updated on March 31, 2023

The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) staff is committed to safe, clean, enjoyable creeks and rivers but we need YOU to help us protect and preserve area natural resources for future generations. There are many ways you can get involved and Be River Proud! We want to highlight your positive actions so please share with us pictures or videos of you and your loved ones on social media using #BeRiverProud. Once a month, we’ll feature your stories on our blog.

Kayaking the River Walk Loop

Though we faced many challenges caused by the global pandemic, 2020 provided other rare opportunities. One such opportunity was the River Authority’s sponsorship of the San Antonio River Walk Association’s (SARWA) Kayaking the River Walk Event. For the first time in 35 years, the public was allowed to kayak the San Antonio River Walk “Paseo del Rio” every weekend in October and into the first weekend of November. This event provided so many special memories and some of the best pictures!

One event goer, IG @crystal_fullerfuller, shared her experience on Instagram. She writes, “Being born and raised in San Antonio, it was an extra special experience to see the River Walk so calm & peaceful. Today was one for the memory books!”

If you’re looking to take part in this special experience, you’re in luck! This event will be held 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays December 4 through January 31 (excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). There is a fee and reservations are required, so be sure to visit the SARWA page to purchase your tickets and don’t forget to share your pics and tag us on social media!


Holiday Magic!

A few more spots to add to your list this holiday season are Museum Reach River of Lights and San Pedro Creek Culture Park!

@socializesanantonio provided this great view of the San Antonio River Lock & Dam Christmas Tree located at 510 Brooklyn Ave. The Christmas Tree includes two light shows with popular holiday music that will get you dancing right away! You can catch the first one every evening at 6:00 p.m. and will alternate shows every 30 minutes with the last one starting at 9:30 p.m.

Once you’ve experienced the holiday magic at the Museum Reach, make sure to hop on over to San Pedro Creek Culture Park for more holiday magic!

The last day to enjoy the holiday lights at both locations is January 4, so make plans to stop by!

Museum Reach River of Lights photo by Socialize San Antonio Instagram account

River of Lights. Photo credit IG: sociliazesanantonio

San Pedro Creek Culture Park holiday lights photo contribution by Anthony

San Pedro Creek Culture Park, photo credit: Anthony/News4 San Antonio  

Show Us Your River Pride for a Chance to be Featured on our Blog!

  1. Engage in activity showing river pride such as: recreating along the San Antonio River, showing your stewardship for the San Antonio River, and using sustainability practices at your home. To find more examples, read Show Your River Pride and What You Can Do at River Authority parks.
  2. Post a picture of your activity on social media!
  3. Tag @sanantonioriver
  4. Include #beriverproud

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