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Published on February 13, 2024
San Antonio's River Walk Sails to Second Place for Most Unique First DatesSource: Wikipedia/Daniel J Simanek, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lovebirds and sightseers alike, take note. San Antonio's River Walk has just snagged some major accolades, proving that charm and beauty can indeed sway hearts and critics. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the iconic San Antonio River Walk has been celebrated not only as a hotspot for romantic first dates but also as a global beauty. According to a press release from KENS 5, the Go Rio boat rides along the River Walk cinched second place in DatingNews.com's ranking for the Most Unique 'First Date' Experiences, beating out 148 other unique first-date experiences nationwide.

With over 3,000 participating singles in the poll, San Antonio's picturesque river cruises and strolls nabbed this coveted slot, only just falling behind a Charleston carriage ride. Described by the press release as a chance for couples to indulge in a leisurely cruise and then wander, hand-in-hand, the San Antonio River Walk left behind other notable experiences like a dolphin watching cruise in South Carolina and stargazing in Hawaii. The vibrant Texan spot even outshone its in-state competitors, with DatingNews.com not ranking Austin's top four submissions or Dallas's single entry within the top 40 for that romantic first-date vibe.

And if that's not enough to swell local pride, the River Walk has also been recognized on a global scale. A report by KSAT revealed that travel site Kuoni placed the San Antonio River Walk 16th among the world's most beautiful sights. Earning its spot through an analysis of 452,000 TripAdvisor reviews, the River Walk stood its ground against spots like Central Park in New York City, the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. America's bounty of beautiful spots found only five of its jewels, including San Antonio's pride, twinkling among the top 20 of Kuoni's coveted list.