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Reach for the River

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Completed in 2013, the Museum and Mission Reaches give Alamo City residents a part of the River Walk they can own, one with far fewer visitors and attractions than the tourist-saturated portion of the San Antonio River. And they're perfect places for a stroll. The Museum Reach — four miles soaked with native flora — is north of Downtown and connects the hip Pearl with the San Antonio Museum of Art to the south, passing VFW Post 76 (the oldest post in Texas) and continuing on into the heart of the city. There's plenty of signage along the way so you won't get lost. Starting in Southtown, the Mission Reach boasts an 8-mile walk complete with art portals and, of course, Texas' only World Heritage Site, the San Antonio Missions. While there's a recreational aspect to this stretch on the river, there's also an impressive doing-right-by-nature story, including restoration of 113 acres of aquatic habitat and 334 acres of riparian habitat, and the planting of more than 20,000 young tress and shrubs. Whether you're looking for a long walk or just a short jaunt, there's plenty to do along the Museum and Mission Reaches.

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