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Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX

The most engaging waterfront walk in America is barely inches from the San Antonio River. Winding through downtown Texas in its own lively urban canyon , which on scorching days makes it one of the coolest places in Texas, Riverwalk is lined with cafes and many other layers of activity that rise up from the waters edge. Built as a WPA project in the 1930s, it is an unsurpassed tourist magnet but also remains a place ...more »

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River Parks, Tulsa, OK

Offering the best in outdoor recreation, River Parks' 26 miles of asphalt-surfaced trails weave past gathering areas, playgrounds, fountains and sculptures along the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa. The park's varied landscape ranges from manicured lawns to the rugged terrain of the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness. River Parks offers dual trails for pedestrians and cyclists, plus seasonal enjoyment of fishing, ...more »

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Waterplace Park - Providence, RI

Once covered by the "world's widest bridge," the Providence River downtown is now enlivened by year-round public art and cultural events - including the famed WaterFire installation. Waterplace Park and the Riverwalk linked to it have a welcoming, well-thought-out design, which has become a focal point of the overall revitalization of Providence's downtown area. But what really makes these great places is the wealth ...more »

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Riverfront Park, Mankato, Minn.

Riverfront Park celebrates the heritage and culture of greater Mankato by providing recreational and cultural opportunities along the banks of the Minnesota River. Riverfront Park features a grand lawn that provides seating for more than 12,000 people. Kasota Stone, native to Mankato and the region and used worldwide, serves as natural seating areas for the park’s Vetter Stone Ampitheater, which showcases various performances, ...more »

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