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Issues to Do in San Antonio With Youngsters

Enthusiastic about visiting the Texas metropolis of San Antonio? Along with the wonderful tradition and historical past, there are a lot of enjoyable issues to do in San Antonio with youngsters, together with theme parks and museums. We lately visited for 5 days over Spring Break, and we had such a good time with our children.

I might suggest San Antonio as a trip vacation spot for households, because of the number of enjoyable actions. Considering of visiting the town together with your kids? Listed below are a number of the finest issues to do in San Antonio with youngsters.

Disclosure: We obtained complimentary tickets to SeaWorld San Antonio for this overview. Affiliate hyperlinks are included on this put up – when you click on/buy by an affiliate hyperlink, we might make a small fee at no further price to you. We paid for all of our different actions in San Antonio, together with lodge, meals, and airfare, and all opinions are my very own.

Through the years, we’ve tried to spend faculty breaks exploring totally different components of the USA. My youngsters hadn’t been to Texas earlier than, so we determined to move to San Antonio, Texas, house to the favored points of interest together with the Alamo and River Stroll. We booked a Southwest Holidays bundle, which included our flights from Boston, a rental automobile, and our lodge.

In case you are planning on visiting San Antonio on trip, I’d suggest buying a San Antonio CityPASS® ticket for every member of your loved ones. You’ll be capable of pay one value and select 4 of the next points of interest to go to, saving about 35%:

  • Go Rio San Antonio River Cruise
  • San Antonio Botanical Backyard
  • San Antonio Museum of Artwork
  • San Antonio Zoo
  • The DoSeum
  • The Tower of the Americas
  • Witte Museum

Issues to Do in San Antonio With Youngsters

The Alamo

The Alamo is the most well-liked attraction in Texas, so it’s a must-do on your San Antonio household trip. It will get busy with faculty teams and vacationers, so we determined to go very first thing within the morning. It’s free to get in and stroll round, however you can too select to buy an audio tour or a guided tour.

We opted to get the audio tour, which I believe is the easiest way to be taught when touring with older kids (mine had been 10 and 12 on this trip). There’s a lot data on the tour, and also you’ll be taught loads concerning the wealthy historical past and background of the Battle of the Alamo in addition to Texas historical past. You should buy the audio tour in the principle plaza as you enter the Alamo.

In any other case, you’ll be strolling round and attempting to learn the totally different displays. I at all times discover the audio excursions to be simpler to observe and preserve the youngsters extra engaged. It’s definitely worth the cash.

It doesn’t take too lengthy to stroll across the Alamo. There are some guidelines of reverence that you simply’ll have to observe when visiting the inside, so overview these prematurely. You’ll most likely wish to focus on them together with your youngsters as properly. Along with the displays, you additionally discover a present store.

In the event you aren’t staying on the River Stroll, then mix your journey to the Alamo with a go to to the River Stroll as a result of they’re proper close to one another. In any other case, you may simply stroll over out of your lodge.

Umbrellas over tables at riverfront restaurant
The River Stroll – probably the greatest issues to do in San Antonio with youngsters

The San Antonio River Stroll

Whereas the Alamo is the most well-liked vacationer attraction in Texas, the River Stroll is the second hottest attraction. We now have a whole put up centered on issues to do on the San Antonio River Stroll – however I like to recommend taking the riverboat tour from Rio San Antonio Cruises.

The guides are educated, and the 30-minute experience is enjoyable and academic. When you are exploring the River Stroll space, you’ll see so many of those boats floating round. It’s one of the in style issues to do there.

The River Stroll is positioned inside strolling distance of the Alamo, so you are able to do each in sooner or later when you aren’t staying within the space. There are additionally numerous outlets and eating places which you could discover throughout your go to.

SeaWorld San Antonio

My youngsters’ spotlight of our time in San Antonio was our day at SeaWorld San Antonio. Though the park is smaller than the situation in Orlando, we beloved it. It’s the proper place to go to with the entire household.

There are curler coasters and thrill rides for older kids and many various animal encounters and reveals. Whereas they’ve numerous totally different species, our favourite spot was the penguins. In case you are touring with youthful kids on your loved ones journey there are different rides for smaller kids (together with Sesame Road-themed areas).

SeaWorld San Antonio is open for restricted days and hours within the low season, so that you’ll wish to test that out earlier than your journey. It was solely open on weekends throughout our April journey, so we solely had the choice of 1 particular day throughout our five-night journey.

That’s one thing you’ll wish to know prematurely. You possibly can spend the entire day there, so I wouldn’t plan to do the rest that day.

See our entire SeaWorld San Antonio overview right here.

Sign at the entrance of the Witte Museum

The Witte Museum

There was one wet day throughout our San Antonio household trip, so we headed to the lately renovated Witte Museum. Though my youngsters had been a bit reluctant to go to a museum on our spring break trip, the Witte pleasantly stunned them.

An element science museum, half historical past museum, the Witte options a number of totally different buildings with a great deal of hands-on displays. Our favorites had been the Texas Heritage Middle, the dinosaur gallery, and the H-E-B Physique Journey. Though the Physique Journey is in a separate constructing, I like to recommend visiting it.

My youngsters beloved studying about well being and health and even discovered how a lot they would wish to train to burn off their favourite sugary drinks. It was lesson for all of us.

The Tower of the Americas

We used to dwell in Seattle and beloved the House Needle, so we needed to go to the Tower of the Americas. Surprisingly, it’s taller than the Seattle House Needle. It will get busy, so we arrived very first thing within the morning.

After paying for parking on the complicated, we walked to the park surrounding the tower. We had been there earlier than it opened, so we simply loved strolling by the park earlier than buying tickets.

Tickets for the tower additionally embrace the 4D theater, though it wasn’t operational whereas we had been there. You get a wristband for the tower, so you can too return later within the day to see the town at evening.

I wouldn’t essentially suggest this for youthful youngsters, however when you like seeing nice views, it’s an ideal place. It doesn’t take too lengthy to go to, and it’s enjoyable to see issues from the remark deck.

Pearl brewing can statue on top of building

The Pearl

The Pearl is a enjoyable new neighborhood within the unique Pearl Brewery district. We parked within the free lot and visited a number of of the distinctive, hip outlets earlier than testing the attractive Resort Emma. In the event you like buildings and resorts, I’d suggest strolling by the Resort Emma (and even staying there).

Then, we walked by the river – taking a great deal of photos, and dined on the riverfront restaurant La Gloria. It’s price driving out to the Pearl for the afternoon. It was probably the greatest locations that we visited throughout our journey.

It’s so totally different from the River Stroll, and La Gloria was one among our favourite eating experiences. Eat exterior if in any respect doable. Go to when the climate is sweet so you may take pleasure in being exterior.

Points of interest by the Alamo

There are a number of enjoyable kitschy museums positioned by the Alamo, together with Ripley’s Imagine It or Not and the Guinness World Information Museum. My son noticed the entrance of Ripley’s and begged to go in. Whereas I wouldn’t think about these must-dos, they’re enjoyable to go to when you’ve got the time and in case your youngsters wish to go.

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Different actions in San Antonio

We weren’t capable of see every little thing that we needed, however there are different issues to do in San Antonio with youngsters. We needed to go to Schlitterbahn (a water park), however like SeaWorld, it’s solely open on weekends throughout April. We had been solely there for one weekend day on our journey.

There’s additionally the San Antonio Zoo, the Institute of Texas Cultures, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the San Antonio Aquarium, the Pure Bridge Caverns, and the Doseum. These all cater to totally different ages so that you’ll wish to look into them individually to determine what’s finest on your journey.

Gruene Texas

Exterior of San Antonio

If you wish to discover exterior of San Antonio, you could think about taking a brief highway journey by the Texas Hill Nation. Whereas there are many resorts, resorts, and ranches to remain in, you can too go to for a day journey. There, you’ll discover a number of museums, state parks, ziplining, outlets, and eating places.

Throughout our go to, we determined to drive as much as Gruene Texas (pronounced Inexperienced). As a result of this was the youngsters’ first journey to Texas, we needed to transcend the town of San Antonio to discover extra of the Texas countryside. Whereas we didn’t spend an excessive amount of time in Gruene, we did take pleasure in some procuring and lunch on the Gruene River Grill.

You could possibly additionally mix a visit to San Antonio with a drive to a number of the Texas seashores.

The place to Eat in San Antonio

We beloved nearly the entire meals that we had in San Antonio and had some nice meals. For BBQ, I like to recommend BBQ Station, which is a little bit of a drive from the River Stroll. I used to be stunned that there aren’t too many nice BBQ eating places close to the River Stroll, however BBQ Station is the actual deal.

For Mexican, we beloved Casa Rio and Acenar (each on the River Stroll), in addition to La Gloria within the Pearl. Our favourite restaurant total was Boudro’s (additionally on the River Stroll).

We ate there twice as a result of we beloved it a lot. There are such a lot of nice eating places within the space, so it’s a good suggestion to perform a little research prematurely and make reservations the place obligatory.

At a minimal, you must think about consuming at the very least one meal exterior on the River Stroll. Even when you don’t keep on the River Stroll, you’ll love folks watching as you dine.

Some eating places have entrances on the road stage however provide seating alongside the River Stroll. Some even have dwell music.

Hotel exterior along the river walk

The place to Keep in San Antonio

When San Antonio resorts, you’ll have numerous choices. Some resorts are positioned in Downtown San Antonio/on the River Stroll, some a brief stroll from the River Stroll, some which might be close to the airport, and others which might be nearer to SeaWorld.

We determined to remain on the River Stroll, on the Omni La Mansion Del Rio. The Drury Lodges (there are two within the River Stroll space) have nice evaluations as properly (see evaluations for the Drury Plaza and the Drury Inn and Suites).

I beloved being on the River Stroll because it’s so handy. When reserving your room, you could have the choice of a River Stroll view. I discovered that to be worthwhile – we loved the view.

Take a look at our story on issues to do in San Antonio.

Continuously Requested Questions

What number of days ought to I trip in San Antonio?

Our go to for 5 days was good for our functions. There are many locations to go to in San Antonio, however when you keep in Downtown San Antonio, you may mix a number of actions in a day. In case you are contemplating visiting for an extended weekend, you’ll most likely have to decide on just a few issues to do.

Do you want a automobile in San Antonio?

A lot of the River Stroll and Alamo space may be very walkable. Nonetheless, you’ll wish to have a automobile when you plan to discover past that space. We had a rental automobile and used it day-after-day of our journey. Use this hyperlink to check costs and e book your rental automobile.

What’s the finest a part of San Antonio to remain in?

Whereas I do love the Pearl, I favor to remain on the River Stroll. It’s such a enjoyable, distinctive space good for household holidays.

Planning a San Antonio trip? Click on to learn our evaluations, suggestions, and planning concepts on your subsequent household trip to San Antonio.

an old stone building with arches and potted plants, the riverwalk lit up, a blue and white roller coaster at an amusement park

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