10 Great Activities the Kids Will Love in San Antonio
By Kimberly Suta
San Antonio Local Expert
There's never a shortage of fun things to do with the kids in San Antonio! In fact, the only problem might be deciding what to do first!
Of course, many families come to San Antonio for the big parks, like Seaworld and Fiesta Texas and there's no denying that they are popular choices for the kiddos, but there are literally hundreds of other fun, exciting and even educational things to do that won't cost you an arm and a leg.
For the young ones, The San Antonio Children's Museum is always a great choice. It's offers great interactive exhibits that the kids just love.
Adventurous families will love The Cave Without a Name, which is a thrill exploration of the world underneath our feet, and this special Texas cave happens to be one of the most beautiful you'll ever see. It's less commercialized than many others so it offers you a rare experience.
Active families can enjoy exploring San Antonio's historic missions. Make a day of it and rent bikes for the family and hop on the mission trail. It's a great way to burn off some energy and have a blast at the same time!
Find out what else could be in store for you!
Blue Star Bike Shop
For active families, there's no better way to spend the day with the kids than exploring the wonderful Alamo city by bike. We suggest heading down to Blue Star Bike Shop, which is just minutes from downtown, where you can rent bikes for a family of four for less than $100/day. You certainly can't say that about other popular family activities like Fiesta Texas. Hop on to the riverwalk, which is right next to the Blue Star complex. You should see it, but if you get confused, then feel free to ask for directions from a friendly Texan. Once you're on the riverwalk, you can stay on it the entire way as you head north. Take time to meander through the stunning King William residential district, perhaps stop to have lunch along the popular part of the river downtown and then explore the new riverwalk extension. ((210) 858-0331)
San Antonio IMAX Theater Rivercenter
Grab some popcorn and experience "Alamo...The Price of Freedom," which is always showing at the San Antonio IMAX. A six-story screen and digital sound bring the dramatic battle to life (conveniently, the original structure is right across the street). Other IMAX films are constantly rotating through, so make sure to check listings before you go. Wildlife and nature-related films are especially prominent, and commercial films also make a showing. After the show, there are a ton of different places to enjoy at the Rivercenter. If you're up for it, the rivercenter comedy club is a great way to relax. They get some top notch performers from all over the country. (210-247-4629, 800-354-4629)
San Antonio Scorpions Soccer Team
What better way to spend time with the kids than to take them to a professional soccer game. Sure, in America, football and baseball are sports staples, but soccer is growing in popularity and is an exciting game to watch. When visiting San Antonio, make sure to take the kids to a Scorpions game, San Antonio's new professional soccer team, who is part of the North American Soccer League (NASL). The games take place at the Toyota Field, San Antonio's newest state-of-the-art, open air stadium, which lead to the creation of this outstanding soccer team. Ticket prices may vary, so be sure to find out beforehand and get your tickets early! ((210) 495-8686)
Alamo City Ghost Tours
San Antonio has a rich history. A vast part of downtown, surrounding the Alamo, was land that was the site of one of the most significant wars. Many many people have seen all sorts of ghosts in San Antonio, including the ghosts of soldiers and their horses. The tour Includes real ghost stories about San Antonio, Texas. They are San Antonio's #1 Ghost Tour, and the only ghost tour that takes you inside the Menger Bar for a drink, which is known for its spooky visitors. They offer two of the most popular ghost tours in San Antonio. Their Ghost Hunts are known world wide as good family entertainment. Ghost Hunting isn't just for kids and family any more! ((210) 336-7831)
Located just below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, not far from downtown, Brackenridge Park has been a gathering spot since prehistoric times (dating back 11,000 years) and has since evolved into one of the most popular family hang-outs in San Antonio. This beautiful park is covered with Live Oak trees and offers visitors dozens of privately situated picnic tables and barbeque pits to choose from. Brackenridge offers three pavilions (available for events), a playscape for children, a softball field, a walking path around the pond, where you'll find all sorts of ducks and other wildlife and, best of all, a charming mini-train that runs right through the park. (210-736-9534)
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
There were five missions established in the early 1700's. These Spanish missions were more than churches. They became towns with a focus on encouraging the natives to become Catholic in order to be citizens. The Spanish king was able to extend influence outward from Mexico. Four missions are linked on this trail. San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion, and Espada. The fifth was the Alamo. With the exception of the Alamo, all four of the missions are still active Catholic parishes. Beautiful architecture remains almost as it was nearly 300 years ago. Step back into a beautiful history as you tour the San Antonio Missions. Family friendly and educational. (210-932-1001)
San Antonio Zoo
You can't bring the family to San Antonio without taking the kids to the Zoo! The butterfly exhibit alone is worth the trip with its magical environment where you're more likely to find a butterfly on your shoulder than anywhere else. Centrally-located in the city, it's easy to get in and out and is, perhaps surprisingly, the third largest zoo in the U.S. Parents Magazine has ranked the San Antonio Zoo as one of the Top 10 Best Zoos for Kids. The Zoo houses over 8,500 animals, including all of the exotic animals you'd expect to find. Always well cared for, clean and enjoyable, this is a must-see attraction that the kids will never forget! (210-734-7183)
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
If you're a thrill seeker, you cannot visit San Antonio without stopping off at Fiesta Texas, one of the best entertainment parks in the country. Located on 200 acres of what used to be a rock quarry, this theme park features teeth-chattering rides, great shows, and incredible attractions, plus White Water Bay water park for cooling off during the hot summer months. Although Fiesta Texas used to be geared more towards the Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny, Fiesta Texas has now become the place to go for thrill rides. They have some of the most spine-tingling roller coasters you'll ever ride, including the Rattler and Superman Krypton Coaster. (210-697-5050, 800-473-4378)
The Cave Without a Name
The Cave Without a Name is a natural, living cavern with over two miles of interconnecting cave systems. Filled with amazing Stalactites and Stalagmites, it is 66 degrees year-round. Visitors enjoy a tour of the six main rooms and the walkways are easy to navigate. The cave has been open to the environment for thousands upon thousands of years as evidenced by some of the prehistoric finds inside. It was used as a moonshine distillery around 1920 which is one of the first documented exposures to humans. It was abandoned and later rediscovered by three boys in 1935. ((830) 537-4212)
DoSeum Children's Museum
The new DoSeum Children's Museum sits on 5.5 acres of property and includes 26,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and an additional 39,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit play space. It offers unique exhibits unlike any other children's museum in the U.S., including an interactive robot, a spy academy filled with math challenges, an interactive puppet parade, a musical staircase like in the movie Big, an ADA-accessible treehouse, a children's river and a significant outdoor exhibit area. There's truly something for kids of all ages. Toddlers will enjoy spending time in Little Town, while the six- to ten-year-olds will have fun in the Spy Academy. The literacy exhibit, called Imagine It, is a brilliant interactive story-making exhibit that enables kids to pair fantasy with imagination in order to build a story where they are the real heroes. By using 2D and 3D elements they construct an animated story frame-by-frame. Parents will appreciate that the majority of the exhibits at The DoSeum boast a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focus, integrated with literacy and creative arts concepts, for a 21st century learning experience. (210-212-4453)
About Kimberly Suta
Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations, involved a partnership with Regal Cinemas, the largest theatre chain in the world. Kimberly has written, directed and produced several films that have screened at Texas film festivals and she produces an annual film competition at the popular Alamo Drafthouse theatre. She recently published her second novel, The Rain Queen, which can be found on Amazon.com. Kimberly currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, a place of much inspiration to her.
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