San Antonio is a gem in Texas and the country if you want to plan a family-friendly trip. San Antonio has a long history and its much more than just the Alamo, although that’s a pretty great reason to visit the city.
San Antonio’s history goes back to Native Americans who occupied the area, and then Spanish explorers came and settled it, adding missions along the river. There’s, of course, the battle at the Alamo, and San Antonio was a hub for people going westward as well.
So, if you’re planning a trip with your kids, what should you know and see?
If you’re planning a trip with kids, it’s fairly likely you’re going to be visiting SeaWorld in Texas.
SeaWorld San Antonio is described as a marine mammal park, animal theme park, and oceanarium. It spans 250 acres and it’s located on the west side of the city in the Westover Hills District.
The park features Aquatica San Antonio, although it’s separately gated. There are numerous roller coasters and thrill rides including the newest, Wave Breaker: The Ocean Rescue, which is based on the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team.
The Turtle Reef is also a new attraction, as are the thrill rides the Sea Swinger and Riptide Rescue.
If you’re going to SeaWorld, buy tickets in advance and look for packages that will help you save money or combine multiple attractions into one lower ticket price.
If you want to eat in the parks, you can purchase an all-day dining pass, and there is something called the quick queue unlimited ticket upgrade that you can purchase if you want to skip the lines.
The River Walk
If there’s one thing besides the Alamo that San Antonio is especially well-known for it’s the River Walk. The River Walk is a popular attraction and as the name implies, it winds along the river in downtown San Antonio.
With kids, the riverboat experience might be something worth doing. This will include a guided tour that features the architecture, culture, and history of San Antonio.
If your kids don’t want to walk the entire way, there are water taxis along with the guided boat tours.
There are plenty of kid-friendly places to stop and eat along the River Walk, and the Alamo is within walking distance.
We’ve already mentioned the Alamo several times, and how can you not? Founded as San Antonio’s first mission in 1718, the Alamo became the Texas symbol of freedom because of its role during the Texas Revolution.
It’s a fairly small attraction, but you can go and do guided tours. There’s also an IMAX movie that you can see before or after your Alamo tour at the Rivercenter Mall.
While a guided tour will have a fee, admission to the Alamo itself is free.
The DoSeum is an excellent children’s museum in San Antonio. It offers more than 64,000 square feet of exhibit space that’s both indoors and outdoors.
Children can play with an interactive robot, participate in a spy academy, and there are water features as well as an outdoor tree house. Conveniently, the DoSeum is located between the San Antonio Museum of Art and the San Antonio Zoo.
The Pearl District
The Pearl District is a great place to check out that’s likely to be less crowded than hot spots like the River Walk and the Alamo.
The core of the Pearl District is the historic Pearl Brewery. The complex is around 22 acres including restaurants and shopping.
There are also regular cultural and community events. The historic Hotel Emma is in the Pearl District, there’s a weekly Farmer’s Market on the weekends, and the culinary options in the District are among the best in the city.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Finally, if SeaWorld doesn’t leave you over the amusement park experience, there is Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is an amusement park in the La Cantera district of the city. It spans more than 200 acres, and the Scream ride is the flagship thrill ride.
This park is divided into five areas, and it has an adjacent water park called White Water Bay. There’s an abundance of live entertainment, and there are regularly held annual events in the park as well. For example, there is Fright Fest from September to October and Holiday in the Park during the winter holiday season.
This is just a sample of the family-friendly activities you’ll find in San Antonio, making it a great destination if you have kids.