Big City, Big Family Fun: What to Do in San Antonio
Rich history, authentic culture, local adventures, amazing attractions, great places to stay, and even better places to eat. What more could you want from a big city? As the seventh-largest city in the U.S., San Antonio is a big city for big family fun. Here are some of the top places you’ll want to visit.
Also known as Paseo del Rio, this vibrant urban waterway spans 15 miles and is the largest urban ecosystem in the nation. See the sights, shop, eat amazing food, or go all aboard for a river barge guided tour. But that’s not all. Nearby attractions include the Alamo, King William Historic District, and the historic Pearl.
See marine life up-close and personal at Turtle Reef, a brand new interactive sea turtle attraction, providing an up-close look at endangered sea turtles and the threats they face in the wild. Head to Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark, to slide down the all-new Ihu’s Breakaway Falls. This steep, one-of-a-kind multi-drop tower is the tallest drop slide in Texas.
Let the thrills of Six Flags Fiesta Texas take your next adventure to new levels with seasonal rides this summer, as the park debuts one of the world’s tallest pendulum rides, The Joker Wild Card. It stands a record-breaking 17 stories tall and reaches speeds up to 75 miles per hour … talk about a wild ride.
The newly reimagined San Pedro Creek Culture Park is where a beautiful creek, public art, architectural design, local craft, and historic preservation all come together to let visitors peek into the cultural identity and traditions of a growing urban downtown.
2019 is the year of the Rhino at the San Antonio Zoo, as it begins a white rhinoceros breeding program that includes a brand new nursery area. Be sure to check out the brand new Rhino exhibit that allows rhinos, giraffes, zebras, and more friends to roam free in a new savannah-like setting that includes a new observation deck, and a waterfall with a creek and mud wallow.
Walk alongside dinosaurs, explore the history of the Texas Wild, and discover several other fascinating and eye-opening rotating exhibits at the The Witte Museum — where science, nature, history, and culture all meet for awesome storytelling and interactive family fun.
Get inspired and tap into creativity at The DoSeum — a place where science, technology, and mathematics collide to spark curiosity and teach kids how to play with purpose. The DoSeum features rotating exhibits that include an interactive robot named Baxter, a spy academy, an interactive puppet parade, a musical staircase, an ADA-accessible treehouse, and more.
Explore the Natural Bridge Caverns, one of the premier show caves in the world, and discover incredible underground chambers with spectacular formations. Take a guided tour, pan for gems at the Village Mining Company, find your way through the AMAZEn’ Ranch Roundup, or complete one or all of the Canopy Challenge ropes courses and zip lines.
Your adventure awaits! Grab your safari hat and head on a road trip you won’t soon forget at the Wildlife Ranch. Drive through 450 acres of Texas ranchland to get up close and personal with more than 500 animals from around the world, such as ostriches, zebras, buffalos and other native and endangered animal species.
Our history is part of who we were, who we are, and who we will be. Discover American history in all its diversity at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Along with the Alamo, the park was named the first World Heritage Site in Texas by UNESCO, and includes the city’s four Spanish colonial missions.