Why you’ve got to go: This is one of the best things for kids to do in San Antonio. Also, if there is a birthday coming, you can plan a party here and that’s just unforgettable. You want to set a day aside for this because it’s not a hop in and hop out affair. You can drop off the little ones here and go check out the shops in Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio.
What to do: There are 10 LEGO zones with two rides, a play area and a 4D cinema theatre that the little ones cannot get enough of. All of San Antonio’s landmarks have been recreated as miniatures using Legos. That’s an exciting visual for everyone.
For: Ages 3 to 10.
Why you’ve got to go: This is a great place for close interactions with animals. You can also dive in thanks to some fantastic rides and shows. Ride the Great White coaster or take a trip to Discovery Point where you can spot dolphins. There is a Sesame Street parade with contemporary music featuring all your favorite friends. There are 10 themed boats and some jaw-dropping performances an route.
What to do: SeaWorld San Antonio has dozens of animal exhibits, ranging from birds to marine life. The park also features a 'Seafari Tour,' interactive programs, adventure camps and more. The Lost Lagoon Waterpark, which is located on SeaWorld grounds, is a popular place for visitors to cool off, while the 'Great White Games Center' offers plenty of indoor entertainment. With so much to offer, it is little wonder SeaWorld is one of San Antonio's most popular tourist attraction.
However, visitors should be advised it is almost impossible to take it all in during a single-day visit. To help accommodate those wishing to stay longer, SeaWorld does offer a variety of vacation plans.
For: All ages. Free entry for those who are two years of age and younger.
Why got to go: The DoSeum offers hands-on experience for mom and dad and your tots. But this is where things get interesting. Here, their interactive play is designed to teach young ones and you something you’ve probably not done before. Here, kids play to learn and adults learn to play.
What to do: In the summer, there are about 40 different summer camps which have activities like dinosaur digging, the science of cooking and making your own fashion collection. And there are a ton of exhibits throughout the year.
For: All ages. Free entry for those under one year of age.
Why you’ve got to go: This 25 acres of property is the world’s first completely accessible family park. There’s entertainment in the park, many accessible rides and attractions and a ton of food and gift shops to entertain folks of all ages. As of 2017, there’s also an extended version called Morgan’s Inspiration Island.
What to do: You can get on the Whirling Wonder ride, the Carousel or the Off-road Adventure ride. There’s also the Butterfly Park and Starlight Amphitheatre. Whether you go to the Picnic Place or the Pirate Island, there’s an abundance of entertainment here.
For: All ages.
Why you’ve got to go: Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a great way to spend a day in San Antonio during your summer vacation. From Fright Fests to Snake rides there is a gauntlet of entertainment for people of all ages. This means, it’s one of the best places to visit with family in San Antonio. You can get passes in advance which allow you to skip the line and make the best of your time here.
What to do: This place hosts eight of the best roller coasters in the world. There’s also a Water Bay park if you like a little splash in those summer months. If that’s not your thing, try out the ring toss, ladder climb, water race, balloon pop or basketball. thrilling rides to carnival midways, there is so much to do at Fiesta Texas that most families have a hard time fitting it all into one day. And, during the summer months, when the heat gets to be a little too much, Fiesta Texas visitors can always cool off on one of the park's water rides or inside Fiesta Texas' waterpark. The little ones also get a kick out of seeing life-size Looney Toon characters roaming the park grounds.
For: All ages
Why you’ve got to go: If you like to learn using interacting sessions then this is it. This one has a little something for the whole family from exhibits to non-profit museums.
What to do: There are several games and programs to learn from. You can check out the science museum which demonstrates the presence of science in everyday life. The historic Science Mill is in an 1800s mill and has over 50 hand-on exhibits, a 3D theatre and an on-site cafe. It’s also available for trips and tours.
For: All ages but best enjoyed by kids under 18 years.
Why you’ve got to go: This is the world’s largest marine life park and has some unique aspects to it which make it equally fun for children and adults. There are a variety of rides, a lot of shows and some exciting encounters with animals too. And when you need to take a beat, you can head to the cabanas.
What to do: There’s an interactive outdoor funhouse and tropical activity pool called Cutback Cove for the little ones. There are body slides designed with children in mind. Look for fun encounters with animals at the Kookaburra Cove. Families with toddlers can head to Slippity Dippity.
For: Ages 0 to 12 must be supervised. Ages 12 and up can go on their own.
Why you’ve got to go: This is 20 acres of a “cool and clean” theme park. It is filled with more than 50 rides and attractions that are bound to keep the whole family busy. And it’s been around for 30 years.
What to do: There’s a public picnic area for everyone to chill. There are a ton of restaurants and concession stands if you want to grab a bite. You can also catch dine-in movies and check out the souvenir shops when there are no special events. They also host birthday parties so keep that in mind.
For: All ages.
Why you’ve got to go: It’s a great place to spend the day with the kids. It is a bit old fashioned so you can sit your kids down and tell them some stories about your childhood. It’s also a treasured landmark of San Antonio.
What to do: It is America’s oldest amusement park for children. You could get them to ride on the carousel, helicopter or the flying saucer. You will also find carnival games like milk bottle toss, soda ring toss and much more.
For: All ages. Rides for children age 0 to 12.
Why you’ve got to go: It is situated on the banks of the San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park. This is the premier museum in San Antonio and focuses on the history, science and water resources of south Texas.
What to do: There are interactive science exhibits as part of Backyard Adventures. There’s also a circus, some saddles and a screen showing films about the Wild West. You can also learn about the history of mythical creatures like unicorns and dragons. And if you’re into art, you get to see the yarn paintings by legendary Huichol shaman-artist José Benítez Sánchez.
For: All ages.
Why you’ve got to go: It’s a fifth-generation farm and ranch with a flagship fall corn maze event from mid-September to late November. And it’s just a short ride from San Antonio. That alone is a great reason to take the kids.
What to do: There is a seven-acre maze that is carved into stalks of corn and visitors have been trying to find their way out of this one since 2001 when it was established. Don’t worry, the same crowd hasn’t been stuck in some alternate reality puzzle. There’s also a hayride, pig races and Matter Corn Slide Mountain that keep the kiddies busy.
For: All ages.
Why you’ve got to: You can get a pass or make it a one-time thing. Either way, this is a great destination if you’re looking for fun things to do with family in San Antonio. From birthday parties to group events, there’s something on the stage here all through the year.
What to do: The rock climbing experience is the one to look for. There’s a European-style adventure course which is 30 feet tall. It is safe to climb and you will be given professional equipment. There’s also an interactive boulder on the wall and you will be prompted to take a “leap of faith”.
For: All ages.
Why got to go: If you’re a basketball fan and you’re in San Antonio, you have to keep an eye out for the Spurs. The city is home to this professional basketball team and they compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Southwest Division in the Western Conference.
What to do: You want to check out the schedule of the five-time NBA champions (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) so that you can plan your vacation in San Antonio to match with one of the matches. The team is currently coached by Gregg Popovich and is managed by Brian Wright.
For: All ages.
Why you’ve got to go: The River Walk doesn’t need a whole day but you want to spend as much time as possible here. Strolling along the RiverWalk is a great time to leisurely wile away the hours on a summer day. There’s parades, festivals, museums and many shopping opportunities here.
What to do: There’s entertainment for the whole family. You can hop on a riverboat and enjoy the view. Or attend an event. San Antonio are lined with a number of fine restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and shops. The Rivercenter Mall is also a popular stop and La Villita Historic District, which is filled with shops and galleries, is just above the Riverwalk. There’s something lined up throughout the year. There’s a store where you can get souvenirs and if you want to dive into the history, well, get ready to go as far back as 1536. This place is a rich tapestry of culture and fun.
From: All ages.
Why you’ve got to go: This is a trampoline park and the name itself tells you that it’s like no other playground you or the little ones have been to. It’s the perfect place for an indoor adventure and works throughout the year.
What to do: Kids who are taller than 41 inches can climb walls and those who are 48 inches or taller can explore the rope courses. There’s also a Sky Rider that you can strap into and zigzag away. That’s just the beginning. You can also play dodge ball or get into the tube zone.
For: Ages 6 and up because there are some height restrictions.
Why you’ve got to go: If you like the idea of adventure which is almost 200 feet below the surface of the earth, this is it. You can avail the guided tour for the whole family and explore some incredible formations. This one is more than just a cave. You’ll see.
What to do: On the surface, you have the Canopy Explorer Ropes Course and Canopy Zip Lines where you can test your balance and speed on an obstacle course. Kids can try Sky Tykes which is built especially for them. You can also explore gems and fossils at the Discovery Village Mining Co.
For: All ages.
Why you’ve got to go: It’s a garden spread over 38 acres and can be explored in whichever way you see fit. There’s no rigid structure. Out of that, 2.5 acres is a garden design that is meant to immerse you into nature. It’s a great place to teach kids the value of plants in our ecosystem.
What to do: The Family Adventure Garden has 15 different fun spaces to keep you engaged. It has a universal, multigenerational design. Check out the creeks, ridges, hills and beaches surrounding the gardens. The landscape is spectacular even if you don’t enjoy identifying plant species.
For: All ages.
Why you’ve got to go: If like to see dressed-up characters talk about guns and life in the Alamo, this is the place to be. That’s an important chapter in the history of the great state of Texas. It was originally called the Misión San Antonio de Valero and it’s a Spanish mission with a fortress compound.
What to do: You can check out the museum for an in-depth understanding of the culture and history of the place. There’s a gift shop for souvenirs. In the spring season, there are long lines in front of the church and the grounds are busy. So plan your vacation wisely.
For: All ages
Why you’ve got to go: Conquering the skies, well, through skydiving is different everywhere and should definitely top the unique stuff to do with kids list. This one is indoors in a wind tunnel and the place to try it when you’re in San Antonio.
What to do: The experience lasts an hour and 15 minutes. It is perfectly safe and is done with an instructor who takes you into the wind tunnel. The air blows from wind to wind and you can go in two times during each visit. You must, of course, sign a waiver before gearing up.
For: 3 years and up.
Why you’ve got to go: The core of the museum is a 24-room Spanish Colonial Revival house donated by oil heiress Marion McNay in 1950. She also donated her collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings. Take a relaxing stroll through the property’s 23 acres, including beautiful gardens of native Texas plants and flowers.
What to do: If you want a special treat, plan to have lunch at the Carriage House Bistro on site and dine outside on the patio. For a scenic trip to the gardens, hop onto the VIA Sightseer bus No. 7. Bring your camera to take pictures of the grounds. The McNay is a popular spot for bridal and fashion shoots because of its beautiful gardens and courtyards.