It’s almost time for Spring Break, which probably means you’re busy thinking about ways you can entertain your kids. USA Today’s 10 Best came up with a great list of family-friendly activities in San Antonio. It includes some of the city’s favorite kid-friendly hotspots, and a few options you might not have thought of. Plus, we added an Editor’s note with a little more info.
“Located just outside of San Antonio, this wonderland of wild animals is a great way to spend your afternoon, especially if you have kids or just love animals,” they said. “It's like having a mini Africa in the middle of Texas. How it works: You meander (safely in your vehicle) through 400 acres of magnificent live oak trees, rolling green hills and creek beds where 500 animals from 40 exotic, native and endangered species roam free. You get a free bag of food for the animals with the purchase of your ticket and can buy more if you like. You then throw food to the animals so that they'll come up to your vehicle. In actuality, the animals are so used to getting fed they come up to your car anyway, sometimes blocking the way until you throw them a handful. Beware of the Ostrich, however, as they can be very territorial!”
Editor’s Note: This is one of our favorite family activities in Texas year-round, but the energy (and hunger) of the animals can be hit or miss. Early mornings are often a great time to come because the animals are ready for breakfast, but giving a call a few days in advance to ask when is the best time to arrive can help maximize your experience.
“This natural phenomenon made up of 140 million-year-old rock formations is one of the top attractions in Texas and offers a great opportunity for kids to learn and have fun simultaneously. You can explore this beautiful and historical cavern system by the light of a cave lantern, pan for precious stones, take a leap of faith from the Canopy Challenge, go caving on one of their many adventure tours or at the very least enjoy nature on the original Discovery Tour.”
Editor’s Note: This is in the same complex as Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, so you can do both in one day. You’ll want to dress in layers for the caverns because it can get chilly, and—trust us—use some hair spray. With the humidity in the caves, you may come out looking like this.
“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.”
Editor’s Note: Right next to the Riverwalk, Blue Star is in a great location to ride along the Mission Trail.
“The Briscoe Western Art Museum is a collections-based institution building upon art and artifacts that tell the vast and multifaceted story of the American West. Located on San Antonio's famed riverwalk, the institution is housed in San Antonio's first Public Library and newly constructed pavilion.”
Editor’s Note: Educational and fun, this museum may be what it takes to get your kids interested in something other than video games.
“With over 8,000 living animals representing habitats from the Oregon shores to the exotic Indonesian Islands, the San Antonio Aquarium offers folks a whimsical experience of what happens beneath the surface of the water.”
“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” plus a playscape, softball field, 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.”
Editor’s Note: There are also two great parks on the SouthSide in the Mission del Lago masterplan: Jim Mattox Park with a tennis court, picnic tables, and grills, and Julian C Gallardo Elementary School Park and Playground, with a shaded playground and grassy fields for running and enjoying family picnics.
“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.”
Editor’s Note: The museum also offers a number of STEM-related Spring Break camps in San Antonio from ages 3 to 10 focused on music, detective work, and art.
“Although they have some great rides, such as the Steel Eel and Great White rollercoasters, the best reason to go to SeaWorld is for the animals and the animal-centric shows. They have dolphins and stingrays that you can ‘pet’ if you are lucky enough for them to swim by you, a magnificent oceanarium filled with all sorts of creatures, including sharks and giant sea turtles.”
Editor’s Note: SeaWorld ups the ante on fun during Spring Break, with Wild Days, “an action packed month of events, shows and thrills designed to keep the whole family coming back for more,” they said. Weekends in March and the week of March 11-19 brings celebrity wildlife experts like ‘Jungle’ Jack Hanna and special shows.
“This is a great museum for families! Built on the banks of the San Antonio River, the Witte is considered San Antonio's foremost museum. With a four story tree house and dinosaur bones, kids are hooked as soon as they arrive. The tree house itself features endless hands on science related activities and a ride on a 'Sky-cycle' 15 feet in the air!”
Editor’s Note: Spring Break camps let kids explore dinosaurs!
“Just 90 miles from San Antonio lies the second largest batholith in the United States. Enchanted Rock has seen human activity up to 11,000 years ago. You'll enjoy fun and enriching activities like backpacking, camping (primitive also), hiking, rappelling and rock climbing, bird watching, and the stars at night are absolutely amazing! “
Editor’s Note: Since you’re going to work up an appetite climbing the rock, head to Jennie’s Smoked Burgers and Tornado Fries for a tasty lunch.
For more information about raising kids on the SouthSide or buying a new home in San Antonio, visit Mission del Lago. This 800-acre masterplanned community offers new single-family homes in San Antonio from the $160s by D.R Horton and Lennar, community amenities including playgrounds and an onsite golf course, and a location that puts South San Antonio employers like the San Antonio Toyota Plant, Brooks City Base, the fast-growing new Texas A&M University, and downtown within easy reach.
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