San Antonio Attractions
Great Fun for the Family!
300 Alamo Plaza 210-225-1391
A San Antonio must see, a family will truly experience the historic culture of
San Antonio through the eyes of those who fought at the Alamo.
Here, families will meet legends: Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William B. Travis
as well as the 189 other defenders of Texas freedom who fell on March 6, 1836. Strollers are welcome throughout the property and great photo ops were at every turn.
A great way to absorb history through experience.
Logan (5): The weapons were sweet!
CJ (4): I liked the bad guys in the movie.
Callie (7): I felt like I was a soldier.
Breanna (10): The video was very interesting and educational.
Sean (Dad): History, culture and family fun!
Alamo Trolley Historic Tour
216 Alamo Plaza 800-868-7707
A great way for a family to tour some wonderful cultural attractions. The trolley stops at The Alamo,
IMAX Theatre Rivercenter, Hemisfair Park, Tower of the Americas, River Walk, Institute of Texan Cultures,
La Villita, Market Square, San Fernando Cathedral, the Mission Trail and more. The trolley tour is narrated,
lasts over an hour, and our driver had some great tips and facts about San Antonio. Bring the stroller and buy
a pass so you can stop and see the sites, then just pick up the next trolley.
Logan (7): In the gift shop they had cool toy guns.
Breanna (10): The trolley ride was fun, you didn't have to wait long and you could see everything.
Krysta (Mom): Animated and stress free travel for San Antonio must see locations.
The River Walk
110 Broadway, Ste 500 210-227-4262
The River Walk is unique and full of liveliness. Families can enjoy a stroll down the River Walk together.
You'll want to be cautious as many places are designed for scenery, not with little ones in mind.
Don't worry though, if anyone falls into the San Antonio river (thankfully we didn't!) it is less than five feet
deep in most spots. Be sure to plan to stop for a family meal at one of the many restaurants. The older kids and
Mom and Dad will simply adore this jewel of the city.
Callie (7) Lots of sights to see
Logan (5) I liked the ducks
Breanna (10) The pavement and decorations were beautiful, and there were restaurants everywhere.
Rio San Antonio Cruises
205 N. Presa Building B Ste 201 210-244-5700
A fun floating guided tour of the River Walk--a perfect fit for families! Break down your stroller and take it on the boat.
The cozy seating will keep your little ones near you. The tour guide (also the boat driver) was fun and interactive.
We chuckled at a few of his well placed jokes but mainly enjoyed the sites. Bring snacks or activities for your littlest
family members so they can endure all 60 minutes of this great riverboat tour. A unique family outing on the River Walk!
CJ (4): I liked the color of the boats!
Breanna (10): The boat was big and they explained all the places on the tour.
Sean (Dad): We're on a boat ride!
IMAX Theater at Rivercenter Mall
849 E. Commerce (Rivercenter) Downtown 210-247-IMAX (4629)
What family doesn't love movie night!?! Relive the battle of the Alamo on this six story high screen, you will
feel as if you are right in the action. The boys and Dad especially will love this one. Sit high and in the
middle for the best seats. We recommend seeing, "The Alamo, The Price of Freedom." This will enhance details
about the history of the entire region.
We talked about this one for days after not to mention, we had a few
father/son reenactments of the epic battle.
San Antonio Children's Museum
305 E. Houston St. 210-212-4453
Grand fun for kids of all ages! Your kiddos will not want to leave this must-visit museum. Lights, shapes,
colors and sounds, from wall to wall and floor to ceiling there is so much for the kids to see and do.
Everything is hands-on so let them go wild. There is an enclosed, well planned discovery area for kids
under two that was laugh out loud fun for our one-year-old. Most exhibits move or interact in some way
that will surprise the kids and keep them engaged. Our 5 year old son adored the interactive bulldozer exhibit,
complete with hard hat. Trust me, they won't want to leave; ours didn't.
Krysta (Mom): Perfect hands on activities for kids of all ages.
CJ (4): The twisty ball house was really fun.
Logan (5): The tractor was cool.
Callie(7): I felt like an airplane conductor.
Breanna (10): The bank play center was fun--and you could really operate the ATM.
Splashtown San Antonio
3600 IH 35 North 210-227-1400
Take a day to cool off! Splashtown San Antonio is 20 landscaped acres of cool, clean water excitement
for your entire crew. We couldn't pry our girls off of the water slides--fast and fun. The little ones
loved both adventure areas designed for them. Grab a life preserver (no extra rental fee) for your really
little ones on the way into the park. We drifted in the wave pool for quite a while and then took a short
float on the lazy river. You'll be purchasing snacks at the park and you may want to rent a locker to
store your things in for the day. Families will enjoy both tube slides where two riders can go down at once.
A fun, cool off adventure with something for everyone.
Callie (7): My favorite ride was the purple twisty slides.
CJ (4): I skied down the slides and splashed my head in the water.
Logan (5): The black slide was awesome and so, so fun.
Breanna (10): The wave pool was a highlight for me and the lazy river.
Sean (Dad): The river was lazy, the pool was wavy and we had a great slidin' time.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium and Louis Tussaud's Wax Works
301 Alamo Plaza 210-224-9299
Zainy fun with crazy surprises that will keep the fam guessing. An ideal attraction to see in conjunction with the Alamo
(mainly cause it's right across the street), Ripley's is like a mini theme park, without the rides, with lots to see.
Make sure your crew has had a pit stop before you get into the several levels and areas of the attraction.
Visit this one during daylight hours to minimize crowds.
Mission San Jose
6701 San Jose Drive 210-932-1001
A stop on the trolley and a piece of history, the family will thoroughly enjoy a tour at Mission San Jose.
Wear comfy walking shoes and bring strollers for the little ones. There is a free (30 minute) theatrical
presentation the family can watch together in the air conditioned visitor center. Get lost in the
history of the missions. The adjacent museum is worth stopping into and viewing the clothing exhibits from the era.
You will need a snack for the family (which you can carry in), but there are many areas to sit and enjoy it together
around the mission's grounds.
Krysta (Mom): Beautiful! A helpful picture of what life was life back in the time period of these missions.
Sean (Dad): Great photos! Unique architecture and a wonderful bit of history.
Natural Bridge Caverns
26495 Natural Bridge Cavern Rd, Natural Bridge Caverns 210-651-6101
Your incredible family spelunking adventure starts here. Located 40 minutes north of the city,
Natural Bridge Caverns will be solid as a rock fun for the whole family. Wear good, rubber
sole walking shoes as many areas of the subterranean caverns can get slick. Leave the stroller
in the car and prepare for a 3/4 mile trek 180 feet below the parking lot. Take lots of cute pictures
and don't be afraid to experiment with flash on/off settings--the caverns are illuminated.
The discovery tour is the best bet for families. Have a great adventure together!
Callie (7): It was a great walk
CJ (4): I liked to drink the cavern water
Breanna (10): I liked our tour guide and how she explained everything;the underground lakes and rivers were cool.
Sean (Dad): It was an adventure!
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Visited September 2010