San Antonio is an excellent destination for a family vacation. The heritage and history of San Antonio is so rich you cannot help but be fascinated by it all. This city is a step back in the era of Spanish history and the days of Saint Anthony of Padua. It is beautiful to experience and can be a lot of family fun, especially along the River Walk.
9 Family-Friendly Activities in San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas is packed with activities. They have Six Flags and Sea World, not to mention one of the largest water parks in the world, Schlitterbahn. The nice thing is, teenagers can basically run off and do their own thing in all of these theme parks. Even along the River Walk, kids can go off on their own. While they shop around, parents can grab a drink and also enjoy the River Walk, too. San Antonio also has an incredible zoo, but skip it if the temperature is over 100 degrees outside. Instead, lather on the sunscreen and go float down the Comel or Guadalupe River.
San Antonio has a ton of stuff for families to do. Here you will find a massive zoo, the Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme park, the famous San Antonio River Walk, and just outside of town is Schlitterbahn … the #1 water park in the world. When visiting, plan at least one full day at Schlitterbahn, half a day at the River Walk, and float the Comel River.
Alamo Trolley is a fun way to see the city. The hop on hop off tour is loaded with must see San Antonio attractions. The route and stops include The Alamo, Hemisfair Park, Institute of Texan Cultures, Mission of San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Market Square, San Fernando Cathedral, La Villita and the Alamo Visitor Center. Located at 216 Alamo Plaza.
Alamo Mission, first known as Misión San Antonio de Valero, is the most visited landmark in the state. This is where Davy Crockett and others all died fighting for their independence from Mexico. This is a free attraction. Located at 300 Alamo Plaza.
SeaWorld San Antonio is true to the Sea World brand and offers 250-acres of family fun. There are unique rides, animal experiences and shows to indulge in through the day. Located at 10500 SeaWorld Drive. Save money on SeaWorld San Antonio tickets by purchasing online!
Aquatica Seaworld’s Waterpark is tons of family fun waiting to happen. Aquatica admission is not included in your SeaWorld San Antonio admission, however, it is well worth the added expense. You can get a 2 day flex ticket with admission to both parks. Imagine sixteen action packed water rides to enjoy and cool off in the Texas heat. Located at 10500 SeaWorld Drive.
Schlitterbahn is the largest water park in the world and it is located near San Antonio. They have every water ride imaginable The lazy river that is also a wave pool is super fun.
The San Antonio Riverwalk is a series of unique experiences along the Riverwalk. You can take a boat ride, enjoy dining and shopping. It is always enjoyable to walk along the riverwalk with friends or family. The boat ride is especially enjoyable during the holidays when there are lights up. Located at 849 E. Commerce Street.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas provides the great family fun Six Flags is known for. Have a blast with thrill rides, family rides, water rides, entertainment and more. They have a massive wooden roller coaster. Located at 17000 IH-10 West.
Brackenridge Park is a public park of 343 acres of fun. This well thought out landscape includes the Alamo City Golf Trail, Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Gardens, San Antonio Zoo, Sunken Garden Theatre, the Witte Museum and much more. There is a little something to interest everyone. Located at 3910 N St Mary’s Street.
San Antonio Zoo in the Brackenridge park is fun to visit. In the summertime it is hard to visit here because there is so little shade.
Where To Eat in San Antonio
Some live to eat and others eat to live. Whether you are trying to dine healthy or not San Antonio has good stuff for all palates. Here are 12 family friendly restaurants in San Antonio
Ocho is a Mexican/Cuban restaurant on the Riverwalk. It is so good and you should definitely eat here! Their brunch is amazing.
Mi Tierra is an awesome Mexican food restaurant that is decked out in shiny decor. The food is delicious and there is usually a Mariachi band playing.
La Gloria is another great Mexican food restaurant with several locations around San Antonio.
Henry’s Puffy Tacos has two San Antonio locations. One is a main location while the other is an express location. The menu boost family recipes and made from scratch goodness.
Southerleigh is a spectacular restaurant inside Hotel Emma. Everything I have ever had here was wonderful including the stuffed acorn squash, corn bread, steak, and berry trifle.
Ostra is an oyster bar and restaurant on the Riverwalk. They’ve got a great happy hour that starts at 3 PM during the week. The oysters are much cheaper during happy hour.
Rita’s on the River is another Mexican food restaurant on the Riverwalk.
Supper is another restaurant inside Hotel Emma and it is really good too. They have the most incredible oatmeal and bacon!
Botika is a nice restaurant which presents itself as a culinary crossroad between Asia and South Africa. The creative menu presents many visual appealing dishes with a unique taste of delight. Located in The Pearl at 303 Pearl Parkway their hours vary according to lunch, dinner and holidays.
Wildfish Seafood Grille is a very chic urban restaurant with delicious fresh seafood. Located at 1834 North Loop 1604 West their hours of operation are Friday through Saturday from 4pm until 11pm and Sunday through Thursday from 4pm until 10pm.
Schilo’s Delicatessen is German Texan fare and celebrating their 100th anniversary. Established in 1917 they are undergoing a major renovation. Call 210.223.6692 before going to make sure they have reopened. Located at 424 E Commerce Street.
Mrs. Kitchen Soul Food & Bakery is good down South southern cooking! This restaurant is true the community the owner grew up in. Giving back to the community inspired this restaurant. Located at 2242 East Commerce Street their hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 11am until 6pm and Saturday through Sunday from noon until 6pm.
Family Friendly Hotels in San Antonio
Family travel needs, family friendly accommodations. If you prefer to be spoiled a little or a lot, be sure to consider Hotel Emma. Hotel Emma is a luxury boutique hotel in the revitalized Pearl area. It is a short drive to the Tiverwalk from this hotel.
If you want to stay somewhere on the Riverwalk with direct access check out the Omni La Mansion Del Rio. Their patios overlook the Riverwalk.
I hope you take a family fun vacation to San Antonio soon! The spring and fall are excellent times to visit. The summer is good too, just super hot!