With long summer days approaching, look no further than downtown San Antonio for family-friendly, educational experiences to keep kids engaged. While there are plenty of museums and exhibits to see all over the city, we’ve narrowed the list to those that seem most worth a family visit. These museums encourage children’s learning and development, offer valuable insights into their locale and culture, and expect everyone to have a good time, no matter their age.

The Witte Museum

The Witte Museum is a San Antonio landmark no longer stuck in the past. After a massive renovation, the new Witte has opened its doors as San Antonio’s crossroads of nature, science, and culture. With exhibits on everything from whales to dinosaurs to the People of the Pecos, this beautiful Smithsonian affiliate will educate and delight the whole family. Rates are reasonable, but if you think you’d like more than one visit to explore, check out the membership packages.

The Institute of Texan Cultures

This museum offers exhibits, programs, and special events in its downtown location within walking distance of The Alamo and River Walk. Through artifacts and collections, the museum strives to “share and interpret the rich cultural tapestry that makes this state what it is today.” Before you go, let your kids check out this interactive page built with them in mind.

San Antonio Botanical Garden

This expanding garden is a sensory delight not to be missed. Upcoming family programs include:
April 14 – Cilantro: Herb of the Year
April 15 – Cilantro: Herb of the Year
April 22 – Viva Botanica!
April 29 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Or simply enjoy strolling through the beautiful gardens in the height of spring. Walk the Texas Native Trail to learn about the varieties of plants that share our home, or explore the WaterSaver gardens with a master naturalist and learn the characteristics of drought tolerant landscapes. Until the Carriage House Bistro reopens, plan your own picnic on the grounds.

The DoSeum

The DoSeum is San Antonio’s museum for kids “where kids learn by doing, creating and tinkering—instead of just looking and listening.” In addition to valuable educational programs and hands-on experiences, The DoSeum also caters to families with children who experience difficulties by offering Sensory-Friendly hours with smaller crowds and less visual and auditory stimulation. Regular exhibits not to miss include: Spy Academy, Sensations Studio, and Innovation Station. Also, keep in mind that free family nights are offered every first and third Tuesday of the month!
Which San Antonio museum will you check out first?