When it comes to a family get-away there’s nothing better than sunny, affordable, and kid-friendly. San Antonio offers all that plus great walkability and fantastic activities for kids of all ages.
If you’re planning a day trip or a longer stay, here are some places you don’t want to miss. From historic sites to fun shopping, these are the best places to introduce Texas culture and legend to the next generation.
Originally built as a Spanish mission to house missionaries and Indian converts, the Alamo is best remembered for being a fortress in the story of Davy Crockett, that king of the wild frontier. With his fellow soldiers, including James Bowie and William B. Travis, Crockett lay in siege for thirteen days while the Mexican Army advanced, ultimately laying down his life for the cause of liberty. The Alamo is located only a short way from the River Walk and houses exhibits on Texas History and Texas Revolution. There is no fee to visit The Alamo.
Missions National Park
The Alamo is actually only one of five Spanish missions built in the San Antonio area. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park has four distinct visitor areas, each 2-3 miles apart. Starting south of downtown San Antonio is Mission Concepción, then Mission San José (the park’s Visitor Center is located here). Continue from Mission San José to Mission San Juan, which also houses a Spanish colonial demonstration farm. The site farthest south is Mission Espada. A nine-mile trail that begins at the Alamo and ends at Mission Espada connects them all and is great for families with bikes. Or you can take in the individual missions at your convenience. Free tours are offered, and mornings are recommended.
San Antonio River Walk
Take a boat cruise or stroll the streets of the number one tourist attraction in Texas, the San Antonio River Walk. Tour historic sites and neighborhoods, or play in one of the many parks. An excellent destination for shopping and dining, the River Walk is not to be missed.
If you don’t find the perfect souvenir at the River Walk, head over to Market Square, a 3-block plaza that is the largest Mexican market in the U.S. Here are more great dining choices, as well as plenty of shops peddling everything from coonskin caps and dream catchers to beautiful jewelry and clothing. The kids will love the unique toy stores and the chance to catch a traditional Hispanic festival.
San Antonio Zoo
Featuring 3500 animals, the recently renovated San Antonio Zoo also boasts a Tiny Tot Nature Spot for little ones as well as a new African Exhibit with a “Feed a Giraffe” program. Located near Brackenridge Park, a trip to the zoo can culminate with a picnic and stroll through the park’s Japanese tea gardens and swinging bridges.
The DoSeum: San Antonio Children’s Museum
This museum is geared for children ages 2-10 and offers hands-on exhibits in creative arts, sciences, and early literacy. It’s a great indoor activity for when temperatures soar. “Envisioned as a museum set in a park”, your kids are sure to appreciate the joys of this place created just for them.
Country Home Learning Center Summer Camp
Don’t forget about Country Home Learning Center’s very own Summer Camp! Summer Camp students (ages 5-13) will have many opportunities to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically through our distinctly innovative and unique environment and Summer Camp curriculum. Above all, we want each child to have lots of happy, adventure filled days surrounded by friends!
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