If you are looking for things to do in San Antonio and the bordering cities that are fun, kid-friendly, and inexpensive, then you must read this article!
We recently visited San Antonio for the first time. One of my friends from College relocated last year and asked me to be in her wedding which excited me since I was able to be a part of her wedding and visit a new place! I didn’t know much about San Antonio except its home of the Alamo.
When planning my trip, I came up with a list of “To See” places. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever make it back to San Antonio and wanted to see as much of the city as possible. However, my daughter had other plans for our trip and made it almost unbearable to explore due to her meltdowns. I am going to blame the humidity for her behavior since we live in Arizona where we don’t deal with humidity. We also dealt with on and off rain which altered my agenda. We made the most of our trip despite the rain, humidity, and a misbehaved four-year-old. While I have no desire to live in San Antonio, I enjoyed the city, minus the traffic and how their roads are set up.
McKenna Children’s Museum
The first day it was raining cats and dogs, so my whole agenda was out the window and as we ate lunch I tried to find something to do with my daughter and we ended up at the McKenna Children’s Museum. San Antonio had a children’s museum called Doseum, but it was expensive, and the cost of the McKenna Children’s Museum was affordable plus we were able to find a Groupon deal. It was about 20 minutes from San Antonio in a bordering city, but it was worth the drive, the Museum was excellent, and my daughter loved it. Heck, we had fun too!
The museum was broken down into different rooms and each room had a different theme. Some of the themes included a doctor office, grocery store, space station, bank, and house. They also had an outdoor area with a huge water table, outdoor music/instruments, and animal statues. Considering this was a spur of the moment activity it worked at perfectly and my daughter loved the museum.
After the museum, the rain had stopped, and we decided to explore downtown San Antonio. Our goal was to find the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is five miles of walkway in downtown San Antonio along the San Antonio River which is surrounded by restaurants, shops, and bars. I heard it was worth visiting, and I enjoyed the riverwalk, it a unique place.I visited during the day and at night, and it’s breathtaking. While we explored the Riverwalk, we ended up finding The Alamo, which was convenient.
I will be honest, the only thing I remembered about the Alamo was always to remember it, so I did, but I literally could not remember anything else about it. It was cool to visit the iconic building and to walk the grounds where so many people fought for their life. It’s not often I visit historical landmarks, so it was cool to see the artifacts and learn about the war. To me, it’s a must visit location when in San Antonio.
When visiting new cities, I’m always interested in the parks, probably because of my daughter, and while doing my research, I came across Brackenridge Park and knew we had to go. The park is surrounded by the San Antonio Zoo, a Japenese tea garden, a botanical garden, Witte Museum, and golf courses. If I had an extra day in San Antonio, I probably would have visited the zoo and botanical garden, but since we were short on time and it was humid, we settled for the park.
The park has trees, lakes, and walking paths. Unfortunately, some areas were closed due to flooding when we visited, but we were able to bird watch and let my daughter run around the park. They also have a train that goes around the park which all the kids enjoyed, except Aves who preferred a toy to a train ride.
Tower Of The Americas:
I referred to this as the Space Needle of Texas because it’s very similar to me. The Tower of the America is 750 feet tall and was built for the 1968 World’s Fair. This was considered the tallest observation tower until 1996 until the Stratosphere opened in Las Vegas.
If you are visiting San Antonio, this is a must see attraction. It was cool to go up the tower and see all of San Antonio; it felt like I could see Austin up there but I’m probably exaggerating.
Unfortunately, this was an awful experience for us since my daughter was horrible, I will blame the humidity again, but we decided she may not be the world class traveler I was hoping for. In regards to Towers of America, I also found a Groupon which brought the cost down. I highly recommend Groupon when on vacation since it can significantly decrease the amount your spending on attractions.
Bottomless Boat Tour:
Let me say, if you are in San Antonio, you HAVE to trek it an hour and ten minutes to Austin. I love everything about Austin which will one day be another post since we did a ton when we visited. On our way to Austin, I found another Groupon for a bottomless boat tour and it was the halfway point between San Antonio and Austin which I thought would be perfect for Aves.
It was another humid day but being on the water wasn’t too bad. I learned a lot about the Texas eco-system and didn’t realize how many natural hot springs are in Texas. Chad and I probably enjoyed the bottomless boat tour more than Aves, but she enjoyed seeing the fish. The bottomless tour is at Texas State University which also had a small aquarium with reptiles and insects local to the state.
The main reason we were in San Antonio was for my friend’s wedding, and if you have some free time, you must check out the small and cute town of Helotes in the rolling hills of San Antonio which had some truly breathtaking views. Despite the humidity and a terrible kid we made the most of our time in Texas and while I didn’t get to do everything on my list, I enjoyed everything we did get to do!