Visiting San Antonio with kids? From historic sites to theme parks, museums to playgrounds there’s lots to do outdoors and inside in Alamo City. Whatever the weather and whatever their interests, our list of the best things to do in San Antonio with kids will keep everyone happy.
San Antonio with Kids: Fun Things to do
Located 180-feet below the ground of San Antonio, the Natural Bridge Caverns are the largest cavern system in Texas. On a guided tour you can explore the underground chambers and marvel at the spectacular formations. When you have finished your underground exploration, you can soar above ground as you ascend the Twisted Trails high-rope course. Also on-site, children can enter the Mining Company where they can mine and pan for gems, fossils and other treasures.
As children wander through the beautiful Botanical Garden, they learn about the plant world and the important role plants play in our lives. It is like a living museum of plants, a classroom, research and conservation facility and cultural space all rolled into one. You can enjoy guided tours of the San Antonio Botanical Garden and children can take part in special classes and events. They can also run wild in the Family Adventure Garden which has 15 fun spaces that encourage play and exploration.
Thrill-seekers will enjoy the wild rides at the Fiesta Texas theme park. Are you brave enough to try the pulse-pounding roller coasters? For those who like things a little less terrifying there are gentle family rides and attractions including plenty of water rides where you can have a wet and wild time. When you need a break from all the spinning and loop-the-loops, there are shows to enjoy, games to play and plenty of places to have a picnic and stop for something to eat and drink.
The San Antonio River Walk is a public park, below street-level. There are sidewalks on either side of the river which are lined with restaurants, shops and attractions. Some of the family fun that awaits you as you stroll along the river are parades, festivals, museums, entertainment, culture and history. A fun way to explore the river walk is to take a narrated cruise on a river shuttle. You’ll learn so much about the area, the history and the nature of the river.
For fitness and recreational amenities ideal for burning off energy head to Pearsall Park on the city’s southwest side. Here you’ll find the largest playground in the city as well as a huge family fun zone. Inside the family fun zone is some amazing activities to keep children happy for hours. These include splash pads, basketball courts, the largest skate park in the city and a terrain play area. There are plenty of picnic tables, some with shade canopies and a lovely relaxing lawn area, too.
Morgan’s Wonderland an ultra-accessible family fun park full of rides, attractions and activities for everyone. The big, bright and beautiful park has 25 attractions. These include a wheelchair-accessible Ferris wheel, a carousel, catch-and-release fishing, a train ride, a playground and a Pirate’s Island. There’s also shows where you can sing and dance along, interactive puppetry and a chance to mingle with superheroes.
7. The DoSeum
The DoSeum is a children’s museum with interactive, fun exhibits, programs, camps, classes and field trips. Everything at The DoSeum is designed to encourage children to explore the joy of learning through connections to STEM, the arts, and literacy. With a Spy Academy, scavenger hunt, Sensations Studio, big outdoor play area and a Force Course where kids learn important principles about force and motion, kids of all ages will be engrossed and enthralled all day long.