San Antonio's Family Attractions
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Fiesta Texas, Six Flags
Quick, turn! Your little thrill-seeker will love Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The 200-acre theme park is home to 20 kids’ rides, including this classic bumper car ride. Older visitors will want to try Bahama Blaster -- a new addition in 2014 that blasts riders on a 40 mph free-fall. Fun, huh?
What’s a museum got to do with family fun? Lots at the Witte. The big draw here is the museum’s native wildlife exhibit, from bison to piney woods black bears, and further back in time, dinosaurs … what kid wouldn’t be transfixed by a big bad Triceratops?
SeaWorld San Antonio
Thar he goes! Watch Shamu and friends breach the water at SeaWorld San Antonio. The 250-acre marine mammal park and kiddie wonderland will keep the little ones happy with amazing displays of sea life, as well as additional thrills like Journey to Atlantis, the first ride of its kind in North America.
Natural Bridge Caverns
Your kids will be amazed by this: a rocky underground wonderland of stalagmites and columns, shimmering calcite and slimy-looking flowstone. It’s all on display at Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest natural underground space of its kind in all of Texas open to the public.
San Antonio Zoo
These gorgeous Australian lories are among the attractions at San Antonio Zoo. The 35-acre zoo is home to over 3,500 animals, representing 750 species -- in addition to having one of the largest bird collections in the world, the zoo is home to exotic wildlife like hippopotamus, the Nile crocodile and more.
Texas Transportation Museum
All aboard! The Texas Transportation Museum keeps the Lone Star State’s locomotive heritage alive. Hop aboard this full-sized train. Plus, check out the museum’s collection of fire trucks (including an 1898 steam fire pumper), horse carriages (like a 1903 Studebaker) and antique autos, from 1924 to 1963.
San Antonio Botanical Garden
A butterfly rests on a flower at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. A total of 33 acres, the grounds showcase formal and display gardens (including a Japanese garden), as well as plants native to Texas Hill Country and South Texas.
Institute of Texan Cultures
Visitors walk past a huge neon Texas flag at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Spanning 65,000 square feet, the museum showcases exhibits on various native and immigrant populations, and their contributions to Texas’ diverse cultural history.
Enchanted Springs Ranch
Pistol Packin’ Paula puts on a show at Enchanted Springs Ranch. The world champion gun spinner is one of the main attractions at this 86-acre Western theme town, animal park, movie set and working ranch roughly 30 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio, in Boerne, TX.
How’s this for family fun -- take a Segway ride through San Antonio. Great for everyone from teenagers to grandparents, the ride has you cruise past San Antonio’s theater district to Main Plaza, as well as the River Walk to King William District, with a stop at the Alamo along the way.
Tower of the Americas
Atop the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas are a whole lot of jaw-dropping views. The observation tower, which doubles as a restaurant, offers visitors a 360-degree shot of San Antonio. The dining isn’t known as high-class fare, but the views will certainly make up for it.
And of course, if you’re in San Antonio during the summer months, you’ll want to cool down at Schlitterbahn. Cool rides here span the more relaxed, from Congo River Expedition, to the more adrenaline-pumping, like Down Racer -- yep, head first all the way down!