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San Antonio for Families

Thrilling Theme Parks
San Antonio for Families
San Antonio is home to a number of popular attractions and adventures that will entertain both children and parents. From ranches and cave tours to museums and theme parks, there’s something exciting to discover around every corner.
By Lara Dalinsky, AFAR Local Expert
Photo by Chuck Eckert/age fotostock
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    Thrilling Theme Parks
    Thrilling Theme Parks
    San Antonio serves up Texas-sized adventures when it comes to theme parks. Thrill-seekers can head to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for the best thrills and chills, and animal lovers won't want to miss SeaWorld for shows and entertainment. Morgan’s Wonderland is completely wheelchair-accessible and is billed as "the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park," with over 25 sensory attractions. Water parks are also in abundance around San Antonio. Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort has 65 acres of tubes, chutes, beaches, and rides; another family favorite, Splashtown, is filled with slides, pools, and a lazy river.
    Photo by Chuck Eckert/age fotostock
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    Remember the Alamo
    Remember the Alamo
    The Alamo is the heart of San Antonio and an icon of American history. It was founded in 1718 as the first Catholic mission of the city and served as a way station between East Texas and Mexico. In 1836, it became the site of a pivotal battle of the Texas Revolution. Today, more than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2-acre complex. The Alamo Shrine is the main attraction, but the Long Barrack is actually the oldest building on the grounds and houses an interactive exhibit about the site's history. Outside, the Wall of History displays a chronological timeline of the Alamo, and the surrounding gardens serve as a lush oasis that provides cooling shade during hot summer weather.
    Photo by age fotostock
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    Magnificent Museums
    Magnificent Museums
    Alamo City has world-class museums that cover a variety of interests for the whole family. Art enthusiasts should head to the McNay to view impressive collections of local and global art. Interactive educational displays like the H-E-B Science Treehouse can be experienced at the beautiful Witte Museum. History buffs won’t want to miss the imaginative exhibits at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, which offers the opportunity to learn more about the city’s heritage and rich cultural tapestry. Even younger kids have a place to play and learn at The Doseum, San Antonio's Museum for Kids.
    Photo courtesy of San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
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    Parks and Wildlife
    Parks and Wildlife
    San Antonio boasts many picturesque parks that are superb for recreation and relaxation. Lush gardens and shady paths await at the Japanese Tea Garden, the perfect spot for picnics and photo ops. Nature lovers can admire wildlife up close at nearby zoological parks such as the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium, with its fantastic outdoor displays of species from the African plains and the Amazon. Need to run off some energy? Climb the Tower of the Americas and then ride a bike around HemisFair Park
    Photo courtesy of San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
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    Bike the Mission Trail
    Bike the Mission Trail
    The Mission Hike and Bike Trail is eight miles of pathways that wind alongside the San Antonio River, farmland, and historic neighborhoods and connects the San Antonio Missions. The trails are well marked, paved, and flat, suitable for even young family members to ride. Bikes can be rented from local shops or the San Antonio BCycle program, a large-scale municipal bike sharing system. Visitors can purchase a 24-hour pass and pick up and drop off one of these gray bicycles at any of the city’s 50 stations along the Mission Trail or downtown.
    Photo courtesy of B-cycle