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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 theme parks and historical sites to museums and several 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
    When it comes to theme parks, San Antonio serves up Texas-sized fun. Thrill-seekers can head to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for the ultimate adventure, while animal lovers won’t want to miss SeaWorld for its shows and entertainment. Billed as “the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park,” Morgan’s Wonderland is built for wheelchairs and features more than 25 sensory attractions. If you’re more of a water park person, however, there’s Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort with its 65 acres of tubes, chutes, beaches, and rides, and Splashtown, where you’ll find 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. Founded in 1718 as the first Catholic mission of the city, it served as a way station between East Texas and Mexico and, in 1836, became the site of a pivotal battle during the Texas Revolution. Today, more than 2.5 million people visit the 4.2-acre complex every year. 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, while the surrounding gardens offer welcome shade during the hot, humid summer.
    Photo by age fotostock
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    Magnificent Museums
    Magnificent Museums
    In San Antonio, you can find a museum to suit every member of the family. Art enthusiasts should head to the McNay to browse impressive collections of regional and international works, while those looking to learn can visit the immersive H-E-B Body Adventure at The Witte Museum. There’s also the Briscoe Western Art Museum, which covers San Antonio’s history and rich cultural heritage, and spots like The DoSeum for younger kids.
    Photo courtesy of The Witte Museum
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    Parks and Wildlife
    Parks and Wildlife
    San Antonio’s many beautiful parks are great for both recreation and relaxation. Lush gardens and shady paths await at the Japanese Tea Garden—the perfect spot for picnics and photo ops. Also worth visiting is the San Antonio Zoo, with its outdoor displays of the African plains and the Amazon, and Hemisfair Park, where you can climb the Tower of the Americas or simply ride your bike.
    Photo courtesy of San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
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    Bike the Mission Trail
    Bike the Mission Trail
    Stretching for eight miles, the Mission Hike and Bike Trail winds along the San Antonio River through farmland and historic neighborhoods, connecting all the San Antonio missions. Flat, paved, and well-marked, it’s suitable for even your youngest family members to enjoy. You can rent bikes from a local shop or snag a 24-hour pass to the San Antonio BCycle program, which grants access to shared bikes at 50 stations along the Mission Trail and downtown.
    Photo courtesy of B-cycle