Things to do in San Antonio with kids, including the Alamo, the River Walk, and the Witte Museum.
In addition to the amazing culture and history, there are a number of fun things to do in San Antonio with kids. We recently visited for five days over Spring Break, and we all had such a great time. Thinking of visiting with your children? Here are some of the best things to do in San Antonio with kids.
Things to Do in San Antonio With Kids
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The Alamo is the most popular attraction in Texas, so it’s definitely a must-do for your San Antonio family vacation. It gets busy with school groups and tourists, so we decided to go first thing in the morning. It’s free to get in, and walk around, but you can also choose to purchase an audio tour or guided tour. We opted to get the audio tour, which I definitely recommend if you are traveling with older children (mine are 10 and 12). There’s so much information in the tour, and you’ll learn a lot of the history and background of the Alamo.
If you aren’t staying on the River Walk, then combine your trip to the Alamo with a visit to the River Walk.
While the Alamo is the most popular tourist attraction in Texas, the River Walk is the second more popular attraction. We have an entire post focused on things to do on the San Antonio River Walk – but I definitely recommend taking the river boat tour. The guides are so knowledgeable, and the 30-minute ride is fun and educational.
SeaWorld San Antonio
My kids’ highlight of our time in San Antonio was our day at SeaWorld. Although the park is smaller than the location in Orlando, we loved it. There are rides for older and younger children, as well as lots of different animal encounters and shows (our favorite spot was the penguins). See our whole SeaWorld San Antonio review here.
There was one rainy day during our San Antonio family vacation, so we headed to the recently-renovated Witte Museum. Although my kids were a bit reluctant to visit a museum, they were so pleasantly surprised by the Witte. Part science museum, part history museum, the Witte features several different buildings with loads of hands-on exhibits. Our favorites were the Texas heritage center, the dinosaur gallery, and the H-E-B Body Adventure. Although the Body Adventure is in a separate building, I definitely recommend visiting it. My kids loved learning about health and fitness, and even learned how much they would need to exercise to burn off their favorite sugary drinks.
We used to live in Seattle, and loved the Space Needle, so we definitely wanted to visit the Tower of the Americas, which is actually taller than the Space Needle. It gets busy, so we arrived first thing in the morning. After paying for parking, we walked to the park surrounding the tower. We were there before it opened, so we just enjoyed the park before purchasing tickets.
Tickets for the tower also include the 4D theater, although it wasn’t operational while we were there. You get a wristband for the tower, so you can also return later in the day to see the city at night. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this for younger kids, but if you like seeing great views, it’s a fun attraction.
The Pearl is a fun new neighborhood in the original Pearl Brewery district. We parked in the free lot, and visited several of the unique, hip shops before checking out the gorgeous Hotel Emma. Then, we walked by the river – taking loads of pictures, and dined at the riverfront restaurant La Gloria. It’s definitely worth driving out to the Pearl for the afternoon. It’s so different from the River Walk.
Attractions by the Alamo
There are a number of fun kitschy museums located by the Alamo, included Ripley’s Believe It or Not. My son saw the front of Ripley’s and begged to go in. While I wouldn’t consider these must-dos, they are fun to visit if you have the time.
We weren’t able to see everything that we wanted, but there are definitely other things to do in San Antonio with kids. We really wanted to visit Schlitterbahn (a water park), but like SeaWorld, it’s only open weekends during April. There’s’ also the San Antonio Zoo, the Institute of Texas Cultures, and the DooZeum.
Where to Eat in San Antonio
We loved almost all of the meals that we had in San Antonio. For BBQ, I definitely recommend BBQ Station, which is a bit of a drive from the River Walk. I was surprised that there aren’t too many great BBQ restaurants near the River Walk, but BBQ Station is the real deal.
Where to Stay in San Antonio
We decided to stay on the River Walk, at the Omni La Mansion Del Rio. The Drury Hotels (there are two in the River Walk area) have great reviews as well (see reviews for the Drury Plaza and the Drury Inn and Suites).