25 San Antonio Area Attractions To Enjoy This Vacation


Spring break is here, y’all. This is the time to stop and relax as you wish, although that usually means going out and having fun. Whether you’re trying to entertain your little ones or want to treat yourself to a memorable day in the Alamo town, consider this your spring break to-do list.

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San Antonio Zoo

Animal lovers of all ages will enjoy spending time at the San Antonio Zoo. The expansive grounds allow visitors to get up close to animals from around the world.

Find it: 3903 N St. Mary Street, 210-734-7184, sazoo.org



Located in Rivercenter, SEA LIFE allows locals and tourists to learn more about underwater life. Seahorses, jellyfish and other beautiful creatures provide a deeper insight into the beauty of the vast waters. Don’t miss the ocean tunnel!

Find it: 849 E Commerce Street, Suite 600, 210-610-1160, visitsealife.com

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Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

A Texas-style African safari, this ranch lets visitors experience the vast beauty of the Serengeti region without leaving the Lone Star State. Don’t let the wildlife scare you, these animals play well.

Find it: 26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, 830-438-7400, fauranchtexas.com

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Snake Farm Animal World and Zoo

Anyone who has driven I-35 to Austin has undoubtedly seen the New Braunfels wonder that is Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo. If you’ve never stopped by, consider this an invitation to stop by and hang out with the collection of exotic animals that live here.

Find it: 5640 Interstate 35 S, New Braunfels, 830-608-9270, awsfzoo.com

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Sea World San Antonio

Spending time with the adorable ocean creatures is always an option, but your tour can also include a mix of roller coasters and dining options. You can also try out the new thrill ride while you’re there.

Find it: 10500 Sea World Drive, 210-520-4732, seaworld.com/san-antonio

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Aquatica San Antonio

Whether you want to splash around or get smashed by a wave, visitors to Aquatica can indulge in all kinds of water fun, especially since there’s a waterslide for everyone. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Find it: 10500 Sea World Drive, 210-520-4732, aquatica.com/san-antonio

Amusement park

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Six Texas Fiesta Flags

Rides, rides, rides. Whether you’re looking for something thrilling, family-friendly or around the water, there’s a ride for everyone. Why not try them all and choose your favourite?

Find it: 17000W I-10, 210-697-5050, sixflags.com/fiestatexas

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Children’s park

Whether you visited this place as a kid or not, you won’t regret taking the little ones in your life to this San Antonio institution. It also happens to be the oldest children’s amusement park in the country!

Find it: 3903 N St. Mary Street, 210-734-7184, kiddiepark.com

Morgan’s Wonderland

Morgan’s Wonderland

San Antonio is blessed with the “ultra-accessible” gem that is Morgan’s Wonderland. Inspired by his daughter, founder Gordon Hartman brought a theme park to life for people with disabilities of all ages. The variety of rides, theaters and other attractions are all welcoming in their own way.

Find it: 5223 David Edwards Drive, 210-495-5888, morganswonderland.com

Outdoor wonders

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Canyon Lake

A trip to Canyon Lake means learning to appreciate the great outdoors in a variety of ways, including swimming, hiking, tubing, and more. No matter what you’re doing, this Central Texas gem will make for a memorable day trip.

Find it: Check the website for public access points and parks, tpwd.state.tx.us

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Lost Maples State Natural Area

Considered a fall favorite for its breathtaking foliage, Lost Maples is a year-round staple for any San Antonian who wants to enjoy the great outdoors without straying too far from home. This Hill Country gem offers a closer look at wildlife, fishing, camping, hiking and, of course, incredible views.

Find it: 37221 RM 187, Vanderpool, 830-966-3413, tpwd.texas.gov

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

This magical mound is worth every step you take to reach the top of the pink granite dome. There is of course hiking, but also rock climbing and geocaching. If you prefer to keep it simple, stargazing will make you appreciate all the beauty here.

Find it: 16710 Ranch Road 965, Fredericksburg, 830-685-3636, tpwd.texas.gov

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Natural Bridge Caverns

For those looking for an adventure in a *different* kind of the outdoors, a trip to Natural Bridge Caverns might be just what you need. While visiting the magnificent caverns is not to be missed, visitors can also try the zipline course, the 5,000 square foot maze, and other above-ground attractions.

Find it: 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, 210-651-6101, naturalbridgecaverns.com

Limestone cliffs surrounding the pool at Barton Springs.

Limestone cliffs surrounding the pool at Barton Springs.

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Barton Springs Pool

Scheduled to reopen on Saturday, March 12, Austin’s gem, Barton Springs, is the perfect place to cool off with a swim. The clear waters will allow you to appreciate the beauty of natural waters. Trust us, it’s definitely worth getting on I-35.

Find it: 2201 William Barton Drive, Austin, 512-974-6300, austintexas.gov

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Guadalupe River State Park

Named after the beautiful Guadalupe River, this state park is a must visit for all kinds of outdoor fun. While swimming, tubing and other water activities are the most popular, adventure seekers can also hike or bike through the beautiful grounds.

Find it: 3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, 830-438-2656, tpwd.texas.gov

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Landa Park

Spread across its 51-acre lot, Landa Park keeps it real with a mix of nature and fun. Pack a picnic and enjoy the river or the nature trail, or maybe you’d rather hit up some mini-golf or take a ride on the miniature train. Everyone will have fun here, trust us.

Find it: 164 Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels, 830-221-4350, nbtexas.org

People swim in the pool at San Pedro Springs Park.

People swim in the pool at San Pedro Springs Park.

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San Antonio Parks

Not up for a road trip, but still want to spend some time in nature? Take your pick from the range of local parks. Whether you and your team want to run, bike, swim, or just sit back, there’s a park for you. Go explore, y’all!

Find it: Multiple locations, sanantonio.gov/ParksAndRec



The DoSeum

Whether you have a house full of little ones to entertain or just have a curious child, the DoSeum is the perfect place to let their creativity run wild. Since opening in 2015, the attraction has offered a mix of interactive and hands-on learning through exhibits, programs, and more.

Find it: 2800 Broadway, 210-212-4453, thedoseum.org

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San Antonio Art Museum

Looking for something a little more sophisticated? Well, there’s plenty to explore at SAMA, home to works of art spanning some 5,000 years from all over the world. It’s a history and art lesson all rolled into one.

Find it: 200 W Jones Avenue, 210-978-8100, samuseum.org

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Witte Museum

Encompassing a bit of science, natural history, and art, this legendary Broadway haunt is a more educational way to spend a day off. There is also a selection of special exhibitions on display, so there is plenty to do here.

Find it: 3801 Broadway, 210-357-1900, wittemuseum.org

indoor fun

San Antonio Bowling Centers

San Antonio Bowling Centers

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There’s a cosmic bowling alley for a bit of festive fun or you can just stick with the traditional setup. Whatever you choose, a few rounds of bowling can be good for the soul. Here are some local bowling alleys where you should consider stopping.

The Alleys of Oak Hills
7330 Callaghan Road, 726-336-1144, thelanesatoakhills.com

bowl and barrel
117619 La Cantera Drive, Suite 102, 210-920-1102, bowlandbarrel.com

Bandera Bowling Center
6700 Huebner Road, Leon Valley, 210-523-1716, banderabowlingcenter.com

Astro SuperBowl
3203 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-824-6348, astrosuperbowl.com

Bowlero San Antonio
13307 San Pedro Avenue, 210-496-3811, bowlero.com

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I fly

Get the thrill of skydiving without giving your mom a heart attack by visiting iFly instead, where you can indulge in a bit of indoor skydiving. What a time to live!

Find it: 15915 I-10, 210-762-4359, iflyworld.com

Tourist stops

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historic market square

Known as the place where “San Antonio culture comes to life,” Market Square is a must-see any time of the year. While it’s not as lively as it is during Fiesta or the holiday season, spending time at this local attraction during Spring Break means you can sit on the patio without your face melting.

Find it: 514 Commerce Street West, 210-207-8600, marketsquaresa.com

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Japanese tea garden

Is it a rite of passage to have a photo shoot at the Japanese Tea Garden? Maybe that’s right. If you need a new profile picture or just want to admire the beauty of the tea garden without getting burned, visiting this time of year may be what you need.

Find it: 3853 N St. Mary Street, 210-212-4814, sanantonio.gov

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Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

With plenty of kitsch oddities available for your entertainment, this Alamo Plaza attraction is not for the light-hearted. If scares aren’t your thing, there are other nearby sights like Tomb Rider 3D.

Find it: 329 Alamo Plaza, 210-226-2828, ripleys.com


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