San Antonio is a city defined by a vibrant multicultural heritage and strong historical roots, from the Alamo to the LBJ Ranch and beyond.
So if you’re contemplating a trip south for your Labor Day excursions, consider San Antonio at the top of your list.
If you’re looking for San Antonio Labor Day Weekend 2018 ideas, check out some of these local activities and fun things do in San Antonio in September, including…
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas
- Go Rio San Antonio River Cruise
- San Antonio Zoo
- SeaWorld San Antonio
- Tower of the Americas
- Current exhibits at the Witte Museum
- River Walk Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show
From all the must-see spots on a San Antonio bucket list to the perfect special events to attend during Labor Day weekend, we’ve got you covered!
Save on Attraction Admission
Regular admission to a number of these San Antonio attractions is available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
Choose as you go from top attractions and save up to 45% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.
See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more.
Please note, the special events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the Explorer Pass.
Go Rio San Antonio River Cruise
This relaxing and informative 30-minute cruise along San Antonio’s riverfront neighborhood is both a great introduction to the city and a fun way to escape the heat for a bit. Enjoy learning about historical fun facts as you cruise by some of the city’s best landmarks.
Plus, the River Walk neighborhood is one of the most popular in the city and this delightful cruise is the perfect way to scope it out.
Getting In: Go Rio San Antonio Cruise tickets are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
The whole family will love spending the day at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is the most exhilarating theme park in all of San Antonio. Whether you’re looking for thrill rides or kid-friendly carnival games, you’ll find it here.
Take a ride on the new Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster or head over to the water park to cool down on the Bermuda Triangle Slide or Big Bender Raft Ride.
And make sure you check out the Celebrate! Summer Nights Spectacular that takes place every night at the park. Once the sun goes down, keep your eyes peeled for a topnotch pyrotechnic show complete with fire and water displays.
Getting in: Six Flags Fiesta Texas tickets are included on San Antonio Explorer Pass.
San Antonio Zoo
Another great place to take the kids for Labor Day Weekend (or any weekend, really) is the San Antonio Zoo.
750 different species call the 50-acre zoo home, so there’s plenty of things to see and do that will keep you entertained for the whole day.
Check out the Butterfly Garden, a crowd favorite, where you can immerse yourself in this gorgeous creature’s natural habitat.
You’ll see everything from alligators to zebras to giraffes.
Getting in: San Antonio Zoo tickets are included on San Antonio Explorer Pass.
SeaWorld San Antonio
Dive deep into the wonders of the ocean at SeaWorld San Antonio.
Experience up-close interactions with your favorite aquatic animals. Watch the bottlenose dolphins interact at Discovery Point or catch an awe-inspiring educational show like Killer Whales: Up Close featuring Shamu.
A day at SeaWorld San Antonio is a one of a kind experience that the whole family will remember for years to come.
Getting in: SeaWorld San Antonio tickets are included on San Antonio Explorer Pass.
Tower of the Americas
Tower of the Americas is San Antonio’s tallest building and a great landmark to add to your San Antonio sightseeing bucket list.
Journey up to the Flags Over Texas Observation Deck for aerial views of the entire city. You’ll be able to see all of San Antonio’s top landmarks, like the Alamo, from this vantage point.
You can also catch a showing of Skies of Texas: 4D Theater Ride. Fly over the Lone Star State in a 4D simulator and see a Friday night football game, a NASA Space Shuttle and more.
If you’re visiting on a Friday, stay put for Party on the Plaza. Every Friday, Tower of the Americas hosts a free concert that is open to the public. Make sure to catch the rock and country-themed event on August 31st for Labor Day Weekend.
Getting in: Tower of the Americas tickets are included on San Antonio Explorer Pass.
Special Exhibits at Witte Museum
The Witte Museum shares the rich history of San Antonio and Texas as a whole. It’s a great place for history buffs to learn more about what makes San Antonio, San Antonio.
In honor of the city’s tricentennial this year, the Witte Museum will be displaying Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History from March 3rd, 2018 to January 6th, 2019. This special exhibit showcases San Antonio as a hub of the frontier under many different flags over the past three centuries. Experience how early Spanish settlement influenced modern-day San Antonio.
You can also see special exhibit Predators vs Prey: Dinosaurs on the Land Before Texas through September 3rd, 2018. The kids will love the chance to experience San Antonio in the age of the dinosaurs.
Getting in: Witte Museum tickets are included on San Antonio Explorer Pass. Special exhibits may be separately ticketed.
FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO
September 1st – 20th, 2018
Various galleries throughout San Antonio & Texas Hill Country
A fantastic, month-long celebration of photography and the photographic arts, this festival is a must for art lovers.
The FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA Festival takes place in galleries across town and around the region. Pay a visit to any participating gallery for an amazing show of both contemporary and historic photography.
Getting In: Admission to FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO is free.
Labor Day Artisan Show Walk
August 31st – September 3rd, 2018
San Antonio River Walk
Visit one of the most beautiful and lively neighborhoods in all of San Antonio with a trip to the Labor Day Artisan Show Walk at San Antonio River Walk.
Stroll around soaking up all the amazing sights and sounds, and perhaps come home with a souvenir from local artists and artisans. From unique, hand-crafted household items to one of a kind pieces for your wardrobe, you’re sure to find something here.
Getting In: the Labor Day Artisan Show Walk is free and open to the public.
Relax in Hemisfair Park
Originally built for the 1968 World’s Fair, this grand park is both a relaxing green oasis in the middle of San Antonio and a bustling hub of activities and events.
Come here to picnic and play Frisbee, take in free movies, participate in yoga classes held in the gorgeous Yanaguana Garden, play around with art classes, and much more.
Getting In: Admission to Hemisfair Park is free, but select events may have a separate admission cost.
Shop in Market Square
Visit the largest Mexican market in the entire country at Market Square. This festive neighborhood is filled with everything from shops and restaurants to performers and art exhibits.
Be sure to budget for extensive souvenir shopping here!
Getting In: Admission to Market Square is free.
Remember to Save on Attraction Admission
There you have it – plenty of fun ideas for things to do in San Antonio in September to help you plan your Labor Day weekend itinerary.
There are plenty more options, too, like renting a bike and pedaling around the waterfront, taking advantage of end-of-summer sales at local shopping outlets, strolling through the serene Japanese Tea Garden, and sipping a cool beverage at a waterfront café.
Remember, some of these great attraction options are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass®, where you can save up to 45% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.
We hope you’ll find some inspiration to craft that perfect end of summer vacation!