Things to Do in San Antonio in Summer 2018 – Attractions, Activities & More

Visiting sunny San Antonio this summer and looking for some activities and places to visit?

From river cruises and museum exhibits to theme parks and beyond, we are sure you will have fun during your trip.

If you’re planning a visit and looking for things to do in San Antonio in the summer 2018, check out our list of the top attractions and activities going on this year, including…

  • Sesame Street® Party Parade at SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Special Summer Events at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Splashtown San Antonio
  • Fiesta Noche Del Rio
  • And more!

Heading to the area to celebrate Independence Day? Then check out our post on things to do in San Antonio 4th of July Weekend.

In the area towards the end of summer? Here are a few fun things to do in San Antonio Labor Day Weekend.

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Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 45% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

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Please note, some of these special Summer events may be separately ticketed and not available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

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Sesame Street® Party Parade at SeaWorld San Antonio

Now – August 12, 2018

The famous kids brand takes it from their Bay of Play to the streets, for a groovy parade that will get everyone singing and dancing. The parade includes 10 themed floats, contemporary tunes, and your favorite Sesame Street characters, capped off with two incredible performances.

If you just want to spend some time getting to know SeaWorld’s population of dolphins, whales, and other marine inspiring and curious life, there’s plenty of time to stroll around and see those things, too!

Getting In: SeaWorld San Antonio tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Special Summer Events at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

six-flags-fiesta-texas-teensIf you’re itching for some amusement park excitement with a little something extra, head to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for a theme park, done Texas-style.

In addition to all of the regular rides, slides, and other attractions, you’ll also get to take advantage of a number of special events.

Some highlights include the opening of the WONDER WOMAN Golden Lasso Coaster and Coca Cola Fourth Fest!

Be sure to check out the attraction website for specific details on each event.

Getting In: Six Flags Fiesta Texas tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass; select special events may be separately ticketed and not included with the pass.

Jungle Boogie Nights at the San Antonio Zoo


This summer, from June to September, the San Antonio Zoo will stay open later on Friday nights for guests to enjoy a whole other side of this awesome attraction.

Take advantage of the cooler temps to explore more of the zoo, all while enjoying happy hour specials and some special live music.

It’s perfect for the whole family! No additional fees required, either.

Getting In: San Antonio Zoo tickets are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

“Dive In” Movie at Splashtown San Antonio

Splashtown-San-Antonio-2In search of something fun to do with the kids on a Friday evening? Head to Splashtown San Antonio on Fridays this June and July for their great family movie night.

This year’s line up features all your new favorites like Jumanji, Despicable MeThe Justice League, and more. It’s appropriate for kids of all ages, although you may find films like JAWS 2 best suited for older children.

Check the schedule before you go to see what’s playing. The best part? You get to watch the film from the Wavetown Splash Pool if you’d like!

Getting In: Splashtown San Antonio tickets are available as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

San Antonio River Cruise

RIO San Antonio cruise (2)If you’re looking to cool down – and you probably will be – then a San Antonio river cruise is a smart choice.

An engaging 30-minute cruise along San Antonio’s fascinating waterfront is just the thing you need to relax AND get a unique view of some of the city’s best sights.

It’s an especially smart choice for first-time visitors, as it will serve as a great introduction to the city.

Getting In: San Antonio River Cruise tickets are available as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Explore Alamo Plaza

SAT AlamoIf there’s one area of the city that’s a must-explore, then it’s Alamo Plaza.

It’s a beautiful little urban center clustered around that most famous of Texas landmarks – the Alamo itself.

In addition to being able to visit the historic Alamo, you can also explore nearby attractions like Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, the Guinness World Records Museum, and Battle for Texas: The Experience.

Or, you can just make Alamo Plaza your starting point and jump aboard a hop-on hop-off San Antonio bus tour!

Getting In: The Alamo is free to explore. The Alamo Plaza attractions listed here are all available as options with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Summer Artisan River Walk Show

June 29 through July 2, 2018

SAT RiverwalkExplore more of San Antonio’s artsy side with some time spend roaming the Summer Artisan River Walk Show this June.

With a wide variety of local vendors offering their creative productions like pottery, jewelry, knitted goods, painting, and more, you’re sure to find something to inspire or charm you at this show.

It’s also a good opportunity to enjoy the River Walk neighborhood!

Getting In: The Summer Artisan River Walk Show is free to explore.

Movies by Moonlight

Tuesdays in June & July 2018

This is another great family thing to do in San Antonio in the summer.

Head to Travis Park and take advantage of their giant outdoor movie screen, showing family favorites like Beauty and the Beast, Lili & Stitch, and more.

Kids will enjoy additional activities specifically designed with them in mind, and you’ll be happy about the handy food trucks.

Pre-entertainment will begin at 7:30 pm and the movie begins at 8:30 pm. So grab a blanket and go!

Getting In: Movies by Moonlight are free to watch.

Fiesta Noche Del Rio

Every Friday Night through August 11, 2018

See San Antonio’s annual iconic cultural performance, this year’s edition is extra special as San Antonio is celebrating it’s Tricentennial.

Fiesta Noche Del Rio really tells a story about San Antonio, with a lovely medley of past & present along with music & dance.

The performances are located at the historic Arneson River Theatre.

Getting In: Fiesta Noche Del Rio is free to watch.

Let’s Recap

So there you have it. Our picks for some of the top things to do in San Antonio in the summer.

Please note, the summer events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go San Antonio Card.

Plan to visit some of these top attractions during your trip. Whether you are traveling with your family or a couple of friends, we’re sure you will have a great time.

The information contained in this post, to the best of the author's knowledge, was accurate at time of publishing. We do our best to ensure and maintain the accuracy of this information.

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