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

Even though temperatures will still be pretty high, San Antonio can be really lovely in the fall. Stop by this amazing southern city for some fun festivities this time of year, from cultural festivals to tours and river cruises and beyond.

If you’re planning on heading to Texas and are looking for things to do in San Antonio in the Fall, check out our suggestions of top fall activities, including:

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas Fright Fest
  • SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream
  • Zoo Boo! at San Antonio Zoo
  • Special Exhibits at the San Antonio Museum of Modern Art
  • Día de los Muertos celebrations
  • And more!

Save on Attraction Admission

Regular admission to a number of these San Antonio area activities are included on the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.

Choose as you go from of top attractions and save up to 40% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

Check out all San Antonio tourist passes, attractions and prices.

Please note, some of the Fall events listed below may be separately ticketed and not available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas Fright Fest

September 14 – October 31, 2018

Just in time for the Halloween season, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is bringing back their Fright Fest series of events.

With terrifying haunted houses, spooky scare zones, and horrifying performances, there’s no end to the scariness at Six Flags.

Getting In: Six Flags Fiesta Texas tickets (and haunted house admission) are included as a premium option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.

SeaWorld San Antonio Howl-O-Scream

September 28 – October 28, 2018

Image credit: SeaWorld San Antonio.

Image credit: SeaWorld San Antonio.

This great family friendly event is perfect for kids during the day, and best for the older guests at night.

Spend the day at SeaWorld San Antonio indulging in gently spooky fun like in-park trick-or-treating, a delightful hay maze, and a charming pumpkin patch.

At night, be scared silly by Dark Side of the Gardens, a fantastic haunted house with some seriously creepy trees and one majorly spooky forest.

NEW haunted house for 2018: Zombie Horde brings you to Matheson’s Corners, this is one movement you won’t want to join.

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

Zoo Boo! at San Antonio Zoo

September 22 – October 28, 2018

Image Credit: sazoo.org

Image Credit: sazoo.org

Join the San Antonio zoo for daytime trick-or-treating, games & costumes.

Taking place every weekend in October, you and your kids can trick-or-treat inside the zoo in a safe and non-scary Halloween habitat.

Guests are encouraged to wear non-scary costumes. Adults over the age of 12 are kindly asked to refrain from wearing masks.

Animal lovers will relish the chance to visit this exciting zoo. With more than 700 critters inhabiting over 50 acres, there’s bound to be a new species for you to encounter.

Kids will love their signature rides like the historic train and a themed carousel. Be sure to check out their popular butterfly garden!

Getting In: San Antonio Zoo tickets are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®. Croctoberfest is separately ticketed and is not included with the pass.

Rio San Antonio Cruise

RIO San Antonio cruise (1)Cool off in the admittedly still hot fall afternoons with a leisurely San Antonio river cruise.

Explore the bustling riverfront in downtown San Antonio, see many top sights and landmarks, and enjoy your time out on the water.

This leisurely cruise is an excellent way to sightsee, so keep that camera or phone at the ready!

Getting In: Rio San Antonio Cruise tickets are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.

Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Caverns Discovery Tour in San AntonioAnother way to cool off in this hot Texas fall is with a trip underground!

Adventure down into the gorgeous Natural Bridge Caverns and explore their astonishing depths on a guided tour.

Head 180 feet below ground and learn all about the geologic and natural history of this region.

Getting In: Natural Bridge Caverns San Antonio tickets are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.

San Antonio Bus Tour

CitySightseeing San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour is a great way to get around San Antonio to all the major attractionsIf you’re new to the city, a perfect fall activity is a comprehensive bus tour of San Antonio.

Enjoy informative narration and entertaining commentary as you tour the city’s more significant landmarks and neighborhoods. 

Getting In: Hop On Hop Off San Antonio Bus Tour tickets are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.

San Antonio Museum of Art

San Antonio Museum of Art (3)This fall, head to the San Antonio Museum of Art to see their fascinating permanent collections and inspiring temporary exhibitions.

Some of their best collections include Egyptian, Greek, Roman Antiquities, Latin American artwork, contemporary art, and Asian Art. There is also a lovely gallery that is dedicated to Texas art.

Getting In: San Antonio Museum of Art tickets are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass. 

Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour

Go full Texan and head to Lyndon B. Johnson’s boyhood home, LBJ ranch, and Texas Hill. After a quick visit to LBJ’s boyhood home, you’ll head over to the “Texas White House”, where Johnson and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Taylor resided when they weren’t in Washington.

An underrated aspect of the tour is the insight you get into the German migration and influence on the area, including the town of Luckenback.

It also just so happens that an award winning winery is located in Luckenback nowadays.

Getting In: Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour tickets are included as a premium option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.

Let’s Recap

Whew – that’s a ton of exciting things to do in San Antonio this Fall! You’ll find something to suit all tastes and interests on this list.

And remember, you can save on combined admission on many of these popular attractions, tours, and more with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.

Please note, some of the Fall events taking place mentioned in this post may be separately ticketed and not included with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
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