10+ Things to Do in San Antonio with Kids for a Fun Family Vacation

San Antonio has lots of family friendly attractions and things to do that are perfect for keeping the kids entertained.

From world-class museums to action-packed themed parks, of you’re looking for things to do in San Antonio with kids, check out this list of our favorite kid-friendly activities, including…

  • SeaWorld® San Antonio
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Splashtown San Antonio
  • The Amazing Mirror Maze
  • Tower of the Americas
  • Guinness World Records Museum
  • San Antonio Zoo
  • Natural Bridge Caverns Discovery Tour
  • and more…

Save on Admission to Kid Friendly Attractions

Many of these great kid friendly attraction are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Choose as you go from many of the top San Antonio attractions and save up to 40% off combined admission vs. paying at the gate. Or, build your own pass and save up to 20% off.

For all available passes, attractions, and prices – Learn more.

SeaWorld® San Antonio

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Come immerse yourself in the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld San Antonio.

Kids can get up-close to lots of diverse marine life, including dolphins, penguins, and polar bears, reach speeds of up to 50-miles per hour on a roller coaster, get splashed during their signature orca show, and meet the cast of Sesame Street® at SeaWorld® San Antonio.

Plan your day around the shows and show times you want to catch and in between shows, you can visit a variety of sea animals in their different habitats at the exhibits throughout the park.

Adrenaline-seekers can take their turn on one of SeaWorld’s thrill rides like the classic splash-drop coaster ride Journey to Atlantis®, the fast-moving The Great White® ride featuring 360-degree flips and corkscrews, or The Steel Eel with its 15-story vertical drop and series of camelbacks that give you a feeling of weightlessness. Then, get grounded and cool off on the Rio Loco®–just be prepared to get soaked!

Kids will love the Shamu Express® mini roller coaster and the Sesame Street® Bay of Play®, where they can meet and greet their favorite characters from Sesame Street, take a spin on some kid-sized rides, or sit back and watch a show.

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

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six-Flags-Fiesta-Texas-2From roller coasters to bumper cars, Six Flags Fiesta Texas has all the classic theme park fun kids love. With six distinct, themed areas within the park, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

They’ve got everything from water rides to bumper cars to roller coasters, so whatever type of theme park entertainment you prefer, you can find it at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Their most popular attractions are BATMAN: The Ride (pictured above), the refreshing and exciting Bahama Blaster, and amazing Boomerang.

In addition to lots of rides to choose from, there are tons of shows and other popular entertainment options including several dining and shopping spots.

Getting In: Six Flags Fiesta Texas tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Splashtown San Antonio

Splashtown-San-Antonio-5Visit an amazing waterpark just three minutes north of downtown San Antonio. With 20 acres filled with rides, slides, and watery fun, Splashtown San Antonio is sure to delight your entire family.

While there is certainly much for adults to enjoy, Kid’s Kove is especially designed for the little ones. Filled with lily pads, splash features, and games, this area is perfect for their level of activity and water awareness.

For the older kids, you’ll find a massive wave pool, 40 slides of varying excitement and difficulty, and fun beach games like volleyball.

It’s also a great break from the Texas heat, so use the time to cool off for an afternoon. It’s a win for everyone!

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

The Amazing Mirror Maze

The-Amazing-Mirror-Maze-1Kids who love puzzles and curiosities in all forms will love a visit to the Amazing Mirror Maze. Go through the maze as many times as you want, twisting and turning and competing with your siblings. Then, they can play with the “Funny Mirrors,” which distorts their features in silly ways.

Then, kids can tackle the Vault Laser Challenge. They’ll try to cross the room without accidentally intersecting with any lasers, practicing their acrobatic skills.

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

Tower of the Americas

Tower-of-the-Americas-3Resembling the famous Space Needle in Seattle, visit the iconic tower of San Antonio’s skyline.

For some of the best views of the city, head up to the Flags Over Texas: Observation Deck. You’ll get 360-degree views and learn about the landmarks you’ll see from the top so you’ll be able to identify your surroundings and learn the history behind some of the significant sights.

Fly over Texas when you take a turn on the Skies Over Texas: 4D Theater Ride. This thrill ride takes visitors to exciting scenes throughout Texas, including a Friday night football game and a space shuttle NASA.

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

Alamo Plaza Attractions

Alamo-Plaza-Attractions-4After touring the Alamo (see below for more info about that important historic attraction), get in a little fun at some of the exciting attractions right in Alamo Plaza.

Guinness World Records Museum: browse through record setting history with the impressive (and sometimes bizarre) exhibits at Guinness World Records. Kids will have a blast interacting with the displays and video screens and answering fun trivia while seeing the contents of the fascinating books brought to life.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure: put your bravery to the test with this haunted house experience. Featuring real, live actors, creepy artifacts and props, and mind-bending special effects, it’s a truly harrowing experience.

Tomb Rider 3-D: practice your laser tag shooting skills on an exciting adventure through a world of monsters and mayhem on this interactive ride that takes you on a journey to the ancient tomb of the Egyptian God, Anubis.

Getting In: The below attractions are available as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass

San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo is one of the best things to do in San Antonio with Kids

From alligators to zebras, the San Antonio Zoo is home to 750 different species of animals from around the globe. This is truly one of our favorite things to do in San Antonio with kids.

Featured areas include “Africa Live!,” “Amazonia,” “Big Cat Valley,” and several more. Kids will also enjoy The Tiny Tot Nature Spot, which features daily activities for your little ones like crawling, climbing, playing dress up, and more.

Dedicated to inspiring curiosity and educating the public, the San Antonio Zoo is a great resource for educational entertainment that the kids will love.

Insider tip: Download the San Antonio Zoo app and let the kids explore points of interest and learn about the animals they can expect to see to get them excited for their visit.

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

Natural Bridge Caverns Discovery Tour

Natural Bridge Caverns Discovery Tour in San Antonio

Go on a guided adventure up to 180-feet below ground and travel through a half mile through the largest, most extensive cavern in the San Antonio area. This is perfect for the adventurous kids, the ones you can’t seem to get to come back inside after a long day of play.

You’ll learn about some of the history and science, dating all the way back to the Cretaceous period, that resulted in these unique, natural formations you’ll see from your entertaining and knowledgeable guides.

Please Note: Your littlest children are welcome, but for safety reasons strollers are not permitted on the tour.

Insider tip: Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, you’ll need traction on the steep, wet surfaces–and don’t forget a camera!

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

Witte Museum

H-E-B Body Adventure exhibit at the Witte Museum in San Antonio is designed to educate kids about healthy living

From Texas-specific art and history to studies of ancient civilization, the Witte Museum explores a variety of topics that will appeal to kids and adults alike.

Kids will especially like exploring the H-E-B Body Adventure exhibit designed to educate kids in a unique, interactive way about healthy living. They’ll be able to test their energy score, check their stride and height measurements, and receive a personalized take-home POWERprofile.

They also have a number of immensely popular rotating exhibitions, so be sure to check their schedule before your visit to see what’s on.

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

San Antonio Museum of Art

San Antonio Museum of Art

Get the kids excited about art in this former 19th-century brewery turned museum. The San Antonio Museum of Art is home to an extensive collection of art from around the globe boasting more than 30,000 artifacts spanning over 5,000 years of history.

You can explore various types of art, including Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities, Latin American artwork, contemporary art, Asian art and even an entire gallery dedicated exclusively to Texas art.

Check their site before you go to see if there are any family-centric events or activities coming up during your visit. They offer frequent museum-hosted events like family storytelling, themed playdates, and even exercise classes.

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

Texas Hill County & LBJ Ranch Tour

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Get the kids excited about American History and get the full Texas Hill Country experience on a fully guided, one-day excursion from San Antonio.

You’ll tour Lyndon B. Johnson’s boyhood home and the LBJ Ranch before breaking for lunch and free time in picturesque and historic Luckenback, a classic German town. Then, learn all about the wine industry in Texas first hand (for adults 21+, of course) at an award-winning winery.

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

CitySightseeing San Antonio Hop-on Hop-off Tour

CitySightseeing San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour is a great way to get around San Antonio to all the major attractions

One of the best ways to get acquainted with San Antonio is via the CitySightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour. You’ll get to see all the best of San Antonio, from the Riverwalk to Southtown.

Along the way you’ll get informative and entertaining narration by professional guides who know all about the city’s most significant landmarks, neighborhoods, and hotspots.

Enjoy the freedom to hop-on and off at any of the stops to explore some of the popular attractions along the way. It’s an ideal bus tour for families with small children because of such flexibility; when the kids get bored, simply hop off to find something that will hold their attention!

Getting In: Hop-On Hop-Off San Antonio tour tickets are included as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Antonio

See how you stack up next to the world's tallest man Robert Wadlow at Ripley's Believe It or Not! San Antonio

See how you stack up next to the world’s tallest man, Robert Wadlow, at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Antonio

Kids and adults alike will get a kick out of all the strange and unbelievable things at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the strangest place in San Antonio.

Visitors can browse through 18 themed galleries with over 500 exhibits in this “Odditorium” dedicated to examining bizarre and unusual phenomenon.

Plus, you’ll get to learn about the fascinating life of Mr. Ripley himself; from semi-pro baseball player and cartoonist to collector and curator of his famous discoveries that captivate audiences from around the world.

Getting In: Ripley’s Believe it or Not! is separately ticketed and is not included with the San Antonio Explorer Pass. For more information, please visit the attraction website.

The Alamo

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Don’t visit San Antonio without taking the kids to the most visited historic landmark in all of Texas.

The Alamo is located in the heart of San Antonio and the former Spanish church turned fortress serves as testament to those who sacrificed their life in the famous battle in 1836.

Walk around and tour the very spot where Texan troops defeated the larger Mexican force and achieved independence to the shouts of “Remember the Alamo!” after months of fighting.

Getting In: It’s free to walk around the Alamo.

DoSeum


Inspire your kids’ imagination at this interactive, cutting-edge children’s museum in San Antonio that explores how imagination and creativity, when put into action, can advance the fields of science and technology in very tangible ways.

This indoor/outdoor museum features 39,000 square feet of exhibits including Sensations Studio, Explore, Little Town, Innovation Station, Spy Academy, and Imagine it! where kids are challenged both physically and mentally to learn about scientific concepts in a way that feels strictly like play–where it’s all about doing.

Getting In: Admission to the DoSeum is separately ticketed and is not included with the San Antonio Explorer Pass. For more information and for tickets, please visit the attraction website.

Explore The Pearl

Located a few miles up the river from downtown San Antonio, this vibrant, up-and-coming neighborhood in San Antonio is bustling with local flavor, home to some of the trendiest restaurants and shops in the city, and has a unique culture of its own that celebrates art, individuality, and originality.

Head here with the family for a really good meal, poke around the shops, and get a feel for the local culture of San Antonio.

Insider tip: Check the Farmer’s Market schedule and plan a visit during one for some authentic local eats!

Getting In: It’s free to explore The Pearl.

HemisFair Park

Site of the 1968 World’s Fair, today HemisFair Park is a public space that has played a pivotal role unifying its surrounding areas in the urban revitalization of San Antonio.

Young kids will loves the Pre-K Play area, various play structures, games plaza with ping pong tables, foosball, bocce ball and more, the large San Play area, and Splash Pad while adults will enjoy just relaxing in one of the HemisFair’s many green spaces.

Getting In: It’s free to explore HemisFair Park.

Kiddie Park

Head to America’s oldest children’s amusement park for a nostalgic day filled with good old fashioned fun geared towards kids ages 1-12.

Kids will love riding the carousel, Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and lots of other original park rides and they’re sure to get a kick out of a live pony ride (available most weekend days).

Featuring classic, theme park attractions, you can expect lots of thrilling rides, arcade games, carnival games, face painting stations, and more.

Getting In: Kiddie Park is separately ticketed and is not included with the San Antonio Explorer Pass. For more information, please visit the attraction website.

Let’s Recap

There you have it. Our list of some of the top things to do in San Antonio with kids during your vacation.

Remember, many of these great ideas are included on the Go San Antonio Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Consider adding a few of these kid friendly options to your upcoming itinerary. Enjoy!

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