Home / Travel Guides - San Antonio / San Antonio Travel With Kids

flickr/George Coller

San Antonio Travel with Kids

Under 13 Hands-on learning—whether it involves operating a pint-size front-end loader, mining for gems, milking a cow or opening a bank account—is the name of the game at The DoSeum (2800 Broadway St.). Kids can also create art, watch themselves on a video screen and climb to the tippy-top of a tree for an awesome view of the museum's three floors.

Every San Antonio vacation should include a stop at Brackenridge Park (3700 N. St. Mary's St.), where the highlight is the San Antonio Zoo (3903 N. St. Mary's St.), where an abandoned limestone quarry's cliffs provide natural habitats for more than 9,000 creatures. Kids will have a ball riding the miniature train, exploring the aquarium and reptile house, and meeting endangered animals like Komodo dragons and white rhinos.

iStockphoto.com/tracielouise
At Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd.), you can get up close and personal with even more animals without ever leaving your car. You'll pick up a free bag of feed at the entrance gate and use it to lure ostriches, emus, llamas, zebras and other curious critters to your open windows during a 4-mile, drive-through safari adventure.

Teensflickr/Josh Grenier
The underground rooms and passages of Natural Bridge Caverns (26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd.) showcase thousands of fascinating limestone formations, from the gigantic King's Throne and Watchtower to teeny-tiny soda straws. Special tours, some of which involve climbing and rappelling sans handrails, increase the wow factor big-time and create unforgettable memories of this trip.

In Alamo Plaza there are six Ripley's attractions that'll guarantee a good time. If you can only hit one, opt for the mind-bending Guinness World Records Museum (329 Alamo Plaza) with 16 exhibit galleries.

All AgesAAA/Greg Weekes
You'll never run out of things to do at the city's “it” spot—the River Walk (E. Commerce Street). Shop, learn fun facts about the San Antonio River on a GO RIO Cruises boat tour (315 E. Commerce St.), or just meander along the breezy waterfront pathways. Refuel under a crayon-colored umbrella outside Casa Rio Mexican Restaurant (430 E. Commerce St.), the River Walk's oldest restaurant.

Don't pass up a trip to SeaWorld San Antonio (10500 SeaWorld Dr.), home to dolphins, sea lions, penguins and a whole bunch of other finned, furry and feathered friends. What's more, the park offers adrenaline-pumping roller coasters and water rides as well as spectacular shows.

flickr/Brent Schmidt
Keeping the clan content all day long, Six Flags Fiesta Texas (17000 I-10W) celebrates Texas and the Southwest with live entertainment, thrill and family-style rides and a number of themed areas. The park's setting—the interior of a former rock quarry with 100-foot walls—is an attraction in and of itself. If your travel is during the summer season, bring your swimsuit and prepare to splash and slide at White Water Bay.

Check out Brackenridge Park's curiosity-piquing Witte Museum (3801 Broadway St.), whose top-notch exhibits spotlight South Texas history, science and culture. You'll find mummies, dinosaur bones and creepy crawlers galore, and there's even a four-story tree house that lets you experiment with sound, weather and electricity.

Marcus Lindstrom/iStockphoto.com
Opportunities for outdoor fun are endless at Landa Park (110 Golf Course Rd. in New Braunfels ). Float down the Comal River on an inner tube, take a dip in a spring-fed swimming hole, or rent a paddleboat on Landa Lake and give those legs a workout. If you'd rather play on dry land, other diversions include fishing, putt-putt, a nature hike and a miniature-train ride.

You don't need an invitation to attend the city's biggest and best bash of the year—April's Fiesta San Antonio. What started out as a parade held in remembrance of fallen Texas heroes has mushroomed into an 11-day affair featuring carnivals, parades, fireworks, street dances, sports competitions and ethnic eats.

Read More

San Antonio, TX

Top AAA Diamond Hotels

AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.

Sponsored Listing

Members save 5% or more and earn Marriott Bonvoy™ points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

23808 Resort Pkwy. San Antonio, TX 78261

Book Now
AAA Members

Sponsored Listing

Red Roof PLUS+ San Antonio Downtown - Riverwalk

1011 E Houston St. San Antonio, TX 78205

Book Now
AAA Members

Members save up to 15% and earn Honors points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

Hilton Garden Inn New Braunfels

1501 IH-35 N. New Braunfels, TX 78130

Book Now
AAA Members

Members save 5% or more and earn Marriott Bonvoy™ points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio

420 W Market St. San Antonio, TX 78205

Book Now
AAA Members

Travel Information

City Population

1,296,682

Elevation

650 ft.

Sales Tax

Municipalities may impose additional rates of up to 2 percent on the statewide 6.25 percent sales tax. Sales tax in the city of San Antonio is 8.25 percent; rates vary in the suburbs. The hotel occupancy tax is 16.75 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(210) 207-7273

Fire (non-emergency)

(210) 207-7744

Time

(210) 226-3232

Temperature

(830) 609-2029

Hospitals

Baptist Medical Center, (210) 297-7000; Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, (210) 757-2200; Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, (210) 297-3000; Northeast Baptist Hospital, (210) 297-2000; University Hospital, (210) 358-4000.

Visitor Information

317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205. Phone:(210)244-2000 or (800)447-3372

Air Travel

San Antonio International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, (210) 841-8800 or (800) 654-3131, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

The Amtrak station is at 350 Hoefgen Ave.; for train schedule and ticket information phone (210) 223-3226 or (800) 872-7245.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus terminal is at 500 N. St. Mary's St.; phone (210) 270-5868 or (800) 231-2222.

Taxis

San Antonio taxis are metered. The average fare is $2.50 when you enter the cab plus $2.60 for each mile. A $1 surcharge is added for trips between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Four passengers can ride for a single fare. The major company is Yellow Cab, (210) 222-2222. Boat taxis travel the river's downtown loop daily 9-9 (weather permitting). A one-way fare is $10, an all-day fare is $12, and a 3-day fare is $25. Phone (210) 244-5700 or (800) 417-4139.

Public Transportation

VIA Metropolitan Transit provides public transportation consisting of buses and streetcars. Buses are routed through all sections of town; one bus even whisks shoppers from mall to mall on I-410. Express buses run daily from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Vintage streetcars travel three main city routes daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later, swinging by attractions, shopping areas and other key locations about every 10 minutes.

call or visit a AAA Travel Agent Today!

Find a AAA Office

As a AAA member, you'll save even more. Your AAA Travel Agent will check to see if AAA Vacations is combinable with other AAA member benefits, plus cruise and tour past passenger discounts and benefits.

Not a Member?

Join Now