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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205. Phone:(210)244-2000 or (800)447-3372
San Antonio International Airport
Hertz, (210) 841-8800 or (800) 654-3131, offers discounts to AAA members.
The Amtrak station is at 350 Hoefgen Ave.; for train schedule and ticket information phone (210) 223-3226 or (800) 872-7245.
The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus terminal is at 500 N. St. Mary's St.; phone (210) 270-5868 or (800) 231-2222.
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.
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.