30 Ideas for Spring Break Fun In and Around San Antonio

The Conservatory at the San Antonio Botanical Garden has five different exhibit rooms to explore.

Spring Break is upon us, and if you’re like me, the idea of staying cooped up in the house all week with restless, bored kids is enough to make your head spin. My family loves trying new places and activities, and lucky for us, San Antonio is full of them. The beautiful Spring weather makes it a perfect time to get outside, explore, and make some family memories. So before you lose your sanity, get out of the house with the kids and try something new (or revisit an old favorite) this Spring Break! The kids can burn off some energy, and you might be surprised at how much fun you have too.

I could write a list about a mile long of places to visit in (or near) San Antonio during Spring Break, but I’ve narrowed them down to my personal favorites and places that might be new to you.

My Personal Favorites:

1. San Antonio Botanical Garden

Play in the Family Adventure Garden, feed the fish/turtles at the East Texas lake, and explore the conservatories.

2. San Antonio Zoo, Zoo Train, and Kiddie Park

One location, three things to do! Plus, there is a playground nearby. (Zoo admission tickets are not required for the Zoo Train or Kiddie Park.)

The Marshland Trail at the Cibolo Nature Center is perfect for exploring.

3. Cibolo Nature Center

Wade in the creek, catch minnows, explore the trails, walk in dinosaur “footprints,” and check out the turtles and other creatures in the gift shop.

4. Japanese Tea Garden

Explore this gorgeous San Antonio gem. Can also be added onto a zoo trip since it’s near the zoo.

5. San Antonio Missions

Mission San Juan, Mission Espada, Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion; My kids loved visiting the missions as much as I did. There is a shady boardwalk trail behind Mission San Juan.

In San Antonio:

6. The Alamo

This San Antonio classic is often overlooked by locals. Be a tourist in your own city!

7. Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks

Also near the Alamo. Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but I thought this place was the coolest when I was a kid.

8. Briscoe Western Art Museum

Head West without leaving the River Walk at the museum’s Lil Partners’ Spring Break program, Tails and Trails, which offers LEGO animation, scavenger hunts, storytelling, and other activities for kids each day of Spring Break. (Free admission for children under 12!)

9. Morgan’s Wonderland

Inclusive park for people of all abilities. Ride a Ferris wheel, train, carousel, “drive” a truck, and play on some amazing playgrounds. You can also catch a fish at the Wharf. All gear is provided!

10. Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

Enjoy the Great Outdoors while birdwatching and exploring nature on one of the trails. Free admission is offered the first weekend of Spring Break.

11. Natural Bridge Caverns and Wildlife Ranch

Explore the caverns or take a wildlife safari through the ranch. There are lots of other activities available too, including a petting zoo.

12. The Witte Museum

The Witte has many exhibits that are interesting to children, including the H-E-B Body Adventure and the current exhibit, Backyard Adventures.

13. The Doseum

A local favorite for children of all ages. Check their website for daily programming.

14. Texas Transportation Museum

Tour real train cars, take a train ride, and watch model trains race around tiny cities. An educational and entertaining experience for train lovers.

15. Hemisfair Park, Yanaguana Garden, Magik Theatre

Play at the park or in the splash pad, see a show at the Magik Theatre, and grab some lunch at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana or sweets at Chocollazo, Sugar Sugar, or Paleteria San Antonio.

16. Quadrangle at Fort Sam Houston

Find out more about this unique, history-rich place here.

17. Clay Casa

Choose a piece of pottery and paint it to your heart’s desire.

18. Madhatter’s Tea House & Café

Enjoy a tea party for two, with finger sandwiches served on a three-tiered platter. Check out the dessert case too!

19. San Antonio parks, playgrounds, and libraries

Check the web sites for special Spring Break programming and activities.

20. San Antonio Fire Museum

See fire trucks, fire fighting equipment, and learn about the history of fire fighting. Kids can climb on a firetruck and dress in firefighters’ gear.

Take a little road trip:

21. McKenna Children’s Museum in New Braunfels

Explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits, including my family’s personal favorite, Destination Space.

22. Landa Park in New Braunfels

Ride the train, rent a paddle boat, play on the playgrounds, explore the beautiful grounds, or play miniature golf. Swimming is also available during certain seasons.

The glass bottom boat ride at the Meadows Center is both educational and fun.

23. The Meadows Center Glass Bottom Boat tour in San Marcos

See what lies beneath the water in the beautiful, serene setting of Spring Lake. Don’t miss the nearby boardwalk trails.

24. Wonder World in San Marcos

This unique attraction offers a cave tour, wildlife train, anti-gravity house, observation tower, and more.

25. Wildseed Farm and the Airport Diner in Fredericksburg

Explore a gorgeous working wildflower farm, walk the trails, take photos, and shop in the gift shop. Then enjoy lunch at the Airport Diner and watch planes land and take off as you eat.

26. Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls

Pick strawberries (check website for availability), feed goats, make arts and crafts, and jump in the Berry Bounce.

27. The Exotic Resort Zoo in Johnson City

Go on an open range safari tour or feed animals in the petting zoo.

28. The Science Mill children’s museum in Johnson City

Explore the 50+ hands-on exhibits focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) topics.

29. Pedernales Falls State Park or Guadalupe River State Park

Swim, hike, bike, or simply explore nature in these scenic state parks.

30. Dinosaur Park in Cedar Creek

Walk through the nature trail and discover life-size dinosaur exhibits.

And since the weather during a San Antonio Spring Break could range from the frigid 50’s to the warm, humid 90’s, here is a list of indoor play places that will keep you cool (or warm), dry, and entertained.

Jill
Jill is a small-town girl at heart but has loved discovering all San Antonio has to offer since moving here in 2004. She and her husband of 16 years are proud Texas Aggies and parents to two elementary-age girls. Jill worked as an editor, writer, and 4th-grade teacher before discovering her dream job as a taxi driver (for her girls). As a stay-at-home-mom, she spends her days volunteering at her kids' school and at church, attempting to exercise, pondering how four people can accumulate so much dirty laundry, and driving her kids to numerous extracurricular activities. She has recently taken her love for all things Disney to the next level by becoming a Disney Travel Planner. Follow along on her family’s adventures in San Antonio and beyond on Instagram at @satxfamily or email her for a Disney (or Universal Studios) vacation quote and planning assistance at [email protected] Favorite Restaurant: The Melting Pot Favorite Landmark: Japanese Tea Garden Favorite San Antonio Tradition: San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

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  1. GREAT compilation of things to do around SATX! Totally going to reference this constantly. Thanks for all the ideas!

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