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. COVID has complicated things a bit, but the beautiful Spring weather makes it a perfect time to get outside, explore, and make some family memories. And most businesses have done a good job of implementing new safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID. 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. Plan your Spring Break with our handy dandy printable planner – click here to open the PDF and save to print! Or make a Spring Break Family bucket list with this printable.
Play in the Family Adventure Garden, feed the fish/turtles at the East Texas lake and explore the conservatories. The Garden is hosting several Spring Break activities, including a plant sale (registration required), Storytime in the Garden (Thursday, March 11), Family Flashlight Night (Friday, March 12), as well as several half-day camps. In addition, the Magik Theatre presents “Theatre for the Very Young: Everything Is Round” on Saturdays in March at the Garden.
One location, four things to do! Plus, there is a playground nearby. (Zoo admission tickets are not required for the Zoo Train or Kiddie Park.) Catch the new Dinos and Dragons exhibit at the zoo this Spring. The Japanese Tea Garden is gorgeous and FREE!
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.
SAMA is currently hosting “Movie Metal,” a pop-up installation of several fan-favorite characters and iconic vehicles from popular television shows and movies. This exhibit is on display through April 11. Online ticket purchase is recommended, as tickets are limited to maintain social distancing. SAMA offers free admission for Bexar County residents on Tuesdays from 4-7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
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.
6. The Alamo
This San Antonio classic is often overlooked by locals. Be a tourist in your own city! Reservations are required, but entry is free.
Also near the Alamo. Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but I thought this place was the coolest when I was a kid.
Head West without leaving the River Walk with the museum’s Lil Partners Saddlebags kits, which include six take-home activities for families to enjoy. Crafts include making Papel Picado, Puebloan-inspired pottery, and much more. Even better: Packed in the Saddlebag is a museum pass admitting two adults to the Briscoe. (Children under 12 are always free.) At $20 for members and $25 for non-members, the Saddlebags will keep your Lil Partners entertained for hours for one low price. Curbside pick-up is available.
This inclusive park for people of all abilities (which has been closed for a year due to COVID), is re-opening on March 5! 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! Tickets must be purchased in advance online.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors while birdwatching and exploring nature on one of the trails. You are highly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online.
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 the Twisted Trails Zip Rails and Ropes Course, a maze, gem and fossil mining, and more. Save by purchasing tickets in advance online.
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, The Machine Inside: Biomechanics, which explores animals and plants as machines built for survival. This exhibit will be on view through April 18, 2021, and is presented in both English and Spanish.
13. The Doseum
A local favorite for children of all ages. The Doseum’s current traveling exhibit is “Beautiful Minds–Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage,” open through March 28, 2021. Tickets can be purchased online or in person.
Tour real train cars, take a train ride, and watch model trains race around tiny cities. An educational and entertaining experience for train lovers. Open weekends in March. Tickets can be purchased online.
Play at the park and grab lunch at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, sweets at Lick Honest Ice Creams, or Paleteria San Antonio, or coffee and breakfast/lunch at CommonWealth Coffeehouse. Free virtual storytime with Ms. Kim on March 9 from 10-11:00 am. Register in advance online.
This Instagram-worthy, immersive art experience is fun for all ages. Find out more about this unique and creative gallery here. Advance tickets are recommended, and the last ticket time for minors is 5:30 p.m. (Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.)
17. Clay Casa
Choose a piece of pottery and paint it to your heart’s desire. Also offered: A Kids’ Party To Go, with pottery, paint, and brushes included.
Check out one of the many local public art exhibits, such as the new Najo Jam at Comanche Lookout Park or the Pioneers of the Sky Mural at Stinson Airport. Find more information here. Or see how many of the beautiful murals you can find around town.
19. San Antonio parks, playgrounds, and libraries
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. (Displays may be modified due to COVID.)
21. McKenna Children’s Museum in New Braunfels
Explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits, including my family’s personal favorite, Destination Space. Advance tickets are required.
22. Landa Park in New Braunfels
Ride the train, rent a paddleboat, play on the playgrounds, explore the beautiful grounds, or play miniature golf. Swimming is also available during certain seasons.
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. Reservations are required for the glass bottom boat tours.
24. Wonder World in San Marcos
This unique attraction offers a cave tour, wildlife train, anti-gravity house, observation tower, and more. Online reservations are highly recommended.
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.
Animal World & Snake Farm is a fully accredited zoological park where you can get up close and personal with over 500 different species of animals. Check out the Spring Break show schedule, and purchase your tickets online in advance.
27. The Exotic Resort Zoo in Johnson City
A drive-through safari with over 50 species of animals. The zoo sells sacks of food to feed the animals as you drive through. Fun for all ages and you never have to leave your car! Purchase tickets in advance online. Expect long lines during Spring Break.
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. The museum is hosting Robot Mania during Spring Break, which features special activities (such as performing “surgery” with bionic robot arms) every day from March 8-19.
29. Visit a Texas State Park
There are many Texas State Parks that are near enough to San Antonio for a day trip. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made 30 days in advance for day passes, or up to five months in advance for overnight camping. Find more information on eight of the state parks closest to San Antonio in our post, “The Summer of the State Park: A Guide to Texas State Parks Near San Antonio.”
30. Dinosaur Park in Cedar Creek
Walk through the nature trail and discover life-size dinosaur exhibits. Spring Break tickets must be bought online in advance.
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. Please check the location’s website or social media for current operating schedules. It’s also not too late to let someone else do the planning and entertaining by signing up for a Spring Break Camp!