Spring Break 2022: 30+ Ideas for Fun In & 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. 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.

1. San Antonio Botanical Garden

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), Family Night Hikes (March 4, April 1), Storytime in the Garden (Thursdays at 10:00), Movies by Moonlight (Friday, March 11), as well as several half-day camps.

2. San Antonio Zoo, Zoo Train, Kiddie Park, and Japanese Tea 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.) The San Antonio Zoo is hosting Jungle Boogie Break March 5–20, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Enjoy live music, dance parties, animal interactions, and food/drinks. The Japanese Tea Garden is gorgeous and FREE!

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. San Antonio Museum of Art

SAMA is hosting Family Days on March 6 (Earth, Water, Air, and Fire: The Four Elements in Art) and March 10 (Deep in the Art of Texas), as well as Family Hour on March 8 from 5–6:00 p.m. (Art 101: Line Shape and Color). 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.

5. San Antonio Missions

Mission San Juan, Mission Espada, Mission San Jose, Mission Concepción—My kids loved visiting the missions as much as I did. There is also a shady boardwalk trail behind Mission San Juan. Or explore the eight-mile Mission Reach Trail with recreational trails, pedestrian bridges, pavilions, and portals to the four missions.

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. You can even reserve a Young Texans Tour, led by Alamo tour guides and living historians, to “discover what life was like for the Alamo’s brave defenders and the families that lived here when the Alamo was a Spanish mission. Your tour will explore the Church and courtyards before arriving at our Living History Encampment for an exciting cannon drill demonstration.” (Cost for the Young Texans Tour is $30/adult and $25/child ages 12 and under. Military discount offered.)

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! The museum hosts Locals Day on the first Sunday of each month, with free admission for San Antonio and Bexar County residents. (Children under 12 and active-duty military members are always free.)

9. Morgan’s Wonderland

This inclusive park for people of all abilities re-opens on March 4! 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 can be purchased in advance online. The park is open on select days in March, so make sure to check the calendar before heading out.

10. Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

Enjoy the Great Outdoors while birdwatching and exploring nature on one of the trails. You are highly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online. Teachers and school staff members receive free admission (with valid ID) March 5–18. Guided bird tours are offered every Sunday morning at 8:00 (except fifth Sunday of the month).

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 Secret World Inside You, which “explores the rapidly evolving science that is revealing the complexities of the human microbiome and reshaping our ideas about human health, offering new perspectives on bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that call our body home.” This exhibit will be on view through April 3, 2022. The museum also hosts “Saturdays with a Scientist” in conjunction with UTSA, every Saturday from 1-3:00 p.m.

13. The DoSeum

A local favorite for children of all ages. The DoSeum’s current traveling exhibits are “Building Buddies,” open through May 1, 2022, and “Uniquely Us: Understanding Race and Building Unity,” open through April 3, 2022. Tickets can be purchased online or in person. The DoSeum is also hosting several Spring Break camps.

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. Open weekends in March. Tickets can be purchased online.

15. Hemisfair Park and Yanaguana Garden

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. Find more information about the free Black History Film Series, BLAST with Judy workouts, Story Time, and Super Fun Saturday with H-E-B here.

16. Hopscotch

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. Clay Casa also offers themed Story Time and Kid’s Night Out. Also offered: A Kids’ Party To Go, with pottery, paint, and brushes included.

18. San Antonio Public Art

Check out one of the many local public art exhibits, such as the new Najo Jām 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

Check the websites for special Spring Break programming and activities. Not sure which park to go to? Check out our park recommendations here and here.

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.

21. McKenna Children’s Museum in New Braunfels

Explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits, including my family’s personal favorite, Destination Space. Check out the museum’s website for information about its many special events. 

22. Landa Park in New Braunfels

Ride the train, rent a paddleboat (There’s a swan and a dragon!), 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. You can even reserve a private boat tour for up to 20 people. Don’t miss the nearby boardwalk trails. Check out the Spring Lake Outdoor Academy for nature-inspired programs for kids.

24. Wonder World in San Marcos

This unique attraction offers a cave tour, wildlife train, anti-gravity house, observation tower, and more. Tickets can be purchased online or on-site.

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. (Check the Bloom Update before heading out.) Then enjoy lunch at the Airport Diner and watch planes land and take off as you eat. (Airport Diner is open Thursday–Sunday.)

26. Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

Get up close and personal with a fennec fox at the Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo.

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. You can even book a private animal encounter with a snake, fennec fox, American alligator, Texas tortoise, or striped skunk! Purchase your tickets online in advance here.

27. The Exotic Resort Zoo in Johnson City

Both drive-thru and guided safari tours are available, with 45+ species of animals. The zoo sells sacks of food to feed the animals as you drive or ride through. Fun for all ages! Purchase tickets in advance online.

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. Now showing through June 30: “Dinosaurs of Antarctica”: “From glaciers to Glacialisaurus, with real expedition footage and next-level CGI, this film introduces the amazing and bizarre prehistoric creatures that inhabited Antarctic forests and swamps hundreds of millions of years ago—and the scientists on a quest to uncover them.”

Open March 7–18, “Science Takes the Field”: “Get your heart pumping and brain ticking with two weeks of sports-inspired STEM activities at the Science Mill this Spring Break. Jump, race, and problem-solve your way through a circuit of fun challenges. Go for a field goal with our K’nex football launcher, test your coordination in the obstacle course, investigate whether sports drink or water is better for refueling, and much more!”

29. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site

While in Johnson City, take a short drive to Stonewall and visit the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, home to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, and then drive across the Pedernales River to take a self-guided tour of the LBJ Ranch, a National Historical Park and burial site of the former President and First Lady.

30. 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.”

31. Dinosaur Park in Cedar Creek

Walk through the nature trail and discover life-size dinosaur exhibits. Other activities include a fossil-dig, playground, picnic area, and a dinosaur store.

32. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin

Explore 284 acres of gardens, natural areas, an arboretum, and more at this gorgeous site. Don’t miss the swings of all sizes in Elisabeth Maxine’s Cathedral of Oaks in the Texas Arboretum and the 4.5-acre Family Garden.

33. Miniature Golf

San Antonio has several great miniature golf courses, with both indoor and outdoor options. Try Embassy Miniature Golf, Cool Crest Miniature Golf, Ice & Golf Center at Northwoods, Monster Mini Golf, or Cosmic Mayhem.

 

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!

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 18 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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