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:
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.)
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.
Explore this gorgeous San Antonio gem. Can also be added onto a zoo trip since it’s near the zoo.
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!
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 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!)
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!
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
13. The Doseum
A local favorite for children of all ages. Check their website for daily programming.
Tour real train cars, take a train ride, and watch model trains race around tiny cities. An educational and entertaining experience for train lovers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.