Bring on the paletas and sunscreen, a San Antonio summer is upon us! There are so many budget-friendly ways to explore our great city this summer. Whether you’re looking for outdoor activities, a chance to cool off in the water, or prefer to stay in the AC, we’ve compiled a list of free and cheap options for all Alamo City families.
Free Admission to Museums
The Witte: FREE! Tuesdays, 3:00–8:00 P.M.
San Antonio Museum of Art: FREE! Tuesdays, 4:00–9:00 P.M., and Sundays, 10:00 A.M.–noon.
The DoSeum: FREE! The first and third Tuesday of the summer months are free for the first 1,500 guests from 6:30–8:30 P.M. In the 2019 summer months, free dates are June 4th, June 18th, July 2nd, July 16th, August 6th, and August 20th.
The McNay Art Museum: FREE! Thursdays, 4:00–9:00 P.M., free general admission (special exhibits: $10). Also FREE on the first Sundays of the month from 12:00–5:00 P.M.
Briscoe Western Art Museum: FREE! Tuesdays, 4:00–9:00 P.M.
Institute of Texan Culture: FREE! Second Sundays of the month. In the 2019 Summer months, free dates are June 9th, July 14th, and August 11th.
Santikos Theaters: FREE! Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 A.M. from June 11–July 31 at eight area locations.
Regal Theaters: $1 per ticket! Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 A.M. from June 11–September 4 at four area locations.
Free Movies at the Marquee (Mission Marquee): FREE! Various evening dates throughout June, July, and August. Movie starts after dusk.
HEB Cinema on the Plaza at The Tobin Center: FREE! Every second Friday. Plaza opens at 7:00 P.M.; movie starts at 8:00 P.M. 2019 ssummer dates: June 14th and July 12th.
Summer Reading Programs
Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair: FREE! Open daily, 7:00 A.M.–midnight.
The Pearl Splash Pad: FREE! Open daily.
Pearsall Park: FREE! Open daily, 9:00 A.M.–9:00 P.M.
Fischer Park in New Braunfels: FREE! Open daily, 9:00 A.M.–9:00 P.M.
San Antonio Story Times
The Twig Book Shop: FREE! Summer Fridays, 10:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M.
Hemisfair: FREE! Tuesday mornings, 10:00 A.M. in the Schultze House or Central Games Plaza. Check the website to confirm each event’s location.
SAS Factory Tour
FREE! The SAS Factory offers free tours Monday–Friday. Read more here.
San Antonio Missions
FREE! All San Antonio Missions have free admission.
San Antonio Public Library
San Antonio Parks
FREE! San Antonio has several great geocache spots!
Tuesdays are Bargain Day: $3 admission and $3 skate rental on Tuesdays, 4:00 P.M.–10:00 P.M.
Toyota Factory Tours
FREE! Tours are offered Monday–Friday year-round, and reservations are required.
YMCA Teen Program – VolunTEENS
FREE! Teens can get a free summer membership in exchange for volunteering 3 hours a week. Learn more here.
More Ideas for Summer Fun