This post was originally published in 2018 by Michelle Head. While we try to ensure the accuracy of all information, times, and dates in this post, please confirm details for yourself!
Can you smell the sunscreen and bug spray? Are you stocking up on popsicles and pool snacks? A San Antonio summer is quickly approaching, and ACM is happy to provide you with a list of free and almost free summer activities. Get out and explore our great city!
Free Admission to Museums
The Witte: FREE! Tuesdays from 3:00–8:00 P.M.
San Antonio Museum of Art: FREE! Bexar County Residents Free General Admission Hours: Tuesday, 4 to 7 P.M. and Sunday from 10 AM to 7 P.M.
The DoSeum: FREE! Free Family Nights are the FIRST Monday of the Month. A link for ticket reservations will be posted the morning of Free Family Night. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is required for all Guests – including Members.
The McNay Art Museum: FREE! Thursdays from 4:00–9:00 P.M. courtesy of H-E-B, and the first Sunday of every month from Noon to 5 p.m., courtesy of the Dickson Allen Foundation; free general admission (special exhibits: $10).
FYI – Many San Antonio museums participate in Museums for All – Recipients of SNAP, WIC, and MAP receive free general admission through Museums for All, a cooperative which encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums. Simply present an EBT card and a photo ID. Offer is valid for up to four people for each EBT card presented. Check the link for details and specific days, hours, or requirements.
Santikos Theaters: FREE! Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 A.M. at seven area locations.
Regal Theaters: $1 per ticket! Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 A.M. from June 12–August 8 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. Check website for dates.
Summer Reading Programs
Splash Pads + Swimming Pools
Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisphere Park: FREE! Open daily from 7:00 A.M.–midnight.
The Pearl Splash Pad: FREE! Open daily.
Pearsall Park: FREE! Open daily from 9:00 A.M.–9:00 P.M.
Fischer Park in New Braunfels: FREE! Open daily 9 A.M. – 9 P.M., from the Friday before Spring Break through October 31st, weather permitting
City of San Antonio Splash Pads: FREE! City splash pads are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Twig Book Shop: FREE! Summer Fridays at 9:30 A.M. and 10:30 A.M.
Hemisfair: FREE! Tuesday mornings at 10:00 A.M. in the Central Games Plaza.
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
Tuesdays are Bargain Day: $4 admission and $4 skate rental on Tuesdays from 11:00 A.M.–11:00 P.M.
Toyota Factory Tours
FREE! Tours are offered Monday–Friday year-round, and reservations are required.
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