10 Things to Do with Mom in San Antonio

Looking for exciting ways to celebrate Mother’s Day – or simply spend some quality time with Mom in San Antonio? From cultural experiences to outdoor adventures, here’s a guide to some cool and enjoyable activities you can do together across the city.

Whether you’re exploring the city’s cultural landmarks, enjoying nature, or indulging in culinary treats, San Antonio offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to every interest and preference, ensuring a fun-filled and unforgettable time together.

And pssst … you don’t have to do these all for Mother’s Day. You can head out and enjoy any of these things to do with mom year-round.

1. Visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden

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San Antonio Botanical Garden

Explore the beautiful San Antonio Botanical Garden, where you can stroll through lush landscapes, admire colorful blooms, and relax in peaceful surroundings. Through Nov. 3, enjoy the world premiere of Huntopia, the first-ever garden exhibition from famed artist Hunt Slonem.

2. Take a River Walk Cruise

Treat Mom to a scenic cruise along the iconic San Antonio River Walk. Choose from narrated sightseeing tours or cocktail and dinner cruises and enjoy picturesque views of downtown San Antonio, all while learning more about the city’s rich history.

3. Explore the Pearl

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The Pearl

Spend a day exploring the Pearl! From weekend markets (the farmers market takes place on Saturday and the makers market on Sunday) to brick and mortar shops, restaurants and concerts, there’s always something to enjoy. Grab a drink and snack – or a whole picnic – at the newly opened Pullman Market.

4. Tour the Missions

one of san antonio's missions
Discover Texas’ only UNESCO World Heritage Site by visiting the historic missions: Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. All are open to visitors, and are connected by a hike and bike trail. Roam the trail and enjoy the sites that showcase the city’s Spanish colonial heritage.

5. Indulge in a Cooking Class

Sign up for a cooking class together at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Pearl or check out a class at Central Market. Learn new culinary skills and spend time together preparing delicious dishes – then enjoy tasting your creations afterward!

6. Attend a Live Performance

Treat Mom to a night of entertainment by attending a live performance together. From concerts to theater productions, dance performances, comedy and more – there’s a show for everyone at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Majestic Theatre or Stable Hall. You can also catch a local production at the San Pedro Playhouse.

7. Dive into Art

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Briscoe Western Art Museum

Whether it’s taking mom out west – without leaving the city – at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, seeing the masterpieces at the McNay Art Museum, or exploring art from around the world at the San Antonio Museum of Art, it’s easy to spend a day enjoying San Antonio’s world-class art museums.

8. Enjoy a Spa Day

Pamper yourselves with a relaxing spa day at one of San Antonio’s fantastic spas. Treat Mom to a massage, facial, or manicure/pedicure, and unwind together in a serene and luxurious setting.

9. Day Trip out to Fredericksburg

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A field of red poppies at Wildseed Farm.

Escape the city for a day and visit nearby Fredericksburg. Explore wineries, visit Wildseed Farms, shop at boutiques along Main Street, and savor German cuisine at local eateries.

10. Take a Tour of San Antonio

Whether you’re a San Antonio native or a newcomer, the city is filled with history. Take a walking tour or a bike tour, get scared together on a ghost tour or taste your way across SA on a food tour.

Dawn
An Army brat who came to Texas for college and ultimately managed to make the Lone Star State her permanent home, Dawn became a mom “AMA” (advanced maternal age), giving her the opportunity to use a stroller vs. a walker as she navigates the world of motherhood. Her growing up way too fast native Texan loves all things Star Wars, Legos, dinosaurs and keeping his parents on their toes. When she’s not busy parenting the original strong-willed child, Dawn runs Tale to Tell Communications, a San Antonio-based PR and marketing agency. An award-winning writer, Dawn also contributes to San Antonio Woman, Rio Magazine and Texas Lifestyle Magazine. She and her family enjoy exploring all that San Antonio has to offer, going on adventures and playing tourist together as much as possible. Favorite Restaurant: Clementine Favorite Landmark: The beauty of the River Walk, especially La Villita Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Celebrating anything and everything with color, music and food