San Antonio is a scenic, south-central Texas city with a rich colonial heritage, making it a must-visit for traveling families. While most visitors flock to the Alamo, the 18th-century Spanish mission that marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico, and the picturesque San Antonio River Walk, there are also many kid-friendly, outdoor adventures to conquer. Here are five ways to embrace the San Antonio sunshine with family-focused, outdoor activities.
Kayak the San Antonio River Walk’s Mission Reach
The best way to see San Antonio’s Mission Reach, the southern stretch of the famous River Walk, is from the comfort of a kayak. This wildflower-lined Reach connects four of the city’s five Spanish colonial missions, recently designated a World Heritage Site.
Spelunk at Natural Bridge Caverns
At Natural Bridge Caverns, first-time and avid cavers alike can choose from a cave walking tour or opt for the ultimate underground adventure tour where guests climb, hike, rappel, and explore caverns that are thousands of years old. Kids (and adults) will be amazed by the towering stone monuments, glistening soda straws, and waves of colorful cave ribbons.
Skydive San Marcos
If you’ve ever dreamed of skydiving, Skydive San Marcos, just north of San Antonio, will have you soaring over the rolling Texas Hill Country. (You must be 18 to skydive, so this is an adventure for the older teens (and parents) in the family.)
Hit the Trails
San Antonio boasts more than 50 miles of hiking and bike trails that connect parks, hotels, and noteworthy spots including Pearl and the San Antonio museum district. Trail stewards are on site to help with questions and directions. You’ll find plenty of bike rental shops throughout San Antonio, too.
Theme Park Thrills
If you love theme parks, you’re in for a Texas-sized adventure in San Antonio. Here’s what’s on at San Antonio’s spectacular theme parks this spring break, for example:
SeaWorld San Antonio
SeaWorld San Antonio’s Seven Seas Food and Wine Festival is hosted every weekend April 21 – May 29, offering guests the opportunity to indulge in the best bites from around the world in a festival type atmosphere.
Mardi Gras Festival at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (March 24 – April 30)
Six Flags Fiesta Texas features rides, shows, and attractions with a Texas theme. The park’s Fiesta Texas-style Mardi Gras Festival offers Mardi Gras-themed food, merchandise, park décor, and a parade with floats created by world-renowned New Orleans float designers, KernStudios.
Spring Break at Morgan’s Wonderland
Morgan’s Wonderland is a 25-acre, ultra-accessible park, designed with special-needs individuals in mind, yet built to be enjoyed by everyone. This former limestone quarry is also home to a beautiful music garden and sensory village. On April 15, the park will host a special needs-friendly Easter egg hunt!
For more information on things to see and do in San Antonio, including spring break getaway package deals, discounts, and more, visit visitsanantonio.com.