Here in Austin, we are fortunate enough to live next to some great locations for day trips. This spring, consider a family trip to San Antonio! Being less than two hours away from Austin, San Antonio has some great activities that the entire family will enjoy. Bonus: you’re close enough to be home for bedtime! Here are some of our favorite spots on the list for a fun day trip:
San Antonio Zoo. This amazing 35-acre zoo boasts over 750 species! With flamingos, bears, and even a savanna exhibit, there is much to see. You can even feed the giraffes, ride a train, and see butterflies!
Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Six Flags is a classic destination with rides for toddlers all the way to adults. There are thrill rides, family rides, and even a water park. With great shopping and dining options, too, it’s easy to make this a full day trip.
Kiddie Park. Did you know that the Kiddie Park is America’s oldest children’s theme park? With rides, games, and even face painting, kids ages 1-12 will absolutely love this day trip.
Sea World. Sea World is another classic destination that many of us grew up attending. With rides, shows, and animal experiences, your children will love the perfect blend of education along with fun.
Aquarium. Kids absolutely love the San Antonio Aquarium! There are so many great species that kids can see and ride. You can even interact with sharks, stingrays, coral, and more.
Morgan’s Wonderland. If you hadn’t noticed, San Antonio has a lot of great theme parks! Morgan’s Wonderland has more than 25 attractions spread over 25 acres, including a Sensory Village, Butterfly Playground, and Pirate Island Playground. Morgan’s Wonderland is unique because it strives to create a beautiful environment free of physical and economic barriers that all individuals can enjoy, including those with special needs and disabilities.
The Alamo. When many of us think of San Antonio, we think of The Alamo! With free admission and an informative guided tour option, The Alamo is a great educational component of your San Antonio experience.
The Riverwalk. Hop aboard a river taxi and take a ride down the Riverwalk! With some great restaurants, shops, and more, this is often stated as the gem of San Antonio. Have dinner overlooking the Riverwalk and be sure to visit the Historic Pearl District, which boasts an adorable square and the swoonworthy Hotel Emma.
Wildlife Ranch. This unique destination is a must-see! This preserve boasts over 450 acres of natural, protected space for wildlife. It takes about an hour or so to drive through, and animals will greet you along the way! There’s even a restaurant and a chance to get close with the giraffes.
The Do Seum. San Antonio’s children’s museum is absolutely amazing! With fun exhibits, programs, a water area, and even an outdoor space to climb and splash – children love visiting the Do Seum from all over.
What do you think, Austin parents? What are your favorite things on our list?