Top Family Friendly Places in San Antonio

San Antonio is Texas’ culture capital and one of the best places to visit in 2015 according to The New York Times. It has history, it has culture, and it definitely has plenty of family friendly activities. There are amusement parks, one of the country’s largest waterparks just 35 miles to the north, a zoological park and aquarium with over 3,000 animals, an underground adventure at the state’s largest commercial caverns, and a picturesque area by the river where you can take scenic boat ride. Here are the top kid friendly places in San Antonio.

Top Kid Friendly Places in San Antonio

Sea World San Antonio

There’s a saying that everything is bigger in Texas. That’s certainly true for Sea World San Antonio. This marine mammal park, oceanarium, and animal theme park is the largest of the three locations in the United States and the largest marine-life park in the world at 250 acres. The main attraction remains Shamu but it also has an interactive children’s play area with a Sesame Street theme for younger children. The park also has some thrill rides including The Great White, a roller coaster with a top speed of 50 mph, and the Rio Loco, the park’s river rapid ride.

Top Kid Friendly Places in San Antonio: Killer Whale at Sea World
Killer Whale at Sea World: Photo by me and the sysop / CC 2.0

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Another popular attraction among families is Six Flags Fiesta Texas, a theme park owned by the Six Flags Entertainment Company. The theme park is located just half an hour northwest of downtown San Antonio. It has six different themed areas, nine roller coasters, and dozens more rides and attractions. There’s also an the White Water Bay water park next door to Fiesta Texas that visitors can enjoy at no additional cost. A few of its most popular rides and attractions include the Iron Rattler, the SkyScreamer, and the Goliath.

Top Kid Friendly Places in San Antonio: Six Flags Fiesta
Six Flags Fiesta: Photo by Mr.512 / CC 2.0

Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort

This giant water park deserves a spot as one of the top kid friendly places in San Antonio. Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in nearby New Braunfels, TX sits on 65 acres of land with a natural riverfront setting. It has over 40 water rides scattered around six different themed areas. Families can twist and slide on inflatable rafts together at the Wolfpack Raft Slide or learn to surf like a pro at Boogie Bahn Surfing ride. Take a tube ride on the Congo River Expedition and experience the heart of Africa while lazily cooling off the fierce Texas summer heat.

Top Kid Friendly Places in San Antonio: Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort
Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort: Photo by Bryan Kiechle / CC 2.0

San Antonio Zoo

A natural choice for one of the top kid friendly places in San Antonio, the San Antonio Zoo is a fun and educational place to spend a day with children of all ages. Explore the many exhibits that encompass many of the world’s natural habitats including the deserts of Africa, the jungles of the Amazon, and the dense forests of South-East Asia. The San Antonio Zoo also has programs that teach kids about conservation of rare animal species and preservation of their natural surroundings. Some of the zoo’s breeding program includes endangered species like the Andean condor and the black rhino.

Top Kid Friendly Places in San Antonio: Sumatran Tiger at San Antonio Zoo
Sumatran Tiger at San Antonio Zoo: Photo by Karen / CC 2.0

Natural Bridge Caverns

Another way to escape the Texas summer heat is to spend a day exploring the cavernous passages of Natural Bridge Caverns. Located just half an hour drive north, you and your family can look for precious stones while keeping an eye on fossils left by extinct animals as early as 5,000 B.C. There are several tour options available such as the Discovery Tour or the Hidden Passages Tour that will take you inside some of the cave’s most spectacular sceneries.

Top Kid Friendly Places in San Antonio: Natural Bridge Caverns
Natural Bridge Caverns: Photo by Ritesh3 / CC 2.0

San Antonio River Walk

The best way to end the day of family fun while staying in San Antonio is to head to the River Walk and share a bowl of chips and queso at one of the many authentic Tex-Mex restaurants that line up the river front streets. Also enjoy the lively music played by the restaurant’s in-house Mariachi band that will most likely enhance your dining experience. After dinner, take the kids on a picturesque boat ride where kids can feed the ducks that float alongside it.

Top Kid Friendly Places in San Antonio: Mariachi Band
Mariachi Band: Photo by Jack / CC 2.0

For more information about the top kid friendly places in San Antonio, check out Visit San Antonio, the city’s official tourism website. It has information on activities, restaurants, and ongoing events. It also has a link to cheap hotels in San Antonio and deals and discounts on participating shops around town.

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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