San Antonio Family Vacation Ideas – Attractions, Activities & Things to Do for Summer Vacation

Texas may be hot in the summer, but that doesn’t make it any less of a great family vacation destination. Head to San Antonio this summer for a trip you’ll never forget!

Whatever you’re interested in as a family, from arts and culture to cruises and theme parks, there’s something to delight you in this amazing city.

Our favorite San Antonio summer family vacation ideas include:

  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour
  • San Antonio Zoo
  • San Antonio River Cruise
  • Splashtown San Antonio
  • Brackenridge Park
  • Tower of the Americas & Hemisfair Park
  • Alamo Plaza Attractions

Save on Family Vacation Attraction Ideas

Regular admission to a number of these family-friendly attractions is available on the Go San Antonio Card.

Choose as you go from top visited attractions and save up to 45% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Learn more about our San Antonio passes, attractions and prices.

Hop-On Hop-Off San Antonio Bus Tour

CitySightseeing San Antonio Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour is a great way to get around San Antonio to all the major attractions

The City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off San Antonio Bus Tour is the best way to start your trip and get familiar with San Antonio.

You’ll get to see all the top attractions in San Antonio, from the Riverwalk to Southtown. A hop-on hop-off tour gives you the freedom to hop off at any of the stops along the way to visit attractions or explore a neighborhood by foot – or, you can stay on for the full tour and make a note of areas you want to go back to later.

Along the way, you’ll get to enjoy a narrated tour packed with historic information and fun facts about the city.

Getting In: Hop On Hop Off San Antonio Bus tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

SeaWorld San Antonio

SeaWorld-San-Antonio-2There’s nothing quite like a visit to SeaWorld. Combine the exhilaration of a theme park with the fun of an animal park and you’ve got one stellar attraction.

Come here to meet some of the ocean’s most astonishing and impressive creatures, large and small.

Be sure to check out their exciting Discovery Point exhibit, where you can see playful bottlenose dolphins in a natural environment.

Then, stick around for some rides, whether that’s the thrilling Steel Eel coaster, or the relaxing Sesame Street Bay of Play water fixture.

Getting In: SeaWorld San Antonio tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six-Flags-Fiesta-Texas-3Another great option for theme park lovers is Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Filled with unbeatable thrills across six different themed areas, this park is a must-visit for adventure-seeking families.

Enjoy everything from roller coasters to bumper cars to water rides!

There are rides geared towards children of all ages, too, so don’t be worried if you’re traveling with younger children as well.

Getting In: Six Flags Fiesta Texas tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour

TX-Hill-Country-and-LBJ-Ranch-Tour-2This is a great historical attraction for families looking for something educational in their vacation.

Join up with a day-long guided excursion from San Antonio and head out to Texas Hill Country, some of the most beautiful land in the region.

Learn all about Texas cowboy culture and the history of cattle ranching, as well as about the childhood and legacy of our 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson.

Then, you also get to stop at two historic towns along the way: a traditional German town named Fredericksburg, and Luckenbach, where Willie Nelson is from!

Getting In: Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

San Antonio Zoo

San-Antonio-Zoo-4Animal lovers should put this attraction at the top of their list.

Located in the charming Brackenridge Park (more on that below), this 50-acre animal wonderland is home to many critters from around the globe.

Their inhabitants are grouped into themed habitats, from “African Plains” to Amazonia” to “Big Cat Valley.”

Don’t miss their Tiny Tot Nature Spot, either, which is a perfect area for the littlest ones to play and learn about nature.

Getting In: San Antonio Zoo tickets are available as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

San Antonio River Cruise

RIO San Antonio cruise (1)Cool off from the sultry Texas heat with a river cruise – a quintessential San Antonio experience.

This informative, 30-minute cruise is a perfect introduction to the River Walk and San Antonio’s vibrant waterfront scene.

Your guide will point to important landmarks you’ll see along the route, as well as beautiful local scenery.

Getting In: San Antonio River Cruise tickets are available as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Splashtown San Antonio

Splashtown-San-Antonio-2Another fun one for those super hot summer days is Splashtown San Antonio.

Located just a few minutes drive north of downtown, this expansive water park offers 20 acres of summertime fun!

They’ve got everything from a massive, half-million gallon wave pool to Kid’s Kove, an area filled with shallow water and fun spray fixtures.

It’s perfect for kids of all ages!

Getting In: Splashtown San Antonio tickets are available as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Brackenridge Park & the Witte Museum

Witte-Museum-1This historic riverside park is filled with fun attractions and bountiful nature to explore.

It’s a great way to immerse the kids in nature while in the midst of a city, and offers plenty to do as well.

Whether you want to explore the Witte Museum, stroll through the Japanese Tea Gardens, take in a show at the Sunken Garden Theater, or even play a round of golf, it’s all here.

Getting In: Brackenridge Park is free to explore. Witte Museum tickets are available as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Tower of the Americas & Hemisfair Park

Tower-of-the-Americas-3Hemisfair Park is another important cultural and natural location in San Antonio. It’s home to the important Tower of the Americas, a children’s theater, the convention center, and more.

The Tower of the Americas is San Antonio’s tallest building and features two fun attractions inside.

There are also a number of special, often free, events that go on in this park during the summer months, so check out resources like the San Antonio CVB to see what’s going on before you visit!

Getting In: Tower of the Americas tickets are available as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Alamo Plaza Attractions

SAT AlamoIf you’re in search of excitement, entertainment, and perhaps a side of education, then Alamo Plaza is a must.

The commercial area loosely grouped around the historic Alamo (another can’t-miss item on your summer vacation itinerary), Alamo Plaza is filled with fun things to do for the whole family.

Explore the weirdness of the world at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Learn about Texas history in the Battle for Texas: The Experience. Play Tomb Raider 3-D, or scope out the Guinness World Records Museum.

There’s a ton to do, and you can spend a few days of your trip enjoying it all!

Getting In: Several things to do in Alamo Plaza and attractions are available with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Remember to Save on Family Friendly Admission

There you go. A few suggestions for attractions and activities for your upcoming San Antonio family vacation.

Regular admission to a number of these family friendly attractions are available on the Go San Antonio Card.

We hope you consider adding some of these fun ideas to your family vacation itinerary.

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