Things to Do in San Antonio for Teens During Your Texas Vacation

Traveling with teens can occasionally be a bit of a hassle. They may not be interested in things the family wants to do, or things adults find intriguing like art museums or historical sites may bore them.

But trust us, there are plenty of teen-friendly things to do in San Antonio, so it makes a great family destination.

If you’re in search of some things to do in San Antonio for teens, check out our list of suggested attractions, including:

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • SeaWorld® San Antonio
  • K1 Indoor Speed Karting
  • Battle for Texas: The Experience
  • San Antonio Zoo
  • Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
  • Extreme Escape Live Action Games
  • and more!

Save on Admission to Attractions Teens Will Love 

Many of these teen-friendly San Antonio attractions are included on the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.

Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 40% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six-Flags-Fiesta-Texas-2What teen doesn’t relish the opportunity to spend hours at an amazing theme park? Filled with exhilarating rides, slides, and even bumper cars, there is so much for them to explore at Six Flags Fiesta Texas they’ll never want to leave!

The whole family can enjoy attractions across six themed areas of the park: Los Festivales, Crackaxle Canyon, Spassburg, Rockville, Fiesta Bay Boardwalk, and KIDZOPOLIS.

They each offer different types of attractions, including some for younger kids (which helps if your teens are the oldest). Our favorite is the Texas-shaped Bahama Blaster!

NEW – Coming in 2018 is the Woman Woman Golden Lasso Coaster, the planet’s very first single rail coaster. Take a ride on this exhilarating coaster in Spring 2018, when it will join BATMAN: The Ride and SUPERMAN: Krypton Coaster.

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

SeaWorld® San Antonio

SeaWorld-San-Antonio-4Animal lovers are sure to delight in a visit to SeaWorld San Antonio. It combines exciting theme park fun with educational information about the lives and habitats of some of the world’s most precious creatures.

Don’t miss the new area, Discovery Point, the designed habitat where you can see bottlenose dolphins frolic and play! Or, if you really just came to see Shamu, then check out the “Killer Whales: Up Close” show.

A visit here is also a nice chance to see their incredible conservation work in action — a nice opportunity for teens who aspire to say, a career in marine biology.

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

K1 Indoor Speed Karting

K1-Speed-Indoor-Karting-1 - San - AntonioWhiz around indoor racetracks on state-of-the-art go karts with the whole family. Teens will love the opportunity to get behind the wheel and compete with their siblings to see who wins.

Their internal scoring system actually tracks your technique and abilities throughout 14 different laps, so there are some real technical numbers for your kids to compare when it comes to figuring out who’s “best” at karting.

And don’t worry, parents, it’s a safe indoor environment where speeds don’t reach above 45 mph. So even if your teens don’t have their license yet, it’s still safe for them to enjoy this thrilling experience.

Getting In: K1 Speed San Antonio Indoor Karting tickets are included as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass. 

Battle for Texas: The Experience

Battle-for-Texas-The-Experience-1Many people know the story of the famous Battle of the Alamo, but few people have ever learned about it quite like this.

This immersive, interactive installation makes you feel like you’re traveling back in time to the early nineteenth century in frontier Texas. Teens will get to see actual artifacts from that time, including military uniforms, weapons, and more.

Even if they aren’t big history buffs, it will still be pretty cool to feel like you’re witnessing the actual battle through their multimedia re-enactments.

Getting In: Battle for Texas: The Experience tickets are included as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass. 

San Antonio Zoo

San-Antonio-Zoo-2Another one for the animal lovers is the San Antonio Zoo. They have a wide variety of creatures big and small to enjoy, from alligators to zebras.

A particularly popular exhibit is their Butterfly Garden, where you can walk through a vibrant garden and see these beautiful creatures flutter all around you.

If you have little kids as well as teens, the Zootennial Carousel or the San Antonio Zoo Eagle train are fun options.

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

Alamo Plaza Attractions

Ripley's Haunted Adventure is a popular Alamo Plaza attraction in San AntonioAlamo Plaza is a great place to hang out with teens. There are plenty of places to eat and small shops, plus plenty of fun attractions.

If your teens love a good scare, then Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is a haunted house they won’t want to miss.

If they prefer more straightforward excitement and adventure, then the Tomb Raider 3-D ride is an exhilarating experience.

Have a teen who loves learning? Then let them test their knowledge and learn new things at the Guinness World Records Museum.

If you want to know more about the delightful offerings of Alamo Plaza, check out our post for some fun Alamo Plaza attractions.

The Amazing Mirror Maze

This is one that’s fun for kids and teenagers of all ages. Even the most skeptical teens will enjoy the disorientation and fun of wandering your way through a challenging mirror maze, over and over again.

Or perhaps they’ll get more out of the Vault Laser Challenge, where they have to practice spy-like techniques to cross a room without touching any of the beams of light.

Either way, it’s an entertaining way to spend an hour. It’s also conveniently located in Alamo Plaza, so you can easily work it into a larger itinerary.

Getting In: The Amazing Mirror Maze San Antonio tickets are included as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass. 

Extreme Escape Live Action Games

Extreme-Escape-Live-Action-Games-2This amazing attraction is all about testing yourself to the limits – can you be clever enough, agile enough, or speedy enough to make it through one of four challenging escape scenarios?

Your options include “Mutiny,” where you have to work with your fellow pirates to escape a sinking ship, and “The Undead,” which contains everyone’s favorite “what would you do in a zombie apocalypse” scenario.

It’s a thrill for teens and they’ll have an amazing time whichever option they choose.

Getting In: Extreme Escape Room San Antonio tickets are included as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Splashtown San Antonio


Just a short drive north of downtown, Splashtown San Antonio is essentially a ‘must visit’ for kids and teens during your trip.

Featuring 20-acres of water themed fun and activities – which includes over 50 rides and attractions. This place is an awesome way to spend a hot day under the Texas sun.

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

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 attractionsWhile some tours can certainly be stuffy and boring, your teens are sure to find greater enjoyment in a bus tour. They’re leisurely and don’t require much effort (a win for teens on vacation), and they’re filled with informative narration to learn at least a little something.

A hop-on hop-off option like this one is a perfect choice for families.

It gives teens the freedom to choose where to hop off if something interests them, or if they aren’t quite old enough for that freedom, they can decide where the whole family should disembark.

The guides will also be friendly and personable, so your teens are sure to warm up to them pretty quickly.

Getting In: Hop On Hop Off San Antonio Bus Tour tickets are included as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.

Remember to Save on Admission

From animal encounters to exhilarating mazes, there are plenty of fun things to do in San Antonio for teens to enjoy in San Antonio.

They’ll keep the whole family happy, and your teen especially feeling like they’re truly enjoying their vacation.

Don’t forget – you can save on admission to many of these top teen-friendly attractions with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®. Get up to 40% off combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

We hope you’ll consider a few of these teen-approved attractions for your next family vacation to San Antonio. Happy Travels!

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