Spend a delightful Memorial Day Weekend in sunny San Antonio. It’s a wonderful city filled with plenty of outdoors activities that are just perfect to help you usher in the start of summer.
If you’re looking for San Antonio Memorial Day Weekend 2018 ideas, check out some of these local activities and fun things do in San Antonio in May, including…
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas
- SeaWorld® San Antonio
- Rio San Antonio Cruise
- San Antonio Zoo
- Tower of Americas
- Splashtown San Antonio
- Memorial Day Artisan River Walk Show
- and more!
Save on Admission to Popular Attractions
Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.
Choose as you go from a bunch of San Antonio attractions & activities and save up to 40% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special May and Memorial Day weekend events may be separately ticketed and not included on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Filled with rides, slides, bumper cars, and more, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is your top theme park destination in the San Antonio area.
Divided into six themed areas — Los Festivales, Crackaxle Canyon, Spassburg, Rockville, Fiesta Bay Boardwalk, and KIDZOPOLIS – the park offers different styles of fun to suit every taste.
Highlights of the park include BATMAN: The Ride, the iconic Bahama Blaster, and the terrifying Boomerang.
Getting In: Six Flags Fiesta Texas tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.
SeaWorld® San Antonio
Come immerse yourself in the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld San Antonio.
Experience up close sea life interactions and dive into the world beneath the waves. Enjoy awe-inspiring shows like the beautiful and powerful One Ocean®, featuring Shamu®, or laugh along at the comical Pets Ahoy, featuring locally rescued animals.
And, don’t miss one-of-a-kind attractions like Sesame Street® Bay of Play® and rides like the Great White® coaster.
Or, have a nose-to-nose interaction with a dolphin and experience amazing underwater viewings at the new Discovery Point which opened in spring 2016.
Getting In: SeaWorld® San Antonio tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.
Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour
History buffs and nature fans alike will enjoy a chance to explore the lovely Texas Hill Country. Join up with a full-day excursion into the scenic Texas countryside, and learn all about the history and heritage of the iconic Texas cowboy.
Then, stop at Lyndon B. Johnson’s childhood home, as well as the LBJ Ranch (aka the Texas White House).
Finally, explore the culture and history of the region further with a pause in the towns of Luckenback (home of many musical greats) and Fredericksburg (where you’ll find German culture galore).
Getting In: Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass.
Splashtown San Antonio
Since this popular waterpark is now open for the season, a visit to Splashtown San Antonio should be on your must-do list.
Featuring 20 acres of splashy fun, Splashtown offers every kind of water ride you can think of, from the lazy Kid’s Kove to exhilarating slides to the massive Wave Pool. Splashtown has it all!
Getting In: Splashtown San Antonio tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.
Hop-on Hop-off San Antonio Bus Tour
A thorough and thoroughly enjoyable tour is the hop-on hop-off San Antonio bus tour from Big Bus San Antonio.
It’s both flexible and fun, allowing you the freedom to disembark as you choose anywhere on their expansive route, from Northtown to Southtown.
If you stay on for the entire route, some of the top landmarks and sights you’ll see include the iconic Alamo, Market Square, The Pearl Brewery, River Walk, King William Historic District, Yanaguana Garden, and more.
Getting In: Hop-on Hop-off San Antonio Bus Tour tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.
Rio San Antonio Cruise
Given that the weather is pretty lovely this time of year, a river cruise just sounds like a perfect option. It allows you to explore the city from the comfort of your convenient tour vessel.
You’ll get excellent views of the River Walk neighborhood, which makes for some perfect photo opportunities. Just don’t forget the sunblock!
Getting In: Rio San Antonio Cruise tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.
San Antonio Zoo
Another one for the animal lovers is the San Antonio Zoo. Nestled in Brackenridge Park, it’s a small but diverse zoo that houses many of your favorite critters from alligators to zebras.
A popular springtime / early summertime exhibit is the Butterfly Garden, where you can actually walk among hatching butterflies!
If you’re in town before Memorial Day, on May 10, 2018, the San Antonio Zoo is hosting a delightful event called “Zoo La La: A Taste of San Antonio,” where adults can sample fare from more than 50 top local restaurants.
Getting In: San Antonio Zoo tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass. Please note that Zoo La La is separately ticketed and is not included.
Tower of the Americas
San Antonio’s tallest building is an attraction in its own right, offering amazing panoramic views alongside exciting attractions.
From the Flags Over Texas Observation Deck, you’ll get 360-degree views of the city below, and get to explore historic photographs that explore San Antonio’s history.
Then, hop on the Skies Over Texas 4-D Theater Ride, an astonishing 4-D ride that simulates a helicopter tour of the city’s top sites.
When you’re done, be sure to explore the Tower of Americas Plaza for more fun.
Getting In: Tower of the Americas tickets are available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.
Fiesta Noche Del Rio
San Antonio’s annual iconic cultural performance begins May 11 and runs through August 11th. Taking place at the Arneson River Theatre, visitors will be treated to beautiful sights and sounds that make San Antonio the great city it is.
The Fiesta takes place every Friday and Saturday, so there are tons of chances for you to really experience San Antonio.
Getting In: Fiesta Noche Del Rio is separately ticketed and not included on the San Antonio Explorer Pass.
Armed Forces River Parade
Get into the spirit of the Memorial Day season with the Armed Forces River Parade along the San Antonio River Walk.
Dedicated to the men and women who have served and who continue to serve, this parade features patriotic floats and music.
The parade is held on May 19, 2018, beginning at 6:00 pm. It’s sure to be a festive atmosphere on the River Walk all day, too!
Getting In: It’s free to watch the parade.
Memorial Day Artisan River Walk Show
If you’re looking for that perfect souvenir, or a unique work of art, then a visit to the Memorial Day Artisan River Walk Show is in order.
Running from May 25 – 28, 2018, this show features dozens of artists and craft-makers set up along the River Walk displaying their wares.
It varies day to day, but you should expect to find a wide variety of offerings from paintings and sculpture to jewelry and pottery.
Getting in: The Memorial Day Artisan River Walk Show is free to explore.
There you go – plenty of fun ideas for things to do in San Antonio in May to help you plan your Memorial Day weekend itinerary.
Remember, many of these great ideas are included on the San Antonio Explorer Pass, where you can save up to 40% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
We really hope you consider adding a few of these popular options to your upcoming plans. Enjoy!