Springtime often brings ideal temperatures to San Antonio, with pleasant highs and cool lows.
What this means for travelers is that spring is a truly pleasant time to be exploring this otherwise sultry Texas destination.
You’ll be able to enjoy relaxing walks on the River Walk, strolls through the San Antonio Zoo, and an afternoon at SeaWorld without worrying about the oppressive heat. You’ll also find better deals on hotels and travel if you visit before April, which is when the tourist season really picks up.
If you’re in search of a few things to do in San Antonio in the spring 2018, check out these suggestions. A couple of our favorite spring things include:
- San Antonio River Cruise
- SeaWorld® San Antonio
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
- And more!
Save on Springtime Activities in San Antonio
Regular admission to a number of these attractions is available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 40% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special spring events may be separately ticketed and not available on the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
San Antonio River Tour
You’ve probably spend some time at the San Antonio River Walk, but seeing it from the perspective of the water makes all the difference.
First off, you’ll be cooler, with the breezy waters keeping your spring day pleasant. Second, it’s a lot more fun to be on a boat!
Some of the places you’ll see along your narrated Rio San Antonio Cruise River Tour include top riverfront sites, museums, markets, restaurants, and more.
Getting In: San Antonio River Tour tickets are available as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
There’s nothing more exciting than the cool breeze whipping through your hair as you soar through the air on a roller coaster.
Or perhaps you prefer the splashy fun of a water ride? Whatever you love best about theme parks, Six Flags Fiesta Texas has something in store for you.
Thrill-seekers of all ages will love to indulge their wild side, and both kids and adults alike are sure to have a delightful time. With six different themed areas to explore, the possibilities are practically endless!
For those who love to party, Six Flags Fiesta Texas Mardi Gras event is a must. Running from April 27 – May 28, 2018, this exuberant party is chock full of all the Mardi Gras food, drink, and entertainment you could desire. Don’t forget about the beads!
Getting In: Six Flags Fiesta Texas tickets are available as a premium option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
SeaWorld® San Antonio
The only institution around that combines the best of the theme park fun with the most significant and important work in animal conservation is SeaWorld.
At their San Antonio location, you’ll be able to visit all types of sea creatures and learn about their aquatic worlds. Don’t forget about their animal shows!
Then, take advantage of the park’s exhilarating offerings with top roller coasters like the Great White and Steel Eel, plus gentler attractions for the small visitors like Sesame Street Bay.
Insider Tip: If you’re visiting in April, check out their Seven Seas Food Festival (not included with regular admission).
Getting In: SeaWorld San Antonio tickets are available as a premium option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
iFly Indoor Skydiving
For a thrill that can only be matched by jumping out of a plane, head to the iFly Indoor Skydiving. At this exhilarating attraction you’ll get to explore what it’s like to float through the air without the terror of actually falling down to earth.
Newbies will be comfortable, and more experienced folks will enjoy the chance to practice some fancy moves. Plus, with your San Antonio Explorer Pass you also get $10 in merchandise credit, so you can take home that perfect souvenir of your daring adventure.
Getting In: iFly Indoor Skydiving tickets are available as a premium option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
Splashtown San Antonio
One of the city’s best waterparks, Splashtown San Antonio is a top choice among families traveling in the late spring. It opens for the season on April 27, 2018, with promises of more wet and wild fun than ever.
Explore 20 acres of watery fun, with slides, rides, and other attractions that are designed to make you cool, wet, and happy. From wave pools to lazy rivers to over 40 water slides, Splashtown has more than enough to keep you busy for hours.
They also host periodic special events, so we recommend checking their calendar to see what’s on.
Getting In: Splashtown San Antonio tickets are available as an option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour
Given that the weather this time of year is pretty pleasant, it’s a great opportunity to embark on a tour of Texas Hill Country.
Travel along dusty back roads and learn about the history and heritage of the Texas cowboy. This full day tour also includes stops at several small towns, including the German town Fredericksburg and the musical Luckenbach, home to Willie Nelson.
And of course, there are all the attractions related to our 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Claudia “Lady Bird” Taylor.
Visit his childhood home and tour the LBJ Ranch (aka the Texas White House). This immersive day-long excursion will truly introduce you to local Texas history.
Getting In: Texas Hill Country tour tickets are available as a premium option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
San Antonio Museum of Art
Art lovers won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to explore some of the finest art in the southwest with a visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Housed in a historic nineteenth-century brewery, this fascinating structure boasts impressive collections of art from around the world.
Particular strengths of the collection include Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities, contemporary art, plus art of Latin America. They also feature frequent special exhibitions this spring on topics like Texas Art and Aboriginal Art from Australia. Some special exhibitions may be separately ticketed.
Getting In: San Antonio Museum of Art tickets are available as a premium option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
Bus Tour of San Antonio
If you’re new to San Antonio, or haven’t spent much time exploring the broader region while you’ve been in town, then a bus tour is a must-do for your spring vacation to sunny Texas.
It’s an ideal way to be escorted throughout town, accompanied by expert and charming narration, without any stress.
Choose a hop-on hop-off option like this one to give you the most flexibility in your explorations. Some highlights of your tour include the Alamo, Market Square, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Tower of the Americas, the King William Historic District, and much more.
Getting In: San Antonio Sightseeing Bus Tour tickets are available as a premium option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
San Antonio Zoo
Many animals love springtime, too! It’s cooler in Texas, and that means many critters will be more playful and active.
Pay a visit to the San Antonio Zoo to see over 750 different species, lodged across 50 acres in authentic habitats.
Conveniently located in Brackenridge Park, the San Antonio Zoo features all your favorite animals, plus a fun historic train and carousel.
It’s a great way to spend a few hours with the kids, and then transition into something else in the park (like perhaps the nearby Witte Museum).
Getting In: Admission to the San Antonio Zoo are available as a premium option with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
Local Spring Events
Poteet Strawberry Festival
April 13 – 15, 2018
This unique local event is a fun way to get a taste of Texas farm culture, close to San Antonio. Poteet was known as the first place in the region that strawberries were successfully grown, and the festival continues to celebrate this legacy today.
A three-day event, the Poteet Strawberry Festival features everything from traditional carnival rides and games to a petting zoo and a ball. Oh, and a hypnotist, a gunfighting demonstration, a rodeo, a mobile fossil museum, and strawberry growing contests. There’s simply too much to cover!
Getting In: Admission to the Poteet Strawberry Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®. For more information, please visit the event website.
Fiesta! San Antonio
April 19 – 30, 2018
Originally designed as a parade in honor of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, Fiesta San Antonio has evolved into something much more expansive for locals and visitors alike.
This multi-faceted, multi-day festival actually incorporates a number of small events – like dance performances, an official parade, food festivals, etc. – which benefit the community, as all profits from the Fiesta go back towards community services.
Getting In: Fiesta San Antonio is separately ticketed and is not included with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®. For more information, please visit the event website. Many events, however, are free!
San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival
2018 dates TBD
Although this event borders on summertime, it’s one of our favorite June events and is a must-do free activity for anyone visiting San Antonio during this time. You’ll enjoy an amazing lineup of local and nationally renowned jazz artists. The theme this year is “British Jazz Invasion,” so there will be a strong international presence as well.
Plus, there’s always a fun arts and crafts fair, with much to do for the kids and fascinating things for purchase for the adults. Don’t forget about the fair food!
Getting In: Admission to the San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival is free.
Remember to Save on Admission
So if you’re in the midst of planning that perfect San Antonio springtime vacation, check out a few of these ideas from things to do in April, May, and June.
Please note that some of the events included in this post are separately ticketed and are not included with the San Antonio Explorer Pass®.
We hope you like an idea or two from this post, and consider adding it to your next San Antonio vacation! Happy travels!