Sunday, May 12, 2013

Things to do in San Antonio

My mom, the kids and I took a two day/three night "field trip" to San Antonio and had the best time! Have I mentioned how great homeschooling is for field trips? Just in case you're taking a trip there, I thought I'd share what we did and challenge you to think past Sea World. Although, Sea World is fun, we didn't want to devote an entire day to it with all the other fun things to do in San Antonio.

Of course, you have to see the Alamo if you are visiting San Antonio. The story of the Alamo is one of such heroism and never gets old. What you might not expect is the lovely grounds around the Alamo full of colorful flowers, large oak trees and historic aquifers as well as an original well. The long barrack is set up as a museum covering the history of the Alamo. The Alamo is free for visitors.

The San Antonio Zoo is also phenomenal. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The kids were especially intrigued by the butterfly garden, feeding the birds and the hippo show. 

If you have little kids the Kiddie Park is a must stop. Established in 1925, it is known as America's oldest amusement park. If you like vintage like I do, then you will get a kick out of this place. It's definitely for little kids, but my seven-year-old still had a blast.

We enjoyed a picnic at Breckenridge Park. We picked up a light lunch at Central Market just down the street and took it to the park. We had a few duck and bird friends join us for lunch and the kids had fun climbing trees and looking at the river. We parked right at the zoo, which is located on the park grounds along with a train. The kids and I had fun riding around the park on the train after our picnic.

Right next to the zoo is a beautiful place called the Japanese Tea Garden. The garden if free and simply beautiful with many flowers, streams and a waterfall. It is a must stop while visiting San Antonio.

The Wittie Museum proved to be a wonderful destination. This museum has something for everyone. The grounds were lovely as the museum sat right in Breckenridge Park on the San Antonio River. The museum is more of a campus with several buildings and homes to tour. You can come and go during museum hours with a wrist band, so we left for lunch and came back later. The science tree house was spectacular along with a new building featuring the history of the original settlers to the area. Everything was so interactive and engaging for the kids as well as us big kids.

We did enjoy a meal out at an enormous fun restaurant right in market square called Mi Tierra Restaurant and Bakery. It was just good Tex Mex with quite a lively atmosphere. It would be an ideal place to visit if you have a large group.

As you can see, we had a great fun-filled two days in San Antonio! I hope this gives you some ideas if you are planning a trip to the area!


  1. Sounds like you had a blast! Thanks for the ideas for our trip in a couple weeks.

  2. We did! I'm sure you will, too!


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