- The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza. 225-1391. The state’s most famous site, often called “The Shrine of Texas Liberty.” Free.
HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (September – May); 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (June – August)
- Brackenridge Park
3910 N. St. Mary’s St. The San Antonio River meanders through the park’s 343 acres. Picnic facilities, restrooms and playgrounds available. Free. Nearby attractions include the San Antonio Zoo, the Eagle miniature train and Japanese Tea Garden. Free.
- Buckhorn Museum
318 E. Houston St. 247-4000. Attraction re-creates an 1881 saloon. Features a museum, permanent displays, traveling exhibits, animal horns and stuffed wildlife.
TICKETS: Adults = $19.99 + tax; Ages 3-11 = $14.99.
- Cibolo Nature Center
140 City Park Rd Boerne, TX 78006. 830-249-4616. A 100-acre green space featuring nature trails winding through marsh, woodlands, a prairie and past Cibolo Creek. Prices vary according to event.
Trails open: 8 a.m. to dusk. Visitor center hours: 9-5 Mon – Sat; 1-5 Sundays
- Gruene Historic district
Near downtown New Braunfels with shopping, dining and river outfitters. Old Gruene Market Days, held monthly on the third Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m., feature more than 100 vendors with uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods; free.
800-572-2626 or 830-832-1721.
- Guinness World Records certified official museum
329 Alamo Plaza (same building as Ripley’s Haunted Adventure). 210-226-2828. Museum has 11 themed galleries featuring world records in various categories, some with interactive displays.
TICKETS: Adult = $20.99; Ages 3-11 = $13.99.
- Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country
4831 FM 2673, Canyon Lake, between Startzville and Sattler. 830-899-4972 or 830-899-6928. Self-guided tour of hundreds of dinosaur tracks. Pioneer and Native American artifacts. Display on the history of Canyon Lake Dam.
HOURS: 1-5 (August 16 – May 31); 10-4 (June 1 to August 15).
ADMISSION: $4 adults, $3 ages 5 to 12.
- IMAX Theatre
849 E. Commerce, in Rivercenter mall. 210-247-4629. Larger-than-life screens and 3-D effects bring to life specially produced films and popular movies. Alamo: The Price of Freedom shown throughout the day.
TICKETS (for Alamo film) Adults = $12.44 + tax; Children = $9.52 + tax ; Senior = $11.36 + tax.
Check site for pricing on other movies.
- Japanese Tea Garden
3853 N. St. Mary’s St., in Brackenridge Park. 210-207-3000. Former quarry site can be enjoyed from the top rim and from deep within its center. Features stone Japanese-style gazebo, aquatic plant displays and flowering shrubs and perennials. The garden is a Registered Texas Historic Landmark, a Texas Civil Engineering Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free.
Open from dusk until dawn.
- Kiddie Park
3015 Broadway. 210-824-4351. Generations of San Antonians have visited the amusement park since it opened in 1925.
Unlimited ride band is $13.00. (Check site for individual ride prices).
HOURS: (March 1 – Sept. 1) Wed – Sun = 10-7; (Sept. – Feb.) Fri – Sun = 10-7.
- La Villita
418 Villita St. 210-207-8610. Shops, restaurants and galleries are housed in this “little village,” once home to soldiers guarding the Alamo. Free.
- Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks
301 Alamo Plaza. 210-224-9299. Wax figures of the famous, the infamous and favorite Biblical and children’s characters.
TICKETS: Adults = $20.99; Ages 3-11 = $12.99.
HOURS: Sun – Thurs. = 10-8; Fri – Sat = 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Malibu Castle and Grand Prix
3330 Cherry Ridge Drive. 210-341-6664. Miniature golf, batting cages, gameroom, sprint cars and bumper boats.
5 attraction pass = $29.99. Pricing for individual attractions varies.
- Market Square
514 W. Commerce St. 210-207-8600. Shops and restaurants set in the largest Mexican market outside Mexico. Free.
- Natural Bridge Caverns
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road. 210-651-6101. Caves and rock formations below the Earth’s surface.
Pricing for Discovery Tour: $20.99 = Adults; $12.99 = Ages 3-11.
HOURS. Tours begin at 9 a.m. and depart every 40 minutes.
- Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Road. 830-438-7400. A safari to view exotic and rare animals, South Texas-style.
TICKETS: Adults = $19; Ages 3-11 = $10.
- Northwoods Ice Center
17530 Henderson Pass (behind Northwoods Cinema). 210-490-9550. Ice skating rink features arcade, snack bar, figure skating lessons, private party rooms and serves as practice ice for San Antonio Rampage hockey team and youth hockey teams.
Admission = $8; skate rental = $3.
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium
301 Alamo Plaza. 210-224-9299. Interactive displays and bizarre things educate and amuse.
TICKETS: Adults = $20.99; Children = $12.99.
- Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
329 Alamo Plaza. 210-226-2828. Spook-filled attraction re-creates the warehouse of the early 20th-century Grimsby and Streaper Casket Company, complete with disappearances, foul play and periodic visits from the other side.
TICKETS: Adults = $20.99; Child = $12.99.
- River Walk/Paseo del Rio
Downtown along the San Antonio River. Stroll the lush walkways winding between stores and restaurants, one level below city streets, surrounded by towering cypresses and flowering ornamentals; free. Take a 35-minute, narrated boat ride aboard Rio San Antonio Cruises. FARE PRICING: $8.25 = general admission; $6 = Bexar County residents; $2 = Ages 1-5.
Also offers a taxi service with day passes.
- San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Place. 210-207-3250. Includes a rose garden, conservatories and native Texas regions in its 33 acres. Classes throughout the year for kids and adults.
HOURS: 9-5 daily.
ADMISSION: Adults = $10; Ages 3-13 = $7.
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Exit I-10 East at Probandt and follow signs. The Mission Trail visits four 18th-century missions, each unique and focusing on a different aspect of mission life. 210-534-8833. Free.
- San Antonio Zoo
3903 N. St. Mary’s St., in Brackenridge Park north of downtown. 734-7184. One of the largest animal collections in the country. http://www.sazoo-aq.org/
- Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort
381 E. Austin St., New Braunfels. 830-625-2351. More than 40 rides and family activities include seven children’s water playgrounds, 17 slides, the world’s first surfing machine and three uphill water coasters.
ONLINE TICKETS: General admission = $48.99; Children = $38.99.
- Scobee Planetarium
1300 San Pedro, San Antonio College campus. 210-486-0100.
TICKETS: Adults = $5; Ages 4-17 = $4.
Check site for program hours. https://www.alamo.edu/sac/planetarium/.
- SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 Sea World Drive. 800-700-7786. Educational animal programs, rides, entertainment, food, costumed characters and summertime water-play areas.
ONLINE DAILY TICKET: Adult = $54; Ages 3-9 = $45.
HOURS: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Interstate 10 and Loop 1604. 21-697-5050. Adventure rides, entertainment, food, Looney Tunes costumed characters and summertime water-play areas.
TICKETS: Adults = $69.99; Children = $54.99.
- Spanish Governor’s Palace
105 Plaza De Armas. 210-224-0601. Dwelling circa 1749 once housed officials of the Spanish Province of Texas.
- Splashtown San Antonio
3600 N. IH-35. 227-1400. More than 50 rides and attractions on 20 acres include a Kids’ Kove for the younger set. Also, the seven-story Lone Star Luge and the largest wave pool in South Texas.
ONLINE TICKETS: Adult = $24.99; Child under 48″ = $21.99. Additional pricing and discounts.
- Texas Ski Ranch
6700 I-35 N. 830-627-2843. An extreme sports complex 1.5 miles north of New Braunfels. Complex features a cable lake (one of only five in the country), a boat lake, a skatepark, camps, motocross facilities, a pro shop and a restaurant.
Check site for hours and pricing.
- Texas Transportation Museum
11731 Wetmore Road. 210-490-3554. Historical trains and railroad memorabilia.
HOURS: (Friday) 9:30 – 3; (Sat & Sun) 10 – 5.
TICKETS: (Fridays) Adults = $6; Ages 2-12 = $4. (Sat & Sun) Adults = $8; Ages 2-12 = $6.
- Tower of the Americas
Observation level: 207-8615. Restaurant: 223-3101. Located in HemisFair Park. At 750 feet, the tower provides a bird’s-eye view of the city’s sights. Revolving restaurant below observation deck.
TICKETS: Adults = $10.95; Ages 4-12 = $8.95. Pricing includes access to observation deck and 4D Theater Ride.
HOURS: (Sun-Thu) 10am-10pm; (Fri-Sat) 10am-11pm.
- Wonder World
1000 Prospect Street San Marcos, TX 78666. 512-392-3760. The country’s only earthquake-formed cave, along with rides, games and a Texas wildlife petting park.
HOURS: Weekdays = 10-5; Weekends 9-6.
TICKETS: Adults = $22.95; Ages 6-12 = $15.95; Ages 3-5 = $8.50.