When most people think of big cities, San Antonio is not one of the first ones that pop into people’s minds. San Antonio is, however, the eighth largest city (according to www.infoplease.com)
It has downtown and the Riverwalk- a vacation in itself as one can spend a week simply staying downtown and not tire of all the beauty and atmosphere one will encounter. Restaurants to try, stores to shop in, boats to ride, trails to walk, sites to see. It’s all downtown and the hotels are great. Whether staying at the well known Marriott or Hilton or the classic Menger or the Emily Morgan, first class treatment is the order of the day for all visitors. Weather is not too much of a problem, and if a family trip is taken in the first of March, then seeing the River dyed green will be an additional treat.
There is so much to see while downtown in San Antonio. The Alamo, for starters. Anyone with a teenage son should make this a mandatory outing. The questions and answer sessions there are well worth the aggravation involved in getting any teenage boy to go there in the first place. (Teenagers don’t always enjoy family vacations, in case you were wondering…)
The Children’s Museum, talk about a great place. Children between ages 3-9 seem to enjoy it best. Just off of downtown is the Witte Museum, a treat for all ages.
Other attractions are the San Antonio Zoo, a treat for all ages. Right across the street is Brackenridge Park, a place for fun and games as well as an amazing carousel ride. Take the train ride and see the park in a whole new way, one needs watch one’s head while exiting the train. There is also the Botanical Gardens right in that area, too. Whether going as a family or solo, this is a site to visit. In Kingstown, a trolley ride away from downtown there is the Mcnay Art Museum, a day trip in itself.
San Antonio is also home to four Amusement Parks; all right one is in the neighboring town of New Braunfels, but still… only a twenty minute drive away. Fiesta Texas is another great way to spend a week – the rides, the water park, the food and the concerts.
Fiesta Texas has more kid friendly rides than it’s down the way neighbor, Sea World. Sea World offers education through excursion (it’s a lot of walking from show to show). To me, Sea World is better at night than Fiesta. The fireworks are more enjoyable.
Splashtown is located just off Interstate 35 North and is all about being cool. Further along Interstate 35 North is Schlitterbaun and that is the ultimate water park. The rides are great, the scenery is awesome, and the water is refreshing.
There is the Minor league baseball team, the San Antonio Missions. Going to one of their ballgames is not only fun for the entire family, but also nice on one’s pocketbook. Not a baseball fan? There is also our minor league hockey team, the Rampage. Who can resist a great hockey game?
Whether one is coming for entertainment, (the Majestic Theater Broadway show series, or the River City Comedy Club), sports (Spurs— a whole other review!!!), or history (the San Antonio Missions), San Antonio has it all. Come during Fiesta (April 20-29) and one will be rewarded with not only all the aforementioned but with events such as NIOSA (Night in old San Antonio), Oyster Bake, carnivals, and parades.