The “Alamo City” celebrates its past, history, and the cultures that make it one incredibly dynamic city to visit. San Antonio’s 300 years of rich history began in 1718 with the founding of Spanish Missions along the San Antiono river (now the UNESCO World Heritage Site we know as the Alamo). The wild west's early inhabitants helped lay the foundation for the eclectic southwest art, diverse culture and stunning innovations that have now become signatures of San Antonio.
Something exciting is always happening along the River Walk. The oasis of tree-lined paved paths meanders over arched stone bridges and through the lush landscaped banks of the San Antonio River. Experience the city’s rich heritage by visiting well-preserved landmarks and five 18th century Spanish colonial missions, to a true western 1860s residential area, to museums displaying exhibits and artifacts celebrating the past heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Today, San Antonio is a city of ever-colorful character always offering something new to experience deep in the heart of Texas.
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What to know before you travel to San Antonio with Kids
Step into the Wild West in the largest city of Northern Texas. A visit to the Alamo is an absolute must, as is taking in a show at the ornate Majestic Theatre. The spirit of the region is akin to your favorite pair of jeans- comfortable with just the right worn-in fit for a laid-back, relaxing visit.
Offering a community rich in Spanish and Old West heritage, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is dotted with 18th-century buildings and features, making for an enriching excursion. San Antonio has so many things to see and do, both the famous things like the Alamo and Sea World and also great lesser known gems like our Doseum (Children's museum) and local parks and restaurants. There are many family-friendly locations with warm weather most of the year to enjoy outside activities even in the winter months. Move to the rhythm of wafting flamenco music as you wander the downtown River Walk, one of the best aspects of the city's urban environment. Don't forget to stop along the way and sample authentic Mexican food, barbecue, and as many different chilis (San Antonio’s signature dish) as your taste buds will allow.
Fly into San Antonio International Airport (SAT), with service from over 30 national and international destinations . For domestic arrives, many carriers offer non-stop service and many more with one-stop direct service.
If you're driving in for a visit, come via I-10 or 1-35. The city has two loop freeways going around San Antonio, 410 and 1604 to route you where you need to go. There is also an Amtrak train station in San Antonio if you choose to ride the train.
A car is the best way to get around in San Antonio. There are limited public transportation options available, but ample car rental options both at the airport and locations around town. Both Lyft and Uber drivers service the city and would be another viable option to use for getting from your hotel to local attractions..
It is fun to stay at a hotel on the River Walk, right in the heart of town. If your trip is bringing you to Sea World, there are many hotel choices in close proximity to the park. Alamo Heights would also be a great place to stay in order to be close to downtown and all the good restaurants in town. Hotels near the airport will also be centrally located for getting around the city.The J W Marriot has a great deal for military families!
Do note that San Antonio does have the traffic of a major metropolitan city, so be mindful of how far out you book your hotel or airbnb from the heart of the city. You might find yourself spending more time than you'd like in the car trying to cross the city or get to downtown from the outlying areas.
There are so many great local eateries! Bigz is a great burger place for families with two locations. Bring your own lawn toys for the astro turf field. The Cove is another great family burger place near downtown with a playground. It is a great option when accommodating food allergies. Rudy's is a great BBQ place for families across the highway from Sea World. You can eat outside on the picnic tables and let your kids get BBQ sauce everywhere. We love Bakery Lorraine for breakfast near the Pearl Farmers market. Iron Cactus is our favorite restaurant on the River Walk.
Our best San Antonio weather is in November and then March-May. Our big city rodeo is in February every year and we have a local holiday called Fiesta which lasts two weeks in April and we have lots of special events connected to that holiday.
The winter in San Antonio is relatively mild, with hot and humid temps in the Summer months. Both Spring and Fall bring lots of sunny, warm days with highs in the 70s and 80s. Come visit in October and enjoy warm days and lots of outdoor activities. Between November and April, temperatures at night can be chilly, but still relatively dry.
From May to September, it is hot and humid. High temperatures are in the 90s and 100s and high humidity makes it feel even hotter. While San Antonio is known for sun, it can rain any time of the year – and when it rains, it rains hard.
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