Hovering on the southern edge of Texas Hill Country, San Antonio is a city rich with culture, history and fun. Flourishing in a uniquely Texas way, this family-friendly vacation destination is filled with attractions that range from popular tourist destinations to local favorites. From the Alamo to museums just for kids, we’re sharing the top 15 things to do in San Antonio with kids.

The best part? We scoped out great hotels perfect for families, too. With Marriott Bonvoy™, families can enjoy special rates, free in-room Wifi, mobile check in and more! Members save on hotels in San Antonio when they book on Marriott.com until March 31, 2020.

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Experience the River Walk

A 15-mile long, stroller-friendly path meanders along the waterway that flows through the center of town, making it ideal for families. Grab a bite to eat at the dozen’s of restaurants lining the route, or opt for a river cruise if you’ve got tired kiddos on your hand (this is a great way to hear the history of the River Walk and surrounding buildings too). 

Online: thesanantonioriverwalk.com

Remember the Alamo 

The world-famous Alamo is one of the most well-known historical sites in the country. If your family is interested in Texas history or men like Davy Crockett, don't miss this. Bonus: admission is free.

Online: thealamo.org 

Learn Even More at the Missions

Once you’ve seen the Alamo, head for one of the 19th-century missions at the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. Only 10 minutes south of downtown San Antonio, this is where kids can become junior rangers, and where there’s plenty of outdoor opportunities for little legs.

Online: nps.gov/saan

Spend a Day at the DoSeum

San Antonio's children's museum is two stories of interactive exhibits and creative programs. This STEM-focused attraction is well-loved by locals and tourists alike. Plan to spend a few hours exploring the science exhibits, playing in the pretend city, and exploring the outdoor area, which features a water playground and dinosaur area.

Online: thedoseum.org

photo: courtesy Marriott

Enjoy Stunning City Views at San Antonio Rivercenter 

This hotel is smack-dab in the middle of all the downtown fun, and it’s got incredible views of San Antonio, too. It’s an easy jaunt to the River Walk, the Alamo and even Legoland Discovery Center San Antonio. As a bonus, there’s an indoor/outdoor pool perfect for relaxing after naps or once your site-seeing time is over. 

Online: marriott.com

Watch the Koi Swim at the Japanese Tea Garden

This lush year-round garden is home to shaded walkways, a 60-foot waterfall and, of course, plenty of Koi fish. Tip: this is a great budget-friendly activity—admission is free. If you feel like splurging on lunch, the Jingu House has both snack and kid-friendly bento boxes on the menu! 

Online: sanantonio.gov/parksandrec

Wander Through the Historic Market Square 

Go back in time when you wander through the historic Market Square. From live music to family-friendly events, over 100 locally-owned vendors and delicious Tex-Mex dining options, this is where the rich culture of San Antonio comes alive.

Online: marketsquaresa.com

photo: courtesy San Antonio Zoo

Get Wild at the Zoo 

While it might not be the biggest zoo in the world, locals and visitors alike love it because besides being home to over 750 species of animals, there are unique opportunities to get a close-up look at some of the residents—like riding a camel, for example. 

Online: sazoo.org

photo: courtesy Morgan's Wonderland

Play the Day Away at Morgan’s Wonderland

If you’ve got little kids or kids with special needs, a day at Morgan’s Wonderland will fill their vacation fun checklist. The world’s first all-inclusive theme park, this cheery place has 25 ultra-accessible attractions, ranging from a wheelchair Ferris wheel to water play and even a classic carousel. 

Online: morganswonderland.com

photo: courtesy Marriott

Cozy Up at the Courtyard San Antonio Downtown

This cozy hotel tucked away near the Historic Market Square has plenty of family-friendly amenities to offer. Choose between a room or a suite, stop by the market for an on-the-go snack, use the private media pods perfect for screen time/chill time. Did we mention parking is free?

Online: marriott.com

Get Thrills at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

For families who love thrill rides and amusement park fun, Six Flags Fiest Texas is a must. Even the littlest visitors can enjoy the rides, as there are over 10 just for them. There’s even a list of rides perfect for families.

Online: sixflags.com

photo: courtesy Sea World

Make New Friends at SeaWorld

If seeing the animal shows aren’t enough for your budding zoologist, you can arrange for an animal encounter like a dolphin swim, a killer whale tour or even a penguin interaction to get up close and personal with the park’s resident sea animals.

Online: seaworld.com/sanantonio

Head for the Hills at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch 

There are over 450 acres of rolling Texas hills to explore when you head to Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Voted one of USA Today’s Top 10 Safari Parks for 2019, you’ll be able to look for over 500 animals from 40 native and exotic endangered species. Only 40 minutes north of San Antonio, it’s the perfect access point to the Texas Hill Country.

Online: wildliferanchtexas.com

photo: Gabby Cullen

Go Underground at the Natural Bridge Caverns

Another great outdoor adventure at the beginning of Texas Hill Country is the Natural Bridge Caverns. Only 45 minutes away from downtown San Antonio, you’ll explore the incredible caverns at a cool temperature, which, in the summer, is a reprieve from the hot Texas sun. Tip: since there’s a lot of walking involved and it is very dark, this is a great activity for families with older kids.

Online: naturalbridgecaverns.com

photo: courtesy Marriott

Enjoy a Water Park Resort at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country

If you’re looking for the ultimate resort experience with awesome Texas Hill Country views, this is it. From the nine-acre water park complete with a lazy river to the seven restaurants and the option to book a two-bedroom suite (perfect for multi-gen travel!), the JW Marriott will check all your vacation boxes.

Online: marriott.com

With Marriott Bonvoy, members can enjoy special rates, free in-room Wifi, mobile check-in and the ability to earn and redeem points at Marriott’s thousands of hotels. Not a Marriott Bonvoy member? Join for free when you book! Save on your trip to San Antonio here!

—Gabby Cullen

The Best Upcoming Events for Kids in San Antonio
If you’re looking for events and activities, don’t miss our local San Antonio events calendar, which has everything from story times to seasonal activities like sporting events, family festivals and outdoor movie nights.