San Antonio might be best known as the home of the Alamo and other historic sites, but this uniquely Texas city has even more to offer. Kids will love the slew of family-friendly museums, attractions, outdoor parks and other things to do with kids that go way beyond the typical tourist destinations.

From the Alamo to the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk, there’s no shortage of memorable family-friendly attractions. We’ve picked our favorite things to do with kids in San Antonio, whether you’re a tourist or a native.

San Antonio River Walk

The River Walk is San Antonio’s must-see destination. The cool-factor of this stroller-friendly path can’t be understated: it features 15 miles of paved paths along the water, and the downtown portion is a great place to window shop or get a bite to eat on an outdoor patio. If you’re not up for a walk, the entire family will love a river cruise, where you can hear a history of the River Walk and some of the buildings surrounding it.


849 E Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 227-4262

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.

300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 225-1391

The Witte Museum

This enormous museum will entertain your family for a full day – or more! Focusing on science and history, there are a ton of cool things to look at. There are a variety of exhibits to educate about Texas heritage, and the EcoLab features live Texan animals. Dino lovers will be fascinated by the dinosaur exhibit.

3801 Broadway St
San Antonio
(210) 357-1900

The DoSeum

San Antonio’s children’s museum is 2 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.

2800 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 212-4453

San Antonio Botanical Gardens

San Antonio’s beautiful botanical garden is located in the heart of the city, and its recent renovation offers guests even more ways to connect with nature, including a culinary garden and outdoor kitchen. Kids will love the new family adventure garden, which is a 2.5-acre play and learning space for families.

555 Funston Pl
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 536-1400

San Antonio Zoo

Locals love the San Antonio Zoo, mainly because visitors can get a close look at the animal residents. The 35-acre zoo is smaller than other in the country, but has a collection of over 3,500 animals representing 750 species. There are opportunities to do less-common activities, as well, such as taking a camel for a ride.

3903 N St Mary’s St
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 734-7184

Hemisfair Park

Kids can spend hours in this unique park, which features gorgeous fountains, kid-designed playgrounds with all sorts of climbing possibilities, and permanent ping-pong tables.

434 S. Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 709-4750

Kiddie Park

As one of San Antonio’s most treasured landmarks, this nostalgic attraction opened in 1925. Renovated in 2009, Kiddie Park is the oldest kids’ amusement park in the country and boasts an old-school carousel, carnival games, and a mini ferris wheel, among others. A must-visit with young kids.

3015 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas 78209

Natural Bridge Caverns

Located about 45 minutes outside of San Antonio, this underground attraction is worth the drive. Explore the beautiful caverns, and maybe see a bat or two. Tip: There’s a lot of walking involved in this adventure, so wear tennis shoes and a light jacket.

26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road
Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266
(210) 651-6101

The Best Upcoming Events for Kids in San Antonio

If you’re looking for events and activities, don’t miss our local San Antonio family events calendar, which has everything from story times to seasonal activities like apple picking, pumpkin patches, and Christmas tree farms.