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Parks

San Antonio Living Parks

 

San Antonio’s parks provide a welcome oasis from Texas’ sometimes hot and humid weather. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.

Brackenridge Park

3910 N. St. Marys St. San Antonio, TX 78212

...........................................................210-207-7275

www.brackenridgepark.org 

Brackenridge is a hub for recreational activities for visitors, ranging from bird watching and jogging along the many trails to golf at the Brackenridge Golf Course.

Brackenridge Park is also the home of the San Antonio Zoo, The Witte Museum and the Japanese Tea Garden.

Natural Bridge Caverns

26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266

............................................................210-651-6101

www.naturalbridgecaverns.com 

Natural Bridge Caverns is a more than just Texas’ largest cave; it’s a place for adventure. From a variety of family-friendly guided tours and panning for gold to outdoor mazes and the Canopy Challenge, a four-level zip line course, there is something for everyone. Open daily but hours vary. Visit the website for more information.

San Antonio Botanical Garden

555 Funston Place San Antonio, TX 78209

...........................................................210-207-3250

www.sabot.org 

Immerse yourself in the world of plants and flowers in the heart of San Antonio by strolling through this 38-acre lush garden. The San Antonio Botanical Garden also offers many classes for adults and children, ranging from growing your own vegetables to learning tai chi and morning watercolor painting.

Sports and Recreation

San Antonio Living Sports and Recreation

 

Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, San Antonio offers a variety of recreational opportunities.

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark

10500 SeaWorld Drive San Antonio, TX 78251

........................................................800-700-7786

https://aquaticabyseaworld.com/en/sanantonio 

San Antonio visitors can complete their vacation experience by visiting Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, a water park with up-close animal experiences; high-speed thrills; and relaxing, sandy beaches. Aquatica is a South Seas-inspired oasis with all the luxury and amenities of an island resort and also includes features such as thrilling water slides, rivers, lagoons, more than 42,000 square feet of beach area and more than 500 stingrays and tropical fish. Want to get wet? Escape for a while on the fast and furious river rapids adventure Rio Loco, or lose yourself in the tropical pleasure of Aquatica — a one-of-a-kind water park the whole family can enjoy.

San Antonio Zoo

3903 N. St. Marys St. San Antonio, TX 78212

.......................................................210-734-7184

www.sazoo.org 

Ranked as one of the top zoos in the nation, more than 750 species and 9,000 animals call this zoo their home. The zoo spans 56 acres and features exhibits such as the Hixon Bird House, Amazonia and Gibbon Forest. Seasonal shows and educational programs are also offered throughout the year.

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

3201 E. Houston St. San Antonio, TX 78219

........................................................210-225-5851

www.sarodeo.com 

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is one of the largest livestock shows and rodeos in the country. Started in 1950, the annual event takes place over three weeks in February. It is one of the top five Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeos in the nation. In 2003, it received special recognition by the PRCA Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame. After the rodeo events, there is a concert by popular artists, mostly country-western musicians.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort

305 W. Austin St. New Braunfels, TX 78130

.......................................................830-625-2351

www.schlitterbahn.com/new-braunfels 

This water park offers more than 3 miles of tubing adventures, seven children’s water playgrounds, 17 water slides and two uphill water coasters. While the water park is only open seasonally, families can take advantage of the resort year-round. The resort includes fully equipped vacation homes with access to pools, hot tubs, playgrounds and volleyball courts. The water park and resort are in New Braunfels (just north of San Antonio), a historic German town filled with great restaurants, museums and attractions for the whole family.

SeaWorld San Antonio

10500 SeaWorld Drive San Antonio, TX 78251

........................................................800-700-7786

www.seaworld.com 

SeaWorld San Antonio, the world’s largest marine life adventure park and family entertainment showplace, presents a splashy lineup of sensational shows, thrilling rides, animal attractions and educational experiences for all ages. Where else can you touch and feed dolphins and sea lions, count the teeth on a shark and watch penguins play around in a sub-Antarctic environment? Test your courage on the weightless dives of the Steel Eel or the twists and corkscrews of The Great White, Texas’ first inverted steel roller coaster. SeaWorld’s operating days and closing times vary seasonally. For a park operating schedule or park information, visit its website.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

17000 Interstate 10 W San Antonio, TX 78257

........................................................210-697-5050

www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas 

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a theme and water park designed to reflect the heritage and culture of its Southwestern roots. This 200-acre park features numerous adult and children’s rides including Tornado, an extreme tubing experience; Superman Krypton Coaster, the largest floorless coaster in the Southwest; and the Lone Star Lagoon, a wave pool in the shape of the state of Texas. Families can enjoy a variety of shows, shops and restaurants in addition to the breathtaking rides. For more information, call its office or visit its website.

Splashtown San Antonio

3600 N. Interstate 35 San Antonio, TX 78219

........................................................210-227-1400

www.splashtownsa.com 

Splashtown San Antonio boasts a 500,000-gallon wave pool, a quarter-mile-long lazy river, 40 water slides and tube rides, an activity pool with lily pads and balance logs, water and beach volleyball and basketball. Splashtown also features a large Kids Cove with 16 slides just for their smaller guests. It is located just minutes north of downtown San Antonio with free parking and is open seasonally.

Arts

San Antonio Living Arts

 

San Antonio residents enjoy a wealth of artistic endeavors from theaters to music to dance and more.

Aztec Theatre

104 N. St. Marys St., Suite 200 San Antonio, TX 78205

.............................................................210-812-4355

www.theaztectheatre.com 

Built in 1926, the Aztec Theatre is the oldest theater in San Antonio and yet new to being a venue for live performances. Located in downtown San Antonio, this beautifully restored theater features live music performances ranging from rock to blues and Latino. Check the website for upcoming performances and information on renting the venue for private or corporate events.

Ballet San Antonio

P.O. Box 460070 San Antonio, TX 78246

.............................................................210-404-9641

www.balletsanantonio.org 

Ballet San Antonio is a professional ballet company that resides at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Its goal is to enrich and expose the community to the arts by putting on performances in collaboration with the San Antonio Symphony. It has also partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. Visit the website for information about tickets, performances and more.

Magik Children’s Theatre

420 S. Alamo St. San Antonio, TX 78205

..............................................................210-227-2751

www.magiktheatre.org 

The Magik Theatre is where a child’s imagination can run wild. San Antonio’s only professional children’s theater brings books to life from the classic to contemporary literature. Performances are at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, with additional performances at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Majestic Theatre

224 E. Houston St. San Antonio, TX 78205

............................................................210-226-5700

www.majesticempire.com 

In the heart of downtown San Antonio, this 1929 theater lives up to its name with 2,264 seats and a truly majestic Spanish-Mediterranean style. This historic landmark is home to the San Antonio Symphony and showcases plays, concerts and a wide variety of other performing arts attractions.

Opera San Antonio

417 Eighth St. San Antonio, TX 78215

...........................................................210-673-7270

www.operasa.org 

This newly launched company represents a rebirth for opera in the city after the dissolution of the San Antonio Opera in 2012. In its inaugural 2014-15 season, Opera San Antonio presented several productions, including the new “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and the classic “Salome.” The company is a founding resident of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Check the opera’s website for season schedules, ticket prices and more.

San Antonio Symphony

100 Auditorium Circle San Antonio, TX 78205

..........................................................210-223-8624

www.sasymphony.org 

For more than 75 years, this full-time professional symphony has delighted local music enthusiasts with classics and world premieres. Performances include a subscription program, pops concerts, young people’s concerts, a Baroque concert series and much more. The symphony’s new home is the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts downtown.

Shopping

San Antonio Living Shopping

 

From malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget.

Market Square – El Mercado

514 W. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX 78207

.......................................................210-207-8600

www.getcreativesanantonio.com/Explore-San-Antonio/Market-Square 

Market Square, or “El Mercado,” is the largest Mexican market in the United States where you’ll find restaurants, shops and produce stands. Stroll the three-block plaza and enjoy the sights and sounds of Mexican culture with mariachi music and dancing.

San Antonio River Walk

110 Broadway St., Suite 500 San Antonio, TX 78205

.........................................................210-227-4262

www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com 

Also known as the Paseo del Rio, this popular tourist destination is a public park open 365 days a year and lined with restaurants, hotels, attractions and more. One level down from street traffic, this pedestrian route connects many of downtown’s other famous attractions. Or take a riverboat taxi along the winding path and enjoy the sights as you float by.

Shops at Rivercenter

849 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX 78205

.........................................................210-225-0000

www.shoprivercenter.com 

Set along the famous San Antonio River Walk, this downtown shopping center features department stores, an IMAX theater and a 1,000-room Marriott hotel. After you’re done perusing some of the more than 100 retailers, you can sit and relax with food and beverages on the waterfront at one of the mall’s six restaurants.

Museums

San Antonio Living Museums

 

Learn about San Antonio’s long and legendary history as well as its cultural contributions by visiting any of its many museums.

The Alamo

300 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205

.......................................................210-225-1391

www.thealamo.org 

Perhaps the most famous historical site in all of Texas, the Alamo is world-renowned as a symbol of heroic courage in the face of death and the struggle against oppression. Before it was launched into its current place in history, it was a simple Spanish mission run by missionaries and visited by many significant people throughout its time. Thousands of people each year visit the landmark where 189 defenders, including Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, held out for 13 days against 4,000 troops in the centralist army of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Since this famous battle, it has not only become a symbol of Texas but also a symbol of American independence and fortitude. The chapel, one of the most photographed facades in the nation, and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort. Walking tours of the site are available.

Briscoe Western Art Museum

210 W. Market St. San Antonio, TX 78205

........................................................210-299-4499

www.briscoemuseum.org 

The Briscoe Western Art Museum is San Antonio’s newest museum and aims to preserve and interpret the art, history and culture of the American West. Located along the San Antonio River Walk, the three-level museum holds nine galleries. Highlights include Pancho Villa’s saddle and an authentic chuck wagon.

The DoSeum

2800 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209

.......................................................210-212-4453

www.thedoseum.org 

This attraction, formerly the San Antonio Children’s Museum, is an interactive experience for all ages. With its new facility in 2015, the attraction boasts three two-story exhibit halls totaling 65,000 square feet. Children will learn 21st century problem-solving skills and creativity — two important cultural and educational concepts. Envisioned as a museum set in a park, the building is surrounded by meandering pathways that offer a sense of surprise, beautiful gardens that captivate the senses and shady places for families to relax or for school groups to unwind. Check the museum’s website for more details about its hours and admission.

Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio

12500 N.W. Military Highway San Antonio, TX 78231

.......................................................210-302-6807

www.hmmsa.org 

The goal of the Holocaust Memorial Museum is to not only honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust; it aims to educate the community on the perils of prejudice and hatred. Guided tours are available to the public as well as school, community and church groups. The museum also holds an impressive collection of books and films. Call ahead or visit the website for holiday closures or to schedule a tour.

McNay Art Museum

6000 N. Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209

......................................................210-824-5368

www.mcnayart.org 

The McNay Art Museum, roughly 5 miles from downtown San Antonio, opened its doors as Texas’ first museum of modern art in 1954. The museum boasts nearly 20,000 works that span from paintings and sculptures to photographs and include such artists as Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock.

San Antonio Fire Museum

801 E. Houston St. San Antonio, TX 78205

.....................................................210-390-7236

www.sanantoniofiremuseum.org 

Minutes away from the Alamo, the San Antonio Fire Museum is in what was the old Central Fire Headquarters, Fire Station No. 1, built in 1938. This museum showcases antique fire apparatus, artifacts and photos that date to the mid-1800s. Kids will also enjoy a 1953 firetruck they can climb on and being able to dress up in replica firefighters’ gear.

San Antonio Museum of Art

200 W. Jones Ave. San Antonio, TX 78215

....................................................210-978-8100

www.samuseum.org 

Located on the Museum Reach of the River Walk, the San Antonio Museum of Art embodies history and cultures from around the globe. Not only does the San Antonio Museum of Art hold collections of Latin American, Asian and ancient Mediterranean art, it holds a noteworthy collection of contemporary art. Check the museum website for more details.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial of San Antonio

451 Jefferson St.

San Antonio, TX 78205 830-303-6858

www.vietnamveteransmemorialofsanantonio.com 

Centrally located in the city of San Antonio, the Veterans Memorial Plaza was designed to be a place where all could honor and pay tribute to veterans and fallen service members. The centerpiece of the plaza is a massive bronze sculpture, “Hill-881 South,” which portrays a Marine Corps radio operator helping a fallen comrade during the Khe Sanh hill fights of April-May 1967 during the Vietnam War. The memorial was made possible by the contributions privately given by more than 130,000 people.

The Witte Museum

3801 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209

.................................................210-357-1900

www.wittemuseum.org 

The Witte Museum is one of San Antonio’s most popular and was named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate in 2014. Although it primarily focuses on history, culture and natural science, the museum boasts an amazing children’s exhibit, travel exhibit and early Texas art collection.

In San Antonio and South Texas

San Antonio Living in San Antonio and South Texas

 

Rich culture comes alive through history, art, architecture, music and beautiful outdoor spaces that showcase a blend of Mexican-American folklore, Spanish heritage and Texas pride. San Antonio’s abundant art scene, sports, shopping, cultural attractions and festivals provide plenty of entertainment opportunities. Take a ride on a River Walk boat taxi, or thrill at a fast break and dunk during a San Antonio Spurs professional basketball game. Don’t miss Ballet San Antonio’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker,” then shine your cowboy boots for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. And remember to check out the Alamo.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Residents of San Antonio enjoy a variety of annual events, festivals and community gatherings.

Fiesta San Antonio

www.fiesta-sa.org 

One of the largest festivals in the United States, Fiesta San Antonio takes place every April in honor of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Fiesta San Antonio is full of music, parades, exhibits, pageants, food and so much more.

H-E-B Big League Weekend

www.bigleagueweekend.com 

Big League Weekend turns the Alamodome into a baseball field complete with turf, dugouts, bullpens and of course a two-game Major League Baseball exhibition. After each game, enjoy a concert in centerfield and stop by the Sports Collectible Show.

Luminaria

www.luminariasa.org 

Held every fall for two nights, Luminaria has become a platform for international and local artists to show off their pieces that highlight the heritage of San Antonio.

Native American Indian Championship Pow Wow

www.tradersvillage.com/san-antonio/events 

Dozens of tribes from across the United States gather to celebrate and share their culture. Witness the vibrant tribal dance contest, the arts and crafts show and authentic Native American food.

Poteet Strawberry Festival

www.fb.com/pg/PoteetStrawberryFestival 

Just 25 miles from San Antonio, the Poteet Strawberry Festival every spring features local strawberry growers and their prized yet now endangered produce — strawberries. The festival boasts more than strawberries though, with a rodeo, musical performances, carnival rides and more.

Tamales at the Pearl

www.atpearl.com/tamales 

Held every December, Tamales at the Pearl has become a celebration of culture, family, food and fun. This free event features live music and performances, activities for kids and, of course, more than 40 tamale vendors.

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