Family Activities in San Antonio

June 12, 2018 by Vanessa Claude

Planning on bringing your family with you to CHEST 2018 in San Antonio? Well, we’ve got you covered on ways to have some family fun when you’re not immersed in learning at the convention center. Here are a few activities you can take part in:

San Antonio Missions San Jose

Mission San Jose/ CC Ken Lund

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

There are four San Antonio Missions you can visit: San José, Espada, Concepción, and San Juan. Explore the missions on your own, or join a park ranger or volunteer for a free, 45- to 60- minute guided tour of your chosen mission. While Mission San José is the most popular tour with ranger-led tours between 10 am and 3 pm, make sure to stop at the visitor center or information center of the other missions you want to tour to check available tour times.

World’s Largest Cowboy Boots

Just outside Saks Fifth Avenue at North Star Mall, you can take a selfie next to the World’s Largest Cowboy Boots. These 35-foot tall and 30-foot long boots shouldn’t be too hard to spot. Originally the boots were built by Bob “Daddy-O” Wade in Washington, DC, in 1979 and moved to San Antonio just 1 year later.

Natural Bridge Caverns

Explore the Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest caverns in Texas. This family-owned and family-operated attraction offers guided and adventure tours, an outdoor maze, mining for gems and fossils, and more! When you’re done, you can visit the Shops of Discovery Village where you’ll find treats, a general store, and souvenirs to take home.

Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Caverns/ CC Josh Grenier

The Alamo Trolley

Need a captivating, yet low impact activity? Ride the Alamo Trolley. This “hop-on, hop-off” trolley allows you to explore San Antonio at your own pace. With 10 stops around town, this entirely narrated tour includes The Alamo, Hemisfair Park, River Walk, the Mission Trail, and more.

Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High

If you go to SeaWorld San Antonio, kids will love attending the sea lion show called “Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High.” The sea lions perform tricks and interact with the audience as Clyde and Seamore go back to school in search of their diplomas.

SeaWorld Aquatica

SeaWorld Aquatica/ CC Colleen Pence

Cool Off at a Waterpark

While October weather in San Antonio may be slightly cooler than in the summer, it still averages in the mid-80 degrees Farenheit, so you’ll want to cool off at the pool or a waterpark. Take some downtime with the family and head to one of the several waterparks in the area, including Schlitterbahn, Splashtown San Antonio, and Aquatica at SeaWorld.

Brackenridge Park

Spend the day at one of San Antonio’s most popular parks, Brackenridge Park. Hike or bike along one of the nature trails, have a picnic, play with your kids at the Kiddie Park, or find the Japanese Tea Garden. Want to add something a little more exciting to your day? The San Antonio Zoo is also on the grounds, where there are lots of animals, experiences, and events.

And don’t forget to check out our CHEST 2018 Pinterest board for more ideas on activities, restaurants, and sightseeing!


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