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101 Family Day Trips and Day Trips Around San Antonio


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Free activities plus splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from San Antonio. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

Hill Country Lavender
Japanese Tea Garden
San Antonio Botanical Garden
Brackenridge Park
San Antonio River Walk


Get Wild on a Hike

Comanche Lookout Park
San Antonio Mission Trail
  Lost Maples State Natural Area
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Government Canyon
Shoal Creek Trail
  Friedrich Wilderness Area
  Hardberger Park


Time Travel Today

  The Alamo
The Witte Museum
Casa Navarro Historic Site
Mission Concepcion
  Spanish Governor's Palace
  Pioneer Farms
Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead


Make Life a Beach

Boerne City Lake Park
Rockport Beach
Mustang Island State Park 
San Jose Island
McGee Beach


Splash into Some Water Fun

  Shoreclub Volente Beach and Water Park
Rock'N River Family Aquatics Park
Sea World Aquatica
Typhoon Texas - Pflugerville 
Schlitterbahn Water Park
  Pirate's Bay Water Park
  Swim Splash and Slide Indoor Water Park at Great Wolf
  Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splash Town
Splashway Water Park


Spend the Day at a Museum

  The DoSeum
McKenna Children's Museum
McNay Art Museum
San Antonio Museum of Art 
  Witte Museum
Dr. Pepper Museum
The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum
Bandera Natural History Museum


Explore These Cities

Round Rock
Corpus Christie
  New Braunfels


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats! and Go-Karts!)

  Texas Transportation Museum
Austin Steam Train Association
Aviation Museum at Garner Field
Texas Air Museum at Stinson Field
  San Antonio Railroad Heritage Museum
  Rio San Antonio Cruises
  Andretti Indoor Karting & Games


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

Chaloupka Farm
Devine Acres
Love Creek Orchards
South TX Maize 


Play Ball!

  San Antonio Missions
San Antonio Spurs


Treat Yo' Self

  Bahama Bucks
South Alamode Panini & Gelato Co.
Amy's Ice Creams
El Paraiso 
Justin's Ice Cream


Connect with Nature

  Blue Hole Nature Park
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
TX Climbing Adventures 
San Antonio Botanical Garden
Japanese Tea Garden
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Six Flags Fiesta
Six Flags Over Texas
SeaWorld San Antonio
Kemah Boardwalk 
  Morgan's Wonderland
  ZDT's Amusement Park


Talk to the Animals

  San Antonio Zoo
TX Zoo
Last Chance Forever Bird of Prey Bird Sanctuary
Natural Bridge Wildlife Sanctuary 
Austin Zoo
Austin Aquarium
TX State Aquarium


Explore the Globe Close to Home

San Antonio Folk Dance Festival
Brazos Valley Worldfest
San Antonio Chinese Cultural Institute 
San Antonio Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Fiesta Noche del Rio


Get Active Indoors

  Altitude Indoor Trampoline
I-Guana Jump Bounce House
Chaparral Ice
Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods


Challenge Yourself

Geocaching With Kids


Shop Your Heart Out

  Twig Bookstore
Dragon's Lair Comics and Fantasy
La Villita Historic Arts Village


Explore Some Caves

Inner Space Cavern
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Natural Bridges Caverns
Cave Without a Name





Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from San Antonio. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away