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Education, Travel and Fun

San Antonio Summer Fun Leads to Extraordinary Educational Opportunities

No need to put the brakes on learning during the summer months. Keep young minds active with exciting and entertaining activities that provide a bit of education, too. Whether your child is passionate about animals, art, nature or history, you'll find the perfect blend of leisure and learning to make your San Antonio visit even more memorable!

Museums

This summer visit the New Witte Museum and experience the immersive exhibits for every member of your family. Highlights of the New Witte include more than 170,000 square feet of space, with more exhibits on dinosuars, the People of the Pecos and the Texas Wild. Learn about science, history and culture while having a great time at the New Witte. 

The DoSeum, San Antonio’s Museum for Kids, is an interactive learning laboratory for all young children allowing them to learn through play and helping them become creative problem-solvers through hands-on activities. The DoSeum offers exhibits unlike any other children’s museum in the country, including an interactive robot named Baxter, a spy academy filled with math challenges, an interactive puppet parade, a musical staircase, an ADA-accessible treehouse, a Children’s River, and a significant outdoor exhibit area with plenty of shade and water features. 

Texans are a diverse group, and the Institute of Texan Cultures is a great place for kids to gain an appreciation of the various cultures that contribute to the makeup of this great state's population.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum is devoted to the art, history, and culture of the American West, with a contextual emphasis on San Antonio, South Texas, and the Southwest.

History

Close to 300 years ago, five Spanish missions were established in San Antonio. While the Alamo is the most famous, the other four, Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada are equally captivating. All five have received UNESCO World Heritage status. To give kids a better understanding of the 1836 battle at the Alamo, don't miss the 42-minute film, "Alamo: The Price of Freedom" at the Alamo IMAX Theatre in Rivercenter Mall.

Hit all the historic highlights in downtown San Antonio with a narrated tour. Or, ride a VIA Metropolitan Transit historic streetcar to Market Square, where Mexican restaurants, art galleries and souvenir shops await.

Outdoor/Eco Learning

Chill out with an intriguing underground tour of stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, chandeliers and soda straws in the stunning Natural Bridge Caverns, where you can choose the level of adventure that is just right for your family.

Paved pathways, a lake with ducks and turtles and a popular restaurant are three great reasons to visit San Antonio Botanical Garden. See, smell and touch plants found in regions from South Texas to Japan.

Animal Interactions

While visiting SeaWorld San Antonio, take the animal lovers in your family on a behind-the-scenes tour for interactive experiences with water-loving residents such as penguins, sea lions, dolphins and beluga whales.

Open 365 days a year, the San Antonio Zoo is situated in an old limestone quarry and is home to more than 8,500 animals of 779 species. 

The San Antonio Aquarium provides an up close chance to learn about jellyfish, sea horses, colorful corals, stingrays, sharks and more.

Millions of Mexican Free-tailed Bats spend the summer in Bracken Cave near Natural Bridge Caverns, just north of San Antonio. Sign up for a guided tour and watch bats pour out of the cave at dusk in search of insects for an event unlike anything you've ever seen before! Nearby is Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch where you can go on an African Safari from the comfort of your car.