San Antonio is a wonderful place to visit.  It’s a city made for families.  Some places should not be missed like the Riverwalk, the Alamo, or SeaWorld. Those are the iconic attractions for tourists, and I’m not saying that you should skip them.  We never make a trip to San Antonio without a Riverwalk boat ride or a visit to the Alamo.  You can find countless pictures and reviews of these places, but I would urge you to venture beyond the obvious.

The San Antonio Children’s Museum is an interactive treasure.  Children learn about personal finance in a kid-centered bank, art through their own creativity, geology by mining for gems, physics in a kid-powered elevator, as well as the science of bubbles, gravity, water, and air travel.  Time flies when the kids are having fun … and adults don’t remember where the time went either!

Morgan’s Wonderland is a 25-acre family fun park built especially for special needs children, their families, and caregivers.  It includes a sensory village that includes an interactive theater, playground areas, a fully accessible train and merry-go-round, an amphitheater, and a fully stocked pond for fishing.

While the Alamo is the most famous mission in San Antonio, there are three other missions that often see far fewer visitors.  With early preserved art and primitive architecture, the missions tell a story of the different people that inhabited central Texas, their lives, and their religions.  Be sure to ask each mission about the Junior Ranger program.  You will receive a booklet (most National Parks have two booklets so you can get one that is age appropriate) that guides your child through the park.  There are activities to help you discover important facets of the park and teach children to be respectful of our national treasures.

Finally, San Antonio has some “hidden gems” that you have to work to find.  One of those gems is Barney.  Barney Smith is a delightful man who loves to talk and share his days with you.  Retired, he creates works of art that he showcases in his Toilet Seat Museum.  Yes, you did read that correctly.  He is actually very talented and creates art that is both commemorative and whimsical.  He houses hundreds of toilet seats and he opens his museum when you call for an appointment, usually available the same day you call.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, consider Hilton Palacio del Rio which is right by the River Walk.

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