It's not all about the Alamo in the thriving city of San Antonio. From the iconic downtown area to the sprawling Westin La Cantera resort that's a Texas Colonial landmark, the city is souping up its offerings for adults and children alike. Here are some can't miss family friendly activities in San Antonio:
Known especially for its thrill rides like Superman: Krypton Coaster, the Fiesta Texas is less than a 10-minute ride away from the Westin La Cantera resort, which offers a free shuttle service to and from Six Flags. From softer Kids Rides to Water Parks, the 200-acre park has special events including the popular "A Lone Star Christmas" during the winter months.
On a stroll along the refurbished River Walk, an urban sanctuary that is a sliver of zen in central San Antonio, be prepared to interact with nature in a serene setting. The River Walk is a place where families can enjoy pathways, waterfalls, pools as well as art; you can cruise the walk, too, on a popular river cruiser. The lesser-known sunset taxi ride from downtown and to the Historic Pearl Brewery is another great option.
Zoomagination at The Westin La Cantera
The impressive resort on top of a hill features high plastered ceilings, a blue slate floor and architectural inspiration taken from King's Ranch. This spacious haven for adults and kids alike has taken special measures to ensure kids are always entertained, and Zoomagination, a program where children can interact with animals that include two-toed sloths to white cockatoos, is a great bet. The resort also offers a comprehensive Kid's Club with supervision and endless creative outlets.
Look for the giant beer can that stands out like a colorful emblem against the Texan sky, and you'll instantly appreciate the quirky yet edgy vibe of the Historic Pearl Brewery. Once a fully operational American brewery, this is now a collection of shops, stable open houses, farmer's market and artisanal stores designed for visitors to taste and discover San Antonio's culinary specialties. Explore festivals at the historic Stable and discover a variety of fresh seafood and oysters at restaurants like La Gloria Ice House. The Pearl is also the latest location of the Culinary Institute of America.
Shopping in Boerne
San Antonio's upscale shopping destinations may well be the cherry on top of the Texan sundae. The historic community of Boerne has German immigrant roots since 1849. Known for its fine arts scene, European architecture and curated shops, this is a good place for families shop and stock up on specialty souvenirs.
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