San Antonio is the most popular vacation destination in Texas. And, of course, summer is the most popular vacation season. Summer vacation and San Antonio seem to go hand-in-hand. There is plenty to see and do in the Alamo City while on summer vacation. From strolling along the RiverWalk to taking a thrilling ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, there are plenty of ways to fill out your summer vacation in San Antonio.
Spend a Day at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a great way to spend a day in San Antonio during your summer vacation. From thrilling rides to carnival midways, there is so much to do at Fiesta Texas that most families have a hard time fitting it all into one day. And, during the summer months, when the heat gets to be a little too much, Fiesta Texas visitors can always cool off on one of the park's water rides or inside Fiesta Texas' waterpark. The little ones also get a kick out of seeing life-size Looney Toon characters roaming the park grounds.
SeaWorld San Antonio has dozens of animal exhibits, ranging from birds to marine life. The park also features a 'Seafari Tour,' interactive programs, adventure camps and more. The Lost Lagoon Waterpark, which is located on SeaWorld grounds, is a popular place for visitors to cool off, while the 'Great White Games Center' offers plenty of indoor entertainment. With so much to offer, it is little wonder SeaWorld is one of San Antonio's most popular tourist attraction. However, visitors should be advised it is almost impossible to take it all in during a single-day visit. To help accommodate those wishing to stay longer, SeaWorld does offer a variety of vacation plans.
Visit the San Antonio Zoo
One of the largest zoos in the nation, the San Antonio Zoo houses over 3,500 animals, making it a must see for kids and adults alike. Animals such as the spectacled bear, rhinoceros, giraffe, Sumataran tiger, kangaroo, ocelot, elephant, and dozens of varieties of birds and reptiles give visitors plenty to look at. These animals are contained within nearly a dozen naturalistic exhibits. Visitors also have the options of taking the Zoo Train for a tour of the zoo grounds.
Stroll -- or Float -- Along the San Antonio RiverWalk
Within downtown San Antonio, the banks of the San Antonio are lined with a number of fine restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and shops. The Rivercenter Mall is also a popular stop and La Villita Historic District, which is filled with shops and galleries, is just above the Riverwalk. Strolling along the RiverWalk is a great time to leisurely wile away the hours on a summer day. Boat tours of the Riverwalk are also available and popular with visitors.
An underground wonder, Natural Bridge Caverns shows the family a side of the world they probably haven't seen. In addition to a variety of subterranean tours, Natural Bridge Caverns offers a host of above-ground educational activities for kids of all ages. And, because it is cooler below the earth's surface than on it, visitors are able to cool off in the Cavern's 70 degree temperature on a hot summer day.
San Antonio is home to a number of unique, original and entertaining museums -- many of which are located adjacent to the city's landmark feature, the Alamo. During the mid-day hours, when the summer heat is at its peak, ducking into of these many museums is a great way to have fun and beat the heat at the same time.