Moving into a new home is always an adventure, and such a move is no different when you’re moving to San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the U.S. and second largest city in Texas. With its massive growth, low living costs, vibrant culture and entertainment scene, it’s no surprise that anyone would seek out San Antonio as a place to start a family.
Use this guide as an overview of what life in San Antonio will be like and the various activities for new homeowners with kids will enjoy.
San Antonio’s spectacular sports and interactive festivals
Are you a member of the Spurs nation? If you’re planning to stay in San Antonio, you’ll have to be. With five NBA championships under their belt, the San Antonio Spurs and the WNBA San Antonio Stars are the city’s only major sports teams and are the major recipients of the city’s love.
But if basketball isn’t the sport of choice for your kids, there’s also plenty of minor league teams to cheer on, including the San Antonio Rampage (ice hockey), San Antonio Missions (baseball), and San Antonio FC (soccer).
If you came to San Antonio so your family could experience a wealth of cultural, ethnic and artistic events, you’re in luck. The streets of San Antonio always have something going on! From February’s Stock Show & Rodeo and March’s massive contemporary art celebration to September’s week-long World Heritage Festival and December’s Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias.
There’s also Fiesta week, a huge annual celebration which attracts over three million people to the city’s downtown streets for over a 100 different events, including parades, food festivals, musical acts, and performances fit for the whole family.
Great recreation, from parks to zoos to museums
With nearly 200 parks, pools, and nature areas throughout the city, finding somewhere outdoors to treat your kids to fresh air isn’t hard to do, but there’s many other attractions to take advantage of as well.
Texas doesn’t just have deserts; head down into San Antonio’s Natural Bridge Caverns for a guided tour of Texas’s largest underground attraction. Afterwards, you and the kids can try maneuvering through the Canopy Challenge agility course, get lost in their 5,000 sq. foot open-air maze, or glide through the Texas countryside on their zip-line.
With one of the largest bird collections in the world, more than 8,500 animals and numerous exhibits, the San Antonio Zoo is ripe for sightseeing and adventure for the whole family. Kids in particular love riding the train, which goes around the zoo, and feeding the lorikeets.
While your kids might slouch over at the idea of going to a museum for fun, the DoSeum is one museum they’ll definitely love. With six exhibit halls, two outdoor yards, a musical staircase, a water park area, and tons of adult supervision, it’s a great place for kids under 10 who like to interactive with their environment. There’s also a reading nook area for kids who are enjoy getting lost in a book.
And of course, you can’t live in San Antonio without visiting one of the most well known landmarks in American history, the Alamo. Although smaller than what visitors typically expect, the site of the famous 1836 battle of Texans versus Mexico serves as a symbol of the state’s values and attitude. You can also go to the nearby Battle For Texas and spend an hour or two seeing, hearing, and smelling what the Alamo’s defenders experienced at the Battle of the Alamo.
For a fun photo-op for the kids, you can also take a quick detour at the North Star Mall and see the world’s largest boots.
Searching for kid-friendly food?
Children absolutely love Beefy’s Backyard and it’s no surprise why. Not only do they have filling meals and sweet drinks, but Beefy’s also has an exciting indoor game room, a huge outdoor play area, its own soccer field, and a basketball court! This restaurant is a great place for parents to take their kids on play dates while mingling with other parents.
Looking for a little entertainment for your kids while grabbing enchiladas verdes and soup? Try La Cabana Cocina Y Cantina. Their outdoor seating makes it easy to enjoy a summer breeze while listening to a band play. You’ll also be able to enjoy live music, food trucks, and bouncy houses at Random Beer Garden.
For a more scenic evening dinner with the kids, you can try La Gloria, which is located right along the winding San Antonio River, so you all can play in the grass and watch ducks after enjoying a slice of tlayudas.
An endless list of fun
There are even more things to do in San Antonio! From exploring Alamo City and the great outdoors to shopping the city’s finest boutique stores for souvenirs, you’ll find no shortage of ways to maximize your family’s fun in San Antonio.