Fall Travel: Things to Do in San Antonio with Kids
The Hubs and I decided to do a weekend in San Antonio with the kids before we got into the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Summer family trips are all the rage, but I’m starting to think that the Fall family travel is the way to go. Today I’m sharing where to stay, what to do, and of course, where to eat for a weekend in San Antonio with kids.
Where to stop between Dallas and San Antonio
I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous about the five hour drive with the kids, from Dallas to San Antonio. The last time we did this trip, was a few years ago. My daughter was one and my son was four, and it was not a pleasant ride. However, this time the kids are a bit older, four and seven years old, and this ain’t our first rodeo. We packed plenty of snacks and just prepared to stop half way through the drive.
We stopped at the Stage Couch Inn for lunch, which is about three hours outside of Dallas, the perfect mid point. There is a restaurant connected to the hotel. The restaurant is quaint and has a pioneer theme, a fire place with a rocking chair in front, and book shelves. The staff was friendly and the food was good. I recommend starting of with the tea cakes served with whipped honey butter and the burger or the shrimp salad for your entree.
Where to stay in San Antonio
When I was trying to decided where to stay in San Antonio, I knew I wanted us to be near the River Walk because it’s such an iconic area of San Antonio. I wanted somewhere comfortable, with spacious rooms, and on-site breakfast (this is a must when traveling with kids). The Marriott River Walk was an obvious choice. I also considered the Marriott River Center which is also near the River Walk.
After we checked in to the hotel, we hit the street. The Marriott River Walk literally opens on to the river walk so we went exploring, took in the sights, and grabbed dinner at a restaurant along the walk.
Another great feature of the Marriott River Walk was the amenities. They have a gym, indoor swimming pool, and a fun game room area. When we returned from dinner we hung out in the game room and played ping pong, pool, giant connect four, along with other cool games. The kids really enjoyed the game room.
The next day we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel. The Marriott serves breakfast until 11 am, which was perfect because it allowed us to sleep in, and just head downstairs to eat. The breakfast was amazing! You can order from the menu, however, I strongly suggest the buffet because it included everything you could want. There were fresh biscuits, made to order french toast, pancakes, omelettes, and waffles (my sons favorite). Everything was fresh and absolutely delicious. The staff was so sweet and beyond accommodating.
What to do in San Antonio with kids
After breakfast we explored the Pearl district. The Pearl has a cool hipster vibe. There’s an open air farmers market on the weekend, along with restaurants, and lots of open space for the kids to run around and burn off some energy. I really wanted to check out one of the many restaurants there but we were still full from breakfast.
Sea World San Antonio
We headed to Sea World after hanging out at the Pearl. Visiting Sea World in the Fall, was much more enjoyable than when we went in the Summer. For one, the weather in San Antonio was perfect, in the mid 70s. The park wasn’t as crowded, so less lines for the rides. I also really like how beautiful the park looks with all of the holiday lights and displays. There were so many backdrops for great photos. The attraction with the orcas even included a live musical group that sang Christmas carols during the show.
If you visit in the Fall, I highly recommend that you stay for the Holiday parade. The parade starts at 7:30 pm and the whole Sesame Street crew shows out.
That evening we had dinner at Mi Tierra. This place came highly recommended by San Antonio natives, and I can see why. It’s a Mexican restaurant and bakery. The decor is kitschy and fun, they even have musicians with guitars coming around to serenade you. What’s not to love?!
On our last day in San Antonio we visited the DoSeum. I would have to say this is one of my favorite children’s museums, and we’ve been to a few. There are two floors of interactive exhibits for children. The exhibits range from science and geography to music, art, and role playing. There are also outdoor actives, like a water play area and a playground. You can easily spend the whole day at the DoSeum. There is also a cafe inside for you to take a lunch break from all the fun. My kids did not want to leave!
We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend in San Antonio with the kids. You can see videos from our trip on my highlight reel here. This quick get away was just what we needed before getting into the madness of the holidays. Have you been to San Antonio? If so, what are your favorite places to visit there?
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