San Antonio is a city steeped in history and fun facts, and these family favorites have their own stories to tell:
- San Antonio is surrounded by numerous limestone quarries that today serve as backdrops to local experiences. A key example is the Redland Quarry, opened in 1934, which became home to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Families can get a kick out of knowing that their roller coasters and other rides are built inside a unique landscape, unlike any other theme park.
- San Antonio Botanical Gardens was also in a former limestone quarry. Today it has an array of gardens and exhibits to explore, including a hands-on children’s section with water features and other experiences that keep families engaged. Check-in for storytimes, nighttime hikes, and other family workshops.
- One of the city’s most unique attractions began with a sad story but has a happy ending. It all started with one man watching his daughter ignored by other kids while playing, leading him to create an entire amusement park just for her. In 2010, the world’s only fully accessible theme park, Morgan’s Wonderland, opened in San Antonio.
- The city is home to the world’s largest bat colony at Bracken Cave. While a trip to San Antonio will include the requisite museum visits and local food encounters, where else in the world can kids watch 20 million bats flapping through the evening sky? It’s the largest concentration of mammals in the world, even denser than the population of Manhattan!
- It’s not just another natural history museum. The Witte Museum is a one-of-a-kind collection of all things related to the history of Texas, including dinosaur fossils found within the state. It’s a hyper-local look at the land visitors will be walking when in San Antonio, and an entirely kid-friendly approach to the modern galleries will ensure that little ones will appreciate learning about the history around them.