Parents may recall lessons about the siege of the Alamo-where
Texans successfully fought Mexican soldiers during the Texas
Revolution-from their school days, from the 1960 movie starring the
late John Wayne, or maybe the 2004 remake with Dennis Quaid, Billy
Bob Thornton and Jason Patric.
San Antonio also has four Spanish frontier missions situated
along the San Antonio River-San José, Concepcion, San Juan and
Espada. Not to be outdone, museums in the city include the
kid-appealing Ripley's Believe It or Not, Texas Ranger and the
Plaza Wax museums.
And thrill seekers can enjoy hair-raising rides and some of the
best entertainment in the area at SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta
Wildlife Ranch Texas
Natural Bridge Caverns
It's important for families to "remember the Alamo" when they
visit San Antonio, but the historic mission is just one thing worth
seeing in this friendly Texas town. In addition to the famous River
Walk, SeaWorld and the huge zoo, the Natural Bridge Caverns and
neighboring Wildlife Ranch, as well as the San Antonio Children's
Museum, are worth putting on your agenda.
The Wildlife Ranch & Safari is a drive-through. It's fun
driving slowly and stopping to look at or feed the animals. There
are dangers, though. Do not under any circumstance put your hands
out to feed them; throw the food on the ground. Save the getting up
close with the animals for the small petting area by the parking
Next to the ranch are the Natural Bridge Caverns, the deepest in
Texas, they say. How deep you go depends on which tour you take.
Don't bring kids under 4, though. Touching anything is
If you have little ones, stay above ground and head to the San
Antonio Children's Museum, right in the heart of downtown. It isn't
huge but packs in plenty of fun.
My kids kept going back to the ball zone. The 2-year-old and the
6-year-olds had endless fun putting the balls in the various
"machines." In the science room, the boys liked making and racing
cars, while the toddler played in the baby playland.
While downtown, don't miss a trip along the River Walk, either
on foot or by boat. It is packed with restaurants to appeal to any
taste and budget, making it a particularly good spot to spend lunch
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