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Want to get out of the house and take a quick road trip to San Antonio? Here are five FREE things to do that your whole family will love!
Please note that this was first published before the Covid-19 outbreak. We encourage you to consider the safety of yourself and your neighbors if you partake in activities outside the house. We continue to share features like this as a reference that you can access when you are able to safely experience these locations. It’s also important to know that many of the places listed may currently be closed or operating with altered procedures and schedules. Please confirm before heading out.
The San Antonio Missions
The Alamo gets a lot of attention but San Antonio’s other four historic missions are pretty impressive too. In 2015, all five were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site (the only one in the state of Texas and one of only 23 in the entire U.S.!). The San Antonio Missions are also a National Historical Park. And, they’re all free to visit! Donations are also accepted.
14 Free Museums
Most of San Antonio’s museums, including the world-class children’s museum,The DoSeum, offer free days and times throughout the year!
Visit the Japanese Tea Gardens
This lush escape near the San Antonio Zoo is the perfect oasis with winding walking paths, koi ponds, lots of shade, a variety of exotic plants, and views of downtown San Antonio. And it’s all free! More details in here..
See San Antonio | The Saga
Where else but San Antonio can you see a one-of-a-kind, multi-media work of art projected onto the facade of a historic cathedral? This free art installation / history lesson, created by Xavier De Richemont, will wow the whole family.
Beginning Sunday, November 1, The Saga will feature earlier showtimes on Tuesday and Sunday evenings. The updated schedule will show as follows:
- Tuesday: 7:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m.
- Friday: 9, 9:30, and 10 p.m.
- Saturday: 9, 9:30, and 10 p.m.
- Sunday: 7:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m.
Attend a free story time and explore The Pearl!
Kids of all ages love Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky Pre-weekend Twiglet Storytime. Head to The Twig Book Shop at the Historic Pearl Brewery (306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106, 78215) every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for this free, wild, and wacky story time that often includes a craft and a snack. *October 2020 Update – these storytimes are currently being offered online. However, the shop IS open and some events are still happening. Check the schedule here.
Then stroll around The Pearl, San Antonio’s hip shopping and restaurant district, to enjoy Parisian macarons next door at Bakery Lorraine and take a walk along the Museum Reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk.
These are just a few of the more than 100 free events and activities families can enjoy in San Antonio this summer! Find them all here: 100+ Free Things for Kids and Families to do in San Antonio This Summer.
A mother of two, Colleen Pence blogs about life and parenting in the Alamo City, with an emphasis on free fun for families, at SanAntonioMomBlogs.com.