One of my favorite childhood travel memories occurred in Texas. My grandmother, mom and two younger sisters when to Texas to visit my aunt Missy in Austin. Along the way we made a few stops in Houston to visit family and San Antonio to visit the Alamo. Now that I have my own children I can wait until we visit the Alamo next week. I plan on visiting as much as we can while in town and museums are on top of our attraction list.
Are you planning a visit to San Antonio sometime soon? If so, you may be interested in some attractions that will entertain and educate your family. Check out these top family museums that are a must on your visit to this Texas city.
Remember the Alamo? Yep, that was probably your first thought when you heard the name San Antonio. It is a definite must on your list of great family museums that you need to visit in the city. Since it is the most popular tourist attraction in the entire state, you may have to rub shoulders with a number of visitors. The site gets over 2 million visitors every year, but it’s worth the time and effort to check it out.
San Antonio Children’s Museum
This interactive museum is geared toward kids in the 0 to 10 years age range, and it’s definitely worth a visit. With activities that teach and instill an interest in science, the creative arts and literacy, the Children’s Museum offers families with kids a chance to learn while they play.
There are permanent exhibits for assorted ages, but one newer exhibit is the Tot Spot — for the kiddos that are 36 months and under. If you have youngsters that are 10 and under, be sure to plan a day to visit the Children’s Museum while you’re in San Antonio.
Institute of Texan Cultures
How much do you know about the great state of Texas? Whether you’re a native Texan, a newcomer to the state or a visitor, you can learn plenty of history and heritage at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The Institute gives you 65,000 square feet to do exactly that. Your family can learn more about the history, culture, and heritage of Texas through artifacts, an amazing collection of more than 3 million historical photographs, festivals, concerts and other events at various times during the year.
Be sure to plan your visit to the Institute while you are in San Antonio.
For more science, history, and cultural learning and fun, visit another San Antonio favorite — the Witte Museum. For the kids, the museum offers assorted activities that include hands-on science programs and even a number of camp-ins that give the kids even more opportunity to immerse themselves in learning.
There are a number of temporary exhibits that change at various times, but the Witte Museum has some great permanent exhibits that will wow all ages — including wildlife dioramas, cave drawings, and even dinosaur skeletons. There are also a number of historic homes that have been put back together on the grounds to enhance the cultural learning for museum visitors.
Plan to enjoy your family’s time in San Antonio with a visit to one or all of these family-friendly attractions.
Have you visited San Antonio? What is your favorite attraction in the area?