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Family Fun Things to Do in San Antonio, Texas This Summer

Rick Martinez

Without breaking the bank...

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Summer vacations are just around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited!

So if you and the family are looking for a magnificent get away with things for everyone, then look no further than San Antonio, Texas, this summer. It can be challenging to find activities that everyone will enjoy and also stay within budget. But with a bit of planning, you'll have a fantastic time on your vacation without breaking the bank!

We've got a list of our favorite places for fun things to do in San Antonio, Texas, this summer. From the world-famous Riverwalk to the Alamo and, of course, the hip, vibrant, and chic Historic Pearl. There are plenty of options for families looking for something exciting this season.

Visit the Alamo 

A historical landmark worth visiting. Centered in the city's heart, the Alamo is a must-see for any family vacationing in San Antonio.

The Alamo represents and is a monument of what it means to be a Texan. The quick and easy story goes as such: The Alamo was the last stand for a group of Texans resisting an army led by Mexican General Santa Anna. Though Santa Anna succeeded in seizing it on March 6, 1836, the bravery of the heroes who refused to surrender (including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie) resulted in cries of "Remember the Alamo!" which rallied Texans to keep fighting.

Without this final stand, the border between the U.S. and Mexico might look a lot different today.

Take a stroll through La Villita Historic Arts Village and Market Square

The direct translation means "Little Village," but the fun is anything but little. Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River Walk, La Villita occupies one square block in downtown San Antonio's heart. 

This is also a historic part of the city and is on the U.S. government's National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District. You'll find commemorative markers placed throughout the village to learn more about each building's history. 

Enjoy boutique-style shopping, local artists' wares, and unique items across La Villita. As you walk through the cobble-stoned streets, take a moment to embrace the evolution of this amazing space. 

Eat a pan dulce from La Panaderia 

This is a personal favorite, and I felt it must be included!

I can't tell it better than they do though: Brothers José and David Cáceres opened bakery-cafe La Panadería in 2014 to share their Mexican heritage and love for baking with the people of their adopted hometown of San Antonio, Texas. The Cáceres' passion for baking began when they were young boys selling loaves of their mother, Doña Josefina's fresh-baked bread on Mexico City streets.

Eventually, José and David took over their mother's homegrown business. They started baking on a large scale, supplying bread and pan dulce for companies throughout Mexico. After finding success in Mexico, the brothers realized they wanted to get back to the basics. They decided to bring their passion for bread culture to Texas.

With two locations in the city, this is a place to taste legit, authentic Mexican food and sweet bread, or "pan dulce".

Check out the River Walk in downtown San Antonio and take a boat tour of the river

Stroll, shop, and dine along the San Antonio Riverwalk's winding path for a unique San Antonio experience. On the river, there's something for everyone. 

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The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is a San Antonio treasure and the nation's most significant urban ecosystem. Sitting just below street level and only steps from the Alamo provides a serene and pleasant way to navigate the city by foot. 

San Antonians love their river! To see and of course, lots of places to stop in and eat or enjoy the views.

The Historic Pearl

As a former brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, Pearl reflects a vivid and robust past while embracing the future. 

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One of the most vibrant parts of the city can be found in The Historic Pearl District. This district is a mix of historical and modern architecture, with an eclectic blend that includes everything from the cities top restaurants, shopping, and, of course, the world-famous Hotel Emma.

A huge favorite, both for locals and visitors, a few of the must do's here are: having a hand-made margarita at The HotelEmma bar. Visiting the splash pad, an inground water spout that's fun for the kids. Or have a delightful lunch at Botika, a fabulous restaurant led by Chef Geronimo Lopez.

The Pearl has something for everyone.

No matter what, the wonderful city of San Antonio has got you covered. While only a few things were mentioned here, the truth is there is so much to do, see and experience.

We just thought we'd highlight some of our favorites.

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I'm a freelance writer and a nurse, exploring the world one beer, donut, and experience at a time. Writing about the travel nurse industry and healthcare, with the occasional emphasis on donuts. #NomNom

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