I am a mom of 2 kids and wife to an amazing red head. I love Jesus with all my heart and strive to make my life a reflection of Him. I'm a photographer, a busy body who can't sit still, and a girl who's traveled to 21 different countries but wants to see so much more. I co-founded Ten Thousand Homes whose goal is provide HOPE and HOME to Africa's orphans and vulnerable children. I'm also the writer behind my personal blog, I Believe In Love where I share my travel adventures, my photography, and creativity.

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Mini Vacation Destination :: San Antonio

We started our summer off right by taking a mini vacation the day after the kids got out of school.  Our destination?  San Antonio!  San Antonio is a great place to take the fam for a little fun.  There’s so much to do, making the time go by oh, so fast!  In my pre-vacation research, this is what I found fun to do.  We didn’t get to do all of these, but if you’re in the area, here are some ideas to check out.

Japanese Tea Gardens ~ Reviews say it’s beautiful (and FREE), might be fun for a picnic with the kids.

The Alamo ~ You can’t go all the way to San Antonio and not visit this piece of Texas history.  Stop by the gift shop to buy your tickets (or buy online) to see The Price of Freedom at the IMAX across the street.  Your ticket will get you a free medium popcorn!

Magik Theatre ~ Live kid friendly performances!

Mission Trail ~ A pedestrian route that starts at the Alamo and winds nine miles along the San Antonio River passing four other historical missions.  I’ve heard it’s a great photo taking opportunity.

The Riverwalk ~ This is probably one of my favorite things about San Antonio.  Be sure to stay at one of the many hotels along the Riverwalk and dine outside at the plethora of restaurants.  You might even be able to dine with the ducks!

La Villita ~ Along the Riverwalk, you will find a quaint area called La Villita.  This section is dedicated to supporting local artists.  Browse the shops for local handmade goods and stop in the little cafe for a refreshing scoop of Blue Bell!

San Antonio Botanical Garden ~ Botanical gardens are always beautiful in my opinion.  Be sure to check their events calendar for upcoming events.

Riverboat Tours ~ Cruise along the river for a relaxing ride learning about the history of San Antonio.  Just be sure to bring water.  It can get hot!

Brackenridge Park ~ This park houses the San Antonio zoo as well as the Brackenridge Eagle miniature train, fun for the kids to ride.

Mi Tierra ~ Go here for a brunch you won’t forget!  You might even get serenaded!  Be sure to stop by the bakery to pick up churro sticks, empanadas, or any of the other amazing looking pastries that fill the glass cabinet.  There’s also nearby shops that are worth visiting.

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum ~ Very Texas.  That’s about all I have to say about that.

SeaWorld ~ Located only about 15 minutes from the Riverwalk, SeaWorld is fun for all ages.  Plan your time, because there’s lots to do!  We loved the Beluga whale show and got soaked at the Shamu show (keep your cameras safe during this one).  The Lost Lagoon closes one hour before the rest of the park and it’s a great place to hang out and cool off.  Be sure to check out fellow DFW Mama Wendy’s post on how to get a free pass if you’re a teacher!

I hadn’t been to San Antonio on a vacation in probably 20 or so years.  I was pleasantly surprised with the many things to do and even found five days not enough time.  My kids loved it, too, which means we’ll probably make our way back there again sometime.  There are many, many hotels to stay in.  We stayed at the Drury Plaza which used to be the Alamo National Bank.  It’s such a cool building with lots of character.  That, and the free breakfast and free 5:30 hot food bar made it a great stay!

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  1. Katie 06/24/2011 at 11:54 am

    We are from GA and spent 10 days over spring break in and around San Antonio,and the Texas Hill Country. I love it there, it was our second visit.

    • Jen 06/24/2011 at 12:54 pm

      Fantastic, Kate! It’s definitely a fun are to visit.

  2. Heather 06/14/2011 at 8:11 am

    I’ve been told Mi Tierra is a must dine, as well as the Riverboat Tours. Of course, you can’t miss the Alamo either! Looking forward to sharing experiences with you!