San Antonio With Kids

Combine a stroller friendly, pretty city with a lovely River Walk running through it, important historical sites (the Alamo), great restaurants and you can see why San Antonio is the most visited city in Texas.  Plus there’s so much you can do in San Antonio with the kids!

This was our penultimate stop on the great Texas roadtrip between Austin and Houston.

Having spent most of our trip so far at the big chains, I wanted to do something different and chose The Contessa, a beautiful hotel on the River Walk.  I highly recommend this hotel, my Tripadvisor review is here.  The rooms are beautifully decorated in Spanish style, with a big lounge, big bathroom and separate bedroom.  The location is perfect to directly connect to the River Walk.

Hotel Contessa’s Rooftop Pool

Sunny San Antonio

Things to Do

  • Head for the River Walk, a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio river.  Beware lots of stairs so find the stroller friendly access points.  The River Walk is lined with restaurants and bars, a really buzzy place to enjoy your evening.  You can also take a cruise along the river.
  • Get your historical geek on at the Alamo, an important historical site in the history of Texas’ independence from Mexico. Our kids managed to sit through the 10 minute introduction film.. just..
  • Enjoy the San Antonio Children’s Museum, it even has a pretend airplane and air traffic control tower.
  • Drive 20 mins to Sea World. But don’t do what we did and go when it’s closed.  Lesson learned, always check the opening hours of attractions in advance!
  • If you’d like to buy things from Mexico but not actually go all the way to Mexico, hit up El Mercado.  My toddler loved the bright coloured pinatas.
  • Wander around the historic King William neighbourhood with its beautiful old houses.  Eat brunch nearby at The Guenther House, a stately 1860 home built by the founder of Pioneer Flour Mills.


  •  For an unforgettable breakfast, go to Lulu’s, home of the 3lb cinnamon bun and the best chicken fried steak you’ll ever have.
  • Delicious deli food at Schilos, kid friendly and a fun dining experience (I had to hold myself back from eating my baby’s grilled cheese sandwich).
  • Great steak at Texas Land & Cattle on the River Walk.
  • Another Man Vs. Food favourite, Chris Madrids for delicious burger.  There’s a lovely outdoor patio, perfect for a balmy evening.

Read about the rest of our Texas Roadtrip Adventure:

Part 1: Fort Worth

Part 2:  Dallas

Part 3:  Austin

Part 4:  Lost Pines

Part 6:  Houston


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