San Antonio is the perfect setting for your summer vacation. Home to world-class amusement parks and the #1 Zoo in Texas, the ever-iconic River Walk, phenomenal arts & culture, a slew of historical sites with incredible stories to tell, and a second-to-none food scene, San Antonio is the perfect place to create unforgettable memories and experiences that will leave you wishing you had even more time in the Alamo City.

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Start your San Antonio adventure with a visit to San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which features four missions constructed during the 18th century by Spanish settlers in Texas. Take a self-guided tour or join one of the ranger-led programs that depart daily from the Mission San José Visitor Center. Additionally, the park offers a fantastic Junior Ranger Program for children aged 6 to 12 to get them interested in the park’s history and natural surroundings, all free of charge.

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After exploring the San Antonio Missions, you’ll surely be hungry! Recognized by UNESCO as one of only two Creative Cities of Gastronomy in the country, San Antonio offers unique flavors and authentic cuisine in every corner of the city. For some of the best patio dining and stunning scenery, head to the River Walk and surrounding downtown areas. After an amazing meal, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll or take a guided tour on one of our iconic river barges. You’ll be captivated by the sights, sounds, and flavors of the city.

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Kayaking on the River Walk is a unique way to experience the city’s vibrant downtown area, Museum Reach, Mission Reach, and King William District. Visitors can rent kayaks and explore the river at their own pace, passing by landmarks, restaurants, shops, and other attractions along the way. The calm and gentle waters of the river make it an ideal location for kayaking, and paddlers can enjoy a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you are a veteran or a beginner, kayaking on the River Walk is an unforgettable experience.

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If you’re looking for a party during your visit, the annual Bud Light Pride River Parade & Celebration on the River Walk is a vibrant festival and a chance for people of all backgrounds to come together and show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. Spectators can expect to see colorful floats, performers, and individuals dressed in their most festive attire, all coming together to celebrate diversity and acceptance. The parade attracts thousands of people every year and is a testament to San Antonio’s commitment to equality and inclusivity for all.

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San Antonio also boasts several amusement parks, where visitors can enjoy roller coasters, water rides, and other exciting attractions.

SeaWorld San Antonio features a variety of marine life exhibits as well as live shows and performances featuring animal trainers and acrobats. In addition, SeaWorld San Antonio hosts several summer events you won’t want to miss. Between March and May, experience the Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld San Antonio. This festival features international cuisine, craft beer, and live music. From June to August, check out SeaWorld Summer Spectacular, which includes fireworks shows, animal encounters, and live performances.

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At Six Flags Fiesta Texas visitors can head to Viva La Fiesta celebrations until May 20 and join in the parades, live music, and authentic Mexican cuisine the park has to offer. May 27-June 30 the park hosts Flavors of the World, where visitors can indulge in a variety of international cuisines. From mouth-watering Mexican tacos to savory Chinese dumplings, Flavors of the World has something for everyone. Also happening this summer, from May 29-June 30, visitors can enjoy the Summer Vibes Festival, which includes live performances, fireworks, roller coasters, and water park fun. With its fun-filled activities and lively ambiance, the Summer Vibes Festival is the perfect way to make lasting memories with family and friends.

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As the number two zoo in the United States, the San Antonio Zoo is a must-visit attraction. Home to over 8,500 animals, there are several interactive experiences, like feeding giraffes and hippos or petting rhinos and tortoises. Visitors can witness record-breaking animal feats during Wild World Records happening May 27 – September 4. In the evenings, groove to live music during Jungle Boogie Nights on Saturdays June 17- August 5 where the zoo transforms into a lively and vibrant party atmosphere, complete with live music, animal encounters, food and drink vendors, and more.

Experience San Antonio this summer. Whether you’re looking for history, food, outdoor adventures, thrilling rides, or animal encounters, you’ll find something to suit everyone’s tastes. And with so much to see and do, it’s a vacation you’ll never forget!

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