San Antonio is home to an array of beautiful parks where families can enjoy outdoor activities and adventures. Here are a few of our mom-tested favorites.
Built to host the 1968 World’s Fair, Hemisfair Park is a 15-acre location of lush landscapes, cascading waterfalls and beautiful fountains. The park also houses several unique historical buildings, as well as a fun wooden playground for younger kids. At Hemisfair Park, you will also find the Institute of Texan Cultures where visitors can learn about culture and history of the area, and Mexican Cultural Institute. However, the highlight of Hemisfair Park is the 750-foot Tower of the Americas. Here you can enjoy a spectacular city view on the observation deck or dine in their revolving restaurant.
200 S. Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78205. Hours: Daily 5am-11pm; Admission: Free. (Tower of Americas and other admissions separate)
This isn’t your ordinary city park. Brackenridge Park consists of 343 beautiful acres of land. It houses the San Antonio Zoo, Brackenridge Golf Course, Brackenridge Eagle miniature train for kids, and so much more. The tree-lined paths are perfectly suited for bicycling and walking. You can also enjoy pedal boating, fishing, birding and other outdoor activities. The facilities at Brackenridge Park include numerous athletic fields, a recreation center, playground, concessions, picnic areas and more.
3910 N. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78212. Hours: Daily 5am-11pm; Admission: Free. (Zoo, golf course and other admissions separate)
Morgan’s Wonderland is the world’s first ultra accessible family fun park designed for children and adults with special needs. The 25-acre park features shooting water cannons, catch-and-release fishing, a sensory village, simulated TV station, play grocery store, carousel, dozens of swings and much more. The amazing thing is that everything in the park is wheelchair accessible – including swings, slides and other rides. The Off-Road Adventure Ride allows children and adults in wheelchairs to roll onto a 3/4 ton truck and then zip around an 1,800-foot track. It’s a remarkable experience for those with special needs. The park was inspired by Morgan Hartman, the daughter of local San Antonio builder Gordon Hartman, who raised more than $30 million to build it.
5223 David Edwards Dr., San Antonio, TX 78233. Hours: Wednesday through Friday 10am-2pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm; Admission: Special-needs guests: Free; accompanying family members and friends: $5; those without a special-needs person in their group: $15.