Best Of 2023

Best Playground

Winner: Morgan's Wonderland

5223 David Edwards Drive

(210) 495-5888

It has been 13 years since developer Gordon Hartman first opened the doors of Morgan's Wonderland, the city's first all-access park to people of all abilities. While it's more than a theme park than a playground, the equipment throughout provides unlimited fun for all children, include those in wheelchairs or with other special needs. They organization has trademarked the phrase "ultra-accessible" and applies it to the whole experience, which has grown to include Morgan's Inspiration Island splash park. There's now a Morgan's Wonderland Camp with horses and accessible activities along with a sports park that accommodates a wide range of activities in setups where anyone can take part.

2. Yanaguana Garden, Hemisfair

434 S. Alamo St.

(210) 709-4750

3. Phil Hardberger Park

13203 Blanco Road and 8400 NW Military Highway

(210) 492-7472

Around Town

Around Town

Winner: McNay Art Museum

6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.

(210) 824-5368

The McNay Art Museum's gorgeous grounds, old San Antonio feel, world-class permanent collection and varied exhibitions arguably make it the Alamo City's most accessible place to experience visual art. After all, how many other facilities, here or anywhere else, can claim to be operated from a 1929 Spanish revival mansion while offering access to works by masters such as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, Diego Rivera and Mary Cassatt, to name just a few. The McNay's centuries-spanning collection of European and American art includes access not only to a breathtaking array of paintings but a sculpture garden that unleashes the imaginations of visitors young and old. The museum's free general admission from 4-9 p.m. Thursdays and noon-5 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month also makes it a favorite for students, families or anyone on a budget.

2. San Antonio Museum of Art

200 W. Jones Ave.

(210) 978-8100

3. Contemporary at Blue Star

116 Blue Star

(210) 227-6960

Winner: Studio 360

12403 Nacogdoches Road, Suite 104

(210) 314-1409

2. Smart Barre

Multiple locations

3. The Program

7140 Oaklawn Drive

(210) 687-6009

Winner: Bowlero San Antonio

Multiple locations

2. Bandera Bowling Center

6700 Huebner Road

(210) 523-1716

3. The Lanes at Oak Hills

7330 Callaghan Road

(210) 560-2695

Winner: Brackenridge Park

3700 N. St. Mary's St.

(210) 207-7275

2. Phil Hardberger Park

13203 Blanco Road and 8400 N.W. Military Highway

(210) 492-7472

3. Hemisfair

434 S. Alamo St.

(210) 709-4750

Winner: Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

618 NW Loop 410

(210) 541-8805

The Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club combines an intimate setting with big-name standup. And when we say big-name, we aren't kidding. Recent shows have included Adam Conover, Michael Rapaport and local favorite Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, and the schedule is full-up through the rest of the summer. The room's relatively modest size can mean a shoulder-to-shoulder experience for some shows, but it also makes the venue feel more alive, even when hosting lesser-known comics. Local talent gets in on the act with the SATX Showcase Mic every Tuesday. The weekly performances highlight a mix of seasoned jokesters and those stepping onto a comedy club stage for the first time.

2. House Party Improv

Inside Black Potion

1900 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 102

(210) 369-8750

3. Upstage Comedy Lounge

4441 Walzem Road

(210) 231-0474

Winner: Magik Theatre

420 S. Alamo St.

(210) 227-2751

2. The Public Theater of San Antonio

800 W. Ashby Place

(210) 733-7258

3. House Party Improv

Inside Black Potion

1900 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 102

(210) 369-8750

Winner: Phil Hardberger Park

13203 Blanco Road and 8400 NW Military Highway

(210) 492-7472

It's all about San Antonio's canines and their human companions at Phil Hardberger Park's two dog parks. "Hoomans" can sit on stone benches or picnic tables while the dogs play and explore under the low-slung canopy of live oaks. Separate water fountains keep each species hydrated, and folks are good about picking up after their POO-ches with ample waste bags and receptacles. Small dogs aren't an afterthought either. They have access to as many structures as the big ones — and many are set aside in areas exclusive to pint-sized pups.

2. Hops & Hounds

13838 Jones Maltsberger Road

(210) 592-9400

3. McAllister Park

13102 Jones Maltsberger Road

(210) 207-7275

Winner: Paramour

102 9th St., Floor 4

(210) 417-6559

2. The Bonham Exchange

411 Bonham St.

(210) 224-9219

3. Bottoms Up Diva Dinner

1827 NE Loop 1604

(210) 718-9320

Winner: Aztec Theatre

104 N. St. Mary's St.

(210) 812-4355

2. Paper Tiger

2410 N. St. Mary's St.

3. Majestic Theatre

224 E. Houston St.

(210) 226-3333