25 bucket list activities to do in San Antonio before summer ends
Summer's here. Time to unwind.
However, with temperatures rising and the kids out of school, it can be hard to brainstorm fun ways to spend your down time. That's why we put together this bucket list of fun activities to enjoy in San Antonio.
Whether you want check everything off the list or just pick and choose, there's plenty of fun to be found here.
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Make a splash at Hurricane Harbor
17000 W I-10, (210) 697-5050, sixflags.com/fiestatexas
Sure, roller coasters are fun and all, but in the summer you can beat the heat at Fiesta Texas' newly rebranded water park, Hurricane Harbor. There’s a variety of water rides and attractions, which capture all different vibes, from competitive to tranquil, under the sun. Of course, you can’t forget about the Texas-shaped pool, nicknamed the Lone Star Lagoon, or the classic, funnel-shaped Tornado thrill ride.
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Enjoy a drink at a patio bar
All over town, thirsty San Antonians can find any number of beautiful spots to grab a drink while they enjoy the scenery or the al fresco weather. Ranging from quaint old watering holes to sprawling operations with outdoor mist-spraying fans, if you’re in the San Antonio area a cool well-lighted place is never far. Need suggestions? Check out our list of great places to get a drink outside in San Antonio
Photo via Instagram / slabcinema
Watch a movie outdoors
Various Locations, (210) 212-9373, slabcinema.com
Slab Cinema, San Antonio's favorite purveyor of outdoor film screenings, has something for everyone to enjoy. With film series offered at various locations throughout the city featuring everything from beloved classics to the latest blockbusters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you're sure to find a movie to suit your (and your friends' and family's) tastes.
Photo via Instagram / missionadventuretours
Kayak the San Antonio River
Various Locations, mat-tx.com
Looking for some water-centric entertainment? Mission Kayak provides guided and unguided kayak rentals, and now you can paddle down scenic stretches of the river — whether through the River Walk, the historic King William District, or even Museum Reach north of downtown.
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Visit the Korean Pavilion at Denman Estate Park
7735 Mockingbird Ln., (210) 207-7275, sanantonio.gov
Tucked within a Northwest Side residential neighborhood is a hidden treasure: Denman Estate Park. The former estate of philanthropist Gilbert Denman Jr. is a serene park full of trees, walking trails and a Korean Monument overlooking a pond. The Korean-crafted pavilion was designed to represent the cultural friendship between San Antonio and its sister city of Gwangju, South Korea.
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Hit the links at Cool Crest Mini Golf
1402 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 732-0222, coolcrestgolf.com
Did you know that SA is home to one of the oldest continuously operated minigolf courses in the world? Whether or not you're into the local history aspect, it'll be fun to grab a few friends and play a round at Cool Crest Mini Golf.
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Go to a San Antonio FC match
5106 David Edwards Drive, sanantoniofc.com
The defending champions of the USL Championship, the San Antonio FC will be competing all throughout the summer, and it's well worth a trip to Toyota Field to support the Alamo City club in its back-to-back title hopes.
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Tube the Comal River
Various Entry Points, New Braunfels, playinnewbraunfels.com/tube-in-new-braunfels
There’s a reason tubing down the Comal is considered a Texan rite of passage. The cool waters of this river in New Braunfels are perfect for a leisurely float while you sip a refreshing beverage. Just make sure to double-check the rules
before you go.
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Go climbing at Armadillo Boulders
1119 Camden St., (210) 538-8400, armadilloboulders.com
Want to climb but afraid of the highest highs? Check out one of San Antonio’s indoor bouldering gyms, such as Armadillo Boulders, which specializes in “bouldering”— a type of unroped climbing with endpoints no more than 16 feet from the ground. Rub some chalk on your hands, rent (or buy) some climbing shoes, and work on one of Armadillo’s many boulder “problems” — ranging from fairly straightforward rock walls to gravity-defying overhangs. When you’re recovering from a brutal ascent, chill out with a kombucha or a snack from the food truck outside.
Immerse yourself in art at San Pedro Creek Culture Park715 Camaron St., (210) 227-1373, spcculturepark.com
Culture, art and nature come together as a tribute to the birthplace of San Antonio at this haven located on the western edge of downtown. The San Pedro Creek Culture Park features local artists’ works — like Bridge Projects' Creek Lines
— created with the story of the diverse cultures drawn to the banks of San Pedro Creek for 12,000 years in mind. Murals, tiled benches, ceramic art and historical texts and poetry can be seen along with the creek's natural flora and fauna.