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The Alamo 300 Alamo Plaza. 225-1391. The state’s most famous site, often called “The Shrine of Texas Liberty.” 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun. Free. www.thealamo.org.


 


Brackenridge Park 3910 N. St. Mary’s St. The San Antonio River meanders through the park’s 343 acres. Picnic facilities, restrooms and playgrounds available. Free. Nearby attractions include the San Antonio Zoo, the Eagle miniature train and Japanese Tea Garden.


 




Buckhorn Museum 318 E. Houston St. 247-4000. Attraction re-creates an 1881 saloon. Features a museum, permanent displays, traveling exhibits, animal horns and stuffed wildlife. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or later Sun.-Thu., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or later Fri. and Sat. $8.99 adults, $8 seniors, $6.50 children. Group rates available. www.buckhornmuseum.com.  


 




Cibolo Nature Center Boerne. 830-249-4616. A 100-acre green space featuring nature trails winding through marsh, woodlands, a prairie and past Cibolo Creek. Visitor center open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Trails open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Prices vary according to event. Nature@boerne.net  or www.cibolo.org.


 




Davy Crockett Tall Tales Ride 329 Alamo Plaza (same building as Guinness World Records Museum and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure). 226-2828. San Antonio’s newest attraction is a theme park-style ride for all ages. Visitors can take a ride through colorful sets, while experiencing a narrated journey through the life and times of Davy Crockett, in his own words. Includes animatronic characters and an interactive outpost at the end of the ride. $14.95 adults, $7.95 ages 4 to 12, free for children 3 and under. Combined admission with either Guinness World Records Museum or Ripley’s Haunted Adventure $17.95 adults, $10.95 children. Triple combination admission $20.95 adults, $13.95 children. Group rates available. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Sept. through May; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 10 a.m.-midnight Fri. and Sat., Memorial Day through Labor Day. www.sa-guinness-haunted.com.


 




Gruene Historic district near downtown New Braunfels with shopping, dining and river outfitters.  Old Gruene Market Days, held monthly on the third Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m., feature more than 100 vendors with uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods; free. 830-629-6441 or 800-572-2626. www.newbraunfelschamber.com.  


 


Guinness World Records certified official museum 329 Alamo Plaza (same building as Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Davy Crockett Tall Tales Ride). 226-2828. Museum has 11 themed galleries featuring world records in various categories, some with interactive displays. $14.95 adults, $7.95 ages 4 to 12, free for children 3 and under. Combined admission with either Ripley’s Haunted Adventure or Davy Crockett Tall Tales Ride $17.95 adults, $10.95 children. Triple combination admission $20.95 adults, $13.95 children. Group rates available. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Sept. through May; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. through Thu., 10 a.m.-midnight Fri. and Sat. Memorial Day through Labor Day. www.sa-guinness-haunted.com.


 




HemisFair Park 200 S. Alamo St. 207-8572.  The site of the 1968 World’s Fair offers acres of water fountains and waterfalls, as well as the Downtown All-Around Playground, where children can play. Free. Nearby attractions include the Institute of Texan Cultures, Tower of the Americas and Magik Theatre.


 




P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country 4831 FM 2673, Canyon Lake, between Startzville and Sattler. 830-899-4972 or 830-899-6928. Self-guided tour of hundreds of dinosaur tracks. Pioneer and Native American artifacts. Display on the history of Canyon Lake Dam. 1-5 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Labor Day through May; 1-5 p.m. Fri., Sat., Sun. and Mon. June 1 through Labor Day. $3 adults, $2 ages 5 to 12. www.heritage-museum.info.


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P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">IMAX Theatre 849 E. Commerce, in Rivercenter mall. 247-4629. Larger-than-life screens and 3-D effects bring to life specially produced films and popular movies. Alamo: The Price of Freedom shown throughout the day. $8.95 plus tax adults, $7.95 plus tax ages 65 and over and ages 12 to 17, $5.50 plus tax ages 3 to 11. www.imax-sa.com.


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P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Japanese Tea Garden 3853 N. St. Mary’s St., in Brackenridge Park. 207-3000. Former quarry site can be enjoyed from the top rim and from deep within its center. Features stone Japanese-style gazebo, aquatic plant displays and flowering shrubs and perennials. The garden is a Registered Texas Historic Landmark, a Texas Civil Engineering Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 8 a.m.-dark daily. Free.




 


Kiddie Park 3015 Broadway. 824-4351. Generations of San Antonians have visited the amusement park since it opened in 1925. 10 a.m.-dark Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-dark Sun. $7.25 unlimited rides; six rides for $5.50; or $1 a ticket. Wed. is bargain day: $5.50 unlimited rides; seven rides for $5; or 75 cents a ticket. www.kiddiepark.com .


 


Kidzville San Pedro Avenue at Rampart Drive. 530-9911. Interactive play areas, dress-up, sport court, miniature golf, play structures; open play sessions and parties. Entire facility is indoors. Call for hours and prices. www.kidzville.org.


 




La Villita 418 Villita St. 207-8610. Shops, restaurants and galleries are housed in this “little village,” once home to soldiers guarding the Alamo. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Free. www.lavillita.com.


 


Malibu Castle and Grand Prix 3330 Cherry Ridge Drive. 341-6664. Miniature golf, batting cages, gameroom, sprint cars and bumper boats. Call for hours and prices. www.malibugrandprix.com .


 


Market Square/El Mercado 514 W. Commerce St. 207-8600. Shops and restaurants set in the largest Mexican market outside Mexico. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.


 


Mexican Cultural Institute HemisFair Park. 227-0130 or 223-5100. Contemporary work by Mexican artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. Free.


 




Natural Bridge Caverns 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road. 651-6101. Caves and rock formations below the Earth’s surface. Also a mining sluice and a climbing wall. For those wanting a physically challenging tour, the new three-hour, 1.25-mile Discovery Challenge is offered twice daily for ages 10 and up, Mon.-Fri. Reservations recommended. Open daily at 9 a.m., except for Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25 and Jan 1. Last tour departs 6 p.m. June-Labor Day weekend, 4 p.m. September-May. $14 adults, $13 ages 60 and older, $8.50 ages 4 to 12. www.naturalbridgecaverns.com.                        


 


Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch 26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Road. 830-438-7400. A safari to view exotic and rare animals, South Texas-style. Open daily, except for Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. summer hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. winter hours. $14 adults, $12.50 seniors 65 and older, $6.50 ages 3 to 11. www.WildlifeRanchTexas.com.


 


Northwoods Ice Center 17530 Henderson Pass (behind Northwoods Cinema). 490-9550. Ice skating rink features arcade, snack bar, figure skating lessons, private party rooms and serves as practice ice for San Antonio Rampage hockey team and youth hockey teams. Public skating hours: noon-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri; 7-9 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri.; 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sat.; 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sun. $5 adults, $4 ages 12 and under. $3 skate rental.



 


Plaza Wax Museum 301 Alamo Plaza. 224-9299. Wax figures of the famous, the infamous and favorite Biblical and children’s characters. 9 a.m. daily. $11.95 plus tax for adults, $4.95 plus tax for ages 4 to 12. Combined admission to both wax museum and Ripley’s, $15.95 plus tax for adults, $7.95 plus tax for ages 4 to 12. www.plazawaxmuseum.com.


 




RavenStar Outdoor Education Center, near Canyon Lake. 830-708-4822. Center focusing on naturalist-related activities for the entire family. Check Web site for current program offerings: www.ravenstartexas.org.  


 


Ripley’s Believe It or Not 301 Alamo Plaza. 224-9299. Interactive displays and bizarre things educate and amuse. 9 a.m. daily. $11.95 plus tax for adults, $4.95 plus tax for ages 4 to 12. Combined admission to both wax museum and Ripley’s, $15.95 plus tax for adults, $7.95 plus tax for ages 4 to 12. www.plazawaxmuseum.com.


 


Ripley's Haunted Adventure 329 Alamo Plaza. 226-2828. Spook-filled attraction re-creates the warehouse of the early 20th-century Grimsby and Streaper Casket Company, complete with disappearances, foul play and periodic visits from the other side. $14.95 adults, $7.95 ages 4 to 12, free for children 3 and under. (Recommended that an adult accompany children.) Combined admission with either Guinness World Records Museum or Davy Crockett Tall Tales Ride $17.95 adults, $10.95 children. Triple combination admission $20.95 adults, $13.95 children. Group rates available. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Sept. through May; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. through Thu., 10 a.m.-midnight Fri. and Sat. Memorial Day through Labor Day. www.sa-guinness-haunted.com.


 




al style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">River Walk/Paseo del Rio Downtown along the San Antonio River. Stroll the lush walkways winding between stores and restaurants, one level below city streets, surrounded by towering cypresses and flowering ornamentals; free. Take a 35-minute, narrated boat ride aboard Rio San Antonio Cruises. Board at Rivercenter mall, across from the Hilton Hotel or at The Links Grille. Tickets $1.25-$6. For operating schedules, call 244-5700. http://thesanantonioriverwalk.com.   www.sarivercruise.com.


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al style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston Place. 207-3250. Includes a rose garden, conservatories and native Texas regions in its 33 acres. Classes throughout the year for kids and adults. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March-October, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. November-February daily. Carriage House restaurant open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tue.-Sat. $4 adults, $2 seniors, $1 ages 4 to 13. www.sabot.org.


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al style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Exit I-10 East at Probandt and follow signs. The Mission Trail visits four 18th-century missions, each unique and focusing on a different aspect of mission life. 534-8833. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free. www.nps.gov/saan.  


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al style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">San Antonio Zoo 3903 N. St. Mary’s St., in Brackenridge Park north of downtown. 734-7184. One of the largest animal collections in the country. Open 365 days a year, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Grounds open until 6 p.m. $8 adults, $6 seniors and ages 3 to 11, $4 handicapped ages 3 to 14, $5 handicapped ages 15 and up, free blind guests and children under 3. The Eagle, a miniature train running a two-mile route through Brackenridge Park, can be boarded here. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year-round, weather permitting. $2.50 ages 12 and up, $2 ages 3 to 11. Eagle information: 735-7455. www.sazoo-aq.org.  




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0in 0in 0pt">Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort 381 E. Austin St., New Braunfels. 830-625-2351. More than 40 rides and family activities include seven children’s water playgrounds, 17 slides, the world’s first surfing machine and three uphill water coasters. Open weekends through Sept. 18. $26.50-$50.99. Children 3 and under free. Group rates available. www.schlitterbahn.com.


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0in 0in 0pt">Scobee Planetarium 1300 San Pedro, San Antonio College campus. 733-2910. Public shows at 6, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m. Fri. $3-$5 ages 18 and over, $1 ages 6 to 17. First-come, first-served; some shows have minimum age restrictions. School programs available by reservation for grades Pre-K-12. Shows at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu. Teachers admitted free, $1 students, $3 additional adult chaperones. Reservations by phone only. www.accd.edu/sac/ce/scobee.


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0in 0in 0pt">SeaWorld San Antonio 10500 Sea World Drive. Educational animal programs, rides, entertainment, food, costumed characters and summertime water-play areas. New this year: The Cannery Row Caper, in which sea lions Clyde and Seamore try to unravel a mystery. For hours of operation, admission and more, call 523-3611 or visit www.seaworld.com.


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Six Flags Fiesta Texas Interstate 10 and Loop 1604. Adventure rides, entertainment, food, Looney Tunes costumed characters and summertime water-play areas. For hours of operation, admission and more, call 697-5050 or visit www.sixflags.com 


 


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105 Plaza De Armas. 224-0601. Dwelling circa 1749 once housed officials of the Spanish Province of Texas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $1 adults, 50 cents ages 7 to 13. www.sanantoniocvb.com.


  


Splashtown San Antonio 3600 N. IH-35. 227-1400. More than 50 rides and attractions on 20 acres include a Kids’ Kove for the younger set. Also, the seven-story Lone Star Luge and the largest wave pool in South Texas. Open daily through Aug. 14, and weekends through Sept. 11. $7.99-$24.99. Free for children under 2 and seniors 65 and over. Group rates available. www.splashtownsa.com.




 


Steves Homestead 509 King William St. 225-5924. A restored Victorian-style German residence circa 1876 that is now a museum. King William District. Tours 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. daily, except national holidays. Last tour leaves at 3:30 p.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors and groups of 15 or more, $3 students with ID and ages 3 to 22, free ages 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. www.saconservation.org.


 


Texas Pioneer, Trail Driver and Texas Rangers Museum 3805 Broadway, next to the Witte Museum. 822-9011. Exhibits reflect the life of early Texas pioneers, trail drivers and rangers. Open daily. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. September-April, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May-August. $4 adults, $2.50 seniors over 55 and military, $1 ages 6 to 12.


 


Texas Ski Ranch 6700 I-35 N. 830-627-2843. An extreme sports complex 1.5 miles north of New Braunfels. Complex features a cable lake (one of only five in the country), a boat lake, a skatepark, camps, motocross facilities, a pro shop and a restaurant. Special events scheduled regularly. Hours vary. www.TexasSkiRanch.com.


 




Texas Transportation Museum 11731 Wetmore Road. 490-3554. Historical trains and railroad memorabilia. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu., Sat. and Sun. Train and fire engine rides noon-3:30 p.m. Sat., 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sun. $4 adults, $2 ages 12 and under. $10 family special. www.txtransportationmuseum.org.


 


Tower of the Americas Observation level: 207-8615. Restaurant: 223-3101. Located in HemisFair Park. At 750 feet, the tower provides a bird’s-eye view of the city’s sights. Revolving restaurant below observation deck. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri. and Sat. $4 adults, $1.50 ages 4 to 11.


 


Wild Animal Orphanage 9626 Leslie Road. 688-9038. Individual families and school groups receive an educational guided tour of the orphanage and learn why people should not keep wild animals as pets. Hours for tours vary but are generally 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. All visitors should phone ahead. $7 adults, $4 children. www.wildanimalorphanage.org.


 


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