San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium

#8 in Best Things To Do in San Antonio
San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium
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3903 North St. Mary's Street

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The San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium is a great alternative for animal-loving families who don't want to spend a fortune at SeaWorld. This 35-acre facility is home to one of the largest animal collections in the country (more than 700 species reside here). Exhibits include a butterfly habitat, four-legged friends from the African plains and colorful critters from the Amazon. Take your younger kids by the Children's Zoo, which features rides and a hands-on discovery center. Special events, such as safaris and training demonstrations, take place throughout the year. And, according to some, one of the best things about this zoo is that parents won't have to worry about running into a gift shop at every turn.

The San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium is located in Brackenridge Park just north of the city center and is open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (although visitors are often allowed to stay in the zoo until 6 p.m.). Admission is $12 for adults, $9.50 for seniors and children ages 3 to 11 and free for children 2 and younger. The best way to reach the zoo is via car (there is an on-site parking lot) or bus. For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium website.

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When the River Walk seems too busy, seek refuge from the heat and the swarms of tourists in Brackenridge Park. Its 343 acres offer much in the way of relaxation: rustic stone bridges and shaded walkways are perfect for strolling, and the Japanese Tea Gardens and San Antonio Botanical Gardens beckon to botanists. Dress casual so you can take advantage of Brackenridge's jogging trails, golf course and athletic fields, or let your kids take a spin on the carousel and the miniature train. The park also hosts outdoor concerts in the natural Sunken Garden Theater. In and around the park, you'll also find popular attractions like the San Antonio Zoo and the Witte Museum.

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