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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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#1 Brackenridge Park 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 ... Read more » dave_stone / Flickr

#2 The Alamo If there's one thing San Antonio is known for, it's the Alamo. Once a Franciscan mission, it was here that 189 Texans fought and lost their lives in ... Read more » Dean Fikar / Shutterstock

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#4 San Fernando Cathedral If you're touring San Antonio, the San Fernando Cathedral is hard to miss. Still an active house of worship, the cathedral is one of the oldest in the country ... Read more » Corey Leopold / Flickr

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#6 San Antonio Museum of Art Although it may not be as large as other art museums, the San Antonio Museum of Art is a cultural gem that's not to be missed. It hosts top-notch ... Read more » MPR Photography-PhotoMPR.com / Flickr

#7 Spanish Governor's Palace Although it was never actually a palace, this adobe building certainly looks the part with rooms heavily decorated in 18th-century furnishings and a spectacular cobblestone patio. This National Historic Landmark ... Read more » mhowry / Flickr

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#10 Witte Museum If Six Flags and SeaWorld seem a little too daunting, take your kids out for some educational amusement at the Witte Museum. This often-overlooked site delves deep into natural science ... Read more » dave_stone / Flickr

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This elaborate building was once the seat of the Spanish Government in Texas. mhowry / Flickr

You can see these colorful creatures and many other animals at the San Antonio Zoo. Correlation Of Mistress Ching / Flickr

See Shamu and friends put on a show and visit his other water-based buds like dolphins, penguins and sea lions at SeaWorld San Antonio. Richard Stephenson / Flickr

The family-friendly Witte Museum — complete with hands-on displays — is a great place to spend a rainy day. dave_stone / Flickr

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