San Antonio Zoo#8 in Best Things To Do in San Antonio
The San Antonio Zoo is a great alternative for animal-loving families who don't want to spend a fortune at SeaWorld San Antonio. This 56-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. Special events, such as animal feedings and various festivals, take place throughout the year.
Past travelers particularly enjoyed the expansive butterfly exhibit, while families appreciated the small train that winds through the zoo. And, according to some parents, one of the best things about this zoo is that visitors don't have to worry about running into a gift shop at every turn.
The San Antonio Zoo is located in Brackenridge Park just north of the city center and is open 365 days a year. The zoo welcomes guests daily with varying hours. In general, visitors can expect the park to open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., with extended hours during the warmer months and on popular days. General admission costs between $18.99 and $16.90 for adults, between $15.99 and $13.35 for children ages 3 to 11 and is 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 (the VIVA Culture bus stops here). For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit the San Antonio Zoo 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: rustic stone bridges and shaded walkways are perfect for strolling, and the Japanese Tea Garden and San Antonio Botanical Garden beckon to botanists. Dress casual so you can take advantage of Brackenridge's jogging trails, golf course and athletic fields. 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.
Past visitors appreciated the park's train, which runs through the zoo and offers an excellent opportunity to get around the large area. They also recommend bringing some bird seed to feed the ducks that float down the San Antonio River. The park is also a featured stop on many of the best San Antonio tours.
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