Rich in Texas history and steeped in Mexican culture, downtown San Antonio is home to the two most visited tourist attractions in Texas, the Alamo and the Riverwalk.


Our first experince was our much-anticipated trip to the Alamo.  Before the trip, we took the opportunity to teach the kids some Texas history, so they would know what they were seeing (your local library is a great resource).  Our boys are big Davy Crockett fans, so they were thrilled to see his rifle and decorated vest.  Our 2-year-old daughter didn't appreciate the history, but she enjoyed the gigantic carp in the small stream in the back and was delighted with her snow cone on Alamo Plaza.  To get there from the Riverwalk, follow the river right through the lobby of the Hyatt.






The Riverwalk is entertaining for all ages.  Our kids tired of walking quicker than we expected, though, so we enjoyed taking a Rio San Antonio riverboat cruise.  We got to see the rest of the river and learn interesting facts from our friendly boat captain while the kids got to relax and enjoy the novelty of a river boat ride.  For dinner, there are so many options.  Each restaurant has their menu posted outside, so part of the fun on the Riverwalk is just walking up and down "restaurant row" to decide where to eat.  We chose Casa Rio.  It was the first restaurant to open on the river.  The food was just OK (other than the fresh salsa, which was fantastic), but the atmosphere was great.  We sat at a river-side table and enjoyed the music of a marriachi band.  We recommend visiting the Riverwalk early (the evenings become quite crowded).


Hemisfair Park

Hemisfair Park was built for the 1968 World's Fair and is famous for the Tower of the Americas.  What our family enjoyed most, though, was the wooden "castle" playground.  It was a great place to take a break from sight-seeing and let the kids just play.






El Mercado

A vacation with children just isn't complete without shopping for souveneirs.  Here souveneir shopping becomes a cultural experience.  El Mercado at Market Square feels like an authentic Mexican market where the kids can choose from marraccas, pinatas, and sombreros.  The main restaurant in Market Square, Mi Tierras, is a lively, fun lunch spot.  The kids will especially enjoy trying a Mexican pastry from the bakery at the front.