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Parks and Playgrounds

Brackenridge Park

Brackenridge Park is a 343-acre emerald of trees and trails along the San Antonio River. You’ll find several playscapes with slides and tubes, swings and a see-saw. You can also feed ducks at the river, and ride the miniature train around the park.

storyPic_canopy-(3).jpgCanopy Challenge & Zip Lines

Natural Bridge Caverns offers three activities in one. Grapple your way to the top of the 60-foot, four-tier adventure course, testing agility, balance and strength on 47 obstacles. A Canopy Kids Course is designed for toddlers and young children. Take a ride on one of the four zip lines, gliding high above the Texas Hill Country.

The Cove

Eclectic, fun and family friendly, this restaurant at the edge of downtown has something for all ages. Bands play every night to diners indoors or out. Kids get to scramble over an outdoor playscape with slides and a climbing wall as parents listen to music and keep an eye on them. Older children can play basketball or ping pong.


The amazing playscape tucked into this 15-acre downtown park engages the imagination of any child. Winding stairs and pathways, towers topped with spires, slides and swings, and nooks and crannies will keep youngsters busy for hours. Hemisfair features the Yanaguana Garden, where mosaic benches and tables tell the story of the Papaya Indian village on the San Antonio River. The PanterAzul scuplture from San Antonio artist Oscar Alvarado, symbolizes the life that was given to the area when an anhinga, a water bird flew into the blue hole where the blue panther lived. The anhinga shot out, spread its wings and the droplets from the blue hole gave life to the area and the Yanaguana village. 

Mission Reach

Walk, run or ride a bike on the latest expansion of the River Walk. The Mission Reach extends south of downtown from Lone Star Boulevard to connect missions Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada. The eight-mile expansion is now open.

story_phil-hardberger.jpgPhil Hardberger Park

Phil Hardberger Park is an oasis in the heart of San Antonio’s north side. The 311-acre former dairy farm is our newest city park and the largest to be opened here since the 1800s. Both sections of the park include walking trails, picnic tables, playgrounds for children and enclosed dog parks.

Kiddie Park

Kiddie Park opened in 1925 and is America's oldest children's amusement park! Visitors to the park have the opportunity to enjoy the park's old-fashioned ferris wheel, or the infamous Little Dipper. Modern updates were made to the park recently, but the 1920's style maintains!

The Shops at La Cantera

This upscale collection of shops at the foothills of the scenic Texas Hill Country is not your typical mall. You’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, rippling water, sweet scents of baking pastries and, ensconced in the middle, a bright four-level playscape perched on a foam floor. Trees and overhead tarps filter the sun.

Two Bros. BBQ Market

For a down-home Texas experience, where kids play in the back yard as slow-cooked meats fill the air with spicy aromas, this pit-barbecue shack across from Walker Historic Landmark Park is perfect. Linger over cold drinks on an outdoor patio as children climb and slide on a playscape or have fun in a sandbox.  

San Antonio Botanical Garden

Explore 38 stunning acres of plants, floral gardens and birds right in the heart of San Antonio. Journey through the futuristic Lucile Halsell Conservatory, or walk the Texas Native Trail for a close-up encounter with nature.

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