The prime attractions for kids in San Antonio are Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, and Morgan’s. On the Broadway Cultural Corridor, the DoSeum provides a wonderful introduction to the city for pint-size folks, while the Witte Museum focuses on nature, science, and history; the San Antonio Botanical Garden is also very kid-friendly, with areas specifically designed to engage youngsters. Battle for Texas: The Experience is also a kid magnet, especially the Night at the Museum feature. The Legoland Discovery Center (https://sanantonio.legolanddiscoverycenter.com) and the Sea Life Aquarium (www.visitsealife.com/san-antonio) are located in downtown’s Shops at Rivercenter.
Live-theater adaptations of beloved children’s books are a specialty at Magik Theatre ★, 420 S. Alamo, in Hemisfair Park (www.magiktheatre.org; tel. 210/227-2751), which also hosts classes and camps for creative kids. The professional troupe performs a full season of plays; past shows have included Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
In addition to these sights, there’s a pair of three-fer commercial attractions on Alamo Plaza—Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, and Ripley’s 4D Moving Theater (301 Alamo Plaza; www.ripleys.com/sanantonio; tel. 210/224-9299) and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Guinness World Records Museum, and Tomb Rider 3D (329 Alamo Plaza; www.ripleys.com/phillips; tel. 210/226-2828). Their admission prices are relatively high, and they won’t add anything to your knowledge of San Antonio. In fact, when their leases are up, they're likely to fall victim to local attempts to make the area adjacent to the Alamo less cheesy, more historically oriented. In the meantime, they're convenient places to keep bored kids occupied for a while—and guilty pleasures for grownups.
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