San Antonio is the perfect destination for travelers looking to fill summer’s longer days with a variety of experiences to create long-lasting family vacation memories – for a price that won’t break the bank. With the San Antonio Vacation Experience (SAVE), visitors can save up to $1,600 in deals to over 70 hotels, attractions, shopping experiences and more, allowing the whole family to experience unique, cultural and authentic San Antonio.
Travelers of all interests and ages benefit from deals found in the SAVE program and, best of all, with the ease of visiting save.visitsanantonio.com
or even on the go using the SAVE in SA app. Here’s just a sampling of all the fun the SAVE program and San Antonio holds in store this summer:
CONNECTING WITH NATURE
SeaWorld San Antonio, the world’s largest marine park, celebrates its 25th operating year with more shows and thrills. “Pets Ahoy!,” is a new comical show that features the talents of dogs, cats, birds, rats, pot-belly pigs and other animals – nearly all adopted – performing a series of uproarious and amazing skits. And if that isn’t enough exciting enough, SeaWorld’s Aquatica waterpark is a great way to cool down while also interacting with stingrays. SAVE discounts include deals on family-four packs, $12 off admission and more.
With over 9,000 animals of 750 species, The San Antonio Zoo brings visitors closer to some of the most interesting and intriguing parts of the world. Visitors can discover the wingspan of a condor, how much hippos eat, if crocodiles chew their food and more with the zoo’s animal encounter activities held every day. SAVE discount provides $2 off admission.
The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch brings an African Safari straight to San Antonio. Visitors interact with more than 500 animals from 40 exotic, native and endangered animal species worldwide while travelling through 400 acres of rolling hills, creed beds and magnificent live oak trees – all from the comfort of their own vehicles. Ostrich, zebra and buffalo are just a few examples of the animals visitors can find during this adventure. SAVE discount provides $2 off admission.
ADRENALYNE PUMPING ENTERTAINMENT
The Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas makes its debut this summer with high-speed twists and turns. This unique technological marvel combines a classic wooden support structure with modern track and rails crafted of steel, allowing for unprecedented smooth and swift turns and inversions never before experienced. SAVE discount provides multiple offers including one free child’s ticket with the purchase of a general use ticket.
INDOOR SUMMER FUN
Visitors can celebrate summer in the presence of dinosaurs at the Witte Museum’s Dinosaurs Unearthed: Bigger. Better. Feathered. The life-sized exhibit features Allosaurus Dilophosaurus, Microraptor, Protoceratops, Angustinaripterus and more – all designed with electronics that capture some of the most life-like motions ever created. Visitors can also explore complete skeletons, fossils and participate on a paleontological dig site to unearth fossils and the most current scientific findings. SAVE discount provides $2 off admission to the Witte Museum (Dinosaurs Unearthed tickets can be purchased separately).
Built by Marion Koggler McNay in the 1920’s, the McNay Art Museum is a Spanish Colonial Revival residence opened as Texas’ first museum of modern art in 1954. More than 150,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Geogria O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and more. SAVE discount provides $1 off admission.
Formerly the Lone Star Brewery, the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) is renowned for its collections of Latin American, Asian and Ancient Mediterranean Art as well as a growing and notable contemporary collection that includes Texas and regional art. SAMA is on the Museum Reach of the River Walk. Many downtown visitors enjoy a walk or river boat ride to the museum to view the Museum Reach’s outdoor public art along the way. SAVE discount provides one free ticket with the price of a regularly priced ticket.
At The Buckhorn Museum & Texas Ranger Museum, visitors can explore the remodeled animal halls and prepare for an immersive adventure. For over 131 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits. The Buckhorn Museum features wildlife from all over the world, including fish from the seven seas, animals from every continent and strange rarities like the Buckhorn’s famous 78 Point Buck. SAVE discount provides $2 off admission.
The San Antonio Children’s Museum is a premier educational resource that provides children the chance to learn and experience through hands-on interactive activities and exhibits. The museum features three permanent exhibits, including the 1,750 square-foot HEB Kids’ Market, the action-packed PowerBall Hall and the Tot Spot dedicated to infants and toddlers 0-36 months. SAVE discount provides 20 percent off admission for up to four people.
Laser Legend is filled with twists and turns, where visitors can jump and play within a black-lit, illuminated, multi-level arena. This laser tag challenge is a perfect place to celebrate kids’ birthday parties, family fun, team-building exercises, school activities and more. SAVE discount provides second game free with the purchase of one game.
Fun for all ages can be found at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Guinness World Records Museum, and Tomb Rider 3D Adventure Ride and Arcade as well as Ripley’s Believe it or Not! And Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works. Located directly across from the Alamo, visitors can reconnect with history and then explore state-of-the-art interactive exhibits that bring the Guinness World Records book to life, enjoy the multi-million dollar special effects of Tomb Rider 3D and take photos with the wax figures of famous figures throughout the years. SAVE discounts include $1 off admission,
Visitors can get a glimpse into the lives of the many nationalities that settled Texas at The Institute of Texan Cultures. The museum features exhibits, programs and special events that examine and promote heritage, ethnicity, history, social issues and popular culture. Visitors learn the stories of immigrants who settled Texas and contributed to its modern, multicultural society. SAVE discount provides one free ticket with the purchase of a regularly priced ticket.
EXPANDED FUN ON THE RIVER WALK
In August 2013, a $358.3 million project to lengthen the River Walk from three to 15 miles will be completed. This project, called the Mission Reach, is noted as the largest ecosystem restoration in an urban area. The Mission Reach will join the original River Walk to four of the city’s Spanish colonial missions in south San Antonio. Visitors will be able to take in the natural beauty of the river on hike and bike trails. This latest endeavor highlights the city’s vision to preserve its natural landscape, distinguishing San Antonio as a place that invests in the generations to come.
ONE LAST SUMMER HURRAH
Visitors can end their summer with one last, jam-packed, family-fun adventure with Kidcation Week, August 12 – 18
. For one week, San Antonio will turn into a citywide playground featuring special kids programming and events, hotel deals with amenities for the kids, balloon artists, face painters, book readings, free entertainment, fantastic deals at attractions, restaurants, shopping experiences and more. Kidcation Week is a can’t-miss event this summer.
To learn more about summer fun in San Antonio and pick up SAVE deals and discounts, visitors can go to save.visitsanantonio.com
Visitors should also mark their calendars for these June – August happenings in San Antonio. Below is just a sample of what is going on this summer in San Antonio – for the full calendar and more details, visit save.visitsanantonio.com
• Dinosaurs Unearthed – The Witte Museum (Now – September 2
• Great Texas Experience – Texas Pride Barbecue (Now – August 28
• Fiesta Noche Del Rio – Arneson River Theatre (June – August; Fridays/Saturdays)
• Freckleface Strawberry the Musical – Magik Theatre (May 22 – June 15
• Shakespeare in the Park – San Antonio Botanical Garden (May 29 – June 1
• San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival – Crockett Park (May 31 – June 2
• Deaf Awareness Day – Six Flags Fiesta Texas (June 1
• Movies by Moonlight – Hemisfair park (June 4 – July 30
• First Friday
– Various locations in Southtown (June 7
• Texas Folklife Festival – The Institute of Texan Cultures (June 7 – 9
• 3rd Annual Art in the Dark – Witte Museum (June 13
• Pride San Antonio Bigger Than Texas – Crockett Park (June 29
• 4th of July
Celebration – Woodlawn Lake Park (July 4
• Independence Day Celebration – SeaWorld San Antonio (July 4 – 6
• First Friday
– Various locations in Southtown (July 5
• Balcones Heights Jazz Festival – Wonderland of the Americas Amphitheater (July 5 – August 30
• First Friday
– Various locations in Southtown (August 2
• Big Salsa Festival – Grand Hyatt San Antonio (August 8
• Kidcation Week – Various locations (August 12 – 18
• Culinaria’s Restaurant Week 2013 – Various locations (August 17 – 24
• Festival People En Español – Alamodome (August 31
– September 1