What are the best things to do with kids in San Antonio?

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Hayley Bosch

Whether your youngster is a history buff in training or a water fanatic, there are Texas-size adventures that are fun for the whole family. Sure your kids will enjoy these activities, but you will love them, too. Here's our  list of the five best things to do with kids in San Antonio:

1. Remember the Alamo. Teach your little ones about the dramatic history of Texas. Though the Alamo doesn't physically stick to the "everything is bigger in Texas" mantra, its history sure does. At what has become to symbolize courage and liberty, a small band of Texans, including legendary figures such as James Bowie, Davy Crockett and William B. Travis, held out for 13 days against the Mexican army of Gen. Santa Anna. Although the Alamo fell on the morning of March 6, 1836, the legacy of the courageous Alamo defenders lives on with its rally cry, "Remember the Alamo!"

2. Take a stroll along the river. As San Antonio's most popular attraction, the River Walk is fun for everyone. Lined with stores, restaurants and hotels, you and your youngsters can't help but enjoy the paths filled with mariachi bands and vendors. Though this is a man-made channel of the actual San Antonio River, you'll find river taxis and tours galore.

3. Say hi to Shamu's amigos. Between SeaWorld San Antonio and Aquatica, the new beach-thmed water park, you won't know which one to visit first. At SeaWorld, you will find animal attractions, rides, slides and shows, such as "Azul," which combines beluga whales, birds and acrobatic performers. You can pet Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, feed sea lions and seals and observe beluga whales. Over at Aquatica, rent private cabanas, safely wade with the stingrays and catapult down water slides.

4. Get a Texas-size thrill. Head to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for an adventure sure to satisfy even the biggest thrill-seekers. The 200-acre amusement park dramatically set in a former limestone quarry boasts five themed areas — Spassburg (German), Los Festivales (Hispanic), Crackaxle Canyon (Western), Rockville (1950s) and Fiesta Bay Boardwalk (American) — all around a central Texas square. Of course, there are the standard Six Flags rides, including a coaster that reaches 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, an early-1900s-style carousel and a Ferris wheel that gives little ones a bird's-eye view of the park.

5. Visit the animals at the zoo. As one of the best in the country, the San Antonio Zoo is something that both you and the kids will enjoy. Get up close with 53 types of lories — colorful medium-sized parrots from Australia — at the zoo's Lory Landing. The friendly birds range in color from scarlet and green to royal blue and fiery orange and are so social that they often flock close to visitors, landing on shoulders and even the occasional head. Beyond birds, you can visit more than 8,500 animals of 779 species here, making this one of the largest zoos in the United States. At the African Live! and African Plains exhibits, look for hippos, crocodiles, ostriches, zebras and antelope. The lushly planted Amazonian exhibit is a hit with more than 30 species of tropical animals, including macaws, tamarins and marmosets.

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