San Antonio, widely recognized as a top travel destination, is introducing even more reasons to bring the whole family to the Alamo City. Interactive world-class exhibits, close encounters with dolphins and giraffes, and a high-rise ride at a one-of-a-kind theme park are just a few of the new attractions visitors can find in San Antonio this summer.
In a city filled with new and tried-and-true attractions, highlighted below are just five of the new experiences visitors can have this summer in San Antonio:
- Enjoy High-Flying Thrills: Six Flags Fiesta Texas‘ Fiesta Bay Boardwalk brings three new rides to the theme park. Guests will find themselves looping, spinning, and soaring as they experience the new high-adrenaline thrills on Fireball, featuring a massive 7-story looping frenzy; Hurricane Force 5, where riders take on the power of a storm and swirl round-and-round while soaring high into the air; and Spinsanity, the ultimate whirling adventure for daredevil riders.
- Reveal the Hidden Worlds of the Maya: The story of one of the most sophisticated and powerful civilizations of all time is being told in the largest exhibition to be brought to a San Antonio museum in the city’s history. The Witte Museum‘s “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” is the first exhibition at the museums’ new Mays Family Center and brings together hundreds of authentic artifacts displayed in more than a half-dozen immersive and hands-on environments.
- Ride on a One-of-a-Kind Ferris Wheel: Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first and largest theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment, unveils its new Whirling Wonder Ferris wheel this season. This five-and-a-half story ride along the shoreline of the park’s catch-and-release fishing lake can accommodate guests with and without special needs.
- Swim with Dolphins: SeaWorld San Antonio‘s added attraction, Discovery Point, is the only interactive dolphin experience in the state of Texas. Discovery Point is the largest single capital investment in the park’s 27-year history, doubling the size of its former dolphin habitat. The attraction transports guests to a lush, tropical setting with opportunities to swim with the dolphins and also see them swim and play in a new way through a floor-to-ceiling, panoramic underwater viewing area.
- Watch The Battle of the Alamo Come to Life: One of the most pivotal battles in American history comes to life through “Battle for Texas: The Experience,” a 22,000-square-foot “edutainment” adventure in the Shops at Rivercenter. This interactive experience features more than 250 never-before-seen Alamo artifacts and heart-racing multimedia re-enactments of the 13-day battle – allowing visitors to experience the Battle of the Alamo from the perspectives of the mission’s defenders and the Mexican army.
Along with these fun, family friendly attractions, visitors can plan their trip to enjoy San Antonio’s numerous summer events, including the events below.
- Now – July 10: Storybook Houses – San Antonio Botanical Garden
- Now – August 13: (Friday and Saturday Nights): Fiesta Noche Del Rio – Arneson River Theatre
- Now – September 5: Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed – Witte Museum
- Now – September 11: Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008 – McNay Art Museum
- 3 – 6: Summer Art & Jazz Festival – Crockett Park
- 4 – September 5: Mathletics – The DoSeum
- 7 – July 26 (Tuesdays): Movies by Moonlight – Travis Park
- 11 – September 4: Highest Heaven – San Antonio Museum of Art
- 10 – 12: Texas Folklife Festival – Institute of Texan Cultures
- 11 – August 14: Summer Nights – SeaWorld San Antonio
- 1 – 4: Fourth of July Artisan River Walk Boutique – River Walk
- 2 – 4: Coca-Cola® July 4th Fest – Six Flags Fiesta Texas
- 2 – 4: Independence Day at SeaWorld – SeaWorld San Antonio
- 2: “Pride Bigger Than Texas” Pride Parade and Festival – Crockett Park
- 3: Independence Day Celebration – Traders Village
- 4: The Official City of San Antonio July Fourth Celebration – Woodlawn Lake Park
- 8 – 29: Balcones Heights Jazz Festival Concert Series – Wonderland of Americas
- 6 – 7: Dog Days of Summer – San Antonio Botanical Garden
- 13 – 27: San Antonio Restaurant Week – Various restaurants
For more information on San Antonio‘s summer attractions and events, visit www.visitsanantonio.com.
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