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Two summers ago we did a short mini-vacation to San Antonio with friends for a Texas History adventure.  We stayed near the riverwalk for 2 nights. I was in charge of our itinerary. And now that summer is fast approaching, I thought I would share our itinerary to inspire others who want a quick roadschooling adventure in San Antonio.


Here is what we did:

  • Rio San Antonio Cruises River Tours
  • Briscoe Western Art Museum (a short walk from River Tour, on the Riverwalk, and was free the day we went)
  • Alamo
  • San Antonio Fire Museum (neat place, next to Alamo and our hotel)
  • Towers of the Americas (a short walk from the Riverwalk)
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (junior ranger program available)


Here were our back-up options (in case it was too hot or raining):  

  • Battle for Texas Experience
  • Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Guinness World Records, and Tomb Raider 3D
  • Ripley’s Odditorium, Wax Works, and 4D theater
  • Witte Museum
  • The DoSeum


The Alamo has free educational resources:

lesson plans

teacher’s handbook


Battle for Texas Experience has free educational resources:

 4th grade TX History guide 

7th grade TX History guide 


Hopefully, this list will inspire you to explore more of the areas within San Antonio. Remember, this list is not exhaustive but just enough for a quick trip. Travel is a great educational tool; go explore!