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Planning Your Family Vacation to San Antonio

San Antonio is your prescription to a fun-filled family vacation. The beautiful Texas city offers something for everyone in the family, whether you're traveling with toddlers or teens, and especially if you're traveling with both! Traditional San Antonio sites include the Alamo, nearby caverns and lakes, and the premier tourist draw of the greater San Antonio area, the River Walk. All offer a memorable San Antonio experience for every member of the family, and as a parent planning a family vacation, it's nice to know that the destinations in San Antonio resonate throughout familial generations. Each place you visit offers a little something different to each member of the family!

Family Travel to San Antonio

If you're considering the road trip, a la National Lampoon's Vacation, be sure you've got the "Family Truckster" serviced and ready to roll for your San Antonio adventure. Don't forget to pack the portable entertainment systems that have made "are we there yet," a phrase that has nearly become obsolete. You'll find excellent deals online for overnight stays between your departure and arrival points. Take advantage of such savings to preserve your cash flow for your good times in the city when you stay at one of several fine San Antonio hotels.

If you choose to fly to San Antonio, you'll find that the San Antonio airport is incredibly family-friendly and easy to navigate. It is recommended that you have some wheels to get the family from destination to destination, and to conveniently get your luggage from the airport to the hotel. A cab (or possibly two) to get your party and your belongings to a place of stay will be comparable to the cost of a car rental for a week's time, or consider one of the many possible San Antonio car rentals while at the airport.

Take advantage of the many travel packages available through online retailers that offer San Antonio flight, hotel and rental car deals at hundreds below what you might pay if purchasing each service separately. Many online booking services offer you the ability to bid on elements of travel, and in this manner, you can find some stellar deals that will make your "financial partner" grin from ear to ear!

San Antonio Family Activities

Once you have safely arrived in the south-central Texas city, your family fun is ready to begin. Whether you want to venture to one of the most popular landmarks in the United States, the Alamo, or to what many refer to as the Texan Riviera, the River Walk, they are both minutes away.

The River Walk can be found hopping at all hours, and it offers shopping, attractions, entertainment and some of the finest San Antonio restaurants available. While you're enjoying the two-plus mile stretch of paved walkway on the River Walk, a river barge cruise can offer you a more relaxed view of many of the river activities. If you've never been to San Antonio before, a cruise at night can be incredibly romantic, even with the kids nearby.

The former Spanish mission known more famously as the Alamo, is an experience that will mean a little something different to each of its visitors -- definitely one of the top San Antonio attractions. History buffs will revel, war aficionados will marvel and kids will be blown away when you explain to them that the building is almost 300 years old! You don't need a full day to visit the Alamo, but give yourself a couple hours to enjoy the historic grounds.

Although the River Walk and Alamo will present a plethora of family-friendly activities, one other establishment deserves to be mentioned. A little place that is known as Sea World San Antonio. A day at the park will amaze and inspire every member of your family, while giving the kids enough imagination fuel to offer you at least one semi-quiet dinner during your vacation.

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