San Antonio Zoo – San Antonio, Texas

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The San Antonio Zoo is probably one of our favorite zoos out of the ones that we have visited with our children.  The San Antonio Zoo has so many family friendly aspects and it kept our family busy the whole time we were there.  It was very hot but the zoo had lots of shady areas to attempt to keep cool.  Our only complaint is that when we went there was lots of zoo construction going on in a few areas.  We couldn’t even find our way down to see the elephants which made Little S very sad!  Luckily, we were able to spy them from a hill!  My favorite part of this zoo is their attempt to get kids thinking and interacting with the exhibits.  There are signs at many of the exhibits asking questions and prompting you to look at things. 

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The kid-friendly areas are great.  There is a petting zoo where you can actually get in the pen with the animals.  At the petting zoo is a sink/soap station to wash up. 

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The kids loved the Discovery House the best where they got to get up close and personal with Prairie Dogs and pretend bugs!  Little S could have walked back and forth on these lily pads all day!

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The San Antonio Zoo is located adjacent to (or in?) Brackinridge Park.  We spent about 3 hours in the zoo and a little while in the park.  We didn’t see everything at the zoo, but I think that 3 hours was plenty of time.  We received tickets to the zoo as part of our S.A.V.E. San Antonio sweepstakes prize package but ticket prices are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 a child, I think that it is worth it and we would pay that price to visit again..

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San Antonio Missions National Park – San Antonio, Texas

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Most people think of the Alamo when they think of San Antonio but luckily, thanks to the blog Wandering Off, I discovered that there are several other missions located in San Antonio.  Beautiful missions that still hold church services surrounded by beautiful plant life.  If you do visit San Antonio Missions National Park, be sure to stop at the Visitor Center which is located at  Mission San Jose and pick up a Junior Ranger Booklet.  As you visit each of the missions, your children can fill out the booklet and bring it back to the Visitor Center at the end. 

You can take a guided tour but with our small children we decided that it wasn’t wise to sign up for an all day guided tour.  We just grabbed a booklet and did a self-guided tour.  You do have to drive to each Mission because they are not close enough to walk.  We did see lots of bike riders as well.  One thing I would like to note here is that there was a lot of road construction going on when we visited.  We found the first three missions quickly and easily but it took us about 30 minutes to find a way to the fourth mission because of all the detours and closed roads. 

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Bridges of the Riverwalk

While in San Antonio, Texas, we did a boat tour of the Riverwalk.  My husband and I have both been on the tour but the kids were excited about the boat ride so we bought tickets and took the tour again.  One of the things I loved seeing were all of the different bridges.  I thought it was interesting that almost every bridge was different and it was one thing that the tour operator never talked about (I don’t think!).  I wasn’t able to get pictures of every bridge because we didn’t have the best seats.

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The Riverwalk tours are $8.25 an adult and $2 for children.  The tour is about 35 minutes long which was about 12 minutes too long for my kids. 

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The Guenther House – San Antonio, TX

As I drove up to The Guenther House, I had the unsettling feeling you get when you are putting yourself into a new situation or meeting new people.  I was a little bit nervous and it just got worse as I tried to locate the actual parking lot to the building.  I was at the Guenther House with my two children to meet up with what my husband affectionately calls my imaginary friends. 

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Sarah, from Wandering Off, couldn’t have picked a better place to meet up.  I had read about the Guenther House on her blog when we were planning our San Antonio trip and was excited to give it a try.  It is the home of the Pioneer Flour Mills’ founding family and the grounds are just beautiful. 

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You have the option of dining inside or out, but unfortunately even though we were eating brunch on a weekday the wait was almost 2 hours.  Luckily, motherhood and lots of traveling with kids has taught us to be flexible if nothing else!!!  🙂  We decided to just grab a pastry inside at the little counter and head to a shady area under a tree.  The kids got along well and ran around in the grass while Sarah and I got to have a proper chat.  I ordered a cinnamon roll and a slice of coffee cake.  Take a look at this cinnamon roll (my two kids and I couldn’t even finish it!):

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And those nervous feelings?  They disappeared the minute we said hello.  There is nothing like a little bit of food, a gorgeous setting, and children to help break the ice!  It was like talking to an old friend.  If you haven’t seen Sarah’s blog, Wandering Off, you definitely need to head over there.  Right now!

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