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School is in full swing and our family is feeling the full effects! It’s our first year with a child in Kindergarten, and although we knew it would be hard, we had no idea what we were in for! Each day is something else new — from trying to prepare him to buy his own lunch and how to check out books at the library to dealing with new friendships, attitudes, and behaviors. Each day is like walking on egg shells waiting and hoping our emotionally and physically exhausted 5 year old doesn’t just exploded. And then you add the other two kids into the mix who are also in preschool and Mother’s Day Out…as you can imagine, each day I look at the calendar and think, “It’s only September!?”
Our family already needs a vacation — bad!
This Fall/Winter we’re already planning our escape and we don’t have to go too far to get there. San Antonio!
This past summer, I shared all that San Antonio has to offer when you visit in the Summer, but there’s even more to do once the weather gets cooler and you’re not having to melt in the Texas heat and humidity. If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited San Antonio, here’s a few of the exciting things happening just 4 hours south of Dallas!
Experience the NEW Riverwalk
Did you know that San Antonio recently completed a $358.3 million project to lengthen the River Walk from three to 15 miles? The expansion began with the Museum Reach, connecting downtown with museums, cultural districts and the historic Pearl Brewery to the north. The Mission Reach completed the expansion and joins the original River Walk to four of the city’s Spanish colonial missions in south San Antonio. Visitors can take in the natural beauty of the river on hike and bike trails.
Cultural Events & Experiences
Fall in San Antonio offers incredible cultural experiences you won’t always find here in Dallas. If you’re looking to do more than just the traditional “tourist” destinations, think about planning your family vacation around these family-friendly events!
Oktoberfest (October 7-8 & 14-15) :: Presented by Beethoven Maennerchor, this volunteer organization is one of the oldest societies in Texas and aims to preserve the German heritage through song, music, and language. Experience Oktoberfest in the historic King William District of Southtown with authentic German food and music.
Dia de los Muertos (October 29-30) :: There’s not a better time to experience the culture and history of San Antonio with the annual Dia de los Muertos celebrations happening across the city. Be a part of free, public festivals with live music, entertainment, dancers, art shows, and more! (Check out VisitSanAntonio.com to see a listing of events.)
Luminaria (November 9-13) :: One of San Antonio’s most popular events, Luminaria is designed for families! Artists from across the city and country flock to Downtown San Antonio for music, dance, film, literary arts, and theater — all while lighting up Downtown with streetscapes, light installations, and galleries.
It’s All About Kids at The DoSeum
San Antonio’s newest museum is all about the kids! The 65,000-square-foot DoSeum features outdoor space and learning activities to provide children up to age 10 the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills through immersive, hands-on activities. It focuses on science, technology, literacy, art, creativity and imagination on its 5.5-acre campus that is located on the Broadway Reach, which connects it to seven other cultural and educational attractions. (Our sister site in San Antonio provides a GREAT review of this new attraction.)
You can learn more about all the amazing things happening in San Antonio by visiting VisitSanAntonio.com. You can also follow along on their social handles to live out all the fun online!
Win a Family Vacation to San Antonio!
In partnership with the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dallas Moms Blog is giving away an INCREDIBLE vacation to ONE lucky reader’s family. Use the form below to enter to win a 2 night stay at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa* with Four tickets to:
- Sea World San Antonio and Aquatica
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- San Antonio Botanical Center
- San Antonio Double decker tour bus
- Alamo Plaza Attractions (Guinness World Records, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Tomb Rider3d, Mirror Maze, The Vault)
AND a $250 gift card to help offset travel expenses!
Um…that’s so awesome! What are you waiting for?? Good Luck!!
**All images courtesy of VisitSanAntonio.com with permission.