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Visit San Antonio This Fall and Discover What’s New!

Dallas Moms Blog has partnered with Visit San Antonio to bring you this post. All opinions are 100% our own!

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.riverwalk-run-bob-howen-visitsanantonio

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 to see a listing of events.)

during Luminaria, Sunday, March 13, 2011. (Darren Abate/ via AP Images)

during Luminaria, Sunday, March 13, 2011. (Darren Abate/ via AP Images)

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 You can also follow along on their social handles to live out all the fun online!

Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram


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 with permission. 

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91 Responses to Visit San Antonio This Fall and Discover What’s New!

  1. Jennifer Akin
    Jennifer Akin September 17, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    Love San Antonio. One of the best cities to visit in the world. Go Spurs, Go!

  2. Dijana Horton September 17, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    This would be do so fun!

  3. Laura Murray
    Laura Murray September 17, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    We were just talking about going in a December. This would be perfect!

  4. Angela September 17, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    I’ve never been to San Antonio. It looks like fall would be a great time to visit!

  5. Dara September 17, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    Looks so fun!

  6. Nichole L September 17, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

    We were definitely unprepared for the Back to School hustle & bustle! A vacay sounds fabulous!

  7. Sarah S September 17, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    I love to have dinner at the river, but would love to see the botanical gardens.

  8. Ada September 17, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    Love San Antonio!

  9. Whitney September 17, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    Love love San Antonio and so does the whole family. Perfect reason to get away.

  10. Chrystal September 17, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    How fun!! We would love this adventure!!

  11. Emily K September 17, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

    I would love to see the updated riverwalk and enjoy a vacation with my husband and two girls!

  12. Dominique September 17, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    Love San Antonio! A family friendly town with plenty to do.

  13. Adrienne Rickett September 17, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

    I would love to win this nice little getaway! ?

  14. Leslie Thomas September 17, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

    We’re new to Texas from SC so we’d love to check out all the wonders of San Antonio! Never been!

  15. Michelle A September 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    Great review of a city close to my heart!

  16. Patricia September 17, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    Oh my goodness. Awesome giveaway

  17. Brandy Swigart September 18, 2016 at 2:48 am #

    We had a great summer visit, we’d love to go back this fall!

  18. Jeremy Swigart September 18, 2016 at 2:55 am #

    Love the Riverwalk and amusement parks

  19. Emily September 18, 2016 at 6:56 am #

    Love the riverwalk! I haven’t been to San Antonio in years, would love to go back so I can show my kids!!

  20. Brenda M September 18, 2016 at 7:07 am #

    Never been but would love to go!

  21. Sarah U September 18, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    So excited about the new river walk! Didn’t know about that

  22. Jenny K September 18, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    Love San Antonio and I’m all about quick road trips with little ones!

  23. Lacey B September 18, 2016 at 9:11 am #

    This would be the perfect getaway.

  24. Lacey B September 18, 2016 at 9:32 am #

    This would the perfect getaway!

  25. Angela Trindle September 18, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    We just love San Antonio. Beautiful city with so much to do

  26. Shelby Frohmader September 18, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    Have never been to San Antonio, sounds amazing!

  27. Steph w September 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    Haven’t been since my kids were little! It was so much fun! Aside from the part where my 3yr old decided to stick his whole head in the cannons at the Alamo 🙁

  28. Giant Sis September 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    We love Six Flags. I’d love to see the new roller coasters since we last went.

  29. Jenn blake September 18, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

    We love sea world and haven’t been to San Antonio forever. This would be an amazing trip!!

  30. Sharon September 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

    Would love to take my 2 kids to san antonio!!

  31. Csbliss September 18, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

    We just moved to Texas a few months ago! We love exploring and would love to visit San Antonio. Thanks !

  32. Allison September 18, 2016 at 11:21 pm #

    Love San Antonio

  33. Cinthia Vanessa Valdez September 19, 2016 at 12:11 am #

    How fun, thanks for the opportunity to win.

  34. Andrea September 19, 2016 at 12:30 am #

    We didn’t get to take a vacation over the summer and would love to go to San Antonio in the Fall!

  35. Elyyzuhbeth September 19, 2016 at 3:03 am #

    San Antonio river walk

  36. Tricia O. September 19, 2016 at 8:16 am #

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  37. Patricia O. September 19, 2016 at 8:17 am #

    We were just talking about taking my boys and MIL to San Antonio when she comes to visit us this year.

  38. Misty Meador September 19, 2016 at 8:18 am #

    We are planning a fall trip as well!!!
    If you happen to have a Perot Membership, there are several reciprocal museums in San Antonio, including DoSeum.

  39. Kayla campbell September 19, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    We’d love to go!

  40. Chelsea September 19, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    We love to see the river walk and go to sea world!

  41. Nancy P September 19, 2016 at 9:58 am #

    This trip would be awesome!

  42. Kyle Brown September 19, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    We were wanting to take our 2 year old son since he is obsessed with sea life right now.

  43. JessZ September 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

    We love staying in the King Williams district and enjoy a slice of cake from Mad Hatter’s. We also love to stroll down to the River walk and visit the downtown area.

  44. Missy September 19, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    It’s been so many years since we’ve visited San Antonio and would love to go again. We’ve never been to some of the places you shared – great suggestions!

  45. Andrea Tillotson September 19, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

    So much to do! Wow!

  46. Stacy September 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Love San Antonio! There is so much to do, such as swimming with dolphins at sea world and we can’t forget the Alamo!

  47. Heather Purviance September 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    It has been several years since I have been to San Antonio. Would love to take my kids.

  48. Monique September 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    Crossing my fingers. We need a vacay!!!

  49. Sandy Flores Davis September 19, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

    This would be a perfect first family vacation for us!

  50. Mark September 19, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    I’d love to take my family here!

  51. Patti Howell September 19, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

    I would love to visit San Antonio with my family! I LOVE the River Walk!

  52. Jenny Cardenas September 19, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    Good luck to everybody!!!!! This sounds like so much fun!

  53. Rachel Carpenter September 19, 2016 at 10:27 pm #

    I have been wanting to take our kids to San Antonio! I know they would love it!

  54. geraldlee verwolf September 20, 2016 at 5:48 am #

    we love the boardwalk, always a fun time and eating at the fun festive restaurants

  55. Lisa hejny September 20, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    Hope we win! Our honeymoon was in San Antonio.

  56. Lisa B September 20, 2016 at 7:39 am #

    We’ve never had a family San Antonio trip! This would be a lovely vacation!

  57. Nicole dively September 20, 2016 at 7:58 am #

    Pick me

  58. Autumn Reo September 20, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    Dias de Los Muertos or Luminaria would be magical in San Antonio! I’d love to take my kids to experience the culture!

  59. Janelle Colligan September 20, 2016 at 8:18 am #

    This would be wonderful. We moved to Texas last year and we have yet to take a vacation or see anything outside of Dallas

  60. Katie Wells September 20, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    This was next in our Texas Bucket List! Would love to go!

  61. Danielle Scott September 20, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    This would be awesome! We have never been and i have 3 little girls. Thanks!

  62. Meg September 20, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    Really want to take my daughter for her birthday

  63. Brittani September 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    Oh this sounds like so much fun!!!

  64. Sherri Covington September 20, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    Oh my family would so love this we have never had a real family vacation.

  65. Barbara Bedwell September 20, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

    Looks great!

  66. Carrie Love Weber September 20, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    Super excited! Have never been to San Antonio and would love to go with our 18 month old!

  67. ThyThy Cao September 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

    My 3 year old daughter loves the Riverwalk. This would be wonderful.

  68. Jordan Troublefield September 20, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    I haven’t been in such a long time! Would be so fantastic to go back with the family- walk through the Alamo and eat Mexican food!

  69. Lisa Dominy September 20, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

    Would love to take a trip to San Antonio! So many family friendly experiences in one place!

  70. Jennifer Keeler September 21, 2016 at 8:21 am #

    We have never been but have heard so many great things about the Hyatt. Would live to take my kids please 😉

  71. David Ha September 21, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    Exciting! My wife and I just moved to TX with our 2 boys and it would be such a great adventure to visit!

  72. Eva September 21, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    I love strolling along the River Walk!

  73. Keri Wilmot September 21, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    Since we are new to Texas after relocating here from MA, we have been waiting to find a time to get San Antonio on our roadtrip schedule!

  74. Jodi DeRousse September 21, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    We are actually planning on a trip to San Antonio in the coming weeks! This would be amazing!

  75. Allyson becker September 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    Now, this is a silly question. There are so many things that I love to do in San Antonio. I love strolling the RiverWalk. I love eating Mexican food. I love shopping at El Mercado. I love sitting outside of the Alamo at night and reflecting on the sacrifices made by those brave men for the state of Texas. There are so many things I love. I love visiting the missions. They are beautiful. I love it all! After all, San Antonio is my favorite place on earth!

  76. Melinda England September 21, 2016 at 3:38 pm #


  77. Heather G September 21, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    Love San Antonio… but we have never been to Sea World. Our 4 year old would love to go!

  78. Heather N. September 22, 2016 at 12:19 am #

    San Antonio is awesome but haven’t been since I was my daughter’s age! Would love to go for the festivals!

  79. Laura September 22, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    How fun I have a family of four – we would enjoy this!!

  80. Kimberly Munoz September 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    Omg, I would LOVE this!! My kids have never been to San Antonio and I’ve only been once, years ago. Thanks for the chance!

  81. Ronnie Munoz September 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    Our little family needs a family vacation SO BAD!!!! We’d love to visit somewhere so fun and so close!!!

  82. Maribel Guerrero September 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

    My favorite thing to do in San Antonio is to eat!! The Mexican food here is authentic and delicious!

  83. Cyndi Gomez September 22, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    This sounds amazing!

  84. Jenn September 22, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    We went this summer and had a blast! The kids loved the DoSeum

  85. Brittany Mahaffey September 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

    This would be such an amazing trip for this family of 5. We would be so thankful to get the opportunity to go.

  86. Karen Liddy September 22, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

    Would love to take my boys!

  87. Jackie Bergstrom September 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    Love San Antonio!

  88. Samantha September 22, 2016 at 8:59 pm #

    Would love to experience San Antonio with the family!!

  89. Deb Cohen September 22, 2016 at 9:12 pm #

    love the riverwalk restaurants and visiting the historical sites so festive during the holidays too

  90. Devin Johns September 23, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    It would be awesome to win! We’d love a quick weekend getaway, we haven’t been to San Antonio in several years.

  91. Kelly Wach September 24, 2016 at 3:07 am #

    I have never been to Texas…so for me rhis would be an adventure..

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