Three days in San Antonio means you can experience the historic missions, tour downtown, spend the day at a theme park, and even venture farther afield into the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Read on for advice on what to do during your 3-day trip to San Antonio.
San Antonio Aquarium
Spend a few hours at the San Antonio Aquarium and experience the majesty of the underwater world without leaving Texas. Visit thousands of animals from around the globe, take the kids to the play areas and interactive exhibits, and don’t miss feeding time.
6320 Bandera Rd, Leon Valley, Texas, 78238
From the rain forest vivarium to the cold water and tropical fish tanks, it’s easy to get swept up in the natural world showcased at the San Antonio Aquarium. Animal lovers appreciate the aquarium’s diverse collection, from lizards and lemurs to jellyfish and sharks, and budding scientists enjoy the opportunity to touch sea creatures such as rays. The aquarium also puts on a variety of special programs—everything from octopus encounters and stingray snorkeling to behind-the-scenes tours. Check the aquarium’s calendar for details.
To save time at the entrance, buy your ticket online in advance. For the best value (and the most fun), opt for the combo admission package offering access to both the aquarium and the I-Guana Jump Bounce House.
Things to Know Before You Go
Foster children and educators get free admission.
The aquarium is wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
The most convenient way to get to the San Antonio Aquarium is by car via Highway 16. Ample on-site parking is free, just steps from the aquarium entrance at 6320 Bandera Road.
When to Get There
The San Antonio Aquarium is open daily from 10am to 8pm, with limited hours on major holidays. For discounted admission and fewer crowds, go on a weekday. Texas sports fans should consider stopping by on game day—wear your favorite Texas pro sports team jersey to get discounted admission.
Learning How the Aquarium Works
Whether you’re the parent of a young scientist, or a curious adult who loves the aquarium, take the chance to shadow aquarium staff on morning rounds. Reserve your spot, then follow the crew members as they start the day, checking on the animals, reviewing tank water levels, and preparing for feedings. Though the activities vary by day, you’ll get an intimate inside look at how the aquarium works.
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