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San Antonio Makes Summer Unforgettable with New Experiences

May 12, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Whether visitors are traveling to San Antonio for the first or fifth time, they are bound to have a unique experience this summer with the city’s several new features – including attractions, hotels, events, shops, exhibits and restaurants.

Widely recognized as one of the top kid-friendly cities, San Antonio provides families many opportunities to spend quality time and make long-lasting memories together. Kids will never be bored at San Antonio’s five theme parks, including SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, museums that provide hands-on learning experiences, colorful and fun events, hotels with kid-friendly accommodations and activities, and abundant water-focused attractions.

Even repeat visitors can have completely new experiences in San Antonio this summer with added attractions that include:

  • Main Plaza’s (San Fernando Cathedral’s) “San Antonio THE SAGA”: On June 13, North America’s oldest cathedral sanctuary, San Fernando Cathedral, will welcome a monumental video art installation. This 7,000-square-foot projection, with custom choreographed music in surround sound, will narrate the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio. Projected on the façade of historic San Fernando Cathedral, this will be renowned French Artist, Xavier de Richemont’s first outdoor video art installation in the United States. The installation will be a main feature of the destination for the next 10 years.
  • Natural Bridge Caverns’ AMAZEn’ Ranch Roundup: This unique outdoor maze experience, built with real ranch materials to honor five generations of ranch ownership history in the Natural Bridge Caverns family, allows visitors to experience a sense of discovery by finding their way through the maze as fast as they can. For those who need a few hints, there are three towers, a bridge and four checkpoints throughout the maze to help discover the right path.
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Birdhouses: From now until June 29, Botanical Garden visitors can explore six custom-made, human-sized birdhouses. Designed by area architects and design teams, the exhibit is part of a partnership with the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects. An interactive way to explore a bird’s point of view, guests experience unique architectural techniques that focus on the environment, education and sustainability.
  • SeaWorld San Antonio/Aquatica’s Roa’s Aviary:Summer will bring a 13,500 square foot aviary that contains about 300 birds representing more than 50 species to SeaWorld’s Aquatica. The Aviary will be one of the park’s serene offerings, giving guests the chance to float, wade or walk among hundreds of tropical birds. Some of the birds are considered threatened or endangered and the aviary will help in conservation efforts.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ Bahama Blaster: This summer introduces an expansion and extreme water slide complex at Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ White Water Bay water park. This new, tropically themed area will feature several new attractions and guest amenities, including the extreme thrill slide complex, Bahama Blaster. The ride will use a unique launching capsule to drop riders down an astounding six stories, where they’ll free-fall and twist through loops and coils at 40 miles per hour.
  • Trader’s Village: This sprawling shopping and family entertainment complex recently added six amusement rides – including bumper cars, a Scrambler spinning ride and a 140-foot-tall Fleafall drop ride – four food outlets and 300 vendor spaces. With over 100 acres of shopping, food and fun, Trader’s Village offers visitors an opportunity to create a shopping experience that the whole family can enjoy.
  • Witte Museum’s H-E-B Body Adventure: On May 24, the Witte Museum will introduce this state-of-the-art interactive adventure that focuses on getting the body up and moving and inspiring a balanced life. The H-E-B Body Adventure exhibit offers visitors four floors of fun activities that will feature themes relating to health, IQ empowerment and wellness.

San Antonio’s new adventures combined with its SAVE program, which provides visitors with more than $1,600 in deals to more than 70 hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, attractions, museums, shops and experience-oriented tours, makes the city a top choice for summer travelers. Visitors can plan their perfect San Antonio summer getaway and secure their SAVE discounts

Below are a few additional events that will keep San Antonio visitors busy this summer. For more events,


  • 3 – 4: Cinco De Mayo Celebration – Market Square
  • 10 – 18: San Antonio Beer Week – Various locations
  • 14  – 18: Culinaria Festival Week |A Wine & Culinary Arts Festival – Various locations
  • 14 – 18: Tejano Conjunto Festival – Rosedale Park
  • 17: America’s Armed Forces River Parade – San Antonio River Walk
  • 20:  Roa’s Aviary Opens – SeaWorld San Antonio’s Aquatica
  • 23 – August 16 (Every Friday and Saturday Night):  Fiesta Noche del Rio – Arneson River Theater
  • 24: Brews and Blooms – San Antonio Botanical Garden
  • 24: H-E-B Body Adventure Opens – Witte Museum
  • 24 – 25: Soul Food Festival – La Villita
  • 24 – August 8 (Every Friday Night): Friday Night Dive In Movies – Splashtown San Antonio
  • 30 – June 1: San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival – Crockett Park


  • 3 – July 29 (Every Tuesday Night): Movies by Moonlight – Travis Park
  • 4  – September 7: Matisse: Life in Color – San Antonio Museum of Art
  • 7 – 8: Texas Folklife Festival – Institute of Texan Cultures
  • 13: “San Antonio | THE SAGA” Opens – Main Plaza
  • 13: Art Party: Matisse: Life in Color – San Antonio Museum of Art


  • 4: Fourth of July Celebrations – Various locations
  • 11 – August 1 (Friday Evenings): Balcones Heights Jazz Festival – Wonderland of the Americas
  • 19 –20: 2nd Annual Salsa in the Plaza – Market Square


  • 2 – 3: Dog Days of Summer – San Antonio Botanical Garden
  • 8 – 17: Kidcation Week – Various locations
  • 16 – 23: Culinaria: Restaurant Week – Various Locations
  • 30 – 31: Festival People en Español – AT&T Center

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