San Antonio home rentals are just a few minutes away to the city's major theme parks and art museums. You and other family members can start your tour at the San Antonio Zoo; follow it with a hearty meal at one of the restaurants at the River Walk and a guided tour at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Book your own San Antonio vacation home and bring along the entire family for a perfect family getaway.
San Antonio Zoo: San Antonio, Texas
The 56-acre San Antonio Zoo is one of the nation's largest zoos, with approximately 600 species and 3,500 animals from all over the world. The zoo started out with a small collection of animals in San Pedro Park during the 1800s. Around 100 years later, the zoo is visited by over a million visitors annually, mostly children on educational tours and field trips.
The Amazonia exhibit is home to 30 species of tropical animals and plants such as the bromeliads and orchids. The tropical animals in the exhibit include the ocelot, jaguar, marmosets, tamarins and white-faced saki monkeys. Other exhibits worth seeing are Africa Live, African Plains, Prarie Chickens, Lory Landing, Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot, Gibbon Forest, Cranes of the World, Butterflies! Caterpillar Flight School, Richard Friedrich Aquarium and the Reptile House. Don't forget to visit "Lucky" and "Boo," two Asian elephants that are under the zoo's intensive care team.
After touring the entire zoo, enjoy your lunch at the Barza Café with magnificent and scenic views of the forest below. The zoo is open daily the whole year round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission rates are at $10 per person. Seniors, military members and children under 12 years old enjoy discounts.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch: San Antonio, Texas
For an African Safari experience, visit the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in San Antonio. The ranch covers approximately 4 miles of hills and roadways with around 40 species of native, endangered and exotic animals.
You'll come across the Reticulated Giraffe at the Longneck Learning Center, the Llama at the Massai Havannah, the elk at the ranch's Kenyan Preserve and the Damaraland Zebra at the Kilamanjaro Overlook. Bring the kids along at the Petting Zoo where they can pet and feed the animals as well. Admission tickets are priced at $16.50 per person and $8.50 for children under 11 years old. Children under 3 years old enjoy free admission. Annual passes are also available.
Kiddie Park: San Antonio, Texas
Drop by at Kiddie Park and step back in time at the country's oldest children's amusement and theme park. Admission to the park is free and ride tickets are priced at $2.16. You can buy six tickets for $10 and Wednesday is Bargain Day where ride tickets are as low as $1.65. You can also avail of the Unlimited Ride Band for $12 where your child can ride as many times as he or she wants.
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