It's important for families to "remember the Alamo" when they visit San Antonio, but the historic mission is just one thing worth seeing in this friendly Texas town. In addition to the famous River Walk, SeaWorld and the huge zoo, the Natural Bridge Caverns and neighboring Wildlife Ranch, as well as the San Antonio Children's Museum, are worth putting on your agenda.
The Wildlife Ranch & Safari is a drive-through. It's fun driving slowly and stopping to look at or feed the animals. There are dangers, though. Do not under any circumstance put your hands out to feed them; throw the food on the ground. Save the getting up close with the animals for the small petting area by the parking lot.
Next to the ranch are the Natural Bridge Caverns, the deepest in Texas, they say. How deep you go depends on which tour you take. Don't bring kids under 4, though. Touching anything is forbidden.
If you have little ones, stay above ground and head to the San Antonio Children's Museum, right in the heart of downtown. It isn't huge but packs in plenty of fun.
My kids kept going back to the ball zone. The 2-year-old and the 6-year-olds had endless fun putting the balls in the various "machines." In the science room, the boys liked making and racing cars, while the toddler played in the baby playland.
While downtown, don't miss a trip along the River Walk, either on foot or by boat. It is packed with restaurants to appeal to any taste and budget, making it a particularly good spot to spend lunch or dinner.