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Parent’s Guide to San Antonio

The Alamo City covers a large area with tons of things to do in various locations. If you’ve just been stationed here and are ready to explore but feel overwhelmed, we’ve got you covered! This list will get you started without busting your budget, from dog parks to kid-friendly restaurants to the best things to do with your family. Enjoy your stay at JBSA! 

Let’s Eat!

Don’t feel like cooking? We get it! Dining out should be a treat without breaking the bank. Here is a list of restaurants in San Antonio where kids eat free or at a discount. 


This list may change, so be sure to call ahead to confirm participation.

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Children at Play (Big & Small)

There are so many City Parks & Recreation Facilities throughout the area that it would be too many to list.  This website is the most comprehensive listing of all that San Antonio has to offer, and it is customizable by area, so you can find what is closest to where you are stationed.  Here is a list of the most popular searches. 


Larger Parks & Places

Shops at Rivercenter 

This destination offers much more than just shops!  With all there is to see and do at the Shops at Rivercenter, you could spend an entire afternoon here (and they have AC!). 


Here are a few of the main attractions to enjoy while visiting:

  • LiggettVille: Two fun levels with different obstacles, perfect for adults and big kids. But little ones can also join the fun with Sky Tykes®, in which kids 48” and under can explore a ropes course at a more comfortable height. And if you still have energy for something else, Clip ‘n Climb® offers climbing walls with different activities.


  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center, where EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!


  • SEA LIFE San Antonio Aquarium with a 155,000-gallon Ocean Tunnel.


  • Movie theatre or IMAX, Build-a-Bear Workshop, PLENTY of places to eat, things to see, and shops worth a stop! 


Morgan’s Inspiration Island Splash Park

The attractions at this splash park include rides, annual events, water fun, birthday party amenities, and more!

Puppy Play

While the city offers a Dog Park Directory, two local favorites include The Bark Park of Alamo Heights and McAllister Dog Park.

The Bark Park of Alamo Heights

This park is a big, fenced-in field for friendly dogs to run and play. There’s plenty of shade, toys, and water for your furry BFF to enjoy.

McAllister Dog Park

This park is more centrally located and run by the city. It features a combined small and large dog park on 1.5 acres. It has playground equipment for dogs and a trail circling the park so that you can get a quick walk in. There is also a big open field adjacent to the play area that is perfect for wearing out four-legged and two-legged friends who need to let it out!

Places to Walk, Sit or Stay

(Dog-Friendly Restaurants)

It is advisable to call ahead for leash rules and obedience requirements before arrival.


The Pearl

The Pearl is a top local pick in San Antonio for a fido-friendly environment.  It offers abundant entertainment, family and dog-friendly restaurants, and easy access to the River Walk.  

These restaurants are either at The Pearl or within walking distance.  They offer outdoor seating, an enjoyable atmosphere, and delectable dishes that might cause you to beg!


The Cove

The Cove is a kid-friendly restaurant that offers sustainable, organic, local food, more than 50 Texas craft beers on tap, and live music.  It also includes a playground where the kiddos can run around while you finish your meal (BONUS!).

The Friendly Spot Ice House

This laid-back, friendly spot offers a playground, cold drinks, and good eats.  You can even catch a game on the outdoor screen.

Military life is ever-changing, and acclimating to a new location as prominent as JBSA might initially feel mind-boggling.  That is why we are here!  We want to make your transition seamless and offer plenty of options to make you and your family feel more comfortable and confident with this new station. Contact us for local housing information or questions about your area.  We are happy to help!