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Parent’s Guide to Fort Sam Houston

If you’ve just been stationed at Fort Sam Houston and feeling overwhelmed, or if you’re just ready to go explore, we’ve got you covered!  From dog parks to kid-friendly restaurants to the best things to do with your family, the list below will get you started without busting your budget. Enjoy your stay at Fort Sam Houston!

Let’s Eat!

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

Children at Play

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 offers and is customizable by location.  Here is a list of the most popular parks near Fort Sam Houston.

Brackenridge Park

Rentable pavilions, playscape, restrooms, and parking lot

  • Japanese Tea Garden

  • San Antonio Zoo 

  • Sunken Garden Theatre

  • Lambert Beach

  • Tony “Skipper Martinez” softball field


Martin Luther King Park

Picnic areas, outdoor pool, playground, restrooms, off-street parking

  • .33 mile trail, hard-surface

  • Stream fishing 

  • Volleyball courts

  • Tennis courts

  • Lighted basketball court (first-come, first-serve), 

  • Lighted softball field (first-come, first-serve), 


McAllister Park

Covered pavilions, picnic areas, restrooms, off-street parking

  • Dog park 

  • 15 miles of trails, hard and soft surfaces

  • Baseball fields

  • Baseball fields (leased)

  • Soccer fields (leased) 

  • Rugby fields (leased)

  • Softball fields (first-come, first-serve)

  • Basketball court (first-come, first-serve)

  • Multi-purpose fields 

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

McAllister Dog Park

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

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

The Pearl

Cappy’s Restaurant

The Hangar

La Fonda Alamo Heights

Bird Bakery

Military life is ever-changing, and acclimating to a new location as prominent as Fort Sam Houston might initially feel mind-boggling.  That’s 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!