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San Antonio trip questions

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San Antonio trip questions

We are excited to be taking a family trip to San Antonio next week. We are planning to go to Sea World one or two days but need more ideas for activities for our two year old daughter. Does anyone have any opinion about whether to go to the Children's Museum or the HEB Science Center? We may only have time for one.

Also, we are staying in the Riverwalk area at the Residence Inn Alamo Plaza. Other family is staying at other hotels in the area. Is there a bakery or good place for breakfast that is walking distance where we could all meet up?

Finally, my husband and I plan to go on a date one night while we are there. Any suggestions for a romantic restaurant?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: San Antonio trip questions

Peruse the posts here to get an idea of what other folks have discussed, and you'll get some ideas. I never made it to the HEB center, but the Children's Museum was a hit with our little one, especially the waterpumps, the treehouse and the room with all the noise-making gadgets. Plus, you can take the train through the park to the zoo, all for one ticket (or you can just get a ticket for the museum). There is also a tiny and aging amusement park called simply "The Kiddie Park" just down Broadway. Evidently, it has been there for 80 years or so. Many of the rides are for little kids, and have seen better days (they're all slow and low to the ground, and I've never heard of accidents, so don't worry), but rides are cheap (50 cents a ticket or something similar); it's a refresghing change from the huge mega-parks like Fiesta and Disney that cater to the big kids and drain your wallet. Plus, you can stop for just a half-an-hour instead of a full-day excursion.

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Can't help with the romantic restaurant (we were always packing a youngster).

Breakfast at Mi Tierra is always an event, but it's a bit of a hike (though quite doable, especially in the morning). The atmosphere is great, and breakfast was always reliable. If you and your friends are all from out of town, and haven't been, it's one of the quintessential San Antonio things to do. Just get there early. Get the menudo and tacos de lengua if you're adventurous, or the huevos de machacado (dried beef) for something different. Check out the photos on their web site

http://www.mitierracafe.com/

If you don't want to walk, meet at Schilo's german deli for coffee and streudel. It's just across the river from the Hilton.

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2. Re: San Antonio trip questions

Ooops! I had a brain fart. It's the HEB Science Treehose at the Witte Museum. That's the place my kid enjoyed.

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In SA Riverwalk and Alamo are "must sees" I'd also recommend a quick trip to Gruene (about a 30 minute drive up I-35 just past New Braunfels) http://www.newbraunfels.com/

You'll find Antique shopping,

Waterpark: Schlitterbahn, http://www.schlitterbahn.com/ one of the coolest in the country.

Toobing the Comal or Guadalupe Rivers:

Texas Tubes http://www.texastubes.com/

Rockin R River Outfitters http://www.rockinr.com/

Greune (just a couple of miles N of New Braunfels)

Gruene Hall, http://www.gruenehall.com/ Texas��� oldest dance hall. Also there, Grist Mill Restaurant, shopping, and wine tasting, several Bed and Breakfasts

I'm a nut for our caves. They're cool, both literally and figuratively, a fun family outing. Just North of SA on I-35 is Natural Bridge Caverns. This is my first choice, most developed also has a drive through Texas Safari http://www.naturalbridgecaverns.com/

In Boerne, west on I-10 is Cave Without a Name. My second choice, least developed. http://www.cavewithoutaname.com/

Just South of Boerne is Cascade Caverns. My 3rd choice, a little on the cheesy side. http://www.cascadecaverns.com/

The Witte is an excelent choice http://www.wittemuseum.org/

San Antonio Children���s Museum is great for kids up to about 11 or 12 http://www.sakids.org/

The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum for a touristy fix. It���s a little on the cheesy side but kids seem to like it and it's about a block away from the children's museum. http://www.buckhornmuseum.com/

There are several other super tourist cheesy spots across from the Alamo. Haunted mansion, Believe It or Not, etc���, if you���re so inclined. Kids usually enjoy those.

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There are two good threads on this in this forum "Need help for dinner reservations in San Antonio" and "Anyone try Cebu Restaurant" I think they cover the bases.

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for a romantic restaurant try "Citris" at the Hotel Valencia on the Riverwalk. there's a restaurant in the Watermark Hotel that is romantic as well (sorry i forgot the name). both of these restaurants are pricey, but the food and atmosphere are worth it. Biga on the Banks is another very romantic one, but the food is not as good as the before mentioned.

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I proposed to my wife at Grey Moss Inn. Tranquil setting with some outdoor seating under gigantic moss covered oaks. One of the best wine cellars in Texas. It is about 40 minutes northwest of downtown, out bandera raod just past 1604 in the town of Grey Moss.