My kids are on an extended Thanksgiving break. They are boys ages 16, 14, 9 and 3. I am a mom who is joining her husband who is in San Antonio (already) on business. I will be taking the kids around by myself while he works. He may join us at night for some things if he can. We are staying in the northwest section of San Antonio in an all-suite hotel with an indoor pool. Please give me your thoughts on the things we are planning. You should know that in March I took them for three days to Fredericksburg and we saw the Alamo then but it wasn't overly enjoyable because of the crowds. I have a couple of kids who would like to see it again (and some who roll their eyes at the idea....)
Tomorrow (Wednesday) forcast of 82 degrees. I am considering driving out to Lost Maples. I have heard there is still color on the trees and I chose this day to do this as it is the last day of great weather. Is there something you would suggest we do if we go there? I am thinking of grabbing an inexpensive lunch or snack in Bandera. Any recommendations? Ice cream (maybe)?
I had considered the option of skipping Lost Maples and instead hiking the Friedrich Wilderness preserve much closer to our hotel. Thoughts? I have never been to either place. (We have been to Enchanted Rock and Perdenales Falls) We like a place with a good view/scenery.
This would be the warmest evening to go to the River Walk. I really don't want to do that without my husband--hopefully he can go. Do the canal boats run at night? I thought it would be nice if the Christmas lights were on to ride the boats after dark. Would you say it is best at night or would you suggest I take the boys during daylight?
Thursday--forcast is a high of 65 degrees. I have two plans in mind and I can't decide between the two.
One plan has us going to the IMAX to see the Alamo movie, revisiting the Alamo,
possibly walking the Riverwalk during the day (if you don't think night time will work), maybe the Spanish Governor's House (should I?), and possibly the San Fernando Cathedral.
The second option has us forgetting all of the above and just heading out to Natural Bridge Caverns. Thought on doing this when it's 65 degrees? I heard the caverns are humid. If we did Lost Maples the day before the Caverns would mean another day of a lot of driving...Thoughts?
The third day--Friday--weather--high of 58 degrees--I have us touring the missions. Any thoughts? We did some of this 6-7 years ago and enjoyed it then. None of us remember that much, though. I think we wanted to start out at Mission San Jose and for sure go to Concepcion. If you had to choose one mission NOT to do--which would it be. Anything you can recommend we do while at the missions? I have read something about there being trails. Too cold?? Worth it? Anything we could do in the area for an inexpensive lunch? Starbucks? icecream?
Off topic--is your hockey arena worth a visit even if we can't see a game? I have some HUGE hockey fans and a son who plays ice hockey. I thought this might be another night time excursion if dad is available.
Any other suggestions would be appreciated. This is trip with a very limited budget as it has not been planned for until yesterday. :-))