Families who opt to stay in San Antonio for their summer break can find attractions such as this parade of Sesame Street characters at SeaWorld San Antonio, or visit the Spanish missions, the San Antonio Zoo, local museums or dozens of other locales. Courtesy photo

There’s a new trend among the first wave of San Antonio millennials. Now married and with children, they want more from a vacation than just getting away from it all.

In fact, they’re rushing to where it all is – homegrown spots sporting culture and attractions.

Millennials claim, on their doorstep, local is the place to be. Besides saving on travel expenses, budgets can stretch to accommodate loads of activities, fine dining and perhaps even a weekend of luxury at a resort hotel.

For three centuries, San Antonio has been building and growing organically into one of America’s best spots to call home. It ranks No. 14 of 125 metropolitan areas on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Places to Live, partly because of the “relaxed and inviting atmosphere … as comfortable as an old pair of jeans.”

San Antonio venues are upping their game for summer to attract families in close proximity.

At the reimagined and expanded Witte Museum complex, 3801 Broadway, new interactive exhibits open a window on 300 years of history. They tell how San Antonio rose from Spanish missions and early Spanish settlements, as well as other cultures, to create a richly diverse homeland. Visitors can even watch the Battle of the Alamo come to life with 360-degree battle sequences.

Just down the street is The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway. The Alamo City’s museum for children is partnering with the San Antonio Tricentennial Celebration Commission to provide a summer exhibit where kids envision what lies ahead for San Antonio: designing the city of tomorrow, shaping community values and role-playing future careers. Via a Time Machine Tunnel, and an augmented reality platform called Future City Lab, youngsters and families see how residents’ principles and standards create buildings, places and services.

Other spots are launching amusements just for fun and relaxation because, well, it’s summer.

The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Parkway, offers entertainment for kids and grown-ups alike. The 9-acre River Bluff Water Experience encompasses four swimming pools, two hot tubs, five water slides, two body slides and a 1,100-foot-long lazy river ride, along with a beach and castle-building tools – just in case anyone is missing the seaside. Kids can attend agility, cheer and lifeguard programs, and even create their own personalized “slime” from a secret recipe.

There’s also Lantana Spa and two 18-hole PGA Tour golf courses. By the way, while the water feature and golfing are for guests only, others can frequent the spa or dine at the resort’s restaurants anytime.

The former has its own private pool and amenities available to anyone receiving treatment.

Over at SeaWorld San Antonio, 10500 Sea World Drive, a spectacular new water slide is debuting. Sesame Street characters and themed floats will expand out of the Bay of Play daily to parade along the paths. The park also offers a variety of family-vacation packages.

Then there’s Six Flags San Antonio, where visitors can now outfit themselves in Wonder Woman themed T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats, or ride the brand-new Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster.


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