An average temperature of 70 degrees will help San Antonio vacationers thaw out this spring. Whether it’s families looking for an attraction-filled getaway, adventurers looking for outdoor adventures or foodies looking to expand their palate, San Antonio makes the short list for exciting spring getaways. Plus, SAVE (the San Antonio Vacation Experience) makes spring travel even more affordable with discounts to top hotels, attractions and more.
This spring brings many activities, events and celebrations to the Alamo City including:
• Spring Break at Theme Parks (March 8 – 16) – Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld San Antonio, Morgan’s Wonderland and Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort will all be open during Spring Break, allowing visitors to enjoy world-class entertainment, high-speed thrills and fun. Visitors should also check each theme park’s schedule for additional days of operation this spring;
• A Newly Renovated Guinness World Records Museum (March) – a revamp to the museum will provide guests a chance to break six different Guinness World Records during their visit. At designated times, the museum will have Guinness World Record Adjudicators on staff to judge record attempts and award certificates, if successful, making the museum the first in the world to provide this opportunity year-round;
• The San Antonio Zoo’s Zootennial Plaza Carousel Opening (March 7) – part of a 100th birthday celebration of the third-largest zoo in the nation, a custom-designed carousel that features figurines of animals found at the zoo will be unveiled;
• Fiesta San Antonio (April 10 – 27) – this celebration of San Antonio’s rich culture and heritage packs more than 100 events into 18 days. Traditionally 11 days, this annual, more than 120-year-old celebration is extended in 2014 around the Easter holiday;
• The Opening of SeaWorld San Antonio’s Roa’s Aviary (May) – SeaWorld’s addition of a 13,500-square-foot aviary featuring about 300 birds representing more than 50 species will allow guests to float, wade or walk among the tropical birds;
• Culinaria (May 14 – 18) – this series of culinary and wine-centric events features internationally renowned vintners, top Texas wine producers and San Antonio’s top chefs; and
• The Witte Museum’s H-E-B Body Adventure Opening (May 24) – this renovation to the museum’s existing H-E-B Science Treehouse will feature state-of-the-art interactive centers to inspire visitors to get up and moving, make healthy changes and live a more balanced lifestyle – all in a fun way.
In addition, it is an exciting time for the historical aspect of San Antonio as the city’s Spanish colonial missions (including the Alamo) have entered the global spotlight as a World Heritage Site Nominee. Organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Heritage List recognizes the most significant cultural and natural sites in the world. Included are Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Egypt. If awarded, the missions would be the first World Heritage Site in the State of Texas and only the 22nd in the United States.
Savings are also blooming this spring in San Antonio with the SAVE program. SAVE provides visitors more than $1,600 in deals to 25 lodging properties, including hotels and bed and breakfasts, and coupons for 47 can’t-miss attractions. SAVE discounts are available at www.visitsanantonio.com or on-the-go by downloading the SAVE in San Antonio app.
Below are a few additional spring events, with which visitors can fill up their custom-made trip itinerary on www.visitsanantonio.com.
• 1 – 31: Contemporary Art Month – Various locations
• 8 – 16: Spring Break for theme parks –SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn and Morgan’s Wonderland (all parks open this week)
• 9: 5th Annual Paella Challenge – Pearl Brewery
• 7 – 23: Sand Sculpture: Spring Break – San Antonio Botanical Garden
• 8 – 10: Fiesta Primavera “Spring Break” – Market Square
• 11 – 13: Spring Break Family Days: LOVE Is All You Need! – McNay Art Museum
• 21 – 22: Maverick Music Festival – La Villita
• 24 – 30: Valero Texas Open – TPC San Antonio
• 28 – 29: San Antonio Big League Weekend: Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros - Alamodome
• 5: San Antonio Book Festival – San Antonio Central Library and Southwest School of Art
• 9: Motionhouse Dance Theatre – Jo Long Theatre
• 11 – 12: San Antonio Symphony Orchestra: Tschaikovsky's Swan Lake – Majestic Theatre
• 17: ARTS San Antonio Presents The Winners of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – Lila Cockrell Theatre
• 30: Día del Niño – Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
• 1: Splashtown open for weekends - Splashtown
• 5: Cinco De Mayo Celebrations – Various locations
• 17: America’s Armed Forces River Parade – San Antonio River Walk
• 18: San Antonio Ragtime Festival – Market Square
• 24: Brews and Blooms – San Antonio Botanical Gardens
• 24 – 25: Soul Food Festival – La Villita