Knowing how hot San Antonio is in July, I started looking for some indoor options for our second day. We did one indoor and one outdoor activity and in retrospect we should have swapped the times, but the kids did great (just kidding, two of them complained a lot, one complained only slightly, one did not complain, and one did great…except for trying to run off a few times. I’ll let you figure out who’s who. That’s real life, friends). Anyway, our indoor activity was the Natural Bridge Caverns. There are actually two different tours you can take here (both 75 minutes each). We opted for the Discovery Tour where they do not turn out all the lights. We had about thirty minutes before the tour started, so we let the kids do the maze that they have.
Once we got started on the tour I realized I should’ve brought water, blah. We mooched off my sister’s family to keep J from complaining the whole time. This would have been a great place to have their camelback water backpacks. The tour is not super strenuous, but it is a bit of a hike to get out once you get in there. The kids liked the jellyfish formations, the bat nest markings, and the different cave formations the look like pancakes and eggs.
Afterward we grabbed some lunch at the snack shop:
And then headed to the zoo! If you go to the San Antonio Zoo after 1 or 2 p.m. they discount the tickets, so that was a nice bonus. Now, I know what you may be saying. If you’ve seen one zoo, haven’t you really seen it all? And yes, most zoos have similar animals there. However, depending on the zoo you’ll get a different experience seeing the animals and learn different things, which is why the kids love going. For example, we saw hippos underwater up close:
And J got to be face to face with a wild dog. You could pretty much consider his trip made by that point. He was so excited!
He really wanted to get in there with the wild dogs, especially when one came right up to the glass:
And they had an interactive dinosaur exhibit when we went:
Afterwards we headed back to the hotel and took showers because it was approximately one million degrees when we left the zoo. We then headed out to an Italian restaurant on the Riverwalk.
The boys got their full helpings of spaghetti, so they were quite excited.
And then the next morning we woke up super early and headed for home!
A few other restaurants and places to check out if you’re in San Antonio…
Lulu’s bakery and cafe
Mi Tierra Cafe
Gristmill river restaurant and bar
Texas Pride BBQ
The Magnolia Pancake Hauss
Hot Joy restaurant
And that’s it! Our Texas road trip (after a fifteen hour drive back) was done!