Beat the Heat with These 17 Indoor Activities in San Antonio – San Antonio Magazine

Witte Museum

Nature, science and culture intersect here. From exhibits about the earliest settlers to hands-on activities in the H-E-B Science Treehouse to rotating exhibits telling deeper stories about San Antonio, the Witte always has something new to see for all ages. 3801 Broadway; $9-$14 per person; free admission on Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m.

Clay Casa

At this studio, guests purchase a piece of pottery to paint on site. There are over 250 items to choose from at varying price points, from mugs and plates to unicorn figurines. Painters will return to the studio four days after their initial visit to pick up their finished creation. Paint at home kits are also available. 502 Embassy Oaks, Ste. 107; prices vary based on what you paint

Edwards Aquifer Authority Education Outreach Center

This free activity is located at Morgan’s Wonderland Camp. Of interest to all ages, this series of displays and exhibits teach the importance of water conservation. 23400 Cibolo Vista Road; free admission

McNay Art Museum

This is the place for the art and architecture lovers. Wander the galleries in the 1927-era mansion and take the static and rotating exhibits, including Donald Moffett + Nature Cult, open through Sept. 11. Although all ages are welcome at the McNay, this museum will be most enjoyed by tweens and above or those with a strong interest in art. 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.; Adult admission is $20. Discounted rates are offered to seniors, students, and teens. Free admission to children under 12, military and veterans, WIC, SNAP, and MAP recipients/Free general admission is offered from 4-9 p.m. on Thursdays.

Earth Matters at The DoSeum

The Doseum

Learn by doing no matter the age at San Antonio’s children’s museum. With a variety of indoor and outdoor static exhibits that facilitate hands-on play, plus rotating exhibitions (like this summer’s Earth Matters), there is plenty to keep school-aged kids busy for an hour or an afternoon. Areas such as H-E-B Kid’s Town are dedicated to 5 and under. 2800 Broadway; Admission is $14 per person

Natural Bridge Caverns

Although cavern tours take place underground (and technically outside), the cavern temperature is 70 F with 99 percent humidity year-round. Surface activities, such as gem mining, a maze and zip rails course are also fun if you can handle the heat outdoors. The cavern tours are a fit for anyone who walk the about 1.25 miles (including some steep inclines and stairs). The outdoor zip rails course is popular with older kids and teens. 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road; Cavern tour tickets run $28 and up. Booking tickets in advance saves a couple of bucks per ticket.

San Antonio Museum of Art

Located just south of Pearl on the River Walk, this museum has events and exhibits for everyone, from art play activities for preschoolers to painting classes for adults. A variety of paintings, sculpture, and mixed media representing multiple styles and eras are on display. Comic book fans may enjoy Tony Parker’s Heroes and Villains, on display through September. 200 W. Jones Ave.; Adult admission is $20 with discounts given to military and seniors. WIC, SNAP, and MAP recipients pay $3 and children under 12 are free. Bexar County residents are admitted free on Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon..

iFly

A sense of adventure is definitely required, but this indoor skydiving activity is safe for anyone that is at least 40 inches tall. Guests will go through a brief “flight training” before suiting up for the indoor wind tunnel. All equipment is provided. (Here’s a look at what we experienced during our first visit.) 15915 I-10; Two flights per person runs $84.99. Larger packages are available and iFly frequently runs specials for military, veterans, and first responders.

Photo Courtesy Briscoe Western Art Museum

The Briscoe Western Art Museum

Learn the stories of cowboys, vaqueros, Native Americans and the landscape of the west through drawings, paintings, and sculptures. The museum hosts “Full STEAM Ahead” events that are great for little ones, but a gallery visit is best enjoyed by tweens and above (or those with a strong interest in art or the west). 210 W. Market St.; $12 for adults, free admission granted to children under 12, active-duty military and SNAP, WIC, and MAP recipients. Check the website for additional free days.

SEALIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Located in The Shops at Rivercenter, these activities are popular with tourists but worth a visit by local families, too. SEALIFE San Antonio offers a way to discover marine life indoors while LEGOLAND is an indoor paradise for brick lovers. SEALIFE is appropriate for all ages while LEGOLAND Discovery Center is geared toward preschool and school-aged children. Unaccompanied adults are not permitted to enter LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Check the website for adults-only events. The average family spends an hour at SEALIFE and two to three hours at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. 849 E. Commerce St., Stes. 600 & 910; Combo tickets can be purchased for admission to both activities starting at $36.99 per person.

Altitude Trampoline Park

This indoor fun zone is locally owned and offers jumping and climbing adventures. The venue is wall-to-wall trampolines and also includes an indoor rope climbing course and rock wall. Kids of all ages are welcome during the day and teen-focused events are scheduled in the evenings. 11075 I-10 W., Ste. 126; An hour of jumping is $18. Grip socks required.

Class Axe

There are a few options for indoor axe throwing, but this venue offers guided instruction and supervised games. Pricing varies based on how many people are throwing but the average family can expect to spend around $100 for a one-hour session. Class Axe is for those 12 and older. 1203 E. Commerce St.; prices vary.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Immersive Van Gogh

Open through Sept. 5, this immersive art experience takes visitors through some of Van Gogh’s works using more than 90 million pixels, 60,600 frames of video and 500,000 cubic feet of projections. It’s not your usual museum experience and lasts about 30 minutes if you watch it from beginning to end. 221 Burleson; Tickets are $39.99-$54.99 depending on the time.

Monster Mini Golf 

Mni golf is a quintessential summer activity, but most San Antonio courses are outdoors. Monster Mini Golf brings the fun inside with a glow course that has monster decor. Plus, there’s on-site laser tag, virtual reality games, and an arcade. 2267 N.W. Military Hwy., Ste. 11; Adults pay $12 per round of golf.

Escape The Room 

This is one of the most well-known escape rooms in San Antonio. Guests are expected to solve a series of clues that align with the story of the venue they’re trying to escape within 60 minutes. Staff provide hints upon request. 315 E. Commerce St., Ste. 100; Expect to pay $125 per group of four.

McKenna Children’s Museum

This New Braunfels outpost offers hands-on play in a learning environment through exhibits like Hill Country Campgrounds and Lend-a-Hand Ranch. This spot is best enjoyed by kids 10 and under. 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels; Admission is $7.50 per person

D-BAT

Visit this indoor space to hit baseballs and softballs, or sign the kids up for batting lessons, coaching, clinics or camps. D-BAT is suited to players of all ages and also has a New Braunfels location. 2250 Chipley Circle, $21 and up

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