San Antonio Zoo and Theme Parks

Created Sunday, 04 March 2007 19:12

Written by Randy Watson

Popular destinations during family vacations usually include zoos and theme parks.Both are considered to be the most enjoyable part of the trip for grownups and most especially, for kids.If you\'re planning a vacation in San Antonio this summer, here are some places, which should definitely be on your itinerary.  

The San Antonio Zoo is open everyday from 9AM to 5PM, even on holidays, rain or shine. There are over 3500 animals representing 750 species in the zoo including lions, leopards, wild bears, different kinds of reptiles and birds, and much, much more. The zoo caters to classes on field trips, families on vacations, and other events on request. The staff promotes the education and participation of its visitors in understanding and protecting endangered species.

For this purpose, the zoo encourages its visitors to participate in its special educational programs like Breakfast at a Beastly Hour, where zookeepers demonstrate how they interact with the wild, and Roars and Snores, where people are allowed to tour the zoo at night. Members of the zoo are admitted free for an annual fee of $40 per person, $60 per family. Sea World San Antonio is the world’s largest marine life adventure park.

It operates from March to December. Some of the park’s attractions include exciting rides (like the Lost Lagoon water slide, and the new Journey to Atlantis, which is both a roller coaster and a water ride), guided tours like the Ultimate Seafari Adventure, their animal interaction activities with beluga whales, sea lions, whale sharks, and dolphins (where people slip into wetsuits and literally swim with the fishes, sounds fun, huh), and their shows like the Viva, Rockin’ Ski Party, the Cannery Row Caper, and the new Believe, a high energy water presentation of whales and their trainers, which literally splashes with excitement. Ticket options include single day and multiple day visits, group tickets, and season passes.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a theme park based on the state’s southwestern heritage. It operates from March to October. The park’s best rides include Tornado (a new tube ride which is among the most popular), \"Poltergeist\" (a twisting, spiraling roller coaster), The Rattler, (the classic roller coaster), Superman Krypton Coaster, (the largest steel and floorless coaster in the southwest), Scream (a 200 foot turbo drop ride), and Lone Star Lagoon (a giant wave pool shaped like the state of Texas). The park also presents shows like Country Homecoming,Teatro Fiesta,Rockin' at Rockville High, and Lone Star Spectacular. There are also themed areas like Los Festivales (a Hispanic village), Crackaxle Canyon (an early western town), Spassburg (a German town), the Fiesta Bay Broadwalk, the Armadillo Beach Waterpark, the 50\'s style Rockville, and animal parks, which showcase exotic animals around the globe.

In this fun park, every day is a fiesta, and kids celebrate with their favorite cartoon characters. Daily tickets are at $47, but a season pass for $50 gets you in for free unlimited at any of 18 parks across the country. Check them out and take your pick. Or better yet, don’t pick, go for all of them!