10 Great Reasons to Visit San Antonio

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7. Cowboys, Part II

You'll find rodeos, horseback riding, cattle drives, and cowboy breakfasts at the guest ranches in nearby Bandera, known as "The Cowboy Capital of the World," and just about an hour's drive from downtown San Antonio. Why not spend a few nights in the city and a few nights on a ranch? Log on to banderacowboycapital.com for more info.

8. Animal Attractions

The massive San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 3,000 animals. Kids will really get a kick out of the "Texas-size" salamanders, cute prairie dogs, and a delightful butterfly exhibit. (sazoo-aq.org; $9 for adults, $7 for kids 3 to 11, free under age 2).

9. Kids Rule!

San Antonio Children's Museum

At the San Antonio Children's Museum, you have access to three floors of awesome interactive exhibits, all of which were created with kids ages 2 to 11 in mind (sakids.org; $7). If you have a little ham on your hands, catch a live stage show at the Magik Theater, which features performances for the under-10 set (magiktheatre.org; $10 for adults, $8 for kids 3 to 17, $2 for age 2, and free under 2).

10. Lots of Great Hotels

As Texas's most touristy city, San Antonio has many lodging options for families on any budget. If you're up for a splurge, a good choice is the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel (marriott.com; family rooms run about $300 per night), which has amazing views of the water below. A more affordable pick in the center part of the city is the Comfort Inn (comfortinnsanantonio.com; double rooms start at $130 per night). It's an old jailhouse -- your kids will love this bit of trivia -- that's been converted into a basic but convenient family hotel. Or check out sanantoniovisit.com for more accommodation ideas.

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