Beat the heat with these 17 indoor activities in San Antonio

Witte Museum

This is where nature, science and culture meet. From exhibits on the earliest settlers, to hands-on activities at the HEB Science Treehouse, to rotating exhibits that tell 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 p.m. to 6 p.m

Clay Casa

In this studio, guests buy a piece of pottery to paint on the spot. There are over 250 items to choose from at various prices, from mugs and plates to unicorn figurines. The painters return to the studio four days after their first visit to collect their finished creation. Home coloring sets are also available. 502 Embassy Oaks, Ste. 107; Prices vary depending on what you are painting

Edwards Aquifer Authority Education Center

This free activity takes place at Morgan’s Wonderland Camp. This series of displays and exhibits is interesting for all ages and teaches the importance of water conservation. 23400 Cibolo Vista Street; Free admission

McNay Art Museum

This is the place for art and architecture lovers. Stroll through the galleries in the 1927 mansion and take in the static and rotating exhibits below Donald Moffett + Nature Cultopen until September 11th. Although all ages are welcome at McNay, this museum is most enjoyed by tweens and over, or those with a strong interest in art. 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.; Adult admission is $20. Discounted rates are offered for seniors, students and youth. Free admission for children under 12, military and veterans, WIC, SNAP and MAP recipients / Free general admission is offered Thursdays from 4pm to 9pm.

Earth Matters at DoSeum

The Doseum

Learn regardless of age at the Children’s Museum of San Antonio. Featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor static exhibits to facilitate hands-on play, as well as rotating exhibitions (like this summer earth affairs), there is enough to keep school-age kids occupied for an hour or an afternoon. Areas like HEB Kid’s Town are dedicated to children under the age of 5. 2800 Broadway; Admission is $14 per person

Natural bridge caverns

Although cave tours take place underground (and technically outside), the cave temperature is 70 F year-round with 99 percent humidity. Surface activities like gem mining, a maze, and a zip line course are also fun if you can handle the outdoor heat. The cave tours are suitable for anyone willing to walk the approximately 1.25 miles (including some steep inclines and stairs). The outdoor zip rail course is popular with older kids and teens. 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road; Cavern Tour tickets are $28 and up. Booking tickets in advance will save you a few dollars per ticket.

Art Museum of San Antonio

Located south of Pearl on the River Walk, this museum has events and exhibits for everyone from art games for preschoolers to painting classes for adults. A variety of paintings, sculptures and mixed media representing different styles and eras are on display. Comic fans can rejoice Tony Parker’s Heroes and Villainsissued until September. 200 W.Jones Ave.; Adult admission is $20, with discounts for military and seniors. WIC, SNAP, and MAP recipients pay $3 and children 12 and under are free. Bexar County residents have free admission Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

I fly

A spirit of adventure is definitely required, but this indoor skydiving activity is safe for anyone over 40 inches tall. The guests complete a short “flight training” before preparing for the indoor wind tunnel. All devices are present. (Here’s a look at what we experienced on our first visit.) 15915 I-10; Two flights per person cost $84.99. Larger packages are available, and iFly often offers special offers for military, veteran, and first responders.

Photo courtesy of the Briscoe Western Art Museum

The Briscoe Western Art Museum

Learn the stories of cowboys, vaqueros, Native Americans, and the western countryside through drawings, paintings, and sculptures. The museum hosts “Full STEAM Ahead” events, which are great for little ones, but a gallery visit is best enjoyed by tweens and older (or those with a strong interest in art or the West). 210 W. Marktstrasse; $12 for adults, free for children 12 and under, active-duty military members, and SNAP, WIC, and MAP recipients. Visit the website for more free days.

SEALIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Located in The Shops at Rivercenter, these activities are popular with tourists but are also well worth a visit for local families. SEALIFE San Antonio offers the opportunity to discover indoor marine life, while LEGOLAND is an indoor paradise for brick lovers. SEALIFE is suitable for all ages, while the LEGOLAND Discovery Center is geared towards pre-school and school-age children. Unaccompanied adults are not permitted to enter the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Visit the site for adult-only events. The average family spends an hour at SEALIFE and two to three hours at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. 849 E. Commerce St., Stes. 600 & 910; Combo tickets can be purchased for entry to both activities starting at $36.99 per person.

Height Trampoline Park

This indoor fun zone is locally owned and features jumping and climbing adventures. The venue consists of wall-to-wall trampolines and also includes an indoor rope course and rock wall. Children of all ages are welcome during the day and there are events planned for teenagers in the evenings. 11075 I-10 W., Ste. 126; An hour of jumping costs $18. Grip socks required.

Class ax

There are a few options for indoor ax throwing, but this venue offers guided instruction and supervised games. Prices vary depending on how many people are tossing, but the average family can expect to spend around $100 for an hour-long session. Class Ax is for people aged 12 and over. 1203 E. Handelsstrasse; Prices vary.

Photo by Nina Westervelt

Haunting Van Gogh

This immersive art experience, open through September 5, takes visitors through some of Van Gogh’s work using more than 90 million pixels, 60,600 video frames and 500,000 cubic feet of projection. It’s not your usual museum experience and takes around 30 minutes to see from start to finish. 221 Burleson; Tickets range from $39.99 to $54.99 depending on the time.

Monster Mini Golf

Mni golf is a typical summer activity, but most of San Antonio’s golf courses are outdoors. Monster Mini Golf brings the fun inside with a light-up course decorated with monsters. There is also laser tag, virtual reality games and an arcade on site. 2267 NW Military Highway, Ste. 11; Adults pay $12 per round of golf.

escape the room

This is one of the most famous escape rooms in San Antonio. Guests are expected to solve a series of clues within 60 minutes that match the story of the location they are trying to escape. Staff provide tips 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 place is best enjoyed by children under 10 years old. 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels; Admission is $7.50 per person


Visit this indoor area to hit baseballs and softballs, or enroll the kids in batting classes, coaching, clinics or camps. Suitable for players of all ages, D-BAT also has a location in New Braunfels. 2250 Chipley Circle, $21 and up

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