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Outdoor play is important because children need to learn to seek out exercise, fresh air, and activity in a natural setting. There is something fundamentally healthy about using the outdoors. Playing outside can also help children care more about their environment. The National Park Trust pushes kids to get outside and play through their Kids to Parks Day initiative (more on that below!).
My husband and I had no idea there was such a thing! But we have taken our boys to city, state and national parks since before they were old enough to walk. When they were younger, the boys really only cared about playgrounds at the parks we visited. While we always had fun, it’s been such a pleasure to explore the park and geocache together as the kids have gotten older! We all have quite a bit on our plates these days so we have to schedule time to get outside for family bonding and exercise but that makes the time even more precious.
It can be difficult to decide on a favorite because San Antonio has so many amazing parks but I want to share a few of my favorites with you!
Best Parks for Kids Around San Antonio
Phil Hardberger Park | (West) 8400 N.W. Military Hwy. 78231 | (East) 13203 Blanco Road 78216
Offering nearly 5 miles of paved and unpaved trails, this park is great for getting out and exploring with your family.
NOTE: The east and west sides of the park are currently divided by Wurzbach Parkway.
Denman Estate Park | 7735 Mockingbird Lane | 78229
Pack a picnic lunch and head out to the park with the family! Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while you walk the trail, feed the ducks and view the beautiful Korean monument, hand-crafted by artisans from our sister city Gwangju, Korea.
Brackenridge Park | 3910 N St Mary’s St. | 78212
With 343 acres located below the headwaters of the San Antonio River, there is plenty to do at this park including multiple easy walking trails, more than 100 picnic and grilling areas and easy access to the San Antonio Zoo, Witte Museum, and DoSeum.
Hemisfair | 434 S. Alamo St. | 78205
Hemisfair Park is an urban oasis! It’s a great space for all and includes a playground, splash pad, fountains, statues, green space and more.
Chris Park | 111 Camp St. | 78204
Enjoy 18 plant varieties, a fountain, a constellation-themed walkway and benches inscribed with uplifting quotes from Chris Pace’s journals. And take your turn on Tumble Hill, where “children, and those with an inner child” can roll down a grassy knoll.
NOTE: Chris Park is closed on Mondays.
Landa Park | 164 Landa Park Dr. | New Braunfels | 78130
The 51-acre park has something for everyone! From paddle boats to walking the park to feeding the fish and more, the entire family will have something to do here.
Woodlawn Lake Park | 1103 Cincinnati Ave. | 78201
In addition to the 1.5 mile trail around the man-made lake, this park offers fishing, basketball and swimming. The pool is open from May to September until 7 p.m. on most nights and is free!
Travis Park | 311 E Travis St. | 78205
At this park you’ll find a miniature dog park, a giant chess set and a kiosk where one can check out books, board games and hula-hoops. During the summer, there are outdoor movie nights, ballet performances and a summer jazz concert series in the park.
There is no shortage of parks in San Antonio so I hope you’ll get out and enjoy them all while the weather is nice. There’s no better reason to get outside than the 7th annual Kids to Parks Day which is Saturday, May 20, 2017!
Kids to Parks Day is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Environmental Education Foundation, National Recreation and Parks Association, and others as a national day of play to promote the importance of getting kids outdoors.
The National Park Trust is excited to announce a new sponsor this year – Northside Shoes! The brand encourages families to get outside and enjoy Kids to Parks Day. There’s no need for expensive, elaborate gear to spend time outdoors – the outdoors is accessible to everyone!
Last year there were more than 750,000 participants. This year, though, the goal is to get 900,000 kids to parks! Will you join the fun?!
Sara Phillips writes about her kids and husband, recipes, life, and activities on her blog, Sensibly Sara. She also enjoys writing reviews and hosting giveaways. Sara and her family live in San Antonio, TX.
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