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Looking for a getaway? Explore San Antonio this summer

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As the seventh-largest city in the nation and one of the fastest growing, San Antonio always has something new and exciting to explore. The city will be celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018, and just ahead of that, the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau is inviting families from the Coastal Bend to spend a few days in the Alamo City this summer.

In a city filled with both new and tried-and-true attractions, highlighted below are just a few of the new experiences visitors can expect:

  • The Transformed Witte Museum: The Witte Museum recently debuted its once-in-a-century transformation, bringing more than 170-thousand square feet of renovated and expanded exhibition space to the banks of the San Antonio River.  The new Witte offers visitors the Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery; numerous galleries that explore the story of Texas through art and diverse collections; the H-E-B Body Adventure which helps to increase Health I.Q.; and The South Texas Heritage Center; among other historic and cultural attractions on this 10-acre, garden-laden campus.
  • Morgan's Wonderland Inspiration Island: As the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park, Morgan’s Inspiration Island will concentrate on inclusion and inspire guests with special needs to do things previously thought to be impossible. Features will include a River Boat Adventure ride with twists and turns over an eighth of a mile through a jungle setting with bird and animal sounds in the background as well as five water play areas that will offer a variety of splash elements such as raintrees, falls, pools, geysers, jets, water cannons and tipping buckets.
  • Seaworld Wave Breaker: See if you have what it takes to race into action with SeaWorld’s animal rescue team on Wave Breaker, a one-of-a kind thrill coaster inspired by SeaWorld’s more than 30,000 animal rescues. Designed exclusively for SeaWorld San Antonio, Wave Breaker replicates the adrenaline rush of a watercraft rescue mission. It is more thrilling than a jet ski, as riders zip through double launches and  hurdle 60 feet in the air over SeaWorld’s lake. Opening early June.
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas Thunder Rapids: In recognition of the park’s 25th Anniversary, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is opening an innovative and thrilling new ride – Thunder Rapids, the World's Largest Rocket Blast Water Coaster. This state-of-the-art water attraction features a custom-designed inline raft and utilizes new water jet propulsion technology for lightning-fast uphill speeds and adrenaline-pumping drops.  Also new this summer, is the amazing new nighttime show called “Celebrate! Summer Night Spectacular” fireworks extravaganza that caps off fun-filled days at the park, starting Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 – September 3, 2017. Also, a new Virtual Reality feature will be launched in the drop ride SCREAM in Mid-July.
  • Botanical Gardens Expansion: The 33-acre San Antonio Botanical Garden is adding eight acres that will bring dramatic new opportunities for guests to explore and connect with nature and discover the value of plants, water, freshly grown food, and the outdoors. Major additions include a Welcome & Discovery Complex, Culinary Garden and Outdoor Kitchen, Family Adventure Garden and more.

For a full list of summer events in San Antonio, go to www.VisitSanAntonio.com or call the SA CVB at (800) 447-3372.

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