Imaginations run wild aboard the USS LEXINGTON. The sights, the sounds are so real and so intense you'll feel like you've been transported back in time. There are thousands of stories within these steel walls and thousands more still to be written. It's time for you to experience this one-of-a-kind experience.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History offers a chance to interact with everything from geology and biology to sunken ships and American history, all through the lens of South Texas examples. The 100,000-square-foot building contains many standing exhibits, a theater featuring local productions, and the Children's Wharf playscape. Glass cases house artifacts from one of the oldest shipwrecks in the Western hemisphere—the resting place of the San Esteban and Espíritu Santo—which plunged, storm-wracked, into the waters around Padre Island in 1554. The museum even boasts a Smithsonian-designed exhibit that explores the Seeds of Change, the five things brought to America via ship that changed its shape forever, including corn, potatoes, disease, horses, and a competent cartographer.
• For $10, you get one ticket in value-level seating (a $20 value). • For $19, you get one ticket in advantage-level seating (a $38 value). • For $28, you get one ticket in superior-level seating (a $56 value). • For $37, you get one ticket in premium-level seating (a $75 value).
“It’s the rare visitor who won't discover here that his or her ethnic group has contributed to the history of Texas,” noted the New York Times in its description of the Institute of Texan Cultures. The 26 different ethnic and cultural groups represented at the educational center incline one to agree with the Times. The article went on to list the institute as a top San Antonio attraction due to its “imaginative, hands-on displays” and kid-friendly features, including an adobe home and one-room schoolhouse. Along with heritage festivals and other events, the institute features both long-term and rotating exhibits, as well as a photo archive with more than three million images.
A multilevel house teeming with monsters and ghosts is one of the most terrifying places you could be. But on Pitch Black nights at 13th Floor Haunted House, things are even scarier. That's because each group enters the spooky abode with a single glow stick as their only light on a quest to find an exit from the house, which has no predetermined paths. The rest of the time 13th Floor and its companion house, Groundup, are less intense, though only slightly: gory animatronics and creepy actors lurk around all corners. The two eerie dwellings even contain a handful of spine-tingling live creatures, including rats, spiders, and dogs dressed up like giant spider-rats.
Named San Antonio's Best Museum in the 2010 Nickelodeon Parents' Choice Awards, San Antonio Children's Museum has ushered more than two million guests through its educational wonderland since opening in 1995. Tykes can explore permanent exhibits such as Science City, with hands-on exhibits covering physics, engineering, and how to extract highlighter ink from lightning bugs. In PowerBall Hall, children man simple machines to send orbs up to a lofty cage until the chamber fills and unleashes a spherical torrent down upon the delighted little ones. Other exhibits impart lessons of financial responsibility and proper nutrition in a make-believe bank and market. Membership is calibrated for any permutation of the family unit, and grants amenities including unlimited visits for a year, a subscription to the museum newsletter “Spark!,” and access to more than 40 classes where kids can submit theses on baking-soda volcanoes for peer review.