Summer Staycation Guide

5 hot San Antonio spots for a family-friendly staycation

5 hot San Antonio spots for a family-friendly staycation

La Cantera Resort and Spa family pool
Beat the heat with a family staycation. La Cantera Resort & Spa/Facebook

The summer doldrums have hit. The kids are home from camp, and it's not quite time to go back to school. We've got your solution for the midsummer blues: Book a summer staycation in San Antonio and take advantage of all that the city has to offer. 

Make it a family reunion — grab your children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins — and head to one of the five hot spots below. 

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
Located in the rolling Hill Country on the historic Rogers-Wiseman ranch, this resort is perfect for a family gathering because it has something for everyone. It's even pet-friendly, so you can bring Fido along.

Hyatt Hill Country has a 27-hole golf course, relaxing spa, playground, bocce ball court, horseshoe pit, sand badminton court, tennis courts, fitness center, clubhouse with pool tables, and nature and jogging trails. A 5-acre water park includes two large resort pools — one designated for adults only — a sandy beach, waterslide, sand volleyball court, and lazy river. Family-friendly dining options include Papa Ed's Pool Bar and Grill and the General Store, where you can grab snacks and made-to-order breakfast tacos.

Camp Hyatt is a program run by trained staff counselors for kids ages 3 to 12. The resort also offers daily children's activities like arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and games. Enjoy kid-friendly movies on the lawn and s'mores by the fire pit during the evening. Hyatt Hill Country is also conveniently located near SeaWorld.

9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
This resort promises "the vacation of a lifetime," and you will be a believer once you set eyes on the incredible 9-acre water park and the 36-hole TPC San Antonio golf course. The River-Bluff Water Experience includes a rapid river ride, kids' pool, adults-only infinity pool, two 275-foot-long tube slides, and a poolside grill with food that appeals to children and adults alike. Golf enthusiasts will love the championship courses designed by legends Greg Norman and Pete Dye.

The resort boasts seven restaurants, a fitness center, tennis and sport courts, and jogging trails, as well as table tennis for families. Fitness options for kids range from aerial yoga to a junior lifeguard experience to cheer, tennis, and golf lessons. The young ones also love the Ranger Riders Kid's Club. There are many creative, onsite activities to choose from, including arts and crafts, s'mores sing-a-longs, rubber ducky races, star gazing, family-friendly movies, and evenings with the bats.

23808 Resort Pkwy.

La Cantera Resort & Spa
Relaxation is the word at this Hill Country resort, located on one of the highest points in San Antonio. La Cantera offers a special summer family escape package with daily kid-friendly activities like arts and crafts and Zoomagination, a signature adventure with live animal encounters. Kids will also love the paddle boarding lessons and the water slides at the children's pool. Friday and Saturday evenings promise family movie nights and sunset s'mores on the El Fortin Lawn, and the Magic Guy stops by each Saturday to wow kids with tricks.

With the children happily occupied, parents can take advantage of the five pools, a championship golf course, and the Loma de Vida Spa. Every Thursday, parents can also enjoy an adults-only pool party with summer-inspired cocktails. In addition to the summer special, La Cantera offers SeaWorld, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and golf packages.

16641 La Cantera Pkwy.

Hyatt Residence Club San Antonio, Wild Oak Ranch
Enjoy residence-style, one- and two-bedroom suites at this pet-friendly resort, each of which features a large living room with a full-size sleeper, fully-equipped kitchen, and master bedroom. Most rooms also come with a washer and dryer, DVD player, and whirlpool bath.

Family fun includes a pool with a lazy river, fitness on the beach, movies under the stars, karaoke with s'mores, magic lessons, scavenger hunts, water volleyball, putting contests, and tailored Camp Armadillo activities. Adults can indulge in wine tastings and water aerobics, and the family will enjoy the casual fare at J.B.'s Poolside Restaurant and surrounding Hill Country restaurants.

9700 W. Military Dr.

Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade
Conveniently located near SeaWorld, the River Walk, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, this four-diamond hotel offers family-friendly suites and children's activities. The Omni Kids Crew gives young guests a backpack upon check-in filled with an activity book, crayons, e-book, stickers, binoculars, and games.

Check out the specially designed Kid's Fantasy Suite, which includes two twin beds, bean bag chairs, an art table, books, games, and toys. Milk and cookies are even delivered on the first night of your stay. Guests can also enjoy a fully-equipped fitness center and an indoor-outdoor pool with "float-in movies" shown daily during the summer months.

9821 Colonnade Blvd.