SAN ANTONIO – If you’re looking to venture out of the house, beginning this weekend, several tourism spots in San Antonio have reopened for business amid the coronavirus pandemic.
This comes after Governor Greg Abbott’s orders on Monday, announcing all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls in Texas will be allowed to reopen beginning Friday, May 1. As of Wednesday, June 3, Gov. Abbott said businesses are now able to operate at 50% capacity as part of the phase III reopening.
Although some businesses and tourism spots will be reopening their doors, each has set new protocols.
Below is a list of the tourism destinations that are opening and the new guidelines that will be implemented. We’ll update this list as more information becomes available.
San Antonio Zoo
- The San Antonio Zoo is reopening and offering a “once-in-a-lifetime drive-thru zoo experience."
- Beginning Friday, May 1 - 17, zoogoers can drive through the zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the comfort of their own vehicles.
- Based on demand, the zoo will increase admission to $60 for non-annual pass holders/members per vehicle beginning May 4. Annual pass holders and monthly member pricing is set at $32 per vehicle.
- To learn more about the drive-thru zoo, click here.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
- The 450-acre Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch will be reopening its gates to the public beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, May 1.
- However, visitors will only be able to visit the ranch from the inside of their own vehicles. The ranch is offering a safari drive-thru experience in an effort to eliminate exposure and health risks. The Safari Trading Post gift shop and Petting Barnyard are still closed until further notice, according to the ranch’s website.
- Restrooms are available at the entrance and exit in the Safari Camp Grill and at the halfway point in the Safari Sweet Spot. Dining is also limited to carry-out only, but picnic tables will be available on site and are spaced apart.
- For information on admission prices and hours, click here.
The Historic Pearl
- Beginning Friday, May 1, several restaurants and retail shops will reopen at the Historic Pearl.
- These restaurants and retail businesses are set to be reopened on May 1st: The Boiler House SA, La Gloria, Larder (patio seating), Supper American Eatery, Hiatus Spa + Retreat (retail only), LeeLee (appointment only) and The Sporting District.
- Beginning the week of May 4th, these restaurants and shops will reopen: Green Vegetarian Cuisine, Adelante Boutique and Dos Carolinas.
- Fletcher’s Hamburgers, Jazz, TX, Savor Restaurant and SayTown Tacos will remain closed until further notice. Other food and beverage restaurants will continue to operate to-go and curbside services.
- All other retail shops will also operate via online and curbside service only, according to officials. For more information, click here.
San Antonio Botanical Garden
- The San Antonio Botanical Gardens is set to reopen its doors Sunday, May 3.
- Those that visit the garden must reserve a ticket in advance online at sabot.org. No tickets will be sold on site, in an effort to promote social distancing. Daily tickets are timed entry, which will limit the capacity to 25%.
- Visitors are also reminded to wear face coverings, stay six feet apart from others, wash hands, cover coughs, and continue to practice good hygiene.
Topgolf San Antonio
- Topgolf San Antonio will reopen its doors at 10 a.m., Monday, June 8.
- Guests can make online reservations to limit wait times; however, there are new health guidelines and safety protocols put in place prior to the reopening.
- For more information on the reopening, click here.
What’s still closed:
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas
- SeaWorld San Antonio
- AT&T Center- POSTPONING EVENTS
- The DoSeum
- Briscoe Western Art Museum
- The Briscoe Western Art Museum is still closed to the public, but there are ways to enjoy what the museum has to offer by going online. Museumgoers can subscribe to the museum’s weekly e-newsletter, which includes weekly Lego build challenges, historic trivia, Lil Partners activities and crafts, behind the scenes tours, and more for the whole family. The museum also has Mother’s Day membership specials, which include curbside gift shop grabs and more. For more information, visit the museum’s website here.
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- Although you may not be able to visit the San Antonio Museum of Art in-person, you can still enjoy the artworks it has to offer, all on its website. The SAMA has its art collection available to view online as well as videos on exhibit highlights, children’s story times every Thursday and other digital resources. For more information, or to see the artwork, click here.
- Witte Museum
- The Witte Museum may have closed its doors, but it is still offering an interactive venture called, “Witte Where You Are" for online museumgoers. The online content from the museum curators and educators feature the Witte’s award-winning camp, demonstration and school program curriculum, as well as behind-the-scenes tours. To learn more, click here.
- Army Medical Department Museum
- Fort Sam Houston Museum
- The Historic Quadrangle
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
- Morgan’s Wonderland
- The McNay
- Natural Bridge Caverns
- The Alamo
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center
- San Antonio Aquarium
We’ll update this article with the latest information as it becomes available.