At the turn of the 20th century, amusement park rides were hand-carved, hand-designed, and hand-painted. When you visit the vintage Kiddie Park in San Antonio, Texas, your family will take a trip back in time for those golden moments. Kiddie Park is the oldest amusement park in the country, boasting its original Carousel and Ferris Wheel from the 1920s, with hand-painted designs. But don't let the vintage vibe fool you - Kiddie Park is equipped with tons of modern additions, including an ice skating rink, a brand new carnival game facility, and awesome party packages. They also have some of the best cotton candy in Texas, which you can even purchase in bulk! If you didn't think you needed pounds of sugary sweetness, think again!
Things to Do
- All of the vintage rides are still running at full safety and full capacity, so hop on the Kiddie Park School Bus, the Ferris Wheel, the classic cars, airplanes, and many more - even a roller coaster! Along with the rides, Kiddie Park has a few fun perks to spice up your weekend:
- Charity Hour: Every Saturday morning from 9am-10am, children can ride all of the rides FOR FREE; This is a long-standing tradition since the park opened in 1925; If you would like to nominate a charity to participate, request a reservation on the Kiddie Park website
- Pony Rides: Live pony rides are back at Kiddie Park! Every Saturday and Sunday - weather permitting - you can ride a pony for $6
- Ice Skating: Brand new for this winter season! Skate your heart out on the ice rink; $5 per skater, includes skate rental
- Carnival Games: Opening in 2014, Kiddie Park now has all of the classic carnival games, including milk bottle toss, ring toss, and modern updates like basketball
Kiddie Park Insider Tips
- The Snack Bar inside the park offers treats, snacks, and meals, but you are also allowed to bring in your own food and enjoy it on one of their many picnic tables.
- To avoid longer lines and insane summer heat, head to the park right when it opens at 9am. You can enjoy some early morning shade and as many rides as you like before the crowds start coming in.