Things to do
San Antonio is the most visited city in Texas. Top sights include the Alamo and other historic missions, the River Walk, SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the San Antonio Zoo, over 40 golf courses, historic neighborhoods, stunning architecture, diverse culture, cuisine, vibrant arts community and friendly people.
FIESTA – Takes place in April of each year. Fiesta® San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event. It evolved into one of this nation’s premier festivals, with an economic impact of more than $284 million for the Alamo City. Fiesta® is the Party With a Purpose. The funds raised by official Fiesta® events provide services to San Antonio citizens throughout the year. Fiesta® really is one of America’s truly great festivals. It began as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. That commemoration still takes place. But over the past century and more, Fiesta® has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures. **If your trainee’s graduation falls anywhere near Fiesta start or end dates book your travel early!** Hotels will fill quickly. Fiesta dates for this and upcoming years are shown below. Find out more at http://www.fiesta-sa.org/
2014 April 10-27
2015 April 16-26
2016 April 14-24
2017 April 20-30
2018 April 19-29
2019 April 18-28
2020 April 16-26
2021 April 15-25
2022 April 14-24
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The President of Sea World in San Antonio is very generous to offer Sea World opportunities to our military. “Here’s to the Hero’s”. He is allowing Dad & Mom to be dependents of the military that are single as well as the spouse/children of married military. “How fun is Sea World all by yourself?”, they commented. So he generously is helping all military have a little fun. THANK YOU Mr. President of Sea World!
Single Trainee: Click here register Single trainee by putting state of driver’s license then add Dad as dependent #1 and Mom as dependent #2. For Single trainee’s only parents can be listed as dependents. After register all print voucher & print a copy of Daddy & Mama’s Lackland AFB pass to prove trainee Single & you are the parents. Take vouchers + driver’s license + passes + military ID to Sea World/San Antonio.
Married trainee: Click here and register Married trainee by putting state of driver’s license. Married trainee will be FREE and can claim three dependants. For example married trainee can claim spouse / two children FREE or total of three children FREE. After register all print voucher & print copy of Lackland AFB pass of dependents. Take vouchers + driver’s license + passes + military ID to Sea World/San Antonio.
For any other family members that may also want to go but are not qualified as dependents, Click Here & buy tickets for $49.00 + tax at Sea World/SanAntonio.
At the BMT RC there’s a general store where you can purchase discount tickets to area attractions.
Here are some great ideas on what to do while visiting Lackland AFB / San Antonio.
Travel: Local Attractions
Community Center: Arnold Hall Community Center, located near the BMT RC, welcomes visiting friends and families. Enjoy the game room, cyber cafe with Wi-Fi, movies in the movie room and popcorn for FREE.
Bldg. 5506, between Nellis St. & Stewart St., (210) 671-2619, Thurs.-Fri., 7:30am-5pm
Southeast Asia Airpark (near the Airman Gate)& Global Airpark Museum (at the Parade Ground) Has outdoor displays of historical aircrafts.
Security Forces Museum http://www.securityforcesmuseum.org/ (210.671.2615)
History and Tradition Museum (210.671.3055)
Air Force Enlisted Art Gallery in the Reception Center
Arts & Craft Center – on Lackland AFB: Located just down the street from the BMT Center, the Arts & Crafts Center has unique souvenirs and special keepsakes commemorating the graduation of your Airman. Pass time while on Base Liberty with Pick-and-Paint on Friday and Saturday, 10am-3pm.
Bldg. 7041, Patrick St., (210) 671-2515, Fri. & Sat., 9am-5pm
Skylark Bowling Alley – Bldg. 6476 (210) 671-1234 Bowling Hours of Operation – Mon – Thurs 9 AM – 10 PM; Fri – Sat 9 AM – Midnight; Sundays 9 AM – 8 PM. Holidays – Check with Bowling Center
Lackland Recreation Center – 309 Westover St. Bldg. 871 Lackland AFB, TX . Phone (210) 925-5532 or 5533, DSN 945-5532. Hours of Operation Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – Noon. Sunday & Holidays – Closed
You may rent Badminton sets, croquet set,dodgeballs, flag football set, frisbees, horseshoe set, kid sports kit 6 games & choice of ball, playball/All balls, softballs and bats and gloves, tennis racket, and volleyball system W/poles & ball, for a small fee daily. Lackland has several parks to relax and play a few games.
They also rent a canopy, ice chests, water jugs, tables and chairs, portable grills. Call to check on prices.
Picnic on Base – Because the mini mall and places to eat on base are so crowed many people have suggested having a picnic. The parade grounds offer plenty of room for the little ones to run around and look at the planes. The Airmen are not allowed to stand and eat so bring a sheet or blanket. You could make a run to McDonalds just outside of the gate and bring it back or choose one of the many places to eat on base. If you have a D.O.D card or have your Airman with you, you may purchase food for a picnic at the Commissary. There is an H.E.B grocery store just outside of the gate if you wish to buy food and bring it in. It gets extremely HOT so make sure you have a cooler filled with ice. You can purchase ice at one of the mini malls without having your Airman with you. They take Mastercard and Visa. You may use cash at the mini malls. Wilford Hall Medical Center (The Hospital) is a nice, quiet, cool place to sit and relax that not many people think about going to. Many people enjoy going to the Gateway Club because it’s not as crowed, cool and they don’t rush you out the door. There are some picnic tables between the Retreat Pad and the BMT Reception Center. Really a lovely spot and it’s covered.
Has a playground and two barbecue areas. Lots of trees and a covered picnic area. It’s located off Kelly Dr.
A great location for a picnic. They have tables, as well as trees that provide some shade if you bring along a sheet or blanket in your luggage.
Gateway Theater – Bldg. 1288 (210) 671-3985. Movie Hot Line (210) 673-8077
Main Library – (210) 671-2678. Mon-Thu 0930-2030. Fri 0930-1800. Sat-Sun 1200-1800
Shops on base:
General Store – Located inside the BMT Reception Center Building 7246. Phone: 671-2028. Hours of Operation – Thursdays 6:30 AM – 5 PM. Fridays 6:30 AM – 2 PM. Saturdays 8:30 AM – 11 AM. The General Store is open to all personnel, however, it caters to the BMT graduates’ friends and family members who are visiting for graduation. The General Store offers a wide variety of Lackland AFB, San Antonio and BMT Graduation souvenirs including: Golf shirts, t-shirts, caps, shot glasses, coffee mugs, coins, & plush animals. We also have an on-site Snack Bar available.
Paul Mitchell Salon – In The mini mall. (210) 674-1341 Mon-Sat 9-7, Sun 10-6. Facial waxing, color cuts highlites, relaxers, braiding, updos, shampoo/set
Auto Shop – 2120 Carswell Bldg. 7245 Lackland AFB, TX . Phone 671-3549/2772 – DSN 473-3549 For a list of services please click here: http://www.lacklandfss.com/assets/auto/hours_services.pdf. Hours of Operation – Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday & Monday: Closed. All work stops 30 minutes prior to closing for clean up