Things to do On Base & Town Liberties
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, more than 40 golf courses, historic neighborhoods, stunning architecture, diverse culture, cuisine, vibrant arts community and friendly people.
Things to Do On Town Pass
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/
2017 April 20-30
2018 April 19-29
2019 April 18-28
2020 April 16-26
2021 April 15-25
2022 April 14-24
SeaWorld Lackland: “WAVE OF HONOR” Program
Your Airman and three dependents can receive free admission to SeaWorld. Sea World San Antonio allows the BMT Graduates to get three (3) family members (brother, sister, parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, etc) into the park with them under the “Wave of Honor” program. (They do not have to be dependents of the Airman) If a current service members attends graduation for a family member or friend, they will only be allowed to obtain the 3 extra tickets for their direct dependents (spouse and/or children). For more information attend the Briefing. Click Here for the site.
NOTE that SeaWorld has seasonal hours and may be closed during winter months. Check their website when planning your trip!
Other Town Pass Options:
There are so many more options for family fun, dining and entertainment.
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At the BMT RC there’s a general store where you can purchase discount tickets to area attractions.
Lackland ITT — You can purchase discounted tickets to area attractions & complete Wave of Honor form for Sea World. ITT is located at 1560 Stewart St (Arnold Hall), Bldg. 5506; 210-671-3059
Things To Do On Base Liberty
Community Centers: Skylark Community Center (next to the Skylark Bowling Center), is open to BMT Families Thursday through Sunday from 1:00pom to 6:00pm. It offers TV, movies, board games, pool tables, video games.
Arnold Hall Community Center welcomes BMT families Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30am to 5:00pm. NOTE: Arnold Hall CC is only open to Airmen in Airmen’s Week and Tech School on Saturdays and Sundays). The Arnold Hall CC boasts game room, cyber cafe with Wi-Fi, movies in the movie room and popcorn for FREE. The Arnold Hall CC is located in Bldg. 5506, between Nellis St. & Stewart St, near the BMT Reception Center, (210) 671-2619.
Arnold Hall also hosts an ESCAPE ROOM!
On Thursdays 9-5pm, come out to Arnold Hall for a Mystery Escape Room. The rooms are a fully interactive, immersive team building experience. Participants receive a background story and are placed in a themed room containing a number of puzzles, clues and riddles. The story unfolds as they work together to unravel the clues and solve the mystery before the allotted time runs out. Call to schedule your group (up to 12 people) at 210-671-2619.
For more information on the Community Centers, click HERE.
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) This Museum is in the process of being consolidated with the Airman Heritage Museum which will result in a reduction in its hours of operation. It remains open for training and by appointment only until expanded hours of operation can be achieved.
Airman Heritage Museum https://www.myairmanmuseum.org/ (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
Gateway Club – 1650 Kenly Avenue, Bldg. 2490 (210) 645-7034. Lunch and dinners buffets available on Thursday and Friday. Soups & Chili available on Saturday from 12-2pm and a breakfast buffet on Sunday. Located at Lackland AFB, 1650 Kenly Avenue, Bldg. 2490. (210) 645-7034. For more information, click HERE.
Gateway Hills Golf Course – 1800 Dimsted Place (210) 671-3466. If you have questions or would like to schedule a tee time, please call the Pro Shop. Looking for a great place to eat while on Base Liberty? The Greenside Grill at the Gateway Hills Golf Course has breakfast and lunch options. They also offer a “Great Steak Night” dinner on Thursdays. For more informations on the Gateway Hills Golf Course and Greenside Grill, click HERE. NOTE: The Great Steak Night for Thanksgiving week will be on Wednesday the 23rd instead of Thursday, due to the holiday.
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. Skylark also houses Suzie’s Kitchen, which offers lunch and dinner as well. For more information, click HERE.
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