San Antonio is the No.1 tourist destination in the state and that's obvious during spring break, which brings in revenue for the city. One of the most popular attractions this week is the San Antonio Zoo.
Rebecca Schloss and her family are visiting from College Station with another family. Her daughters Hazel and Ruby are riding the zoo’s carousel.
“We’ve heard wonderful things about the zoo environment, especially the big open spaces and the beautiful trees,” Schloss says. “And there are lots of fun new babies here at the zoo to look at, the jaguars in particular.”
During spring break, the zoo has more visitors in nine days than it does in a normal operating month. The zoo relies heavily on admission sales for revenue.
Richard Oliver is the director of partner and community relations at Visit San Antonio. He says 70 percent of tourists in San Antonio each year come from Texas. Aside from the zoo, Oliver says some of the most popular spring break attractions are SeaWorld, Six Flags-Fiesta Texas, Morgan’s Wonderland, the Alamo and the River Walk.