Woodlawn Lake Pool is open on Labor Day. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

In 1894, Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday to pay tribute to the American worker, and if you’re lucky enough to get the day off, Labor Day has become a day to do things you enjoy or just take a breather from the usual work schedule.

If you’re planning on staying in the area this Labor Day, here are a few tips, tricks and reminders to make sure you get the most out of your three-day weekend.

If you need to go somewhere and don’t want to walk…

Most VIA Metropolitan Transit routes will be running their “Sunday” schedules, but a few won’t be running at all.
If you were planning on taking buses 6, 7, 509, 640, 660, 93, and 48, find a different route. You can see which buses go where on this page. Select a route from the drop-down menu in the middle of the webpage, click “Download,” and a new window with times and stops will open. Make sure you scroll all the way down until you see “Sunday” to get Labor Day schedules.

Rideshare company Lyft has provided $50,000 in free rides to San Antonians – but the free rides have all been claimed.
As a Labor Day promotion, Lyft pledged free rides to San Antonians (or a $10 discount on one at least) who use their discount code. But the offer has already been used up, so find a friend who got a free ride before they ran out and buddy up on your way home from Labor Day festivities!

The discounted ride works from Aug. 31 at 12 p.m. to Sept. 3 at 11:59 p.m.

But if you’re driving yourself, downtown parking is free!
Street parking by City-owned parking meters, at least.

If you’re ready to brave the Labor Day crowds…

The San Antonio Zoo
The San Antonio Zoo will be open. Early member entry starts at 8 a.m. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., slightly later than usual weekday hours.

Theme parks
SeaWorld, Schlitterbahn, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas are all open on Monday. There’s also quite a deal for Six Flags tickets – in a partnered discount with the International House of Pancakes, $79.99 will buy you four tickets and a $40 gift card to IHOP.

Labor Day Artisan Show
If you want to shop for jewelry or home decor, stop by this Riverwalk-adjacent event to see what artisanal items vendors have for sale. The show will be open all weekend, and on Monday it will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Museums, gardens, shopping
If you’re in the mood for art, the Witte Museum and the Briscoe Western Art Museum will be open. Mix fun and learning at The DoSeum, where kids can learn how to break codes in the Spy Academy or build rockets at the Innovation Station. Other opportunities include taking a trip to the San Antonio Botanical Garden or browsing La Villita and Market Square Shops.

San Antonio’s swimming pools
All four of Parks & Recreation’s regional swimming pools – Heritage, Lady Bird Johnson, Southside Lions, and Woodlawn – will be open from 1 to 7 p.m.

Most City offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Labor Day
But a lot of City operations will still be running. Your trash, organics recycling, and recycling still will be collected, and police officers, fire department, and EMS still will be on duty. You still can call 311 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dead animal collection crews will be on duty, as will animal care officers.

Other things that will be closed, according to the City of San Antonio:

  • Central Library and all branch libraries
  • Centro de Artes Gallery (regularly closed on Mondays)
  • Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas
  • All Metro Health locations and clinics
  • Animal Care Services Lobby and Adoption Center
  • Bitters Brush Recycling Center and Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center
  • Bulky waste collection centers and household hazardous waste sites
  • Alamodome Administrative Offices and Box Office
  • Municipal Court, 401 S. Frio
  • SAPD Administration and Records
  • SAFD Administration and Records
  • Office of the City Clerk, Passports, Vital Records and Municipal Archives and Records
  • Pre-K 4 SA offices and education centers
  • Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry
  • Senior Multi-Service Centers
  • Senior Nutrition Sites (seniors or the general public may contact individual nutrition sites for holiday schedule information)
  • City of San Antonio Community Service Centers
  • Head Start administrative offices and school district sites
  • Child Care Services administrative offices
  • Fitness in the Park and Cultural Classes will not be held
  • Parks & Recreation Community and Senior Centers
  • Enrique Barrera Community Fitness Center, 5800 Old Hwy. 90 W
  • McFarlin Tennis Center, 1503 San Pedro
  •  San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar Chavez
  • Spanish Governor’s Palace (regularly closed on Mondays)
  • La Villita Administrative Offices
  • Market Square Administrative Offices
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Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang covered local government for the San Antonio Report.