My 12 year old daughter and I are planning to visit the week of Thanksgiving. I am not comfortable driving in unknown locations but after reading many reviews here I see that - depending upon our interests - skipping a rental car is recommended any way and we most likely will just take a taxi to/from the airport. Our interests are fairly open - historic sites, art museums, nature and zoos. My thought is to stay downtown near the River Walk but I have a couple of questions related to that:
1. I have narrowed it down to Hyatt Regency, Omni LaMansion, or Drury Inn & Suites. Our main request is a pool - which I believe all have. And then the other primary criteria would be close to places to walk to. Any pros/cons related to those 3?
2. For historic sites - our only must do is The Alamo. Beyond that we are open. So I was looking at the 2 trolley tours for ease of getting around. Any pros/cons for either of those?
3. We are avid zoo fans so will definitely want to get to the zoo one day, along with the botanical garden. First question - is there an easy public transportation to these? Or will it be a good idea to rent a car that day? If so - is there car rental available downtown? Second question - is doing both in a day doable?
Any other ideas/suggestions that you would like to throw at me is greatly appreciated.