Things to Do in Austin
Austin is many things to many people — the capital of Texas, a beautiful college city, and a progressive business hub. But for parents, it's often considered one of the best places to raise a family. As a matter of fact, it recently ranked 9th out of a list of 100 American cities for being family-friendly.
One reason for that may be that there are so many fun things to do in Austin. From beautiful outdoor spaces where kids can run, play, and exercise to museums and science centers that are both exciting and educational, here are a few of our favorite family-friendly things to do in Austin.
First up on our list of kid-friendly things to do in Austin is the Austin Zoo. The zoo is home to hundreds of animals, like lions, tigers, monkeys, exotic birds, reptiles, insects, and even the infamous Texas Longhorn. In addition to cool animal exhibits, the zoo offers seasonal events, camps, and activities throughout the year, and you can even hold a birthday party there.
The Austin Science and Nature Center first opened its doors in 1960, and today, it remains one of the most interesting and educational family things to do in Austin. Here, you can take part in hands-on nature exhibits, education programs, and recreation activities that appeal to people of all ages. These include live wild animal exhibits; a Naturalist Workshop where kids are encouraged to touch and explore artifacts; the Dino Pit a hands-on paleontology exhibit; a forest trail; and much more across the center's over 80 acres.
The 358-acre Zilker Park sits right across the street from the Austin Science and Nature Center, but there's so much to see and do that each location can fill up a day on its own. Start with the 31-acre botanical garden, which features trails, exhibits, ponds, and educational programs for kids. No matter the time of year, you can take a swim in the three-acre Barton Springs Pool, which remains around 68-70 degrees in every season. You can also enjoy a show or concert at the Hillside Theatre, or take advantage of countless other amenities, like the disc golf course, volleyball courts, playground, and picnic areas.
The Thinkery is Austin's premier children's museum, and it's largely considered one of the most thrilling places for kids to have fun — and learn a little something too — in the entire city. Kids of all ages will enjoy the hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) exhibits, and after you finish at the museum, there's a park across the street with a playground and several restaurants within a quick walk. The Thinkery is reasonably priced for older kids and adults and free for all kids under the age of two.
If you're looking for things to do in Austin with family members of all ages, you can't go wrong with a Round Rock Express game at Dell Diamond. The AAA baseball team, which is a part of the Texas Rangers farm system, plays several home games during the spring and summer, and on any given date, you might encounter a theme night, fireworks, and other family-friendly activities. You'll also find kid-friendly activities at the ballpark every day.
An Austin tradition since 1948, Peter Pan Mini Golf is an excellent place to spend a few hours with kids or the whole family. It has two 18-hole courses to choose from, and prices are very reasonable. The statues and characters you'll encounter along the way are just as fun as the golf games with their unique obstacles.
Is your family ready to find a new home in Austin? Get started today by contacting me, Heather Burke, at 512-434-9004 or [email protected].
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