Both kids and grownups will have a great time exploring Thinkery, a children’s museum that has plenty of fun and interactive exhibits.
Thinkery exposes young minds to STEM-based topics, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in a fun and approachable way.
With exhibits perfect for children of all ages, from babies to teens, everyone is sure to leave Thinkery with new knowledge.View Site
Austin is home to the largest bat colony in North America.
From March to November, nearly 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats live under this Austin bridge.
Therefore children will love learning about the natural world by watching the bats fly out from under the South Congress Bridge.
They take flight at night to feast on bugs, therefore dusk is the best time to see droves of them in the sky.
Watch on the bridge, near the shore of Lady Bird Lake or even from a boat or kayak.View Site
Active kids will love hiking up to the top of Mt. Bonnell also known as the highest point in Austin.
Count the stair steps it takes to reach the top, which is 190 feet in elevation gain.
Once you reach the very top step, view a picturesque landscape of downtown and Lake Austin.Mt. BonnellView Site
Zilker Park is an iconic part of Austin. Not only an expansive park, this 300-acre area is home to live music concerts, various festivals and even a botanical garden.
However if you’re just looking for a great picnic spot and a place the kiddos can burn some energy, Zilker Park is the perfect place.View Site
Little minds will have a fun and educational time at Austin Nature & Science Center.
Kids will love the hands-on exhibits while parents will truly appreciate the free admission. Children will learn about the natural world through the dinosaur fossils exhibit and the wildlife rehabilitation facility onsite.
Located on the western part of Zilker Park, Austin Nature & Science Center even offers day camps for kids during the summer months.View Site
View animals from all over the world at Austin Zoo. Now this zoo isn’t a typical zoo; all the animals in the Austin Zoo are rescue animals.
This zoo sanctuary has over 100 different species of animals and approximately 300 animals in total.
Kids will enjoy interacting with the animals at the petting zoo, where there is food for sale to feed some of the zoo’s residents.View Site
The Bullock Texas State History Museum will teach you and your kids all you need to know about the history of Texas.
There are three floors of exhibits, some of which are interactive.
Now the museum isn’t the only thing drawing families to the Bullock Texas State History Museum. There is an onsite IMAX theater that plays the latest flicks.View Site
Go on a hike, bike ride or even a swim along the Barton Creek Greenbelt.
The Twin Falls trailhead is a well-liked spot to explore, however there are plenty of access points along the Green Belt that can be found throughout the city.
Beat the summer heat with a swim in Barton Creek or explore the eight miles of hiking trails here that are perfect for active kids.View Site
Head to one of Austin’s greatest bookstores for a fun story time or to simply browse the well stocked kids section.
This independent bookstore not only offers books but also games and toys too, making it a great place for kids to explore.
Also multiple times a week, BookPeople holds story times and other kid-friendly events.View Site
One of the most popular summer spots in Austin is the Barton Springs Pool.
This spring-fed pool always stays at a cool 68 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore it’s the best place to beat the summer heat.
The 3-acre pool is great for kids, since it has a shallow end.
Parents won’t break the bank getting into this pool either, as admission is only a few dollars for children and fees are less during off hours.View Site
Jumpoline Park is a great place to visit during a rainy or cold day in Austin, Texas.
This indoor complex features bounce houses, huge slides, obstacle courses and of course trampolines.
Both young and old children will have a great time at Jumpoline Park.
Take advantage of Teen Nights or book your kid’s next birthday party at this trampoline fun park.View Site
Mini golf is a fun activity for the whole family, and Peter Pan Mini Golf has been providing families with fun since 1946.
This mini golf park has two 18-hole golf courses with fun and wacky themes.
Peter Pan has also become a popular spot for birthday parties in the South Austin area.View Site
Enjoy Zilker Park from a mini train called the Zilker Zephyr.
This miniature train takes travelers on a 25-minute ride through Zilker Park.
The train typically runs every day, and leaves every hour on the weekdays and every 30 minutes on the weekends.
Since the train departs near Barton Springs Pool, it’s a convenient spot to hop on the train after enjoying a dip in the pool.View Site
Enjoy a sweet treat at Amy’s Ice Creams.
This ice cream shop has multiple locations in the city, so there is bound to be an Amy’s near you.
Enjoy the popular Mexican vanilla flavor or plenty of other classic and unique flavors at this Austin-based ice cream parlor.View Site
This natural underground cavern was discovered by construction workers building the I-35 freeway.
Choose from one of the guided tours (we like the one-hour version) and learn the difference between stalagmites and stalactites while you explore the cavern’s Ice Age animal fossils.View Site
Since opening in 1973, Playland Skate Center has been the place to get your roller skate on.
In addition to keeping the rink in great shape, it features a light show, fog machine, and state-of-the-art sound system.
8822 McCann Dr Austin, TX
(512) 452-1901View Site
Pioneer Farms is another longtime establishment—one that makes learning about Central Texas fun (really!).
That’s because it’s immersive, offers participatory events, and, most important, has a petting zoo.
If you don’t make an event there, you can still enjoy its themed historic areas on self-guided walking tours; they include everything from an 1841 Tonkawa encampment to an 1899 rural village.
Pioneer Farms Dr Austin, TX 78754View Site
If overstimulation and marathon game-playing are your (or your kids’) thing, Pinballz Arcade is the spot.
The original location is full of pinball machines, of course, as well as old-school video games.
A local fave.
8940 Research Blvd Ste 100 Austin, TX
(512) 420-8458View Site
Risen from the ashes of the ice rink of a now-defunct mall, Chapparal Ice has reinvented itself as a refreshing recreation space with times for free skating as well as ice skating and recreational competitive hockey programs.
2525 W Anderson Ln Austin, TX 78757
(512) 252-8500View Site
Austin Rock Gym offers programs for kids starting at age 4.
If your kids are climbers in general, Rock Gym staff members will evaluate them and decide which class is for them; there are also classes for complete beginners.
If you are a climber, all the better—the gym, of course, has plenty of facilities for adults.
8300 N Lamar Blvd #102B Austin, TX 78753
(512) 416-9299View Site
Located in a lakeside villa built in 1916, Laguna Gloria is a museum.
Peacocks ander the area along with adjacent Mayfield Park.
This is a don’t miss.
3801 W. 35th St. Austin, TX
(512) 974-6797View Site
Patterson Park is an outdoor oasis for kids, complete with basketball courts, a mini skate ramp, volleyball courts, picnic tables, multiple playgrounds, and top-notch trees to climb.
It also boasts a kinetic sculpture called Dance of the Cosmos by local artist Jennifer Chenoweth; the kids will love to watch the 8-foot-tall flower petals open and close.
4200 Brookview Rd. Austin, TXView Site
Formed in the 1930s as Austin’s first science museum, the Texas Memorial Museum focuses on the state’s natural history.
Hardcore dinosaur lovers can savor more than 5 million specimens, including huge dinosaur skeletons and fossilized animals, gems and minerals, and wildlife specimens.
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
(512) 471-1604View Site
Pease Park is one of Austin’s oldest and most beloved public spaces.
In addition to being great for a run, hike, or a stroll, the 42-acre space has a lot to offer the kiddos. Kingsbury Commons, the official entrance area, has a big, shaded playground, a nearby splash pad, a basketball court, and enough picnic tables for a small family meal or a a big birthday party.
A baseball field and volleyball court are just up the trail, where visitors will also find the fun, interactive art installation Yippee Ki Yay! by internationally
1100 Kingsbury St Austin, TX 78705
(512) 974-6700View Site
It may be easy to ignore the Texas State Capitol for fear that it’s boring, but that would be a mistake.
One of the prettiest capitol buildings in the country—decked out in distinctive pink granite—also boasts free guided tours, 22 acres of green lawns perfect for rolling, and a rotunda that has fun acoustics.
1100 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-4630View Site
Austin’s new Central Library—which opened downtown in October—features a six-story, sunlight-filled atrium, surrounded by collections, event space, reading porches overlooking the lake and Shoal Creek, and a cookbook-themed coffee shop.
The Lake|Flato design offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for kids to enjoy as well as a colorful, well-stocked children’s area with tons of great programming.
Don’t miss the story time.
710 W Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701
(512) 974-7400View Site
This brand-new toy museum is just that: a place to ogle vintage toys, action figures, retro toys, classic toys, or console video games of childhoods past or present.
Though seemingly targeting fanboys/girls, the museum is in fact focused on childhood education and also has a lot of hands-on activities, like vintage video games.
1108 Cesar Chavez Austin, TXView Site
An ever-evolving structure made of durable castoffs (wheels, toys, electronics, etc.), the Cathedral of Junk is one man's vision, and he has been realizing that vision in his South Austin yard since 1989.
It's a nifty labyrinth at this point, and a good intro to old-school Austin Weird
4422-4424 Lareina Dr Austin, TX 78745
(512) 299-7413View Site
This outdoor museum boasts life-size dinosaur replicas, like a 2-foot-long Compsognathus and an 85-foot-long Brachiosaurus.
A tree-lined path takes you on an educational trek, and the kiddos will also like participating in a fossil dig and playing at the playground.
893 Union Chapel Rd Cedar Creek, TX 78612
(512) 321-6262View Site
This Aquarium has so many fish and animals! Sharks, Stingrays, Giant Pacific Octopus, Lorikeets, Macaws, Reptiles, and Amphibians.!
Plus, new mammals like kinkajous and Lemurs.
The best part is you can pet and feed them all.View Site
Discover the fun of science at the Science Mill in Johnson City!
This family destination offers an exciting, interactive learning environment for all ages.
Through cutting-edge exhibits, games and programs, the non-profit science museum expands understanding and appreciation of science in everyday life.
Housed in an historic 1880s mill, the Science Mill features more than 50 hands-on, world-class exhibits, a 3D theater and an on-site café.View Site
A one-of-a-kind Theme Park, known as the 1st show cave in Texas.
Visitors have enjoyed touring the Balcones Fault Line Cave for over 105 years, and now, the park has many other attractions for family fun and entertainment.View Site
With a host of new activities and special events planned, this year's Pumpkin Patch will be bigger and better than ever.
Come spend the day making memories searching through our corn maze, taking a hay ride, and picking out that perfect fall pumpkin for your family.View Site
The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the official state botanic garden and arboretum of Texas.
The Center promotes its mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through its internationally recognized sustainable gardens, education and outreach programs, research projects, and consulting work.View Site
Closed army base with a museum, big grounds to run around on, and lots of cool weaponry for the kids to play with.View Site