Austin, Texas is one of our favorite family road trip destinations. We live in Dallas, so the 200 mile road-trip to Austin, is perfect for our family of 6. It’s quick and easy, the destination is super fun for the whole family. BONUS (for us) we have family that live in the area, so with minimal lodging fees – it’s definitely a great fun weekend get-away.
30 Family Things to Do in Austin, TX
While when you hear Austin, TX – you may think of party town (which yes, it is). The town offers a plethora of things for families to do.
From gorgeous parks for hiking, swimming and viewing the beautiful scenery to fun activities to do with children of all ages. Whether you are pushing a little baby around in a stroller, chasing a toddler – or bickering with a teen or tween, we’ve rounded up some family friendly fun for you and your crew to do while hanging in A-Town.
Here’s a list you won’t want to miss!
Austin Bats at the Congress Bridge
First on our list of family things to do in Austin is the BAT BRIDGE. The Austin Bats under congress bridge are quite the spectacle. Between March and November, gather around the Congress bridge at dusk and watch over a million bats fly south.
This is a free event and AMAZING. Before you say “YUCK! BATS!” – this is one of those bucket list items that is really a fun activity.
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The Congress Bridge Bats – Watch over a million bats fly out from under the bridge. Yes, it sounds weird – but it’s amazing. My favorite location to watch the Austin bats is the top of the Ramada parking garage. We go get a Starbucks, and get parking validated. Go to the very top, sip your Starbucks and wait. The bats fly from March – November.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
In 2014, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center opened a family garden.
This place is gorgeous and your kids will love running around and playing in the pretty. Read more about the Lady Bird Johnson Family Garden
Food Truck Parks
When traveling with family, you know there will be lots of eating. Lucky for you, Austin has amazing food truck parks!
Austin has several food truck parks. Our favorite is in south Austin area. One of our recent finds is Gourdough’s – gourmet donuts. My son just didn’t know what to think (neither did I!) about this bacon donut. (The donut featured is The Flying Pig)
Texas State Capitol
It’s a history lesson every time we end up in downtown Austin at the Texas State Capitol .
With 351 acres of recreation, that includes a family friendly miniature train, your whole family will love this park that is located in downtown Austin. Learn more about Zilker Park
Austin Children’s Museum
We haven’t been personally to the Austin Children’s Museum, but friends have RAVED about this place. If you need to get your kids out and about, try out the children’s museum.
Learn more about Austin Children’s Museum
Barton Springs Pool
Learn more about Barton Springs Pool
Graffiti Park at Castle Hill
Bring your own spray paint and get ready to graffiti!
We had so much fun here, but be sure to keep your toddler’s close. Our older kids loved climbing the concrete walls, next time we will leave littles at home. Some of the graffiti is graphic – but for the most part family friendly. This is a unique place to take photos if you are looking for a different setting than a normal park.
Where is Graffiti Park in Austin? Plug this into Waze:
1100 Baylor St, Austin, TX 78703-4922
The Green at the Capitol
Looking for a place to picnic or just let the kids run and chase squirrels? The green at the Capitol building is a great place to do just that.
Greetings from Austin Postcard Mural
You got to love a good Insta moment. Austin has plenty, but the Austin postcard mural wall is a photo stop must.
Located on the northwest corner of Annie & South First street (600 Block of West Annie, on the side of the Roadhouse Relics building) – you will find a huge Greetings from Austin mural styled like a post card. This epic photo op location is the best souvenir you can bring home! Note: The street is VERY busy and people park right in front of the mural often (it took us 3 visits before we got this shot!).
Top Golf Austin
Where skee-ball meets golf. Even if you are not a golfer, you must try out Top Golf. They provide the clubs. Their food and drinks are very yummy, and you can eat and play making it a fun family activity Learn more about Top Golf Austin.
Find Out the Sunset Time – Go to the Oasis – Watch the Most Beautiful Sunset Over Lake Travis
Ask the waitress about the bell ringing at sundown. Our kids got to ring a huge bell as the sunset – they loved it! The food was reasonable and delicious. The drinks were even better than the food.
18 More Family Austin Things to Do
Let’s not stop there, we have even more family things to do in Austin!
- Hike up Mount Bonnell
- Check out a Race or Event at Circuits of America
- Visit Zilker Botanical Garden
- Take the Kids to the Texas Military Forces Museum
- Watch a movie, grab a beer (not for kids) and some grub at Alamo Draft House
- Drive thru the Balcones
- Enjoy Nature at the Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
- Try your luck at Peter Pan Mini-golf (an Austin tradition!)
- Catch a glimpse of the Cathedral of Junk
- Pedernales Falls State Park
- Amy’s Ice Cream
- Lady Bird Lake
- Dinosaur Prints in Leander, TX
- Take a Steam Train Ride
- Visit the Austin Zoo
- Tour the University of Texas Campus
- View the WEIRD at the Museum of Weird
- Watch Fish Swim at the Austin Aquarium
When family road tripping to Austin, TX – those are our favorite things to do and see. What have we missed? Leave a comment and let us know!