Top 20 Places to Take Kids In and Around Austin
Austin's favorite places to take kids for 2017
There are literally hundreds of wonderful places to take your kids in Austin! Each year, we survey Austin parents to find out where they love to take their kids. 2015's results are below. And make sure to sign up for our fantastic FREE weekly newsletter with dozens of ideas each week for local stuff to do with kids, many of them free.
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The Aquarium features thousands of species! Including Sharks, Stingrays, Corals, Lorikeets, Toucans, Macaws, Tropical Fish, Rain Forest Area including exotic reptiles and amphibians; Giant Pacific Octopus, and on select days….Mermaids!
The Robinson Family Farm
The Robinson Family Farm is a family owned and operated pumpkin patch in Temple Tx. We are located just east of temple off loop 363. entrance to our farm is free and we have loads of free things to do.
The Austin Outlaws are a women's football team in the Women's Football Alliance. They are based in Austin, Texas. Home games are played at Chaparral Stadium on the campus of Westlake High School.
Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze
Barton Hill Farms is a small farm and event venue between Bastrop & Austin. We are open Sept. 24th - Nov. 13th on Saturdays and Sundays.
The mission of the Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education.
Six themed historic areas are open for self-guided walking tours: an 1841 Tonkawa Encampment, an 1853 Walnut Creek Greenbelt, an 1868 German Emigrant Farm, an 1873 Texian Farm, an 1887 Cotton Planter's Farm and an 1899 Sprinkle Corner rural village. In each area you can step back in time and experience Texas history first-hand.
The Thinkery is an evolution of the Austin Children’s Museum. It’s Austin’s sparkling new home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing.
Abrakadoodle is all about creativity for kids, which since it was founded in 2002, has delivered the very best in visual arts classes for kids, summer art camps, holiday art camps, art parties and art events to more than one-million children in schools, community sites and Abrakadoodle art studios for kids around the world!
Austin Nature & Science Center
The ANSC provides hands-on educational exhibits and recreational activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, they are dedicated to the exploration of the natural world.
Boggy Creek Farm
East Austin urban farm located two miles from downtown offering hyper fresh produce, eggs, dairy, meat & canned goods. Open Wednesday thru Saturday 8 am to 1 pm.
Family-owned and operated, Schlitterbahn Waterparks has been a leader in family water entertainment since 1979.
The Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin, Texas, tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits; special effects shows in the Texas Spirit Theater; and Austin's premier IMAX Theatre
Beachside Billy's (Austin Waterpark)
For those looking for adventure, Beachside Billy’s and Volente Beach are located on the beautiful shores of Lake Travis. The water park is the perfect place for fun-filled excitement on a hot summer day. The water park features an exclusive beach, volleyball courts, picnic areas, a beautiful sandy beach and the best sunsets on the lake.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Center’s gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora.
Austin Bat Cave
The Austin Bat Cave offers many different avenues for students of all ages to grow as writers. The drop-in after school tutoring hours provide time for help with homework and a more laid-back environment for mentoring. The in-school tutoring focuses on absorbing grammar and increasing fluency through creative writing; students in this program generate and revise their own work as well as acting as their own editorial board to put together an anthology for the year called, “Hand and Wing”.
Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center
A 40,481-square-foot park, complete with a lazy river, crazy slides and a water playground, is located within Old Settlers Park. Additional amenities include tunnel showers, water cannon, tipping buckets, floor geysers and zero beach entry play area.
SeaWorld San Antonio offers roller coasters, rides, shows, tours, attractions and family-friendly activities for thrill seekers and animal lovers.
Austin Rock Gym
Austin Rock Gym is Austin's only dedicated rock climbing company and offers the most comprehensive climbing lessons and services available.
The Dinosaur Park is a unique outdoor museum setting with realistic life-size dinosaur replicas ranging from the 2-foot long Compsognathus to the 85-foot long Brachiosaurus. Walk through a tree-lined nature trail and imagine real dinosaurs in a natural environment. Other activities include a fossil-dig, playground, picnic area, and a Dinosaur Store stocked with a variety of gifts sure to please any dinosaur fan.
Jumpoline Park offers Family Fun Packages, Party Packages and Teen Nights. Our private indoor arena is filled with gigantic slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and much more! We are a family fun center so parents can also jump with the kiddos, we have different sections to accommodate small children, different activities, and older kids.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in several categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Place to Have Fun INSIDEBlazer Tag
Favorite Place to Have Fun OUTSIDEThe Robinson Family Farm
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumAustin Aquarium
Favorite Performing ArtsAustin City Limits
Favorite Kid-Friendly FarmThe Robinson Family Farm
Favorite Nature CenterDinosaur Park
Favorite Sports TeamRound Rock Express
Favorite Arts EducationAustin City Limits
Favorite Sports EducationLife Ki-do Martial Arts