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101 Family Day Trips and Staycation Ideas Around from Austin



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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Austin. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Explore Gardens & Sculpture Gardens

  Bee Cave Sculpture Park
UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum
Hill Country Lavender Farm
Luling Lavender Fields
Chappell Hill Lavender Farm
Zilker Botanical Gardens
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center



Get Wild on a Hike

  Shoal Creek Trail
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
The Trails at Enchanted Rock
Walnut Creek Trail
Onion Creek and Homestead Trail Loop
Spicewood Valley Trail


Time Travel Today

  Pioneer Farms
The Alamo
Austin African American Cultural District
Charles S. Cock House and Cottage Kitchen
Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead
Frio Pioneer Jail Museum
San Antonio Missions


Make Life a Beach

  McKinney Falls State Park
Hamilton Pool Preserve
West Lake Beach
Emma Long Park 
Lake Pflugerville Park
Reimers Ranch Park
Canyon Lake


Splash into Some Water Fun

  Shoreclub Volente Beach and Water Park
Rock'N River Family Aquatics Center
Sea World Aquatica
Typhoon Texas
Schlitterbahn Water Park
Splash Shack
Pirate's Bay Water Park
Swim Splash and Slide Indoor Water Park at Great Wolf Lodge
Hurricane Harbor SplashTown
North Richland Hills Family Water Park
Splashway Waterpark


Spend the Day at a Museum

  McNay Art Museum
Bullock TX State History Museum
Cockrell Butterfly Center
TX Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum 
National Museum of the Pacific War
Austin Toy Museum
Museum of the Weird
The DoSeum
Science Mill
Texas Military Forces Museum


Explore These Cities

San Antonio
New Braunfels
Round Rock 
Corpus Christie


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Austin Steam Train Association
Austin Metro Rail
Grapevine Vintage Railway
Longhorn and Western Railroad and TX Transportation Museum 
TX Air Museum
Austin's Park and Pizza
Austin's Boat Tours
Austin Duck Adventures


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Boggy Creek Farm
Green Gate Farm
Johnson's Backyard Garden
Eden East
Sauer-Beckmann Farm


Play Ball!

  Freestyle Sports
Texas Stars
Austin Rowing Sports
Capitol Area Tennis Association 
Round Rock Express
Austin Spurs


Treat Yo' Self

  La Patisserie
Cool Haus
Cow Tipping Creamery
Teo Gelato
Spun Ice Cream


Connect with Nature

  Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
Cyprus Valley Canopy Tours
Zip Lost Pines
Scuba Diving at Mansfield Dam Park 
TX Climbing Adventures
Wonder World Park 
Blue Hole Park, Wimberly


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

Six Flags Fiesta
Six Flags Over Texas
SeaWorld San Antonio 
Kemah Boardwalk
Morgans Wonderland
ZDT's Amusement Park


Talk to the Animals

  Austin Zoo
Austin Aquarium
Crow's Nest Farm
Fry's Fun Farm
Fort Worth Zoo
Cameron Park Zoo
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
San Antonio Zoo
Texas State Aquarium
Sea Life


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Mexic Arte Museum
Asian American Resource Center
Chinatown Center
Austin Dragon Boat Festival 
Alliance Francaise d'Austin
Austin Celtic Calendar


Get Active Indoors

  Rock About Climbing Adventures
Altitude Trampoline Park
Chaparral Ice
Mt. Playmore


Challenge Yourself

  Cathedral of Junk
Check out some of Austin's most popular murals
Mindspark Escape Games
Climb the stairs at Mt. Bonnell 
Austin Sailboat Rentals
Epic SUP (stand up paddle board)
Texas Trail Ride


Shop Your Heart Out

  Toy Joy
Monkey See, Monkey DO
2nd Street District
Anna's Toy Depot
Terra Toys
Lions and Tigers and Toys


Explore Some Caves

  Inner Space Cavern
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Natural Bridges Caverns
Cave Without a Name



Most of these destinations are within an hour from Austin. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away