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10 Things to do in Austin With Kids

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Visiting Austin with kids? You’ll all fall in love with this cool and vibrant city! Be sure to check out my top ten kid-friendly Austin spots below…

10 Things to do in Austin With Kids

1. Safari Champ. This is a hidden gem in the suburbs of Round Rock but is ideal for the mommy blogger. I mean kids of mommy bloggers, of course. A huge, crazy-fun indoor playscape for them, and tasty caffeinated beverages and free WiFi for you. You may never leave.

2. Ice cream on the cows at Amy’s Ice Cream at the Arboretum. Is there anything more awesome than sitting on a lifesize stone cow and eating the magical frozen fruits of their udders? I think not.

3. Zilker Park. Free, unless you have to pay a couple bucks to park, and hours of fun. You can play on all the playscapes, feed the ducks, splash in the creek, ride the train – plan at least a whole morning or an entire afternoon – an hour won’t be enough.

4. Austin Children’s Museum. It’s really just flippin’ fun – for everybody. It’s one of those “Get out of the way, kid, and let mommy play” kind of places. You’ll love it too!

5. Camp Mabry. Closed army base with a museum, big grounds to run around on, and lots of cool weaponry for the kids to play with.

Boggy Creek Farm

6. Boggy Creek Farm. Pick your own fruits and veggies. Fun, educational AND nutritious! Win for everyone.

7. One of the 4 Food Trailer Parks for Lunch. They’re usually cheap, there’s something to please everybody, and there’s plenty of room to run around and get the crazies out.

8. Visit the giant downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday. It’s huge and well priced and there’s lots of strange dogs to pet and new foods to try – open year round, rain or shine!

9. Texas State Capitol. It’s cheesy and “touristy” but it’s really gorgeous and fun – and can be educational, but doesn’t have to be. Take your time and poke around, it’s very accessible!

10. The Drag. A popular section of Guadalupe, a street near the University of Texas campus, it’s full of trendy shops, an open air market, cool divey restaurants, college kids and weird “Drag rat” kids who attempt to look homeless before going home to their suburban mommies and daddies.

Got any other tips for getting the most out of Austin with kids? Leave them in the comments!

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    Brittany says

    Love Austin! And while so much of my time there is spent as a grown up without kids there are so many fun things to do with the little people! Mine love to see the bats under the bridge and yes, they are big fans of walks around parts of the lake.

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    Elaine says

    I was raised in N. Austin and all of my family is still there so we often travel back to visit. Last time we where there we hit up S. Congress and went to the food trucks and shops. You definitely hit the highlights!! And for Summer visitors I would add the Quarry Splash Pad in Leander. We got rained out in July (I know, HARD to believe) but it is really fun and only a $1 a kid!

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    melissa says

    This is awesome!! I’ve never been to Austin with kids, and all I’ve done there is drink, go to football games and go to concerts! This will come in handy whenever I get down to Texas again!

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    Old School/New School Mom says

    Oh Austin. The farm sounds great! Austin is the only place in Texas I would remotely consider living, because it is full of awesomeness. This is coming from a New Yorker.

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    Kelly says

    We LOVE Austin! It is a relatively short drive from the DFW area for a get-away and it is beautiful! I love to watch the rowing teams on the river in the morning! You can fish, walk around downtown for hours and shop – they have really cool vintage stores!

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    Daddy Blogger says

    Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is
    wonderful, as well as the content!

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    Tami Walker says

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    Darwin says

    Reviewing this on the iPad and the layout was all over the place – I can still review
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    Becky says

    I wanted to mention that for the older kids/teens, don’t forget the Bullock Texas State History Museum. There are 4 floors, each representing a different era in Texas history. Be sure to go to the Texas Spirit Theatre and watch a slightly “interactive” history of Texas, called “The Star of Destiny.” We love it!

    http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/index.php

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    Austin Texas | Kevin says

    Good list. I would like to add that the Austin Children’s Museum is moving from it’s downtown location and will now be located near Mueller, which is outside of the downtown area. I think it’s a good move, more family friendly with easier parking and close to the Dell Children’s hospital. It’s definitely a better vibe there.

    Also, something to consider in October is Sweetberry Farms, in Marble Falls. They have pumpkin patches, tractor rides, carmel apples and a whole bunch more kid activities. It’s a fun day and worth the drive.

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    Phillip says

    Amy’s ice cream is an activity? Children’s museum closed. Food corts closed military bases and the capitol. What age kids want to do any of that besides Zilker?

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      KatMama says

      Yes…A trip to Amy’s at the Arboretum is a fun activity….There is NEW Childrens museum…The Thinkery….and our family has been to the state capitol several times and my 6 year old always has fun.

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      Joy Milligan says

      My son loves to roll down the hills at the Capitol and I just watch, laugh and smile! I would join him if I didn’t have chronic pain and back issues. We pick from the pecan trees when they have been fruitful at the Capitol too.

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    Kamile Ko says

    Try also to visit theatre, I believe that in Austin there is plenty of them. For example my favourit is this one- Renginiai
    Kaune
    just because it not only entertains, but also teaches values of life. I believe that your family will enjoy it :))

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