We’re not kiddin’ around. From major attractions like the Thinkery to hidden gems like the Dinosaur Trail, there’s something in the Capital City for children of all ages. You’ll have no trouble entertaining the youngsters with this list of 26 kid-friendly activities around the 512.
🎨 All about the arts
UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Azie Morton Rd. | 🎟️ Family memberships available
This outdoor sculpture garden is filled with more than 200 whimsical bronze sculptures, paintings, and drawings.
Hideout Kids, 617 Congress Ave.
The comedy theater’s 27-year-running “Family Maestro” improv show is performed by adults and children. Kids will remember contributing ideas to help build the scenes.
The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.
Kids can roam the museum’s expansive outdoor grounds while taking in sculptures and natural beauty. The museum also offers free art workshops once per month.
🌳 Great outdoors
Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Dr.
Your kiddos will be able to take on hands-on activities related to nature and the environment. As a bonus, admission is always free.
Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury St.
Between the trails, a playground, and a basketball court, there’s plenty for families to do in this Central Austin park. Kids will remember the Treehouse and its floating net.
Inner Space Cavern, 4200 S. I-35 Frontage Rd., Georgetown
Walk through 10,000 years of history at this cave, which features rock formations and prehistoric animal bones. Kids will remember the new Saber Tooth Zip Ride.
🦁 Animal encounters
Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trl.
All the animals at Austin Zoo — which include tigers, foxes, monkeys, and reptiles — are rescued.
Bat watching, Congress Avenue Bridge
Partake in a classic Austin experience by seeing the world’s largest urban bat colony emerge downtown. Pro tip: Learn more about these critters and plan your visit using our guide.
Texas Trail Rides, 9606 Farm to Market Rd. 1826
See the Texas Hill Country the most Texas way possible: on horseback. Instructors are available for adults and kids alike, regardless of their skill level.
🧠 Educational activities
Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.
Take a walk through Texas history — tours of Texas’ Capitol building are free to the public.
Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
Little ones can take a break from touring Texas history exhibits at this museum’s IMAX Theatre and Texas Spirit Theater.
BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Keep an eye out for kid’s book readings on this store’s events calendar.
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr.
Tour 19th-century spaces, or learn new skills like archery, banjo, or blacksmithing at this North Austin gem.
🎳 Indoor adventures
Museum of Illusions, 11010 Domain Dr., #100
The newly opened Museum of Illusions offers ~70 mind-bending exhibits. Kids will remember the rotating, light-up tunnel room.
Museum of Ice Cream, 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, #128
These colorful, treat-inspired exhibits will inspire the playfulness in kids of all ages.
🏖 Splash around
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, 3001 Kalahari Blvd., Round Rock
Soak up the sun in the outdoor waterpark or avoid the rays at its indoor counterpart. You won’t want to miss this report’s 80,000-sqft arcade, either.
Barton Springs, 2201 William Barton Dr.
This natural wonder is between 68º and 70º year-round, making it a perfect pit stop on a hot Austin day.
Deep Eddy, 401 Deep Eddy Ave.
The oldest swimming pool in Texas ranges from 0-8 ft deep, and is surrounded by grassy lawn.
⛳️ Get moving
Peter Pan Mini Golf, 1207 Barton Springs Rd.
This family-owned spot has been a staple on Barton Springs Road for more than 70 years. Kids will remember the larger-than-life animal sculptures at every hole.
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures, 14529 Pocahontas Trl., Volente
Thrill-seekers will love taking a ride on the longest zipline in Texas — make sure to spend some time on the beach when you visit.
COTA Karting, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Del Valle
Kids 12 and under can participate in “Kiddie Karting”, but big kids will enjoy an adult race around 15 high-speed corners.
🥾 Hit the trails
The Dinosaur Park, 893 Union Chapel Rd., Cedar Creek
Watch out — you just might see a life-sized dinosaur on these trails.
Ready to visit these local attractions but don’t know where to start? We’ve created this handy map so you can find all of these featured activities.