Feb 26, 2019 // Merrin Duhe

The 5 Best Family Vacation Activities in Austin, TX

Austin Texas is the perfect destination for your upcoming family vacation! The capitol city has memorable activities for all ages to enjoy. Austin is home to numerous food trucks, bats, graffiti parks, shops, live music, hiking, biking, swimming, and more! Bring the kids and see for yourself why Austin, Texas is a perfect destination for your next family vacation. Here are our top 5 family-friendly activities in Austin:


Congress Bridge Bats, The Worlds Largest Urban Bat Colony

From March to October, millions of bats emerge each sunset from the underside of the Congress Avenue bridge! This iconic Austin treasure is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You can view the natural show from below the bridge, on the bridge, or even on a boat tour or kayak on the water below.  This activity is perfect for kids and adults alike! It is fascinating to see the incredible number of bats that spend their days under the busiest bridge in Downtown Austin. You and your family won’t ever forget this experience! To top it all off, it’s a free show! There’s also free parking at Auditorium Shores.

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Shopping on South Congress Avenue

South Congress is the hippest place in Austin to eat, shop, drink, and see live music! You and your kids will love shopping around in some of Austin’s most popular boutiques, such as Allen’s Boots! We all know you love your children, so don’t forget to make a stop at Jo’s Coffee Shop, where you can find the iconic “I Love You So Much” mural. This activity is perfect for the family because you can find food and fun all in one place! Grab some Tex-Mex and a margarita at Gueros before spoiling your kids at The Big Top Candy Shop! Congress Avenue is the hub of Austin Texas! Just cross Lady Bird Lake and head south to get to this South Congress shopping area. There is parking along the street, as well as tucked away in the neighborhoods close by.

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Barton Springs Pool

If your family vacation to Austin happens to be in the summer, you must take a trip down to Barton Springs Pool! The pool is 3 acres in size and is fed from underground springs. The water temperature stays around 70 degrees all year long and is the perfect way to cool off with the family in the Texas heat! This activity is a perfect time to relax while still enjoying the outdoors. You will love sunbathing on a beach towel while your kids preoccupy themselves jumping off the diving board and swimming in the crystal blue water. Barton Springs is located in Zilker Park! Parking is free, but to swim it’s $4 for children 1-11yrs and adults are $9 for a day trip.

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Peter Pan Mini Golf

This Austin treat has been a local tradition since 1948 and is fun for all ages! The two 18-hole courses are filled with many characters, obstacles, and surprises! Parents, you are in luck. It’s also BYOB! Peter Pan Mini Golf is the perfect way to spend the evening with the kiddos! They will love to golf their way through the colorful installations, and you will love sipping on a cold one simultaneously. The golf course is located on Barton Springs Road! Just look for the giant Peter Pan sculpture out front, you won’t miss it! It costs $7 for adults and children 6+ and $5 for children under 5! Keep in mind, they are cash only and please, no glass beverages!

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Zilker Zephyr Mini Train

Looking for a place to take the youngsters? Look no further. The Zilker Zephyr Minitrain provides a 25-minute train ride around the park!  This is a great way for children and adults alike to get a tour of Zilker Park, Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake at a leisurely pace. The train is located in Zilker Park, just across from the Barton Springs Pool. It is $2 per child and $3 per adult! Keep in mind, it is cash only!

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As you can see, Austin, Texas is the perfect destination for your next family vacation! You will find fun for both you and your kids around every corner! We hope the list of our top 5 family-friendly activities inspires you to book your next vacation to our beautiful city. We promise you will make memories you and your family will never forget!

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