You’ll have no trouble finding fun activities for the whole family in Austin. The city has historic sights as well as newer attractions to keep everyone entertained. Here are a few of our recommendations:
STATE CAPITOL BUILDING
After The Alamo (which is located just an hour outside of Austin), the Texas State Capitol is arguably the most recognizable building in Texas! Drop by for a self-guided tour, or hop on a free 45 minute guided tour, offered daily.
With its collection of over 300 animals, the Austin Zoo is a hugely popular attraction for families. What started as a goat ranch is now home to over 100 species, both domestic and exotic!
IFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING
iFLY Indoor Skydiving is exactly what it sounds like—the experience of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane! Almost anyone can participate; children as young as 3 and adults as old as 103 have experienced iFLY.
AUSTIN DUCK ADVENTURES TOUR
Austin Duck Adventures is a land and lake tour of Austin, TX. The tour covers some of the biggest attractions in downtown Austin, as well as Lake Austin. This 75 minute tour includes Historic Sixth Street, the State Capitol Building, Bob Bullock State History Museum, the Governor’s Mansion, and more.
ZILKER BOTANICAL GARDEN
Established in 1955, The Botanical Garden is the centerpiece of Zilker Park. It’s located across 31 acres near downtown Austin and features a wide array of native, hybrid, and exotic plants.
BARTON SPRINGS POOL AND LAKE TRAVIS
Be sure to bring your swim suit to Austin, because we have so much to do in the water, including one of the coolest swimming holes around! It’s three acres big and is fed from an underground spring. Adding to the awesome lore is the fact that Robert Redford learned to swim at the Barton Springs Pool. Speaking of water, Lake Travis is a summer haven. It’s 63.75 miles long and hosts restaurants, boating, ziplines and more.
If you’re looking for a waterpark, Schlitterbahn has been voted the best in the world for 16 years running! Located in New Braunfels, this family-owned and operated park and resort has been keeping Texans cool in the summer months since 1966.
Those with chiroptophobia need not read any further, but if you don’t have a fear of bats, you’ll want to make your way to Congress Ave. Bridge near sundown. They’ll you’ll be able to watch 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from their roosts under the bridge.
FUN IN SAN ANTONIO
Just an hour South of Austin, there are a lot of ways to spend a day in San Antonio. Its most famous attraction is The Alamo, but you can also find Six Flags and Sea World in San Antone.