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Best Family-Friendly Activities In Austin, Texas

Picture of Aubrey Cofield
Updated: 9 February 2017
Despite popular belief, Austin isn’t just for 20-something hipsters; the Texas capital is also a great place to raise a family. Besides the excellent schools, there’s always something to do – and with this list of the best family-friendly activities in Austin, why don’t you squeeze in a bit of learning with your all-ages fun?
The Zilker Zephyr © The Other Paper/Flickr

The Zilker Zephyr © The Other Paper/Flickr

Austin Scottish Rite Theater

Austin Scottish Rite is a non-profit theater residing in what used to be a German opera house. They’ve dedicated their company to establishing community through arts and frequently collaborate with local schools to offer after-school theater programs. The theater itself puts on plays for the whole family to enjoy, with some upcoming shows including Robin Hood and Maid Marians Wedding, Rosia Y Conchit: a Dia De Los Muertos Play in English and Spanish, Snow Queen, and Puff, The Magic Dragon. Tickets are reasonably priced and your kids will love singing and dancing along with their favorite performances.

Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St, Austin, TX, USA +1 512-472-5436

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

This Wildflower Center at the University of Texas (Austin) is great for exploring the beautiful floral and fauna native to the Lone Star State. They also offer family programs that allow your child to get hands-on experience with gardening. Take your toddlers to Sprouts, an ongoing Preschool program that leads you through their Family Garden, with each week focusing on a specific theme such as ‘insect investigation’ and more. For older kids they provide free magnifying glasses, books, binoculars, and more to enhance the possibilities of discovery.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 232 0100

Keep Austin Beautiful

Register your family for a community clean-up with Keep Austin Beautiful, a local organization that provides your team with all the material you’ll need to clean up any area in Austin. Teach your kids how to take care of the planet and have some fun while doing it.

Keep Austin Beautiful, 55 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd #215, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 391 0617

Austin Parks Foundation – Movies In The Park

Pack some blankets, snacks, and the whole family for free movie viewings in some of Austin’s best parks. A great option for free fun.

Austin Parks Foundation, 507 Calles St #116, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 477 1566

Boggy Creek farm

Spend some time touring the Boggy Creek farm on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8am to 1pm. Kids will love the roaming chickens and parents will enjoy shopping for some locally grown fruit and vegetables whilst learning what it takes to produce fresh organic produce, gaining the skills needed to teach and teach your kids where their food comes from. This urban farm is a great option for learning, food, and fun in Austin.

Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 926 4650

Zilker Park

Zilker is Austin’s largest and most well known public park. One of the favorite family-friendly activities to enjoy here is riding the Zilker Zephyr, a miniature train that offers a delightful tour of the local surroundings.

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 974 6700

Austin Nature and Science Center

If you have any dinosaur lovers this might prove the perfect place to take your kid. Among the many educational exhibits held is the Dino Pit, a year-round paleontology exhibit allowing children to get their hands dirty unearthing mock dinosaur fossils.

Austin Nature and Science Center, 2389 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 974 3888

Maverick Horseback Riding

Enjoy Texas horseback riding for the whole family just 30 minutes outside central Austin. Maverick Horseback Riding offers custom family trail rides through creeks, woods, and open pastures. No worries if you have inexperienced riders or small children, hand walkers are available to lead your children while they embark on their first ride. Maverick teachers know that education is the key to a safe ride, so they ensure you not only know your horse well but learn how to properly ride it.

Maverick Horseback Riding, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 230 8413