Top 5 Kid-Friendly Activities Around Austin: Must-Visit Spots for Fun and Food
Whether you live in Austin or you’re planning a trip here, it’s likely you’re always on the hunt for different things to do. We’re going to give you our five spots you must visit if you’re looking for kid-friendly activities around Austin. Some are free, some will require you to drop a little bit of dough, and some will keep your stomach full with good food and drinks.
Dreamland is in the heart of Dripping Springs right past Rancho 12, off of 290. And it has everything fun for kids and adults. There’s a full bar, an awesome food menu, disc golf, mini golf, playscapes, splash pads, and pickleball courts.
The bar has a fun self-serving option where you have the opportunity to sample different beers and wines on tap. There are tons of local options to try. While sampling your local beer, stay cool and relax under the giant covered patio while the kids play in the splash pad. Babies, toddlers, teens, and adults will all enjoy Dreamland.
The drive from downtown Austin is right around 40 minutes, but around 20-25 minutes for those in southwest Austin, and even closer for those living in Dripping Springs.
Located just north of Austin in Roundrock, Kalahari is a pretty central location to get to from many areas around Austin. Kalahari is one of the world’s largest indoor water parks. There are a couple of options when visiting Kalahari; you can stay there overnight for a getaway staycation, or you can purchase a day pass.
Kalahari has everything you could ever want from a water park: waterslides, a lazy river, a grotto swim-up bar, as well as the Tomfoolery Adventure Park. You have the option of just enjoying the water park, or you can opt for the combination of the water park and adventure park.
Pricing during the week is about $100 for the adventure park and the water park. On weekends it’s about $170 for the adventure park and water park combo. Check out the waterpark during the week for $60.
Right across the street is the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium where the Roundrock expresses plays. Enjoy the water park during the day, and catch a fun game at night.
If you’ve heard about Austin, you’ve probably heard about Barton Springs or Barton Springs Pool. But just to give you a little bit more info about it; it is a three-acre pool that is spring fed, and freezing. 68 to 70 degrees Year-Round. But somehow the kids don’t care about the temperature of the water and they will swim all day.
The entry fee is very reasonable and will set you back only a few dollars. It’s right near Zilker Park, and an easy drive downtown. Swim for a few hours and then head downtown to continue your day.
It’s a wonderful spot to go in the summer when it is 100-110 degrees here in Austin. Again, the pool’s freezing, but a welcome reprieve from the triple digits we often experience. There’s a diving board and lifeguards on duty to keep everyone safe.
One thing to keep in mind is that it does get busy and they were working off of the reservation list. Before you go, do some research and make sure that you can get in whenever you’re in town.
Number 2: Metcalf Barbecue at Graceland
Metcalf is located on the way out toward Dripping Springs, but not quite that far. It’s off of 290 right at Circle Drive. It’s a two-and-a-half acre spot with three playscapes, a full bar, a full restaurant, and 20 seasonal taps that are rotating. Parents can post up at a picnic table with their beer or wine while the kids play on the playscape.
The menu has lots of Austin favorites like queso, nachos, and barbeque. Do us a favor and get the french fries with brisket and queso, and the creamed spinach! They usually have live music to enjoy as well. It’s the perfect size so that there is enough room for lots of people, but you are still able to see the kids playing from just about any table.
This trail sets Austin apart from other cities. Where else can you be in the heart of a city, while also fully immersed in nature while walking around a gorgeous lake!? Even when it’s the middle of summer, there are shaded areas and grass making it a year-round Austin staple. The smaller loop is three and a half miles and now it’s connected to about another six-mile loop for those who can’t get enough. There are always lots of people so you’ll feel safe when walking alone.
Bring your dogs, your bikes, and your all-terrain strollers. Don’t forget some bread so the kids can feed the turtles and ducks. Kids and adults will love this trail. If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a paddleboard or kayak and take it out on the water. Make a day out of it and eat at a great restaurant after.
The next time you find yourself sitting in your house, the kids are twiddling their thumbs asking to watch more Cocomelon, get out, hit up one of these spots, and you’ll have a good time. We guarantee it.
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