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Kid-Friendly Austin

Destination(s): Austin

From professional ice hockey to the largest bat colony in North America, Austin is full of fun, unique entertainment for all ages. Plan a carefree family vacation with the help of this all-encompassing guide pointing out some of the city's most family-oriented spots. read more about Kid-Friendly Austin

Embassy Suites AustinDowntown/Town Lake

Embassy Suites AustinDowntown/Town Lake

  • 300 S Congress Ave
  • tel:+1 512 469 9000
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  • Austin, 78704
Kerbey Lane Cafe

Kerbey Lane Cafe

  • 3704 Kerbey Lane
  • tel:+1 512 451 1436
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  • Austin, 78731
Volente Beach

Volente Beach

  • 16107 FM 2769
  • F.M. 2769
  • tel:+1 512 258 5109
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  • Leander, 78641
Magnolia Cafe

Magnolia Cafe

  • 2304 Lake Austin Boulevard
  • tel:+1 512 478 8645
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  • Austin, 78703-4546
Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

  • 1100 Congress Ave
  • tel:+1 512 463 0063
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  • Austin, 78701

The Texas State Legislature meets only once every two years, so if the cavernous building seems oddly deserted, the legislature is probably not in session. Considered one of the nation's most distinguished state buildings, the Texas State Capitol, with its strong red granite facade and Renaissance Revival architectural style, sits regally on a hill overlooking Congress Avenue. Largest of all state capitols and only second in size to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C., the Texas State Capitol anchors the north end of downtown, just four blocks south of the University of Texas at Austin campus. Free tours of the capitol building cover Texas history, fun facts about the 17 monuments on the 22-acre, park-like grounds, and information about the Texas legislature, or take the self-guided tour to explore at your own pace. You'll need to go through a quick security check at the entrance, including having your bags scanned by a metal detector. read more about Texas State Capitol

Austin Steam Trains/River City Flyer

Austin Steam Trains/River City Flyer

  • Fifth Steet at Comal
  • (Plaza Saltillo)
  • tel:+1 512 477 8468
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  • Cedar Park, 78767
Galaxy Café

Galaxy Café

  • 1000 West Lynn Street
  • tel:+1 512 478 3434
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  • Austin, 78703
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

  • 1800 N. Congress Avenue
  • tel:+1 512 936 8746
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  • Austin, 78705

With a grand fašade that includes a 35-foot-tall bronze star, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is hard to miss. The three-story museum, open since 2001, turns the varied history of the state into imaginative interactive exhibits for the enjoyment of all ages. Meet the state's first occupants on the first floor, hear Stephen F. Austin announce the Texas Revolution on the second and peruse the third level for an understanding of how opportunity has played a part in the making of the Lone Star State. Settled just south of the University of Texas campus, a stone's throw from the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art and a short walk from the Texas State Capitol, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum also features Austin's only IMAX theatre as well as the Spirit Theater, a 200-seat multimedia special effects theater with history-based shows. read more about Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Austin Children's Museum

Austin Children's Museum

  • 201 Colorado St
  • Dell Discovery Center
  • tel:+1 512 472 2499
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  • Austin, 78701

Local children and visiting tykes experience hands-on learning through fun, interactive exhibits at the Austin Children's Museum, located on the eastern edge of the hip Second Street District. The non-profit organization houses several permanent programs in its 12,500-square-foot space, including an Austin Kiddie Limits stage (modeled after the famed Austin City Limits) complete with TV monitors playing back performances, a fake but functional dairy cow and a tri-level construction zone, among others. Two to three touring exhibitions rotate through the Austin Children's Museum annually, providing an array of new learning opportunities. Creative camps and seasonal workshops as well as special programs fill the museum's calendar of events. read more about Austin Children's Museum

Austin Zoo

Austin Zoo

  • 10807 Rawhide Trail
  • tel:+1 512 288 1490 / +1 800 291 1490
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  • Austin, 78709
Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell

  • 3800 Mount Bonnell Road
  • tel:+1 512 499 6700
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  • Austin, 78702

Known for its beautiful, unobstructed view of the Austin area since the mid-1800s, Mount Bonnell hosts family photos, sunset picnics and romantic marriage proposals on a regular basis. Visitors park at the base of the hill and work their way up nearly 100 stone steps to the wide open outcropping overlooking the southern side of the city and Lake Austin below. A short gravel trail leads slowly downhill and to the left, offering up quiet spots for personal reflection with a clear view of the massive Pennybacker Bridge. Peer left from Mount Bonnell to find the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas Tower on the University of Texas campus. read more about Mount Bonnell

Hut's Hamburgers

Hut's Hamburgers

  • 807 West 6th Street
  • tel:+1 512 472 0693
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  • Austin, 78703
Sandy's Hamburgers

Sandy's Hamburgers

  • 603 Barton Springs Road
  • tel:+ 512 478 6322
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  • Austin, 78704-1144
Central Market Cafe

Central Market Cafe

  • 4001 North Lamar Blvd
  • tel:+1 512 206 1000
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  • Austin, 78756
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

  • 805 N. Capital of Texas Highway
  • tel:+1 512 327 7622
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  • Austin, 78746
Zilker Playground

Zilker Playground

  • 2100 Barton Springs Road
  • tel:+1 512 499 6700
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  • Austin, 78746
Aquarena Center

Aquarena Center

  • 921 Aquarena Springs Drive
  • tel:+1 512 245 7570
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  • San Marcos, 78666
Inner Space Cavern

Inner Space Cavern

  • 4200 South I-35, exit 295
  • (Under I-35)
  • tel:+1 512 931 2283
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  • Georgetown, 78627
Pizza Nizza

Pizza Nizza

  • 2712 Bee Caves Rd
  • Suite 106
  • tel:+1 512 474 7070
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  • Austin, 78704
Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

  • 100 Congress Ave
  • tel:+1 512 478 0098
  • Austin, 78701

Though it may look like your average overpass, Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge houses one of Austin's natural wonders—the world's largest urban bat colony. From March through November, approximately 1.5 million bats consider this simple structure their summer home. The Mexican free-tailed bats take flight nightly at dusk, consuming nearly 20,000 pounds of insects with each evening meal. Just ten blocks south of the Texas State Capitol and a mile north of the popular South Congress Avenue shopping district, this fascinating sight draws thousands of intrigued watchers to both sides of the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, as well as just below on the southeast bank of Lady Bird Lake (previously known as Town Lake.) Parking in the area can be cumbersome, so head down early with plenty of time to get in place for the spectacle. read more about Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool

  • 2101 Barton Springs Road
  • Zilker Park
  • tel:512-867-3080
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  • Austin, 78704

The water in Barton Springs swimming pool hovers around 68 degrees year-round, which means that it feels cool -- even cold -- in the heat of summer. It feels relatively warm in winter, though, and a few rugged souls swim there every morning, regardless of the weather. If you're more into lounging than exercise, there's a part of the massive pool dedicated to floats and floaters. On the hillsides surrounding the pool, you will see a snapshot of Austin culture. There's usually a group of twentysomethings kicking around a hacky-sack ball, a sixtyish man doing yoga, and (kid warning) a woman of indeterminate age without her top. Occasionally, a drum circle forms at the top of the hill. Guitars are almost as common as smart phones. On summer days when the temperature can soar above 100 degrees, this is the only reasonable place to be. read more about Barton Springs Pool

Chuy's

Chuy's

  • 1728 Barton Springs Road
  • tel:+1 512 474 4452
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  • Austin, 78704-1037
Austin Ice Bats

Austin Ice Bats

Threadgill's

Threadgill's

  • 6416 North Lamar Boulevard
  • tel:+512 451 5440
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  • Austin, 78752
Shady Grove

Shady Grove

  • 1624 Barton Springs Road
  • tel:+512 474 9991
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  • Austin, 78704