Austin, capital city of Texas has a reputation as being a city for the young and a vibrant, exciting place to live. This seems to be no less true for visitors as children and young adults will love experiencing everything Austin has to offer. Let your kids enjoy Austin through our day where learning and excitement meet history and stunning views.
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 2220 Barton Springs Rd Austin TX 78746
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Admission: Adults – $3, Children – $1
This beautiful botanical garden is located on 26 acres on the south bank of the Colorado River near downtown Austin. See a variety of succulents native to Central Texas in the Cactus and Succulent Garden. Dinosaurs once roamed the grounds of Zilker Botanical Garden, leaving more than 100 tracks. To preserve these tracks, casts were made and reburied in the Hartman Prehistoric Garden, which features plants originating from the Jurassic period and an assortment of small reptiles and fish. Relax in the peaceful Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden, which has ponds, bridges and a Japanese Teahouse. Pioneer Village features a blacksmith shop, a school house, a pioneer cabin, a wishing well and an organic garden. Young visitors will enjoy the Children’s Garden which features a topiary filled with plants in the shape of a dinosaur. Make sure to visit the gift shop for a variety of garden-themed toys, books, jewelry, decorations and other souvenirs for the whole family.
Address: 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736
Hours: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $9, Children – $6
Visitors of all ages will have a wild time at the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary. This non-profit zoo rescues and rehabilitates animals, as well as educates the public. The zoo houses over 300 animals from over 100 different species. The animals are divided into families, including the big cats, reptiles, primates, amphibians, birds, domestic animals and mammals. The big cat family at the zoo includes African lions, Bengal tigers, cougars and jaguars. See a variety of playful monkeys at the primate exhibit. The zoo houses several exotic birds as well as peacocks that roam freely around the property. Animal food can be purchased for $2 from the gift shop and visitors can feed a variety of barnyard animals. The whole family will enjoy viewing and interacting with these spectacular animals.
Address: 1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $12, Children – $8
Explore the history of Texas through multiple floors of interactive exhibits at the Bullock Museum. Three themes, Land, Identity and Opportunity, make up the three floors of the museum. Each floor chronicles Texas history with a variety of displays, presentations and activities for visitors of all ages. The second floor houses the Texas Spirit Theater, a special effects theater which takes audiences on an exciting journey through the history of Texas. The exhibits are always changing, providing visitors with new experiences every visit. Check the upcoming exhibits page to see which exhibits will be on display during your trip to Austin. Make sure to stop by the museum store for unique apparel, jewelry, toys, houseware and novelty souvenirs. Whether you’re a native Texan or a visitor, the Bullock Museum provides a fun learning experience for everyone.