Kid-Friendly Austin



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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.

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Day 1 - Austin, San Marcos


Kid-friendly activities abound in Austin. Start your family vacation with a touch of history at the Texas State Capitol before heading over to the nearby Dell-sponsored Austin Children's Museum where children learn through hands-on exhibits and interactive experiences. Enjoy a couple burgers al fresco at Sandy's before jumping in the rental car for a short drive just a few miles south of Austin to Aquarena Center in San Marcos where visitors can enjoy educational tours on a glass bottom boat. With plenty of learning opportunities squeezed in the day, let the kids loose mentally and physically at Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park where the constantly 68F water will cool everyone off.


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Embassy Suites AustinDowntown/Town Lake

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Location:

300 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

Contact:

tel: +1 512 469 9000
fax: +1 512 480 9164


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Texas State Capitol

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Location:

1100 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

Contact:

tel: 512-463-0063


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Austin Children's Museum

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Location:

201 Colorado St
Dell Discovery Center
Austin, TX 78701

Contact:

tel: 512-472-2499


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Sandy's Hamburgers

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Location:

603 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704-1144

Contact:

tel: + 512 478 6322


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Aquarena Center

Location:

921 Aquarena Springs Drive
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666

Contact:

tel: +1 512 245 7570


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Barton Springs Pool

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Location:

2101 Barton Springs Road
Zilker Park
Austin, TX 78704

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tel: 512-867-3080


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Shady Grove

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1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

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tel: +512 474 9991


Day 2 - Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown


Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at Kerbey Lane Cafe, well known in this area for its fluffy flavored pancakes, including the popular gingerbread variety. Make a morning out of a visit to the Austin Steam Train and opt for a picturesque train ride through the beautiful Hill Country before trekking to the Austin Zoo. Unlike many other popular U.S. zoos, Austin's is actually a non-profit animal sanctuary full of rescued and abandoned animals (many from traveling circuses) including lions, monkeys, panthers, prairie dogs, and more. After all that walking, drop by Central Market Cafe for a relaxing and healthy lunch while the kids release more pent-up energy on the enormous playground under the oak trees. Once everyone is fed and relaxed, hit the road and head north to Inner Space Cavern, just a few miles north of Austin on IH-35. This amazing underground cavern system will amaze parents and children alike. Before hitting the hay, fill up on chips, salsa and all things Mexican at Chuy's, a tourist favorite and Elvis-obsessed eatery.


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Kerbey Lane Cafe

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Location:

3704 Kerbey Lane
Austin, TX 78731

Contact:

tel: +1 512 451 1436


2

Austin Steam Trains/River City Flyer

Location:

Fifth Steet at Comal
(Plaza Saltillo)
Cedar Park, TX 78767

Contact:

tel: +1 512 477 8468
fax: +1 512 477 8633


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Austin Zoo

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Location:

10807 Rawhide Trail
Austin, TX 78709

Contact:

tel: +1 512 288 1490 / +1 800 291 1490
fax: +1 512 288 3972


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Central Market Cafe

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4001 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

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tel: +1 512 206 1000
fax: +1 512 206 1010


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Inner Space Cavern

Location:

4200 South I-35, exit 295
(Under I-35)
Georgetown, TX 78627

Contact:

tel: +1 512 931 2283


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Chuy's

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Location:

1728 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704-1037

Contact:

tel: 512-474-4452


Day 3 - Leander, Austin


Don your swimsuit and head to Volente Beach, a small lakeside waterpark that's sure to exhaust the kids. Once you've had enough sun and fun, visit Galaxy Cafe for healthy refueling with fish tacos, lean burgers and yummy sweet potato fries. Drive over to Mount Bonnell, one of the highest points in the area, for a stunning bird's eye view of the city. Nature lovers will be enamored with the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve where hiking, bird-watching and other nature-inspired activities abound. Fill the family up on tasty local pizza before heading to a pro-hockey game with the Austin Ice Bats. Watch out for wayward hockey pucks!


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Volente Beach

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Location:

16107 FM 2769
F.M. 2769
Leander, TX 78641

Contact:

tel: +1 512 258 5109
fax: +1 512 258 5759


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Galaxy Café

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Location:

1000 West Lynn Street
Austin, TX 78703

Contact:

tel: +1 512 478 3434
fax: +1 512 478 3436


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Mount Bonnell

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3800 Mount Bonnell Road
Austin, TX 78702

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tel: 512-974-6700


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Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

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Location:

805 N. Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78746

Contact:

tel: +1 512 327 7622
fax: +1 512 328 5632


5

Pizza Nizza

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Location:

2712 Bee Caves Rd
Suite 106
Austin, TX 78704

Contact:

tel: +1 512 474 7070
fax: +1 512 495 9570


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Austin Ice Bats

Location:

14200 N IH-35
Austin, TX 78728

Contact:

tel: +1 512 927 7825


Day 4 - Austin


Take it easy (at least a little bit) on your final day in Austin. After a leisurely breakfast at the locally-owned Magnolia Cafe, head for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum where the seasoned history of the state is displayed creatively. Don't miss the IMAX movie theatre in-house. Once you've developed an appetite, visit Hut's Hamburgers, an old-school burger joint just a couple blocks west of downtown, before letting the kids loose at Zilker Playground. Before dusk comes, make your way to the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge for the daily flight of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats, out for a nighttime snack of mosquitoes and other tiny bugs. Don't forget your camera - this would make a great family shot!


1

Magnolia Cafe

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Location:

2304 Lake Austin Boulevard
Austin, TX 78703-4546

Contact:

tel: +1 512 478 8645


2

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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Location:

1800 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

Contact:

tel: 512-936-8746


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Hut's Hamburgers

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Location:

807 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78703

Contact:

tel: +1 512 472 0693
fax: +1 512 472 3050


4

Zilker Playground

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Location:

2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78746

Contact:

tel: +1 512 499 6700


5

Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge Bats

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Location:

100 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

Contact:

tel: 512-478-0098


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Threadgill's

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Location:

6416 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78752

Contact:

tel: +512 451 5440


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