Below is a list of parks, playgrounds, and indoor play spaces that The Playful Child recommends visiting. These are some of the places that our children and families have personally visited and enjoyed. If you and your family have a favorite we did not include, please leave a comment to let others know about your favorite places to play!
Zilker Park- A great list of 100 things to do at Zilker Park. Year round events and activities included
Mayfield Park- Peacocks, trails, and the beauty of nature make this a top park to visit
Alliance Children’s Garden- This park was a huge hit with my boys. Check out the 10 reasons why Austin Active Kids says this is the best park in Austin, TX.
Pease Park Conservancy- There is something for everyone at this park. The treehouse is a favorite for my 1 year old to my 11 year old. This is a great place to spend an afternoon.
Walnut Creek- Explore trails and the creek, play on the playground, or take a swim.
Round Rock, TX
Champion Park- Digging for dinosaur bones and enjoying a hike around the park are just two activities to try. This was a favorite stop for my family when we lived in Round Rock.
Joann Land Playground at Old Settlers Park- this playground offers adventure and thrills with it’s unique play features
Play for All Park- spend the day exploring all this park has to offer. Bring a scooter or bike to ride on the race track and explore each of the different areas of this play space.
Cedar Park/Leander, TX
Elizabeth Milburn Community Park- the BMX track is popular at this park
Lakewood Park- my kids love the splash pad at this park
San Gabriel Park- take a walk around the park on the trail and stop along the way to play on the numerous playgrounds along the way
Creative Playscape- this playground is a popular stop for younger and older kids and offers many options to keep everyone entertained
Garey Park- enjoy a hike, trail ride, splash pad, visit to the river, and much more at this park
Booty’s Road Park- this is a frequent stop for our family. Bring your bike and enjoy a walk, hike, or ride along the river trail. My boys enjoy stopping to investigate what’s in the water, climb on the rocks, and watch for animals along the way
Berry Springs Park & Preserve- enjoy a day in nature, make sure to stop and visit the donkeys!
Rivery Park- this is a nice place to stop and play along the San Gabriel River Trail
Blue Hole- fishing, swimming, hiking, and exploring
*** The weather in Central Texas is not always ideal, so here are some suggestions for indoor play. All of the places listed below allow children to move and exercise while playing.***