State Capitol- take a picnic to eat on the grounds or eat underground in the Capitol Cafe, learn the 6 flags of Texas under the star in the rotunda, visit the Senate and House Chambers. Be sure to visit the Visitor’s Center on the Capitol Grounds during your visit
The Bob Bullock State History Museum- do you have a student studying Texas State History? The museum has exhibits and films that bring history to life.
Texas Memorial Museum- Located on the University of Texas Campus, this museum will appeal to your budding paleontologists and scientists
Laguna Gloria- advance ticket reservations are required right now. Visit the website for additional details about tickets, hours, and programs. Enjoy an outdoor sculpture garden and hands-on art activities along beautiful Lake Austin.
Mayfield Park spend time with regal peacocks on this outdoor adventure
Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry- my boys had a great time seeing all the military planes, tanks, and equipment
Zilker Botanical Garden- No admission fee on February 21st- Tickets must be reserved in advance right now. See website for more details. Enjoy nature trails, dinosaurs, waterfalls and more!
Peter Pan Putt Putt Golf- an iconic Austin family fun activity
Austin Nature & Science Center- hands on nature, education, and recreation activities to keep your whole family entertained
Pease Park Conservancy- a great park to enjoy with a splash pad, loose parts play, playground, trails and more. You can even spend time looking for fossils in Shoal Creek! Fossils will be easier to find when it hasn’t rained recently.
Alliance Children’s Garden & Auditorium Shores- Stop and get an ice cream cone at Sandy’s on Barton Springs Road after playing. Parking is limited around the park.
Whole Earth Provisions- My boys love visiting this store. They have lots of unique toys and gifts along with outdoor clothing and equipment. Visit the North Lamar location after a trip to Pease Park just down the road.
Whole Foods- grab a snack and wander the aisles of this iconic Austin, TX, grocery store.
Book People- Wander the aisles to find wonderful reads
Zilker Park- there is so much to do in this park. Explore Rock Island, climb on the fire truck at the playscape, explore the Splash Exhibit, and walk on the hike and bike trail are just a few. Click on the link for a list of 100 things to do in the park from Do512
Crowe’s Nest Farm- explore the farm, walk the trails, visit the fairy garden, and enjoy a picnic
Visit the Natural Gardener- select plants for your garden while exploring trails and unique garden areas. My boys always enjoy visiting.
Cameron Park Zoo- a short drive up I-35 to enjoy this zoo with your family and children. I have always heard positive reviews from people who visit. Just the right size, with plenty to see and do.
Waco Mammoth National Monument- take a step back to Ice Age Texas as you explore the dig site and learn about the Mammoths and other animals found here. Kids can also enjoy digging for fossils in the excavation station. Be sure to check website for hours and admission details
The Silos Magnolia- This is a great place for the whole family to eat, relax, play and shop. My boys enjoyed the baseball field, food trucks, cupcakes, and relaxing on the lawn area.
Dr. Pepper Museum- this is the perfect stop for any Dr. Pepper lover! My boys ask to go back again and again. Learn all about Dr. Pepper and enjoy a drink at the end of your visit. Be sure to check the website for special events, hours, and admission information
Marble Falls, TX
Sweet Berry Farm - check website for berry picking status (March-May), Sunflowers (May- July), Fall Pumpkin Patch
Inks Lake State Park
Exotic Resort & Zoo- plan an overnight stay in one of the cabins and/or visit for the day. Petting zoo, drive thru, and tours available. Spend the night and enjoy catfish fishing, campfires, playgrounds, swimming, and more.
Science Mill- a fun, interactive family adventure
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park- visit Sauer-Beckmann living history farm, tour the Johnson ranch, explore trails, and enjoy a swim. Check website for hours and details
Enchanted Rock State Park- make sure to book early, this is a popular destination and sells out
Sweet Eats Farm- spend the day outside with your family while playing, picking fruit, and meeting farm animals.
Blue Hole- enjoy trails, fishing, swimming, exploring.
Mel’s Lone Star Lanes- check website for specials and hours
Inner Space Caverns- explore the world under Georgetown on this tour
Visit the Food Trucks at South Fork
Eat a sweet treat a Sugar Mommy’s
Talk a walk on the San Gabriel River Trail and visit The Playful Child Free Little Library Charter #131141.
The Williamson Museum- visit the museum and take a tour of the historic courthouse
Walk the Square and play on the Courthouse grounds
Round Rock, TX
Study the past with a visit to the round rock and while there see wagon wheel tracks in the creek bed
Visit Round Rock Donuts for a Texas sized donut
Visit 3 Star Candy Store
Round Rock Honey Tour & Beekeeping Classes- visit website for tour dates and to schedule
Round Rock Express Baseball Game- Season runs from April to September, check website for tickets and game schedule
Rock'n' River Water Park in Old Settlers Park- open from May to September, check website for hours and admission information
Gattitown- eat and play, check website for discounts and deals
Bass Pro Shop & Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill- tons of fun for anyone interested in hunting, fishing, boating, camping, and Central Texas nature. Families can also enjoy bowling in the underwater themed bowling alley.
Cedar Park/Leander, TX
Ride the Cedar Rock Railroad
Take a hike along the creek to see dinosaur tracks- this is a hike that even younger kids can make. The dinosaur tracks are very well defined and easy to see. The boys enjoyed exploring as we hiked.