Visiting Austin with family means plenty of excitement and plenty of planning! Don’t fear; we are here to help! This Texas city is known for its art museums, outdoor recreation, and fun family activities, so there is plenty of things to do with the whole family. As you plan your Austin vacation, don’t forget to download our Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll find all of the top sights and sees! Restaurants, parks, nightlife, and much more a just a few clicks away! Who’s ready for the ultimate family getaway?
Things to do with the whole family
Free Things to do
Stroll down Congress Avenue
Congress Avenue is the perfect place to start your Austin adventure! This historic street is lined with beautiful buildings and plenty of photo opportunities. As you walk, keep your eyes peeled for the bats that live under the South Congress Bridge! At dusk, these creatures come out to feast on insects. It’s a sight you won’t want to miss!
Visit the State Capitol
If you’re looking for an educational activity, visit the State Capitol! This beautiful building is one of Austin’s most iconic landmarks. Take a free tour to learn about the history of the Texas government. Trust us; the kids will love it!
Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton Museum of Art is an excellent activity for the art lovers in your family! This museum has an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. However, the museum also has a collection of art back to antiquity. The best part? Admission is free on Thursdays! Come and see their impressive pieces and exhibits!
Other Fun Activities
Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival
One activity to consider is the Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival! This festival runs through Halloween, October 31st, and is the perfect way to get the kids out and enjoy the many activities, games, food, and music! If you’re visiting within the next couple of weeks, this is a must!
Peter Pan Mini Golf
The Peter Pan mini golf course is perfect for the whole family! With two different 18-hole courses, you can challenge each other to a friendly game. If the weather is sunny and beautiful, grab the kids and head to this golf course for a fun afternoon!
Visit the Alliance Children’s Garden
If you’re visiting with younger children, take the family to the Alliance Children’s Garden for a day of fun! This two-acre space is designed for children and families to learn about gardening and have a blast. Your kids will love exploring this garden with plenty of activities and interactive exhibits!
Hit the Barton Springs Pool!
The Barton Springs Pool is one of Austin’s most beloved attractions. The park is centrally located, so families have easy access to the city of Austin. This man-made pool is three acres and fed by underground springs. It’s the perfect place to cool off on a hot Texas day!
Let the family enjoy the amenities at your 512 Retreat Vacation Rental.
After exploring Austin, head back to your 512 Retreat vacation rental and enjoy our many amenities! When visiting with family, space is everything! Browse our large group rentals and find the perfect home for everyone! Featuring spacious kitchens, plenty of common spaces, and pools for relaxing afternoons, you can’t go wrong. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Austin soon!