Spring break may be a break from school — but it is NOT a break from being a parent. There’s a whole week to entertain the kiddos that are normally engaged in school. But don’t go stir crazy in the house — here are 50 ways to get out and enjoy what the Austin area has to offer.
The Rodeo Austin goes from March 12-March 26. The fairgrounds opens at 10 a.m. daily, and has a carnival, shopping, food and a variety of shows and special attractions.
9100 Decker Lake Rd
2. Sherwood Forest Faire
While this faire runs weekends from Feb.13 – April 3, it is open Friday, March 18 during spring break. You can see performances, shop, and enjoy the food and games. It is located in McDade, in northern Bastrop County.
1883 Old Hwy 20, McDade, TX
While it may seem like it’s only for adults, there are plenty of outdoor concerts to enjoy with the little ones.
4. Zach Scott Theater
The classic James and the Giant Peach is showing during the Spring Break
1510 Toomey Rd.
5. Peter Pan Mini-Golf
This cash-only dual course serves up fun for the whole family. It featur
es castles and dinosaurs to try to a hole-in-one. 1207 Barton Springs Rd. (Central)
6. Kiddie Acres
It’s been around forever and still has the same classic charm.
4800 W Howard Ln (North)
7. Austin Zoo
Lions, Tigers, oh my!
10808 Rawhide Trail (South)
8. Mt. Bonnell
Hike up for a beautiful view of Lake Austin and stay for a picnic
3800 Mt. Bonnell Rd. (North Central)
9. Mayfield Park
Enjoy the serene area full of peacocks.
3505 W 35th St. (North Central)
10. Zilker Zephyr
Chug along the train that goes around Zilker Park.
2100 Barton Springs (Central)
11. Boardwalk Lady Bird Lake
Newly completed and gives you a gorgeous view of Lady Bird Lake, and your little ones can spot turtles and birds.
1928 S Lakeshore Blvd (Central)
12. Barton Springs Pool
Dip in to this Austin landmark that is open all year long.
2201 Barton Springs Rd. (Central)
13. Cedar Rock Railroad
1.3-mile ride through the nature-filled fields and forests.
3005 Co Rd 175. (Leander)
14. Austin Duck Adventures
Get duck whistles and get to see Austin in your duckmobile.
602 E 4th St. (Central)
15. Take Photos in the Bluebonnets
Whether you go to Murchison Hill or Brushy Creek Lake Park, hopefully yours are better than mine went.
16. Street Art and Murals
So many to choose from, including the “I Love You So Much” sign to Graffiti Park.
17. Austin Steam Train Spring Break Flyer
Starts in Betram and goes through the Hill Country. You might even get the chance to watch a Wild West Gunfight.
401 E Jackson St (Burnet)
18. Austin Nature and Science Center
80-acre nature center that holds exhibits including replicas of fossils and allows kids to explore dinosaur tracks.
2389 Stratford Dr. (Central)
19. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Go and smell the roses! Also, a great spot to get bluebonnet pictures.
4801 La Crosse Ave. (South)
20. Play for All Abilities Park
51,000-sq.-ft. playground that accommodates kids of every age and ability.
151 N A W Grimes Blvd. (Round Rock)
21. Go Camping
There are plenty of places in Austin and the surrounding areas to sleep outdoors.
22. Zipline Lake Travis
Catch an exhilarating ride over Lake Travis
14529 Pocohontas Trail (Leander)
23. The Salt Lick
Take a drive out to the Hill Country, where there is plenty of room for the kids to run around and you can indulge in delicious BBQ. Don’t forget it’s BYOD and cash only!
18300 Farm to Market Road 1826 (Driftwood)
24. Hamilton Pool
A natural pool with a fun waterfall that is open year round.
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd. (Dripping Springs)
Whether you choose Lady Bird Lake or Brushy Creek Lake, or elsewhere, it’s a great outdoor activity to do with your family.
26. South Congress Bats
Back in their prime season, head down to Lady Bird Lake to watch them come out from under the bridge at sundown.
Congress Avenue (Central)
27. Eat Outdoors
There are so many kid-friendly outdoor restaurants to take advantage of the nice weather.
28. Hill Country Golf and Guitar
18-hole mini-golf course featuring food and drinks, plus live local music.
15506 TX-71 (Bee Cave)
29. Inner Space Caverns
Explore a unique cave system with an interesting history.
4200 S Interstate 35 (Georgetown)
30. Fredericksburg Wildseed Farm
Parents can enjoy the wine, while the kids bask in the beautiful flowers.
100 Legacy Dr. (Fredericksburg)
31. The Exotic Zoo
Check out zebras, kangaroos, and buffaloes. There is even a petting zoo!
235 Zoo Trail (Johnson City)
32. Longhorn Cavern
Get a mix of both science and history as you explore the caverns.
6211 Park Rd 4 S (Burnet)
33. West Cave Preserve
If you’re looking for an outdoor discovery area, this is your go to — and are offering tours during the day during spring break. There is also a Star (Watching) Party on March 12.
24814 Hamilton Pool Rd (Round Mountain)
34. Segway Tour
If you’re looking to dive in to learning more about Austin, try out a segway tour to get a lowdown of all things Austin
1718 Lavaca (Central)
35. Krause Springs
Camping and swimming site in the heart of the Hill Country
404 Krause Spring Rd. (Spicewood)
Indoor Places to Play
iFLY Austin Indoor Skydiving delivers the dream of flight to everyone from 3 to 103! Visit iFLY Austin this Spring Break for a unique activity the whole family can enjoy. Even if you or someone in your family doesn’t feel like flying, the free viewing area is a great space to watch your family and friends take flight. iFLY Austin is open 7 days a week and the flight deck is available for reservations and special events!
13265 Hwy 183 (North)
37. The Thinkery
If you’ve never been, you’re missing out. It’s fun for kids of all ages.
1830 Simond Ave (East Central)
38. Austin Aquarium
Check out aquarium life, and feed fishes and birdies.
13530 US-183 Suite #101. (North)
39. Catch Air
Recently opened and is AH-MA-ZING. Definitely can get crowded, but has areas for kids for every sized kiddo.
13450 Hwy 183 #107 (North)
40. Little Land Play Gym
Move more low key for the really little kiddos. Also includes slides, a ball pit, and climbing.
13776 US-183 #107 (North)
41. Rolly Pollies
Available for open play with a guarantee to keep your kids moving.
12700 Shops Pkwy (West)
42. High 5
Bowling, Laser Tag, and Arcade Games all under one roof.
1502 Ranch Rd 620 S, Lakeway
43. Go through old childrens’ books/toys/DVDs/games and donate them to a hospital/ foster care system.
44. Gather a group of friends and go to your local nursing home for a visit/craft/song.
45. Do a clean up at your local playground.
46. Make Easter Cards and deliver them to your local hospital/nursing home.
47. Sign up to Drive A Senior — you can do it with your kids!
48. Hold a “dog wash” in your driveway to raise money for an animal shelter or dog rescue.
49. While you’re at it, adopt a pet at your local animal shelter.
50. Write letters to deployed service members.