Austin is a great city to visit with kids. It is considered one of the most popular cities in the United States and has plenty of resources for families. This blog post will help you get out and explore Austin while also giving your children some memorable experiences. If you are looking to have the quintessential Austin experience follow this Austin, Texas 2 Day Itinerary.
- Start your day with breakfast tacos from Tacodeli on Cesar Chavez Street. After breakfast head over to City Hall afterward for a tour of this iconic landmark.
- Start your morning outside on Ladybird lake. There you can rent paddle boats and kayaks to explore the lake. Laybird lake also has disc golf course there, which is perfect for kids. This area of Austin has many different features all in one space so you can enjoy the playgrounds, performance stage, and Barton Springs Municipal pool to cool off!
- Going to Barton Springs Pool is a great way to beat the heat in Austin. Barton Springs is a natural springs, public swimming pool that is located right in the heart of Austin. It is open for swimmers 365 days per year and stay a cool 70 degrees.
- The Austin Nature and Science Center has a boat dock that will lead you to an observation deck, or if the weather is nice take your lunch out on the pier.
- Umlauf Sculpture Garden is a unique place to explore and the grounds are home to many different types of sculptures.
- Next, head over to the Austin Zoo is also home to many different types of animals and is perfect for a day with the kids.
- The Zach Theatre hosts film nights and musicals on the weekends. It can be a great indoor activity for families. Some of the many things the host are Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live, and the Wizard of Oz, but remember to check their schedule to see what is playing.
- For lunch headed to Matt’s El Rancho. The best Tex-Mex in town. While many restaurants claim to have the best Mexican food in Austin, locals will agree Matt’s El Rancho is absolutely best. Located on South Lamar, Matt’s has been family-owned and operated for over 30 years.
- The Historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin has movies, comedy shows, and concerts that are available. There are a lot of great music artists that visit as well. Check the schedule to see who is in town.
- Check out some of the local art galleries and spend an afternoon at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, where you’ll find interactive exhibits on many different topics including space exploration, music history, and sports. This place is a favorite among kids. We recently saw the exhibit the history of the Guitar.
- At dusk, head over to the Congress Street Bridge to see the bats. If you want you can even rent a boat to watch the bats from the water.
- After seeing the bats enjoy dinner with the kids at Alamo Draft House on South Lamar. You can catch a movie, have gourmet food, and adults can partake in libations while the kids watch the new Pixar flick.
- Start out with a segway tour of the Texas State Capital. At the capital you can see some of the most important documents from the beginnings of our state. The next day, head to the Texas Capitol building and take a tour of this beautiful structure. The state capital is definitely one of the most iconic buildings in Austin with its unique dome shape and large columns framing each side.
- Next head to the University of Texas Austin Campus where you can see the campus’s most famous landmark, The University Tower. This iconic tower was built in 1937 and it is said to be inspired by a similar-looking building at Harvard. See this beautiful Gothic-style structure that inspires awe with its enormous size and height of just over 300 feet.
- Continue on to Blanton Museum of Art. They have a world-class collection of modern art including pieces from Picasso, Degas, and Monet. Some of their past exhibits include some of the most famous works of Texas artist, O’Keeffe. This will be a wonderful learning experience for your kids.
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- Head over to the LBJ Presidential Library and see some of the most important documents from the time period. This library focuses on the life of Lyndon B. Johnson and is full of interesting information about one of America’s most influential figures. The library started in 1973 . It was designed for future generations to learn more about American history.
- Head to Laguna Gloria where kids can have a blast at the Children’s Garden. This garden has a variety of different projects for kids. Let them get their hands dirty and enjoy themselves while learning about plants, flowers, or trees. This museum’s mission is to celebrate the arts and language of landscape architecture. Founded in 1961 the vision of the museum is to “salvage, present and preserve the art of landscape architecture.”
- Have lunch at Central Market. Central Market is not unique to Austin, but this location is. There is almost always has a live band playing. There is a children’s play area, and the quality of food is great! Adults can partake in libations and listen to music while the kids play.
- Head out to see some of the weirder stuff in Austin. The Cathedral of Junk is a large sculpture garden located at the corner of Airport Boulevard and Loyola Lane. This is a must-see for any visitor to Austin. It is very unique to Austin for several reasons. First, it is a private collection and not open to the general public. Second, there are no fences or gates around the property – so anyone can enjoy the beautiful art.
- Next head to the Thinkery. This place is a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids. They have interactive exhibits, a huge outdoor area, and even some live animals that are on display. These hands-on exhibits allow children to provide children with fun learning experiences that will not only teach them but also keep their attention.
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- The Museum of the Wierd on the other hand is a trip to the past. This museum has items that date back as far as 1850 such as vintage postcards and movie posters. Located on Austin’s famous 6th street there are odd things like mummies, shrunken heads, suits of armor, and everything is appropriate for the kids.
- For dinner hit Coopers Barbque, located on Congress Avenue in Austin. It is a legendary place to eat amazing BBQ. Many places claim to be the best Bar B Q in Texas. President George W Bush’s said Cooper’s restaruant was his favorite. They have also been ranked in the top 10 Barbque restaruants in the United States. Try the brisket, ribs, or their famous 2 inch thick “Big Chop.”
- After dinner, you can take the kids to Amy’s Ice Cream South Congress. This is one of my favorite places for family fun. Amy’s Ice cream is delicious and they have over 350 flavors.
- End your evening with a beautiful sunset at the famous Mount Bunnell. This is a classic Austin experience that every visitor should have. Visit the top of this hill at dusk, and you will be treated to a beautiful sunset overlooking Lake Austin. You should plan on a small drive and expect a moderately difficult hike up the hill but, it will be worth it.
I hope that this Austin, Texas 2day itinerary is helpful for you and your family. Austin is a great and unique city to visit.
We have listed out some of our favorite activities from museums and parks like Zilker Park or Barton Springs Pool on hot days to winter attractions like The Bob Bullock Museum of Science & History with interactive exhibits kids love. Let us know what your favorites are by commenting below. Happy exploring!