Vacation in Austin with Little Kids - where to stay/what to do?

Hi there,

We will be taking a family trip to Austin this winter with our kids - 6 and 2 years old. I am wondering what the safest/cleanest areas to stay are - hotel/airbnb recommendations, what part of the city is the best to stay in for families? Also, what are some MUST DOs? We love anything active/outdoors but also want to find some places to chill that are fun for adults and kids. Thanks!


Hyde Park or Mueller would be great places to stay with kids. Clean, safe and walkable to parks or coffee shops. Cherrywood would also be good for an Airbnb with kids. I love going to Littlefields with my kiddos. It’s a coffee shop with a big outdoor space for kids to run around. They also have breakfast tacos. Meanwhile brewing is also a great place to go with kids since they have a huge outdoor space with a playground and food trucks. It can get quite busy though!


Thinkery (Kids Museum) Amy's Ice Cream


If you can find any Airbnb in Zilker area, I think that’d be a good spot with kids. You must check out butler metro park. Expansive playground and park with views in heart of city. I also love pease park but of the two, butler metro is the must. If you guys enjoy beer, there are a ton of great family friendly breweries in dripping springs. Actually even in Austin, a couple good ones. Maybe try meanwhile brewing for food trucks and play area for the kids.


I would stay at the Origin Hotel in Mueller! There’s a great farmers market on Sunday, some food options, coffee and bakeries, Alamo Drafthouse has family friendly movies, there’s a park, and the Thinkery (a kid’s museum). I would hit up Austin Beerworks Sprinkle Valley location for beer and a great outside play area for kids. Meanwhile Brewery is also great for kids. Jester King (another brewery) is a drive but is do fun to take kids because they have goats and a fun play area.


Alliance children’s garden is an awesome playground next to the long center.


Amazing playground. Makes me wish I were a kid again!


My kids love Austin! Canoeing or paddle board rentals on Lady Bird Lake. Hiking the green belt. Cidercade arcade on the lake. Downtown public library is amazing, go to the roof. Peter Pan putt putt, pics on the t rex statue. Austin bouldering project, get your climb on! Duck tours, amphibious tour of austin. Bouldin Acres (get early reservations for pickle ball). ABGB is a nationally acclaimed gastropub by a railway, get pizza and beer and put pennies on the railroad tracks. Jester king brewery with a soccer ball. Any number of wineries ont he TX wine trail to Fredericksburg. Urban Air is an indoor park full of trampolines and obstacle courses. Take them to a brunch on a rooftop restaurant in one of the downtown hotels to enjoy the big buildings. This week is waller creek "creek show" that is a kid friendly art exhibit outside. Google for details. Wonder Spaces indoor art exhibit. Museum of Ice Cream in the domain, expensive but fun. Toy Joy! Crazy toys by Ice cream and Toechy's Tacos! Do512 family website has events by date so you can search for the time of your visit. Have fun!


Take them to see an interactive Improv show for kids at ColdTowne Theater! https://excusedabsence.com/touring-shows-programs/family-series-shows/


Check to see if Mozart’s has any reservations available for their Christmas light show. We enjoyed taking our kids (2 under 2) and our oldest liked it even though he couldn’t sit still for 50 min show but he loved the dance floor they had set up. If you are here in December, trail of lights at zilker park is pretty neat as well.


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Wildflower Center, Barton Creek Greenbelt


Kalahari (indoor waterpark) is super fun for both kids and parents. It is kinda pricey though. It's right outside of Austin, Round Rock.


The wildflower center is great at any time of year, but especially now because they have the forts.


Mozarts , Trail of Lights , or Peppermint Parkway for Christmas lights they are all great for kiddos !!


What did you end up doing?