Welcome to the FunOutdoorz section of Kidzaustin.com. This page was created to help you easily assess what's out there for your family to enjoy outdoors in our beautiful city of Austin, Texas. While the local park is always an inexpensive and convenient option, our fair city has many other fun, educational, interesting, and/or exhilarating choices if you're in the mood for a change.

The listings below were put together specifically to provide locations where your family can drop-in for a few hours of outdoor entertainment -- no reservations, classes, parties, etc, required. Of course, we suggest that you call ahead to verify weather appropriateness, season, times, etc. (If you find that this has changed when visiting/contacting any of these establishments, please e-mail us so that we may update our records.)

For your convenience the locations have been grouped and color-coded by area. Click here to view area map in seperate browser window.

Please note: All information presented below is subject to change. Please contact the listed establishment for information or details.

Click on The Area You Are Interested in Below to See Full List of Kids' Fun Outdoor Locations for That Region

AUSTIN - Central (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Austin area Pools/Splash pads
Various locations.

Austin Duck Adventures
477-5274
Activity note: This one is great for tourists or those wanting to get reacquainted with our fair city. Tour takes place part on road and part in water (the tour "bus" converts to a boat). An Austintatious way to learn more about Austin. Kids 2 and under are FREE.

Bat Sightings on Congress Bridge
100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX or Bat Observation Center. Austin American Statesman, 305 South Congress Avenue on the (SE side of bridge)
This location offers a viewing area and an educational kiosk.
Fun and educational family activity. Observe bats and wow in the spectacle as they rise from under the bridge in a black cloud of screeching and flapping wings each night. Takes place Mid-March to November. See site for emergence times.

Central Market
4001 North Lamar, Austin, TX
206-1000
Note: Restaurant with outdoor playscape in addition to walking trail nearby.

Not Your Usual Bikes
Austin, TX, 740-7504
(location varies by tour, package, or rental- Bat Tour from Embassy Suites and City Tour from Romeo's restaurant. For packages orrentals can bring the bike to your location)
Family fun outdoor activity info: Ride the most unusual bike you may see in Texas with up to 5 of your friends or family. Suggested only for kids 6 and up (must be able to reach pedals). Various tours or rental options available.

Town Lake Park , Austin, TX
Location: spans from Riverside Drive to Barton Springs Road, just west of the Palmer Events Center.
Kid and family friendly outdoor activity: Park including an observation hill, a pond, a granite plaza with LED-lighted fountain jets, a sidewalk labyrinth and a large map of Texas

Whole Foods Market
525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703, 476-1206
Kid, family friendly outdoor activity: You can do it all at this hot spot -- shop for your favorite organic groceries, sit down for a great meal, and let the kids enjoy the playscape located on the Plaza level.

Other Local Parks

 

AUSTIN - Lake Travis/MARBLE FALLS (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Day Break Golf Park
5971 Hi-line Rd
Austin, TX (Lake Travis)
266-9603
Family/kids' fun outdoor activity: miniature golf and/or gem stone mining

Little Buckaroo Ranch
18320 Hamilton Pool Rd
Austin, TX 78738
264-2383
Kids' fun outdoor activities: Field trips, family round ups and pony rides by appointment. Schedule your visit today.

Rockhoppers Family Fun Center
1501 Hwy 281 N
Marble Falls, TX 78654
693-4386
Family/kids' fun outdoor activity: Mini golf and other seasonal outdoor fun. Also includes indoor such as bowling, table games, more.

Volente Beach Waterpark
16107 FM 2769/Wharf Cove
Leander, TX
258-5109
Family/kids' fun outdoor activity: Outdoor waterpark- slides, wading area, food, more (may pack your own picnic)

Area Park Information

AUSTIN - North (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Austin area Pools/Splash pads
Various locations.

Phil's Ice House/Amy's Ice Cream
5620 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX
524-1212
Note: Restaurant(s) with nice outdoor playground shared between them.

Kiddie Acres
4800 W Howard Ln
Austin, TX 78728
255-4131
Note: Carnival-type rides, concessions and pony rides for smaller kids (3-8)

Pioneer Farms
11418 Sprinkle Cut-off Rd
Austin, TX 78754
837-1215
Note: Sunday, Wed and Fri only - call for times

Other Local Parks

AUSTIN - Northeast/East/Manor (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Austin area Pools/Splash pads
Various locations.

East Metropolitan Park
18667 Blake Manor Rd
Manor, TX
854-7275
Kid and family friendly outdoor activity: New park with two multi-use ball fields, three youth baseball fields, one adult baseball field, two soccer fields, one covered basketball court, playscapes, concessions facilities, restrooms, hiking trails, and three ponds that support catch-n-release fishing programs. The ball fields and soccer fields will be ready for play this fall after the turf has time to establish itself.

Other Austin Parks

AUSTIN - Northwest (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Amy's Ice Cream
NEW to KidzAustin.com!
13265 N Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78759, 512-918-2697
Kid friendly outdoor activity: Enjoy your custom-made ice cream flavor or other sweet treat offerings while the kids play on the shared outdoor playscape (with Phil's Icehouse) shaded by trees.

The Arboretum
9607 Research Blvd , Austin, TX 78759, 512-338-4437
Kid friendly outdoor activity: Shopping area with outdoor picnic tables, trails, and pond including the famous Arboretum cows

Austin area Pools/Splash pads
Various locations.

Elevation Burger Drive-Thru location
10611 Research Blvd, (in front of Costco)
Austin, TX
512-436-8570
Kid friendly outdoor activity: Organic burgers, salads and more with playscape and splash pool outside. See our blog on this location (previously Terraburger).

Phl's Icehouse
NEW to KidzAustin.com!
13265 N Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78759, 512-918-2697
Kid friendly outdoor activity: Enjoy fresh burgers while the kids play on the shared (with Amy's Ice Cream) shaded playscape outdoors.

Waterloo Ice House
6203 Capital of TX Hwy
Austin, TX 78731
512-418-9700
Kid friendly outdoor activity: Restaurant with fenced-in outdoor playground.

Waterloo Ice House
14900 Avery Ranch Blvd
Austin, TX 78717
255-4873
Kid friendly outdoor activity: Restaurant with fenced-in outdoor playground.

Other Austin Parks

AUSTIN - South/Southeast (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Austin area Pools/Splash pads
Various locations.

Barton Springs Pool
Zilker Park
Barton Springs Rd
512-867-3080
Family/kids' fun outdoor activity: Enjoy a cold dip in this refreshing spring-fed pool. Truly an Austin experience.

Deep Eddy Pool (schedule)
401 Deep Eddy Ave
Austin, TX 78703
512-472-8546

Freddie's Place
1703 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
512-445-9197
When: 6:30 PM
Great food and a playscape for the kids to enjoy. Also see RegularGigz on Tuesday.

The Grove at Southpark Meadows Shopping Center
(I-35 at Slaughter Lane)
9600 S. I-35
Austin, TX 78748

Outdoor activity info: a 5-acre common area between several restaurants including Mama Fu's and Austin Java with concert stage, huge children's playscape, interactive water features, outdoor fireplace, breezeway.

Peter Pan Mini Golf
1207 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX
512-472-1033

Rowing Dock
(kayak and paddle boat rentals)
2418 Stratford Drive
Austin, TX 78746
512-459-0999
Rent a kayak or paddle boat for a fun time on Lady Bird Lake

Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q
2451 Capital of TX Hwy S
Austin, TX 78746
512-329-5554
Note: Restaurant with backyard for kids to play.

Zilker Park Boat Rentals (canoes)
Zilker Park
Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX
512-478-3852
Rent canoes or kayaks for a great experience on Lady Bird Lake.

Zilker Park and Zilker Zephyr
Zilker Park, Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX, 512-478-8286
Family/kids' fun outdoor activity: Enjoy a ride around Zilker Park on this miniature train. Also enjoy nice size kids playground including swings and more. Concessions are also available during peak hours.

Other Local Parks

AUSTIN - Southwest (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Austin area Pools/Splash pads
Various locations.

Austin Zoo
10807 Rawhide Trail
Austin, TX 78736
512-288-1490
Outdoor activities: In addition to zoo, includes train ride, petting corral, picnic tables, grill. Open 10 - 6 every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Birthday parties are scheduled for weekends.

Austin Pools
Various locations.

Austin's Veloway
4801 La Crosse Avenue
Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
Family fun outdoor activity: inline skating. See site for details.

AUSTIN - WestLake (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Austin area Pools/Splash pads
Various locations.

Austin Nature and Science Center
301 Nature Center Drive
Austin, TX 78746
327-8181
Kid, family friendly outdoor activity: Nature exhibits -- Dino Pit and Zilker Nature Preserve, etc. Mon-Sat: 9AM-5PM, Sun: Noon-5PM. Read article on this location.

Wild Basin Wilderness
805 N Capital of TX Hwy
Austin, TX 78746
512-327-7622
Family fun outdoor activity: Trails are open sunrise to sunset everyday. Features 3 miles of hiking trails through woodland, grassland, and streamside habitats.

Westlake Beach
2509 Westlake Dr
Austin, TX 787746
512-327-9004
Family fun outdoor activity: swimming and various other water related activities.

Other Austin Parks

BASTROP/CEDAR CRK/RED ROCK (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Capital of Texas Zoo
376A Jenkins Road
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
512-303-6675
Family/kids' fun outdoor activity: What kid doesn't enjoy experiencing a zoo. View native and exotic animals and enjoy various educational exhibits. See site for schedule/times.

The Dinosaur Park
893 Union Chapel Road
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
512-321-6262
Outdoor activity: guided tour of dinosaur trails, scavenger hunt, fossil digs, playground, picnic tables, more

McKinney Roughs Nature Park
1884 State Highway 71 West
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
512-303-5073
Family/kids' fun outdoor activity: Enjoy the beauty of nature at this beautiful park. No camping. See site for schedule.

CEDAR PARK/LEANDER (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Brushy Creek Lake Park
3300 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX, 512-401-5500
Family/kids' fun outdoor actvity: Playground; water playscape; hike and bike trail; nature trail; exercise station; three pavilions; picnic tables and BBQ grills; sand volleyball court; canoe/kayak launch; fishing pier; wildlife observation area; labyrinth; restrooms. See site for schedule.

Cedar Rock Railroad
Southwest Williamson County Reg. Park, 512-413-1705
Family friendly outdoor activity: Enjoy a ride on this family friendly train ride. See site for times/details

Cedar Park Parks & Recreation
varous locations

Cedar Park Pools (pdf)
Various locations.

Leander Pools
Various locations.

Southwest Williamson County Regional Park
3005 County Road 175, Leander, TX, 78641
512-260-4283 (# to Williamson County Park & Recreation)

Row Paddle Brusy Creek Kayaks
3300 Brushy Creek Rd
Cedar Park, TX
Activities and info: Kayak rentals in Brushy Creek. See site for times/details.

Volente Beach Waterpark
16107 FM 2769/Wharf Cove
Leander, TX
512-258-5109
Family/kids' fun outdoor activity: Outdoor waterpark- slides, wading area, food, more (may pack your own picnic).


DRIPPING SPRINGS/HAYS COUNTY (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Aquarena Springs Glass Bottom Boat Tours and Texas Rivers Center
Aquarena Center, 921 Aquarena Springs Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666. See blog on this activity.
Kids' fun outdoor activity: See aquatic life (includiing the rare San Marcos Salamander) through the glass bottom of the tour boat. Texas Rivers Center also offers interactive exhibits/ education about water conservation, more.

Hamilton Pool Preserve
Family fun outdoor activity: (Nature preserve offering picnicking, hiking, swimming and nature study)
FM 3238 (Hamilton Pool Rd)
Dripping Springs, TX
512-264-2740

Kyle Pool
1100 W. Center St., Kyle, TX
Famly fun outdoor activity: swimming of course!

Magic Greens
235 Sports Park Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
512-858-1468
Kids or family friendly activity info: Mini-golf featuring Bocce Ball Courts (4) & Washers, 18 Challenging Golf Holes, more

Nutty Brown Café
12225 W Hwy 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78737, 512-301-4648
Family/kids' fun outdoor activity: Restaurant with small outdoor playscape in sanded area. Also features live bands on occassion.

San Marcos Outlet Malls -- Tanger or Premium

San Marcos River Tubing
San Marcos Lions Club
San Marcos, TX, 512-396-5466
Family/kids fun outdoor activity: Lots of fun for the whole family. Rent your tube to tube the beautiful San Marcos River and catch a river taxi back to start all over again.

Wonder World Park
100 Prospect St, San Marcos, TX
512-392-3760
Family/kids' fun outdoor activity: Explore cave, mystery mountain and wildlife park, anti-gravity house, more.

GEORGETOWN/SALADO (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Creative Playscape
1003 N. Austin Ave.
Georgetown, TX 78626
512-930-3596
Kid friendly outdoor activityL Kids maze and picnic areas

Georgetown Parks and Outdoor
Lots of outdoor locations and/or activities to choose from.

Georgetown Pools
Various locations.

InnerSpace Caverns
IH-35, Exit 259, P.O. Box 451
Georgetown, TX 78627-0451
512-931-CAVE
Kid friendly outdoor activityL Enjoy a fascinating tour of the caverns or pan for gems in the mining section. Playground and picnic tables outside.

PFLUGERVILLE (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Austin's Park N' Pizza
16231 North IH-35
Pflugerville, TX 78660
512-670-9600
Activity: Offers both indoor ( laser tag, video arcade, rock climbing wall, pizza buffet) and outdoor activities (Go Karts, mini-golf, mini train, bumber boats, batting cages), more.
Also see listing on Dealz

Dairy Queen
1701 W Pecan St, Pflugerville, TX 78660
512-251-6858
Outdoor activity: outdoor playscape available at restaurant.

Gilleland Creek Park
700 Railroad Avenue, Pflugerville, TX
512-251-5082

McDonalds
1700 Pecan St W, Pflugerville, TX 78660
512-989-0771
Kids' fun outdoor activity: outdoor playscape available at this fast food restaurant

Outlaw Paintball
1436 Grand Ave Parkway Pflugerville, TX 78660
512-252-1664
Family fun outdoor activity: Kids age 10 and up with signed release form can enjoy some serious paintball fun. See site for times.

Pfluger Park
515 City Park Road, Pflugerville, TX
512-251-5082

Pflugerville Pool
Various locations.

More local parks

ROUND ROCK/HUTTO (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Old Settlers Park
3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX, 512-218-5540

Putt-n-Funn Zone - CLOSED

Round Rock Express
Dell Diamond, Round Rock, TX, 255-2255
Kids' fun outdoors activity: Enjoy a great minor league baseball game right here in Round Rock. See site for schedule/pricing/details. Or click here for info on free ballpark tours (also available in off season).

Round Rock Pools/Aquatics

Round Rock Skate Park
located behind the Clay Madsen Center
1600 Gattis School Rd, Round Rock, TX
512-218-3220
Fun outdoor kids' / familky activity: 14,000 sq. ft. skate concrete skate park. Open 6AM - 11PM daily.


Putt-n-Funn Zone - CLOSED

Pump It Up, 3918 Gattis School Rd, Ste 100 Round Rock, TX 78664,
512- 989-7867
Kids' fun indoor activity: See site for latest Pop-In Playtime schedule for kids 6 and under. Indoor inflatable play area.

Safari Champ
1400 E Old Settlers Blvd # 200, Round Rock, TX 78668,
512- 828-0000
Kids' fun indoors activity: Safari Champ is Round Rock’s most popular indoor play center, where parents can spend quality time with their kids. Children under the age of 3 can play in a separate area built just for them. We are famous for our Birthday parties, clean environment, healthy food and Amy’s ice-cream. Come along with your kids and have a healthy family fun day.

Texas Jumping Beans
16708 Picadilly Court, Round Rock, TX,
512-252-1980
Kids' fun indoor activity: Inflatable playland. Also includes wireless Internet. Can bring in snack foods. Socks required.


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