Austin With Kids!

What a cool city Austin is!  Known as the ‘live music capital of the world’ it is jam packed with great nightlife (not necessarily on your list with kids), an eclectic food scene, cool shops and interesting sites. We travelled down to Austin from Fort Worth (approx 3.5 hours)

Highly recommend the Residence Inn Downtown.  Part of the Marriott group, for a reasonable price you can get a one bedroom suite with a nice living area and a large kitchenette. The hotel feels new and the rooms are nicely decorated.  You can read my Tripadvisor review here

Things to do

  • Familiarise yourself with Austin & its surrounds with Austin Duck Adventures.  It is pricey but the kids will love the truck which turns into a boat.  Remember to pre-book.
  • Visit the State Capitol.  There are free guided tours and also comprehensive leaflets to allow you to go at your own pace.  The grounds are a nice place for an afternoon snooze.
  • Kill a few hours downtown at the Austin Children’s Museum.  They have a daily activities schedule including Story time.
  • Spend a sunny afternoon at Zilkher Park. There are some nice playgrounds, a miniature railway (closed when we were there) and a freshwater pool.  Or you can do what we did and paddle in the stream next door to the pool.
  • Stroll around Austin’s trendy neighbourhood, the South Congress (SoCo) district.  Lots of vintage stores (some of them with ‘no stroller’ signs) and food trucks.  Yum.
  • Book a babysitter through the hotel and head to 6th Street, lined with bars and live music venues. We weren’t so organised and ended up taking our kids with us as it was Halloween but found that staff were still friendly to us in restarants around there


  • If you are a BBQ fiend you must head to Franklins.  Go early as the meat can run out and there will likely be a queue.  They do have high chairs and fairly kid friendly
  • Drive 30 mins out of the city to the famous (as per TV show Man Vs Food) The Salt Lick.  They have a beautiful outdoor picnic area (great for families) in addition to indoor seating and live bands on the weekend.
  • Grab a burger at Hopdoddy in Soco District and treat yourself to dessert across the road at the food trucks.

Read more about our Texas Roadtrip Adventure


Part 1:  Fort Worth

Part 2: Dallas

Part 4:  Lost Pines

Part 5:  San Antonio

Part 6:  Houston

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