Planning a Family Friendly Vacation to Austin, Texas

Family Holiday in Austin, TexasAustin, Texas is one of the coolest, most exciting cities in the country for adults. Known as the “Music Capital of the World”, Austin is known for its eclectic music scene. However, Austin can also be a place for the whole family to enjoy. Let this article guide you in planning your next family vacation to Austin, Texas.

Awesome Family Fun, Part 1

If you have a couple of little boys (or a girl who loves trains), these two attractions should appeal to you and your family. The first is the Austin Steam Train, which is a vintage car that goes from the scenic Cedar Park to Austin’s idyllic hill country. If your kids like their trains to be of the miniature variety, there’s the Zilker Zephyr Train. Even if you’re an adult who likes trains, Austin, Texas has got you covered.

Who doesn’t love mini golf? Well, there are some people who don’t. However, that last statement doesn’t apply to any person under the age of 12. If your family wants to get their mini golf fix, they can visit the youthfully named Peter Pan Mini Golf course.

If it’s one thing that all kids love, it’s water parks. What’s not to love about a place where you can go down water slides in an inner tube all day? Austin has you covered in this category with the Schlitterbahn Water Park. Make this wet and wild place one of your planned stops in Austin.

Awesome Family Fun, Part 2

Kids do not want to have any learning experiences while on vacation. Who can blame them? They have so much on their plates during the school year. However, the Austin Children’s Museum makes learning fun through its daily activities and fun exhibits.

If you want a cool way to explore the city of Austin, try out the Austin Duck Adventures for size. A land and water expedition on a duck vehicle will both delight the kids and adults. Be forewarned: it may also get you a little wet when the vehicle goes in the water.

The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is a great way for your kids to visit their animal friends and to learn a few things. Who knows? While your boys are oohing and ahhing over the snake pit, perhaps you and your spouse could learn a few things yourselves.

Ray Parker, Jr. famously said “I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts.” Whether you could say the same for yourself or not, the Austin Ghost Tours can be a fun and scary way to experience the city. You and your family will be guided through all of the haunted locations in the Music Capital of the World. The ghosts may be hiding in all sorts of corners, but even if you’re not a firm believer in the supernatural, you and your family should get a kick out of the ghost tours.

Awesome Family Tours, Part 3

The famous Segway vehicles have come to Austin! You and your family can see all that Austin has to offer while riding Segways. If you, your spouse or your kids have always wanted to ride one of these futuristic scooters, your Austin vacation is your chance to do just that!

For the active family that hikes and bikes together, there’s the Lady Bird Lake. Long known as the place to explore Austin’s nature scene, Lady Bird Lake offers scenic views of the city as you get lost in an out of the way, quiet place in an otherwise energetic metropolitan area.

If you and your family are looking for more of the Austin nature angle, visit the Lady Bird Wildflower Center. Named for former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s wife, the wildflower center boasts dozens of types of flowers. A beautiful and peaceful place to experience nature at its finest, the wildflower center is a good place for you and your family to unwind after a day of family friendly sightseeing.

Going on vacation in Austin, Texas with your kids is a unique venture, indeed. Different from the garden variety theme park outings, the city of Austin will provide a lot of fun experiences for the entire family. Whether your kids will learn something, get some exercise or get wet going down a water slide, Austin, Texas will give your family an inexhaustible supply of great memories.


This article has been written by Ingrid Kinsella on behalf of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, counted amongst the premier Austin airport hotels in the city. If you’re planning a family vacation to Austin and looking for various Austin, TX suites packages, do get in touch with Hilton Hotels & Resorts Austin Airport to get the best deal. 

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