There are so many fun family things to do in Austin (and nearby), it’s hard to know where to begin. Our Austin Family Fun Bucket List is a great place to start. We include swimming holes, pools, splash pads, water parks (yes it’s hot), and lots of indoor activities for the rare rainy day.

Most are live links for more information. Please Contact Us with any corrections or additions. Also check out our Austin Family Fun Map.

Natural Destinations

McKinney Falls State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park – West of Austin
Guadalupe River State Park – Spring Branch
Decker Lake (Walter Long Lake) – Stocked fishing lake
Zilker Park
Children’s Park+River – San Marcos
Hamilton Pool – West of Austin
Reimers RanchREVIEW – West of Austin
Krause Springs – West of Austin
Cypress Bend Park – New Braunfels
San Gabriel River – Georgetown
Blue Hole – Wimberley
Blanco State Park – Blanco
Lake Pflugerville Park – Pflugerville
Son’s Island – Seguin
Lost Creek 


Master list of Austin Pools and Splash Pads
Deep Eddy Pool

Garrison PoolREVIEW – has a diving board
Mabel Davis Park and Pool – skate park + pool has diving wall
Stacey Park and Pool
Dick Nichols Park and Pool – REVIEW

Splash Pads

Master list of Austin Pools and Splash Pads
Ricky Guerrero Splash Park
Butler Park Splash Pad 
Eastwoods Park Splash Pad
Bailey Splash Pad 

Water Parks

Volente Beach
Flying J Water Park
Rock ‘N River Family Aquatic Center
Granite Beach Water Park – On the water park in a marina

Other Activities and Destinations

Jump Street Indoor Trampoline Park
Urban Air North Austin
Urban Air West Austin – Coming soon
Austin Zoo
Painters Hall Telescope at UT
Cathedral of Junk – Review 4/5
Blazer Laser Tag
Boating on Lake Travis
Horseback riding
Austin Duck tours
Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry
Canoe trip – Lots of options
Cypress Creek Canopy Tours – Zip Lines
Lake Travis Zip Line Adventures
ZDT Amusement Park and Water Park – Seguin
Round Rock Express games
Texas Stars Hockey Games – Cedar Park
Austin’s Park – Putt putt, race cars, laser tag, etc
Ruta Maya Kids music on Sundays
The Thinkery
Horseshoe Bay Resort
Sea World San Antonio
Austin Public Library
Butler Pitch and Putt
Main Event
Frisbee Golf – or just use laundry baskets and regular frisbees
Ghost Town in Manor
Austin Adventure Quest