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Plan a Family Day
If you are in the Austin area and looking for things to do with the kids, then this list is for you. Fun things, free things, historical things and more. You'll find a little bit of everything here.
Inner Space Caverns
There are many historical places to take the kids in and around Austin that won't make it feel like they are in school. They'll love being able to see and touch the history as if they were there.
GO UNDERGROUND AT INNER SPACE CAVERNS
Just north of Austin you'll find Inner Space Caverns in the town of Georgetown. Discovered in 1963 by the Texas Highway Department, the caverns are believed to be 90-100 million years old but were sealed off from the world around 14,000 years ago until that fateful day in 1963 when it became known to the public. They now have a petting zoo that you can take the kids by after seeing the caverns. Located at 4200 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Georgetown, TX 78626.
The Capitol of Texas
Another place to visit for a little Texas history is the Capitol.
The kids will enjoy this massive structure as they walk through it looking at up the huge dome ceiling.
Guided tours are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm, Saturday 9:30am - 3:30pm, and Sunday from noon until 3:30pm, though the Capital is available to visit every day of the year except most major holidays.
While in the area check out The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and their iMax Theatre.
Go on an Adventure to Find Dinosaur Tracks
YES, TEXAS HAD DINOSAURS!
Dinosaur tracks can be found in Hartman Prehistoric Garden at Zilker Park.
"In 1992, amateur paleontologists discovered dinosaurs once roamed the grounds of Zilker Botanical Garden. More than 100 tracks made by six or seven reptiles along with the bones of an ancient turtle were found. Location and accessibility made this discovery a particularly significant find." - https://zilkergarden.org/
Head a few minutes outside of Austin, to the ever-growing Leander, and you will find more tracks to go in search of.
"About a half mile west from the Hwy 183 bridge that crosses the South Fork of the San Gabriel River lies approximately 12 dinosaur footprints embedded in the river bed. Not many people know about the dinosaur tracks just northwest of Austin in Leander, Texas. This is not a marked trail, there are no fences and no signs which makes the experience feel more magical." - https://www.theoutbound.com/
For the Animal Lovers
Austin Zoo boasts big cats, monkeys, reptiles, amphibians, birds, domestic animals and other mammals such as the ring-tailed lemur, the prairie dog and binturong. Just to name a few.Wildlife Ranch is just down in San Antonio and guaranteed to make the kids smile.
Snake Farm Animal World is just south of Austin in New Braunfels and if your kiddo loves reptiles and snakes, they'll love this place.
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If you want to bring the petting zoo to you then you might consider El Rancho.
San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium hosts more animal exhibits than you may be able to take in but give it a shot.
It's Always Pizza Time
You can add pizza to anything to make it a good time but with go-carts, bumper boats, laser tag, rock climbing walls, put-put golf and more arcade games than they'll ever know what to do with; there will be plenty to keep them entertained in between bites.
You'll find all this and more at Austin Park and Pizza.
Main Event boasts just as much fun and there's more than pizza on the menu. You'll also find bowling here, a huge rock climbing room, glow in the dark laser tag and put-put golf.
K1 Speed is indoor go-kart fun as it's fastest while you enjoy the lounge above the track. The track works with local restaurants to ensure your meal needs are met.
Gattiland is a huge buffet of pizza and salad selections, the chocolate pizza is delicious and you'll find more fun than you know what to do with and you earn tokens for great prizes.
Theme Parks in Texas
Fiesta Texas is located in San Antonio and is a great theme park to visit. My family and I visit there often.
SeaWorld can also be found in San Antonio so if you are there for a few days make it a point to stop by and see the dolphins.
Schlitterbahn is a great water-park to take the family or spend the day alone; located just south of Austin in New Braunfels.
Volente Park is located in Leander and is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Wonder World is just down the road from Austin in San Marcos.
Six Flags Over Texas is located in Arlington, just outside of Dallas but isn't too far a drive from Austin if you have the time to explore our great state.
Kids Eat Free
Austin's Park-n-Pizza offers a kids special for any child under 40" and also play free with the purchase of an Adult Pass.
Tres Amigos Restaurant offers free meals to kids under 12 with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Kerbey Lane Cafe offers free kids Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Central Market offers a daily kids eat free special from 5pm - close and for every adult entrée purchased you can get a kids plate free.
Rome's Pizza offers kids eat free from 4pm-8pm with the purchase of an adult meal.
Round Rock Express Baseball feeds kids 12 and under for free when they attend a game.
Mama Fu's Asian House offers kids eat free deals all day on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entrée.
And all of these places have super affordable entrees for the kiddos on their kids menu: Applebees, Joe's Crabshack, Smokey Mo's, IHop
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