National Parks / Natural World in AUSTIN with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Austin has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Austin, Texas offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Austin itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Zilker Park

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    (2 miles) Austin

    351 acres of Austin fun with jogging, kayaking, gardens, springs, swimming, and heaps more for kids and the whole family in this beautiful park.

  • The Austin Nature and Science Center

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    (2 miles) Austin

    Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, the Austin Nature & Science Center is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world. Since 1960, ANSC has provided nature exhibits, education programs, ...

  • Landa Park

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    (45 miles) New Braunfels

    Landa Park is 51 acres of Texan park where families can enjoy walks, hikes, paddle boats, swimming, - even a miniature train!

  • Cameron Park

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    (61 miles) Cameron

    Aside from the zoo the park also offers 3 playgrounds, splash pad, disc golf, hiking and biking trails, paddle trails and more.

  • Friedrich Wilderness Park

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    (68 miles) San Antonio

    Emilie and Albert Friedrich Wilderness Park and Crownridge Canyon Natural Area are jewels of nature in the midst of rapidly developing northwest Bexar County. They provide a refuge for native species ...

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  • Thinkery Austin

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    (3 miles) Austin

    Thinkery is the evolution of the new Austin Children's Museum - but still a place where families, fun and science all play together!

  • Dinosaur Park

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    (18 miles) Cedar Creek

    It's dinosaur time! Kids will love this unique outdoor museum featuring life-size dinosaur replicas all in a natural environment.

  • McKenna Childrens Museum

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    (46 miles) New Braunfels

    A stimulating, interactive and fun museum experience that immerses kids in space, science and the world, and encourages them to use their imagination.

  • The National Museum of the Pacific War

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    (67 miles) Fredericksburg

    The National Museum of the Pacific War is the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater battles of World War II. Located on a ...

  • McNay Art Museum

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    (69 miles) San Antonio

    Since opening five decades ago, the McNay Art Museum continues to build on an already strong collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings and sculpture by significant artists ...

  • Witte Museum

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    (71 miles) San Antonio

    Museum fun great for kids, with exhibits covering natural history, science, and South Texas heritage.

  • The DoSeum

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    (73 miles) San Antonio

    Explore the ONLY museum in San Antonio that is JUST for kids! They can create and experiment instead of just looking!

  • Mayborn Museum

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    (96 miles) Waco

    A terrific collection of fascinating Texan exhibits, as well as cultural, historic and hands-on experiences.

  • Austin Zoo

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    (12 miles) Austin

    Over 350 animals are waiting to make friends with families at the sweet Austin Zoo, with keeper talks and story time!

  • The Exotic Resort Zoo

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    (38 miles) Johnson City

    A unique wildlife preserve where there are several endangered species of beautiful animals for kids to encounter, and learn about. Not only that - kids can pat them too! A very eye opening family day ...

  • Topsey Exotic Ranch and Drive Thru Safari

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    (69 miles) Copperas Cove

    Families can enjoy over 50 species on the drive thru safari, then pop by the petting zoo to get even closer to the friendlier ones!

  • San Antonio Zoo

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    (71 miles) San Antonio

    The San Antonio Zoo is open all year round from 9 to 5 daily. It's home to over 8,500 animals representing 779 species of animals on 56 acres. Several interactive exhibits include Tiny Tots, ...

  • SeaWorld Adventure Park

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    (80 miles) San Antonio

    Visit the world's largest marine life adventure park with rides, shows and of course animal attractions - all in San Antonio!

  • Franklin Drive Thru Safari

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    (87 miles) Franklin

    Animal lovers of the family can spend the day seeing and learning about new animals, and even getting to interact with some on this drive through safari!

  • Cameron Park Zoo

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    (97 miles) Waco

    Get kids out of the house and into a world of nature, in Waco's 52-acre natural habitat, featuring everything from orangutans to komodo dragons!

  • ZDTs Amusement Park

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    (49 miles) Seguin

    Theme park fun designed for the whole family, with indoor AND outdoor fun in Texas. Thrills, water fun, arcades...it's all there to be enjoyed!

  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas

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    (69 miles) San Antonio

    It's Six Flags time! From the highest heights, to the softest adventures, there are rides and activities for all ages - even a water park! A super fun family day out in Texas!

  • Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville

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    (14 miles) Pflugerville

    Cool down in summer in Hawaiian Falls latest waterpark in Pflugerville, Texas!

  • Volente Beach

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    (16 miles) Leander

    This waterpark has it's own sandy beachfront and has attractions that include water slides, tube slides, and a kids activity pool for the younger members of the family.

  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort

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    (45 miles) New Braunfels

    Get ready for water fun in this Texas family attraction, with children's playgrounds, tubing, and the world's first surfing machine!

  • Summer Fun Water Park

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    (58 miles) Belton

    A cool, fun water park in Belton, Texas featuring a host of activities and slides that kids and their families will love over summer!

  • Splashtown San Antonio

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    (70 miles) San Antonio

    Waterpark fun in Texas with Splashtown! Over 50 rides and attractions to keep the whole family cool - splashtastic!

  • Sea World San Antonio

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    (80 miles) San Antonio

    Thrilling rides, sensational shows and educational experience for the whole family at Sea World San Antonio!

  • Blue Bell Creamery Tour

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    (82 miles) Brenham

    Treat the kids to a tour of the ice cream production plant and see the processes and equipment behind the finished favourites. Tours last 45 minutes and include a serving of ice cream.

  • Mt. Playmore

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    (11 miles) Austin

    Get playing in the LARGEST indoor playground in Central Texas, with and 18ft tall playscape, arcade, and toddler area!

  • Texas Jumping Beans

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    (15 miles) Round Rock

    Come play in their 12,000 square foot center with whole area designated for toddlers with huge foot ball pond, tunnels and a soft playscape with toys.

  • Arnolds Family Fun Center

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    (18 miles) Oaks

    One of the largest indoor Fun Centers in the United States - we're not kidding!!

  • The Big Bounce

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    (19 miles) Cedar Park

    The Big Bounce is an inflatable playground that provides a unique, safe, and fun environment for all kids. The 12,000 square foot facility also contains a playscape, theater, snack bar, and several ...

  • Safari Champ

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    (19 miles) Round Rock

    A fun indoor playscape where kids can be dropped off, or spend family time together, among the slides, tunnels, tubes, ropes and play areas.

  • The Jumpy Place

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    (22 miles) Kyle

    A colorful and fun place for those active kids to jump, imagine and play.