10 Ideas for an Austin Staycation

Are you staying close to home this year for Spring Break?  We found 10 fun ideas for an Austin Staycation  – all get ideas that you can go and do with the kids next week.

Austin Staycation

This is for all my friends out there who are facing this upcoming Spring Break with a little bit of worry.  Maybe you need some motivation to get out with the kids and try something new?  Maybe you need some fresh ideas of things to do in the Central Texas Area? Following up with our Ultimate Guide to Spring Break in Austin, we pulled out 10 fun things to do with kids this next week for Spring Break.

10 Ideas for an Austin Staycation

Visit Yippee Ki Yay at Pease Park

Austin Staycation
Lacy Apperson explores the art installation “Yippee Ki Yay” by artist Patrick Dougherty at Pease Park on Friday February 2, 2018. The five curved structures are made from Texas ash, ligustrum, depression willow and other natural materials. They were built in three weeks by the artist and his son, Sam. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Check out this stick work village created by artist Patrick Dougherty at Austin’s Pease Park. directions

Spend a Day at Rodeo Austin

Austin Staycation

There is something for everyone at Rodeo Austin – from the carnival to the Rodeo to the Headliner Concert each night. Check out their Spring Break deal here. directions

Take a Dip at Hamilton Pool Preserve

Austin Staycation

One of the more surprising locations in Central Texas is the lush, tropical feel to the Hamilton Pool Preserve.  You can make a reservation to visit online. It’s a must see for sure! directions

Hike to the Top of Enchanted Rock

Austin Staycation

One of our favorite spring activities is to hike to the top of Enchanted Rock.  It takes some planning – like leaving early to arrive right when the park opens – but it’s worth it! directions

Tour Town Lake on a Water Bike

Austin Staycation

One of the more creative ways to get around on Town Lake, we all surprisingly loved water biking.  Here’s all the tips to make it a fun experience for the whole family. directions

Gets Hands-on at the Hill Country Science Mill 

One of the best STEM-based, hands-on museums in the area in our opinion is out in Johnson City.  They are always adding new exhibits.  Great for all ages. directions

Feed the Zebras at Natural Bridge Wildlife Park

Austin Staycation

See lots of varieties of animals from the comfort of your own car with a visit to Natural Bridge Wildlife Park in New Braunfles.  Go early to see the animals up and moving – that and 9 more tips to visit can be found here. directions

Race Your Kids on the ZIP Lost Pines 

Austin Staycation

This zip line tour is the only all-dual tour so you can race each other across the lines.  There is also a great history lesson about the area AND lots of wildlife spotting going on. directions

Visit with Animals at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco 

Austin Staycation

A Central Texas favorite, the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco is easy to get to and you can see most everything in half a day. Perfect for lunch & nap time! directions

Feed the Chickens at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm

Austin Staycation

Located in Stonewall, TX right next to the LBJ National Historic Park, this living history farm is a hidden gem.  Talk with the docents and learn how it was to grow up in Central Texas on a working farm. directions

Take Your Teens on an Austin Scavenger Hunt


Austin Staycation

Have older kids?  Grab their group of friends and take them on an Austin Scavenger Hunt. We planned this one a few years ago for a birthday, but I am sure most of the spots still exist. Have fun!

Other Helpful Articles to Help with Your
Spring Break Planning

Ultimate Guide to Spring Break in Round Rock

Ultimate Guide to Spring Break in Austin 

5 Fun Places to Visit in Texas

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