While much of the country is still thawing out from the winter, spring in Austin is sunny and mild, making it the perfect time of year to visit with your kids. Here are some of our favorite family-friendly ways to celebrate the season!

Kids hiking at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin Texas
McKinney Falls State Park. Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Visit a Park

Soak up the sunshine while taking your kids on a hike! There are many trails and parks in the Austin area, but some of our favorite family-friendly parks are Zilker Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, and Pedernales Falls State Park.

Attend a Sporting Event

Spring means baseball is back in swing! Round Rock, just north of Austin, is home to the AAA minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers, the Round Rock Express. Their 2021 season runs from May through September. Other exciting sporting events this season include the start of AG Rugby's season at Bold Stadium, and the upcoming Austin FC inaugural game at Austin's first Major League Soccer stadium, Q2 Stadium, expected to take place in June.

Inner Space Cavern
Inner Space Cavern. Credit Dr. Richard Wills.

Day Trip to the Nearby Texas Hill Country

Want to explore the countryside? There is so much to see and do just outside of Austin. Take a day trip to witness the wildflowers in bloom near Fredericksburg, take a dip in a swimming hole near Wimberley, explore Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown or go horseback riding in Boerne. Read our list of 15 Road Trip Spots Worth a Stop.

Take a Tour

Austin offers many different tours to help explore the city. See the city from an open-top Sprinter van with a 90-minute panoramic tour by AO Tours. Go for a high-flying adventure over Lake Travis with the Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. Take the kids out on the water with the exciting, educational Austin Duck Adventures, an amphibious tour of downtown Austin and Lake Austin aboard one of the unsinkable Hydra Terra vehicles (expected to re-open in March). Many more tours and activities can be booked online.

Kites in the sky at the ABC Kite Fest in Austin Texas
ABC Kite Fest. Credit Wonder Twin Productions.

Fest with the Best

Some of Austin’s most iconic events take place in springtime. ABC Kite Fest, March 27-28, is the nation's oldest kite festival (event details TBA). Rodeo Austin's private youth events will be held throughout March (fair and rodeo have been cancelled for 2021). The Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm hosts regular events and workshops throughout the season. The annual, family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day Festival will host virtual live music from both Austin and Ireland on March 17. Circuit of The Americas will welcome race fans from May 21-23 with the NASCAR Cup Series. Find more events on our website.

Putt Putt at an Austin Icon

An Austin tradition since 1948, kids love Peter Pan Mini Golf on Barton Springs Road. Pick from two fun 18-hole courses… or play both. Cash only!

Children Playing in family garden at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in austin texas
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Credit Jessica Pages.

Find (and Photograph!) Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets and other spring wildflowers can be found all over the Austin area, but only for a short time so take your kids’ photo with the iconic flowers while they are still blooming. Stop by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and read about more of our favorite spots.

Make Rainy Day Plans

Sporadic spring showers aren’t uncommon from March 'til May so it’s good to have some back up plans up your sleeve when the weather doesn’t go accordingly! Catch a movie and order some food at the Alamo Drafthouse or the IMAX Theatre at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Or for more interactive fun, head to Austin's children museum, The Thinkery (currently open Friday-Sunday), for exhibits that are designed to entertain and educate young minds.

Contributed by Katie Cook.