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With so many great activities for kids, it's easy to see why the Live Music Capital of the World might be the capital of family fun, too.

Enjoy great views of Downtown Austin and Zilker Park on the Zilker Zephyr Miniature Train. After the 20-minute ride that goes over bridges, through tunnels and along Lady Bird Lake, there's a playground close by as well.

Exhibits at the Austin Children's Museum are designed to entertain and educate young minds, but grown-ups will also enjoy themselves at this playful institution.

Fed by natural springs that keep the water a refreshing 68-degrees year-round, there's no better place for families to beat the heat than the Barton Springs Swimming Pool.

Spend a day paddling around Lady Bird Lake on a canoe or kayak from Zilker Park Boat Rentals to enjoy views of the skyline and Zilker Park.

For unbeatable aerial views, head to Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. A blast for the older kids in the family (minimum 10 years old, and weighing at least 70 pounds), tweens, teens and parents will all get a kick out of racing over the tops of trees along the multi-line course.

Discover the urban oasis that is Barton Creek Greenbelt. The 800-acre park has trails winding along Barton Creek that are perfect for hiking, biking, rock climbing and more.

After all these kid-friendly activities, it's important to refuel with some healthy eating. Plan a trip to Central Market where they offer nutritious cuisine along with live music, kids programs, cooking classes and more.

Want more Austin family quality time? Check out the website Free Fun in Austin and this three-day kid-approved Austin itinerary.