One of our favorite places to escape to is Austin, Texas. It’s a fabulous city, full of life – especially if you are kid-free!
Gone are our kid-free days. 9 years ago when we went to Austin with our first baby, we had a quick realization that there are things and places that are baby friendly – and others that are not. While our motives in Austin may have changed, it’s still one of our favorites cities – Here’s what we found:
10 Baby Friendly Things to Do in Austin
The Texas State Capital 1 of 10The Texas State Capital is a free activity that is baby friendly. Check the hours. If you aren't in the mood to do tour the building, do check out the amazing lawn. It's a perfect place for photos and the squirrels are friendly!
Learn more about the Texas State Capital.
Barton Springs Pool 2 of 10
Bats at Congress Bridge 3 of 10Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony! Head down to the lawn outside of the Congress bridge - hang out on the lawn just before sundown and watch a spectacular event - 1.5 million bats emerge! Hundreds gather each night to watch the event. Bats are best seen in the summer months.
Learn more about the Congress Bridge Bats.
Food Trucks on Congress 4 of 10South Congress is a must-see in Austin. A baby-friendly stop is the food truck park on South Congress. Try out some new cuisines. Our 10-month old loved the avocado cone at The Mighty Cone.
The Vineyards & Wineries 5 of 10Vineyards? Wineries? in Austin? Yes. Travel just west of the city and introduce yourself to the vineyards and wines of the hill country. We've been to numerous vineyards with the kids and each has been VERY family friendly. Be smart, don't drink and drive.
Learn about the Texas Hill Country Wineries
Pedernales Falls State Park 6 of 10Perdernales Falls State Park is 35 miles west of Austin. Enjoy a day of swimming and hiking. The main office can give you the best route when adventuring with baby!
Sunset at Lake Travis 7 of 10If you are a fan of beautiful sunsets - right before sundown head to Lake Travis. Our favorite location to watch the sunset is The Oasis on Lake Travis. Put baby in the stroller, make sure you bring your camera and be prepared for beauty.
Zilker Park 8 of 10
Magnolia Cafe 9 of 10Open 24 hours a day, this restaurant is family friendly and provides a perfect dose of the Austin culture. There are 2 locations - both offering breakfast, vegan and tex-mex cuisine that is yummy and priced affordably.
Learn more about Magnolia Cafe
Austin Children’s Museum 10 of 10
We just arrived home from spending a few days hanging out and enjoying the sites in Austin – and again – the city didn’t disappoint.
Austin, TX is a fabulous place. It’s a family-friendly town with a great vibe. If you ever get the opportunity to visit without kids – do it, but stay out of trouble!
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