Tips for Austin visit with KIDS

Prepare the kids!

Get the wheels turning before a trip! Reading and talking about your destination helps the kids lay down a layer of knowledge they can build upon during your actual visit.

Fun ideas for kids Austin visit

Austin Visit –  Watch the bats fly out from under the Congress Avenue bridge

The kids will love this activity  from Mollymoo!

toilet-roll-bat-friends from Molly MOO, Austin Visit,


Up to 1 million bats call this bridge home during the summer and early fall. Watching them fly at dusk to find dinner is amazing!

Bats flying out from under Congress Street Bridge Austin, Austin Visit,

August is the best time for watching when mommy bats take babies out for dinner!  They eat TONS of insects every single night! Usually 8-8:30 is  the best time but calling the Conservation International to check is a great idea 512-327-9721.

Austin Visit – Austin is home to live country music!

See artsy guitars everywhere!

Artistic guitar Austin airport, Austin Visit,

These are at the airport.

Decorated guitar Austin airport, Austin Visit,

Make your own! This fun free download is from fret-no-more-guitars.

guitar coloring page FREE, Austin Visit,

Austin Visit – Eat from a food truck.

Austinites love food! Restaurants are plentiful, but eating from the very popular food trucks is a unique experience. You’ll find them all over, but especially on Congress Avenue.

Food truck Austin, Austin Visit,

I love the themed sandwiches!

Food truck menu, Austin Visit,

So clever! What sounds delicious?

sandwich menu Food Truck Austin, Austin Visit,

Have the kids make their own fun sandwich menu! Use your family as inspiration!

Austin Visit – Get moving outdoors!

Austin has fantastic weather and there are plenty of places to get outdoors. Lace up your tennis shoes and practice in your own neighborhood!


hiking trail steps Austin, Austin Visit,

Paddle boarding

Paddle Board Austin, Austin Visit,


Contact Lake Travis Zipline Adventures for all the scoop!

girl on zip line, Austin Visit,

Austin Visit – Visit The University of Texas

Even Aggies can enjoy this beautiful campus. Get the kids thinking about college as soon as you can!

Color a UT Longhorn with this free download from SuperColoring.

texas-longhorn-cattle-coloring-page, Austin Visit, www.theeducationaltouristi.comSee fossils in the limestone walls…

fossils in wall at University of Texas, Austin Visit,

and make your own fossils with plastic toys and dough – great recipe from alpha cord.

play dough recipe for making fossils, Austin Visit,

Austin Visit – Get your Kid’s Guide Book

Use Adventures in Austin book by The Educational Tourist to keep your kids interested and learning about their wonderful visit to Austin. Information and activities are great for the road trip there or while waiting for the food to arrive at dinner.

Adventures in Austin travel guide, Visit Austin,

The Educational Tourist plans adventures! Call today for stress free planning!

The Educational Tourist rides a camel, Austin Visit,

Happy travels, Ya’ll!

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

The Educational Tourist logo, Austin Visit,

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21 Responses

  1. Libby says:

    Love this post! Packed with great info!!!

  2. Jenni says:

    I don’t have kids but its looks fun for any age group. I would love to see the bats their so ugly that there really cute

  3. Hendrik says:

    Wow, that is truly a bunch of stuff you could do with kids but obviously even without.
    We haven’t been to Austin yet, but let’s see how we plan our 3rd US Road trip – would like to see this place with my own eyes.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Austin would be a great place to stop on a road trip! It has so much to offer. If you visit, be sure to check out the post on the Cathedral of Junk. Austin is proudly weird and it really falls into that category!

  4. This is a fab post!
    I love the idea of having a craft type activity to link into each sightseeing venture. I will be introducing this idea when travelling with my kids!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Thanks!! It really helps the kids understand more about what they are going to see and it helps them remember! Kids need to visit a subject more than once to really make something a part of them. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Fiona Mai says:

    Didn’t know you could do so many fun things with kids in Austin. I particularly like the fossil-making part 😀 Seems lots of fun!

  6. I didn’t know Austin could be such a fun destination for kids. I’m sure your kids were very excited about seeing all those bats flying! Where exactly is the paddle boarding? That water is gorgeous!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Paddle boarding looks a lot like standing on a surfboard. You balance and then paddle with one long paddle. I think I would last 30 seconds before falling in. LOL!

      • Zoe says:

        Fall off? no way… they are huge. It’s like standing in a row boat. The only thing that makes you fall off is loads of rough water. (or my dog running around on the board with me) lol

  7. Diana Chen says:

    I love Austin and looks like you guys did it all! I love especially that there’s a huge park in the middle of the city. We did get to bike through the park but I wish we had more time there to paddleboard and enjoy it more. Did you get a chance to take your kids to the Hope graffiti wall?

  8. I love Austin! Never went there with kids, but I consider myself a big kid and I guess that counts. Haha. Went hiking, visited the parks and had an amazing time 🙂

  9. Ive never been to Austin but it looks like you’ve got some great ideas. Watching the bats sounds amazing. Your kids are gonna have a fabulous time I’m sure!

  10. I had always heard amazing things about Austin but I didn’t realize there were so many activities to do there! I know these are mostly for kids but I think I’d enjoy a lot of them myself haha – who doesn’t look food truck hopping?

    • NatalieTanner says:

      I love the menus! There are so many to try I’m still working on my list….tough research, you know, but someone has to do it, right? 😉 Austin is great fun. Any place who considers itself ‘Proudly Weird’ would just have to be!! Thanks for stopping by.

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