5 Fun and Free Things to do in Austin with Kids
I never expected to make traveling friends through blogging but I’m grateful I have. One of my first friends in the blogging world was Becca from R We There Yet Mom? Her love for travel and Texas is contagious. I’ve learned so much about Texas from her and owe my ignited desire to explore the Lone Star State more to her blog. She also has a weekly link-up called Friday Daydreamin’ of various bloggers’ favorite photo posts so be sure to check it out. It is my pleasure to introduce Becca’s guest post on free things to do in Austin with kids.
I live in the most amazing city – really, I do – I simply have to mention that I live in Austin, Texas and even complete strangers will gush about how great of a city it is. You honestly never hear complaints. Simply put, Austin has great weather, great food, relaxed attitudes, and so much to do! And a lot of the cool stuff that we have – you know the stuff that makes us original and “weird” is 100% free. Let me show you some free things to do in Austin with kids.
1. Cathedral of Junk
In a small backyard of a South Austin home, Vince Hannemann created an amazing work of art out of ordinary junk – TVs, bicycles, glass bottles, toys, and more are strategically placed about in the 3-story wonder. Take your time meandering through the ‘junk”, take a few pictures, and talk to the artist who is on hand. The Cathedral of Junk is open on the weekends and by appointment on weekdays. It is absolutely free, but donations are welcome.
2. Barton Springs
Dino Dig in Zilker Park while you are there. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a ride on the famed Zilker Zepher too (minimal cost).
3. Stroll Down So Co
4. Austin Murals Tour
Some of the best art in Austin can be found on the sides of buildings. For free. Hop in a pedicab and tour all the murals within a 10 block radius
of 6th Street. Get your family’s picture taken in front of the famous “Greetings from Austin” sign. And give your sweetie a smooch at the “I love you so much” mural.
5. Texas State Capitol
Alright, alright – we do actually have some historical sites to see as well here in the ATX – one of the most prominent being the Texas State Capitol. Built entirely out of Texas pink granite, it is one of the tallest state capitols in the nation. You can catch a free tour with a docent, play in the whispering hall, or visit one of the 17 memorials that cover the grounds. There is also a great museum with lots on hands-on exhibits for children to enjoy.
This is a part of a series called Five Free Family Friday. I hope this will grow into a collective guide of free family-friendly attractions of places all over the world. If you’d like to contribute with the free attractions in your home city, I would love your guest posts