Day Trips Family Fun

Spring Break Ideas

Luckily in Central Texas and the Austin Metro, we have plenty of fun within a day trip or a couple day road trip adventure. With Spring Break approaching, you may be thinking of Spring Break Ideas to entertain the kids or just to have a change of scenery. Here are some Spring Break Ideas to ensure you have a fun filled week not too far from home.

Staying Local

There are plenty of Things to Do right here in Cedar Park. If you are feeling more adventurous, get started early on my Austin Summer Bucket List! With an endless supply of fun things to do in the Austin metro, why not get started now?

This is the best time of year to get outdoors to explore all the parks and trails in our area. Check out this list of Best Local Hikes. You could pick a new one every day and take care of your whole spring break. Just a short drive away is Hamilton Pool where you can hike and even take a swim if you’d like to brave some chilly waters. Krause Springs is also another nice place to visit for a swim, but I imagine it might be pretty chilly this time of year. Be sure to check the websites if reservations are needed.

Spring Break is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the weather. One of our favorite places to visit is Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in south Austin. Check the website if reservations are needed. You can also pack a picnic to enjoy there. If they are not allowing food inside, they do have picnic tables in the parking area and there are a few parks nearby. Other local spots for nature lovers include Zilker Botanical Gardens and Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve where you can see beautiful peacocks roaming the water garden park. Also in Zilker Park is the Austin Nature and Science Center.

Paddle Boarding or Kayaking is a fun family activity that would be perfect to do during spring break before it gets too hot. You can pack a picnic for Zilker Park or try one of the many nice downtown restaurants to make a whole day of it. Take the Metro Rail down, rent a bike or just get some exercise on foot. There is so much to see and enjoy in downtown Austin.

If you are having a little guilt about not being able to break away from work or spend a fortune on entertainment, how about just having an afternoon ice cream treat a few times that week? See how many Austin Ice Cream spots you can try during spring break. Or visit one of the area’s local Disk Golf Courses for an afternoon of fun.

Feeling nostalgic? Step back in time for a tour of the Austin Antique Mall then go roller skating next door at at Playland Skate Center.

Day Trips

You can make an entire day trip out of any combination of local activities. We love packing a lunch or just trying takeout at a restaurant and finding a picnic spot, hiking trail or random park to explore. Most of the time we just do a tailgate picnic, which the kids love! Here is one of our recent outings where we got New Fortune Chinese Dim Sum and went to nearby Walnut Creek Metro Park to enjoy it. Unfortunately, New Fortune Chinese Dim Sum is now permanently closed.

We have picked up sandwiches from Jersey Mike’s many times and found a new park to explore. Here is one of our latest outings to Emma Long Metro Park with a stop by Jersey Mike’s. There is a small per car entry fee, but it’s worth it. Bob Wentz Park is another place to picnic locally, also has a small entry fee.

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Sometimes parents gotta have fun too. This is a fun Day Trip the whole family can enjoy, a trip to Flat Creek Estate Winery. They have wine tasting of course, but they also have a nice bistro with wood fired pizza, a beautiful outdoor patio for dining and even a professional frisbee golf course. There are also a ton of family friendly wineries in Johnson City and Fredericksburg that offer picnic tables, corn hole and just plenty of space to run and play.

Road Trips

There are tons of fun little towns within an hour or two of the Austin metro. Why not take a one or two night road trip to explore some of these fun small towns? Take a look at some of the Small Town Road Trips we have done.

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