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Need some last minute ideas for Spring Break activities? We’ve put together a few activities in the Austin area the whole family will enjoy. Best of all, most of the activities below are low-cost or even free! We hope you find something fun to do this Spring Break in Austin.
Visit a Park- Austin has several great parks that kids and adults will love! Zilker Park is Austin’s most popular park for a reason, with a large playground and even a small train. For an underground experience, consider a tour of Inner Space Caverns or Natural Bridge Caverns, which are both located close to Austin. McKinney Falls, Enchanted Rock and other local state parks make great day trips and even camping spots!
Alamo Drafthouse Kid’s Camp- Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin are hosting special films just for kids this week! Enjoy great kids films like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and The Lego Movie. The theater also offers Action Pack films for teens, with activities like a sing-along to pop songs from the 2000s and even a special screening of the new film Insurgent. Check out the Alamo Drafthouse website for locations and movie times.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center- This special exhibit celebrates 150 years of Lewis Carroll’s most well-known work, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The bright displays and activities will keep visitors engaged throughout the entire exhibit. Learn what inspired the story of Alice and see how this unique book has evolved over it’s 150 year history. Admission to the Harry Ransom Center is free to the public.
Free Concerts at South by Southwest- Starting Thursday, the Auditorium Shores Stage at South by Southwest will host free concerts open to the public! The gates open at 3 pm on Thursday and Friday, with shows kicking off at 5 pm. On Saturday, the gates open at 12 pm and the concerts are scheduled to start at 2:40 pm. Each performance benefits local charities. Check out the official South by Southwest website for a complete line-up.
Rodeo Austin- You don’t have to have attend a concert or rodeo event to have a great time at Rodeo Austin. The rodeo’s fairgrounds and carnival offer great shopping, food and over 60 carnival rides. There’s even a special petting zoo and other activities just for kids. The carnival opens at 11 am and has extended hours to midnight just for Spring Break. Parking is $10 at the gate, and fairground admission is just $5 for children 3-12 and $8 for ages 13 and up (kids 2 and under are free!). Visit the Rodeo Austin website for more information about the fair.
Austin Zoo- The Austin Zoo offers daily activities the whole family can enjoy! Of course, the best attractions are the spectacular animals. Over 200 species are represented at the zoo. Kids can feed goats, deer and even llamas. You can even take a train ride around the zoo- you may even spot an animal or two! Admission is $6 for kids 2-12 and $9 for ages 12 and up, with free parking.
Austin Steam Train- All aboard! The Austin Steam Train Association is offering a special train ride just for Spring Break. The train departs from Bertram, Texas (just a 50 minute drive from Austin) and stops in the beautiful city of Burnet. Take in the spectacular views of the hill country during your journey- you can even bring snacks and drinks for lunch. Enjoy two hours to explore the city of Burnet before boarding the train to head back to Bertram. Call or visit the Austin Steam Train Association’s website to purchase tickets.