Free Fun in & Around Austin

Y’all, I love freebies that involve fun. So when it comes to family activities, I’m always looking for fun and making memories without breaking the bank. So during our explorations, I’ve come up with free activities that have kept my kiddos busy and my bank account happy!

Lake Travis. I know many people in Austin flock to Barton Springs Pool or Lady Bird Lake for some water fun but Lake Travis offers some great swimming / boating / fishing as well and it’s free!


Some access parks are privately run by neighborhood associations so get in with a friend or find an access point near you here: Recreational Areas

Zilker Botanical Gardens has dedicated free days for the public. Look on their website for the calendar: Zilker Garden

Canyonlands Trail near Jones Brothers Park in Jonestown, TX is a great little trail for kids or novice hikers and there’s a great water feature at the end of the trail to check out!

Lakewood Park in Leander has a great playground, a skate park, and an awesome free splash pad. Be sure to check the city website for the season splash pad schedule: Lakewood Park

Waterloo Greenway hosts many fun activities for the family, including the Creek Show, which is an annual display of fun light installations along Waller Creek. Check out their events schedule here: Waterloo Greenway

Zilker Hillside Theater puts on AMAZING live theater performances every Summer. They are free and one of our favorite traditions every Summer.

Veteran’s Park in Cedar Park has a fun play structure that’s also shaded (Amen!) and a fun sand area so bring some buckets and shovels.


Another great park that provides natural shade with its massive trees is Springwoods Park. It has multiple play structures for different ages and tons of space to run around and explore.

The Capitol grounds and building is a fun place to check out. Also go to the Texas Capitol Visitors Center for deeper information and more hands-on learning.

Bass Pro Shop has daily fish feedings and hosts many family events all year long, including hands-on educational activities: Bass Pro

Salado Glassworks is a little journey North, but it’s worth the drive. You can watch a free glass blowing demo almost any time they have open business hours. Check online or give them a call just in case to be sure they don’t have a reserved class: Salado Glassworks

Hill Country Water Gardens and Nursery is a beautiful place to shop for plants and soak in the scenery of the beautiful setting there.

I hope these offer some additional activities to your Summertime fun list and help your wallet as well!

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