Y’all, I love freebies that involve fun. So when it comes to Summer activities I’m really not down for forking out $100 for a pool pass that rarely gets used or $250+ for a day at the water park. There’s also a lot of focus on South and Central Austin, but I haven’t seen much in terms of Northern Austin where more and more families are flocking! So during our explorations this Summer, 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 Lake Austin 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: https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/travis/access.phtml
Zilker Botanical Gardens has dedicated free days for the public. Look on their website zilkergarden.org for the calendar.
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!
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 most awesome find was Bass Pro Shop’s Family Summer Camp and it was FREE!!! They had great classes about many outdoor subjects and made it fun by incorporating hands-on educational activities. This year’s session is complete but look for next year’s! https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/family-summer-camp?cm_sp=SmmrCaStltJun2017_HM
I hope these offer some additional activities to your Summertime fun list and help your wallet as well!