Deep Eddy Pool
Laid back, spring fed pool
While Barton Springs has become one of Austin's top attractions, Deep Eddy Pool continues to fly under the radar, making it a favorite of locals wanting to avoid the crowds. This spring fed pool overlooking Lady Bird Lake is free in the winter and $9 for non-resident adults the rest of the year. But it doesn't matter what time of year you stop by because it has an average temperature of 74 degrees year round. See if they are hosting one of their Float-In Movies while you are in town. If you get hungry, head to the nearby Pool Burger for a bit to eat.
Peter Pan Mini Golf
Austin classic with two 18-hole courses
This BYOB mini putt course is filled with whimsical characters throughout it's two courses. It is a local favorite for both families with kids in tow and adults with coolers in tow. This place is cash only so come prepared. If you need to stock up on drinks, head to Thom's Market before you arrive.
Peter Pan Mini-Golf
Neighborhood hub for food, coffee, music, and beer
This one stop shop for a day full of fun has it all. Start with one of their breakfast tacos, which are some of the best in town, and a coffee. Then head out to their spacious back patio to hangout with friends or take in the live music they often have going on. If you get hungry for lunch, head back inside for a burger, salad or sandwich and a local beer to keep the day going. On Sunday mornings during brunch, that live music is performed by a children's musician who is sure to get your little one moving.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
Classic, 24-hour diner for breakfast and queso
Stop by anytime of the day or night for a pancakes, french toast and mimosas, or some Tex-Mex classics like Migas and their famous queso. As an added bonus, kids 12 and under eat free here every Tuesday with a purchase of one adult entree. They have six other locations in the city, including their original location just North of here on Kerbey Lane.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
Family Business Beer Co.
Stylish Hill Country brewery with a playground
This laid-back, family friendly brewery is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. The kids can pass the time at the fenced in playground or playing cornhole while you are sipping on some of their delicious and refreshing beer (their Grackle imperial stout is a favorite). They have a contemporary seating area inside, picnic tables galore outside, Jep's Southern Roots food truck, and frequent live music, so all you have to do is show up and you are set.
Family Business Beer Company
Austin Nature and Sci. Center
Free nature center with interactive exhibits
This 80-acre center has both indoor and outdoor exhibits for kids of all ages. There is a ton of wildlife to be discovered both as part of the exhibit and on the forest trail, which you should check out after you've made a trip to the Dino Pit to dig for fossils and the Naturalist Workshop inside.