A year ago the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If someone had told me then that we would still be in the midst of it for Spring Break 2021, I would have thought they were crazy.

Yet, here we are. The kids are out of school for an entire week and parents are tasked with safely entertaining them.

Here are 50 things to do in the Austin area this Spring Break week that are either outdoors or involve businesses that are maintaining strict COVID safety precautions.

Museums/Nature Centers:

  1. Austin Aquarium
  2. The Austin Nature and Science Center (virtual)
  3. The Blanton Museum of Art
  4. Texas Memorial Museum (virtual)
  5. Thinkery
  6. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  7. Pioneer Farms
  8. Bullock State History Museum
  9. Zilker Botanical Garden
  10. Hill Country Science Mill

Animal Experiences:

  1. Carly’s Critter Camp 
  2. Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch 
  3. The Exotic Resort Zoo
  4. Austin Zoo
  5. Sanctuary Serengeti
  6. Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo
  7. Topsey Exotic Ranch & Drive Thru Safari

Water Activities for Spring Break:

  1. Kayak or paddle board on Lady Bird Lake
  2. Campbell’s Hole
  3. Lost Creek
  4. Gus Fruh
  5. Twin Falls
  6. Bull Creek
  7. Barton Springs Pool
  8. Deep Eddy
  9. Sail on Lake Travis with Texas Sailing
  10. Volente Beach

Movie Theaters:

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  1. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In
  2. Alamo Drafthouse
  3. Violet Crown
  4. Movie House & Eatery
  5. Doc’s Drive-In Theatre
  6. The Globe Drive-In

Local Farms:

  1. Sweet Eats Fruit Farm
  2. Sweet Berry Farm
  3. Boggy Creek Farm
  4. Crowe’s Nest Farm

State Parks:

  1. McKinney Falls
  2. Pace Bend 
  3. Colorado Bend
  4. Pedernales Falls
  5. Enchanted Rock
  6. Garner State Park

Adrenaline Activities for Spring Break:

  1. IFly
  2. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
  3. Helicopter rides with HELOaustin

Dinosaurs Fun:

  1. The Dinosaur Park
  2. Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru
  3. Dinosaur Tracks in Leander

What COVID-friendly activities do you have planned for Spring Break 2021?

Born and raised in San Antonio, Liz is a UT grad who has called Austin home for 18 years. During the week she works full time in pharmaceutical sales, but otherwise can be found wrangling her two small boys, loading the dishwasher, trying to find time for a glass of wine with her husband and attempting to sleep. She also moonlights as a patient advocate for her younger son who was born with a rare syndrome. You can follow her family’s journey at www.happinesssyndrome.com and on Instagram @lizbarnettsmith.


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