Spring Break is officially here and trying to keep the kids entertained can be a fun challenge. One way to keep the littles happy is to pack up a picnic (or hit the Chic Fil A drive thru) and explore the local playgrounds in Austin. (Make sure to scroll to the bottom for addresses and more info!) We have always liked to “Park Hop” as my kids say, which is where we visit multiple playgrounds in one day. For easy fun that’s sure to when the kids over, here is a list of some parks worth visiting in and around Austin!
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Zilker Metropolitan Park, located in the heart of the ATX is a great starting point. Featuring an antique firetruck to play on, sand pit, a cool playground that crosses over the tracks for the Zilker Train (Formally known as the Zephyr, set to reopen soon as the Eagle), lots of picnic areas, disc golf, volleyball, and a classic view of the downtown skyline. It’s no wonder it’s considered Austin’s most loved park.
Another one you must check out if central ATX is on your maps, is the Alliance Children’s Garden. With so many areas to explore, your littles are sure to get their energy out. From tons of climbing walls and towers, hills they roll down and crawl through, music areas, life size games, a sand pit, life size ants, and a splash pad this one will definitely win you some Fun Mom Points!
Peace District Park & Waterloo Park are both definitely worth checking out as well if you are in the Austin area.
If you happen to be in South Austin, Circle C Metro Park is a great one to adventure to. With 2 separate playgrounds for the bigger kids and younger ones, a dome climber, & lots of riding trails this playground will sure keep everyone happy.
If you head up North, plan to visit Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. This park has some of the biggest slides I have ever seen, and I’ve been park hoppin’ since I was a kid with my Dad. These slides make the drive worth it no matter where you are coming from!
Now for our personal favorite Playgrounds in Austin, North and in the surrounding cities:
Play For Ability Parks in Round Rock is one of the coolest playgrounds around. First of all, it’s wheelchair accessible, allowing all children to be included and that alone makes it number one in my book. This park has so many things to do for everyone with multiple playscapes, music areas, swings, Ziplines, sensory play areas, and a mini town run by children. It’s completed with its own HEB, Police Department, Chic Fil A, and a racetrack for those scooters and bikes, this park will forever be top of the list!
Another area with awesome play areas worth checking out in Round Rock are the parks at Old Settlers. The bigger one, Joanne Land Playground, commonly referred to as the “Zipline Park” by kids, has always been a fav. It has a ninja warrior style playground with lots of ropes to hang on, super tall slides, and is complete with a Zipline Swing and a second playscape for the younger babes. In the same park grounds, you can find another play area, Virg S Rabb Playground, that is equally as cool. We usually use it as backup when the “Zipline” is too crowded. It has a ton of climbing structures, spinning structures and part of it is toddler friendly.
Southwest Regional Williamson County Park in Leander is another sweet spot with a playground, basketball courts, a super cool splash pad (Quarry Splashpad), disc golf, and is the location for the Cedar Rock Railroad: a super affordable train ride taking you around the SW Regional park grounds. It also has a one-of-a-kind train playscape the kids love to play on and lots of picnic areas.
Lakewood Park in Leander is also pretty neat! Entering with a Dino trail, immediately followed by a super tall play structure complete with tall slides, foosball tables, climbing structures, a splash pad, and skate park, your kids definitely won’t want to leave.
Pflugerville has some cool areas worth checking out too- Pflugerville lake Park is another hit. Located on one of the few “beaches” we have in Austin. This climbable dome is fun for everyone. Pfluger Park is also nearby and has all the climbing, swinging, spinning and slides to enjoy!
To wrap your park hoppin’ adventures up, I recommend visiting Garey Park in Georgetown. While this park isn’t actually free, it is so worth it. This bear-themed playground is sure to keep your little cubs satisfied. From the bear dens, tall slides and one-of-a-kind wood play structure, to multiple ziplines, the splash pad, lake views, and trails, everyone will be ready to hibernate when you leave.
Finally, so many neighborhoods in the Austin & Surrounding areas have playgrounds. Just get out and explore the parks near you! Have fun with your littles while getting that Vitamin D in and energy out!
Zilker Metropolitan Park | 2207 Lou Neff Rd Austin TX 78746
Alliance Children’s Garden| 1000 Barton Springs Rd Austin TX 78704
Pease District Park | 1100 Kingsbury St Austin TX 78703
Circle C Metro Park | 6301 W Slaughter Ln Austin, TX 78739
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Creek Park | 12138 N Lamar Blvd Austin TX 78753
Lake Pflugerville Park | 18216 Weiss Ln Pflugerville TX 78660
Pfluger Park | 515 City Park Rd Pflugerville TX
Play For All Ability Parks | 151 NW A W Grimes Blvd Round Rock TX 78664