Looking for something to do in or near the Austin, TX area? Look no further. These day trip options will be a hit in providing entertainment for the whole family.
5. The Austin Steam Train Association
Located right in Austin, the Steam Train offers rides every Saturday and Sunday, departing from Cedar Park. The 3 hour or 6 hour excursion options offer friends or families a way to see the picturesque views of Texas and visit the old-style town of Bertram. All of the train cars are older style, purchased and renovated from trains dating back to the 1920s. The tours are a fun way to bond with your family over a picnic lunch that you’re more than welcome to bring on board with you. If you plan one of these excursions in advance, there are special events like celebrations and murder mysteries offered aboard on preselected dates. The general tickets range from $12 to $34 per person, depending on whether you prefer coach or first class. You can learn more about the Austin Steam Train at http://www.austinsteamtrain.org.
4. Kiddie Acres
Looking for something nearby to entertain the kids for a few hours? Kiddie Acres is a little amusement park, generally geared toward children 10 and under, but offers good, wholesome family fun. The prices are generally inexpensive, for about $50 you can feed and entertain a family of 4 for about 3 hours on peak days, but if you go on Wednesday, all attraction tickets are only $1 each. They offer miniature golf for the whole family, pony rides, train rides a ferris wheel and other carnival-like attractions. Check out their website for more information.
3. Sea World San Antonio
For about a 2 hour (or 80 mile) drive to San Antonio, you can visit Sea World San Antonio! Come get splashed by Shamu, ride all of the roller coasters, see all of the incredible marine life and watch all of their wonderfully scripted shows. Sea World is great for people of all ages. Also, because it’s owned by Anheuser Bush, they offer a hospitality center to sample all of your favorite Budweiser brews. Also, they’re currently offering a promotion that if you pay for one day, you can visit for free for the rest of the year. So why not? Check out all of their information on their website, at http://www.seaworld.com
2. Go to the beach!
Austin is a land locked city, and most people don’t make the 3 hour drive to the shore–but why not? North Padre offers some of the nicest and most scenic beaches in the state, as they feature the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the whole world. Malaquite beach is one of the most natural and calmest beach in the area, featuring less traffic than other beaches. This would be a great and relatively inexpensive venture for the day, as its only about 200 miles from Austin, and located roughly 15 minutes south of Bob Haul Pier where all of the hotels are located. You can take your friends or family to soak up the sun, play in the water, and do a little bit of fishing or windsurfing while you’re there. For more information on the beaches of Padre Island, visit here.
1. The Cowboy Capital of the World
Like the say, “When in Rome…” Well, “When in Texas…” you’ve got to check out the Cowboy Capital of the World (at least you’ll be able to tell everyone you’ve seen it all..). Bandera, TX is a charming town about 115 miles outside of Austin. You can spend the day here horseback riding, checking out the rodeo, participating in one of the historical tours, visiting a museum or enjoying the great outdoors. They also have great Honky-tonks with live dances and music a few nights a week. There are a few good restaurants and great shopping. You can find more information at http://www.banderacowboycapital.com