Fun Things in Austin, Tx for 9 Year Old Boy

Updated on April 22, 2012
R.B. asks from Bedford, TX
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We are planning out next vacation. My son wants to go to Austin, Texas. We will be visiting the State Capital and the Bob Bullock Museum. Other than those two things, are there any other things that are an absolute must-do while in Austin? My son is 9 (will be almost 10 at the time of our trip). We will be going in July or August.
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Go to Barton Springs to swim
Zilker Park also has a Dinosaur Garden

Here is the schedule for the Free Outdoor Summer Musical.. It is a ton of fun. This year it is the Sound of Music

Visit Mt. Bonnell, it is on of the highest points in Austin and is great viewing.
Visit the University of Texas.. Museums.

Eat at "the Oasis" on Lake Travis It sits on the side of a cliff.

See if the Bats are still in town, you can watch them fly out from under the Congress Avenue bridge at dusk.

Make plans to see a movie one night at the drive in movie theater.
You will need to make a reservation.. Take your own cooler and snacks.

Make sure to eat at one of the food trailers on South 1st street

Get ice Cream at an "Amy's Ice cream" shop.

There are many nights you can listen to live music at different family friendly locations..
Shady Grove
Spider House.

The information can be found through the 2 Austin Papers.

If you are already going to be in the area.. You must, must go for a day to Schlitterbahn in New Braunsfuls.. It really is the largest Water Park in the World.. It is only about 20 minutes out of town. You can take your own cooler.. Very fun..

Let me know if you have any questions.

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answers from Austin on

If you like caves, there are several within easy driving distance of Austin. North of Austin, (on the south side of Georgetown), is Inner Space Cavern. South of Austin, but lots closer to San Antonio, is the Natural Bridge Cavern.

In Zilker Park you have the Barton Springs Pool... a VERY cold treat on a hot summer day. Some people love it... it was too cold for us, though. It is spring-fed.

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answers from Atlanta on

Hi R.,

My girls were 6 and 9 when were went to Austin. The bats coming out from under the Congress Avenue bridge was something they really remembered and enjoyed. You'll be sitting on the river bank so take blankets to sit on and a frisbee or even a picnic while you wait. The state capital was also exciting for them....


answers from Dallas on

My husband and I took our honeymoon in Austin b/c a band we love was playing a festival there. We did the inner space cavers (very very cool. A boy would LOVE it), watched the bats come out from under a bridge, went to the hard rock, Mt. Bonnel was really neat, we picnicked by the river and visited Stubbs bbq. All were really cool. They also do duck tours. I don't remember what it was but we wanted to do it but ran out of funds before we did. Have fun! I love Austin!

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