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Texas’s capital is the perfect place for a family vacation. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or an educational trip, Austin’s got the perfect blend for families seeking a memorable getaway.

Barton Springs Pool

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Looking for fun in the Texas sun? Barton Springs Pool, located within Zilker Park, is a glittering gem within Austin’s city limits. The pool, about three acres in size, is fed from underground springs. With an average temperature of around 70 degrees, Barton Springs Pool is ideal for year-round swimming. Grab the family, some sunscreen and your swimsuits and head straight to Barton Springs Pool to create lifelong memories.

Texas State Capitol

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If finding the fun in education is more your style, head to the Texas State Capitol. There is so much to learn about the culture and history of the state of Texas. Learn all about the Lone Star state’s rich history with free guided tour starting every 30 minutes.

Austin Zoo

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Take a walk on the wild side at the Austin Zoo. The zoo’s mission, to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education, helps to educate visitors on how they can help animals around the world, and even in their own backyards. With over 350 rescue animals across 100 different species, you’re sure to find some new friends in the animal kingdom.

Thinkery (Austin Children’s Museum)

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For kiddos constantly asking “why,” Austin’s Thinkery is the place to go. Thinkery is a place where family meets science in an interactive environment. Exhibits such as Kitchen Lab, Let’s Grow and Innovator’s Workshop, Thinkery is bound to bring out the scientist in kids of all ages.

Austin Aquarium

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Go under the sea to learn about aquatic creatures at the Austin Aquarium. Dive into the 35 attractions around the aquarium to immerse your family in the beauty of the sea. Interact with stingrays, birds and amphibians galore! At the Austin Aquarium, guests are invited to reach out and touch the world underwater.

South Congress Ave

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One of the most famous streets in Austin, South Congress Ave plays host to some of Austin’s most infamous spots. Snap a picture at the iconic “I love you so much” wall attached to Jo’s Coffee for the scrapbook. Treat yourself to a slice of heaven at Home Slice Pizza, where you can get authentic New York-style pizza in the heart of the Lone Star state. Get a fix for your sweet tooth at Big Top Candy Shop, where you can find all your childhood favorites. Finally, head to the Congress Street Bridge to view a true spectacle. Every night, nearly 1.5 million bats emerge en mass at dusk for a feeding. The bat colony can be especially vivid against the dusk sky from the bank on the south-east side. Be sure to catch this spectacle from mid-March to early November.

Where to Stay

Perfect location in the heart of downtown? Relaxing locale just miles from Austin? Whatever type of trip you’re planning, we’ve got you covered.

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Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

Capitalize on modern comfort and luxury amenities at Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, offering an unparalleled experience in the Lone Star State’s capital.

Omni Barton Creek Resort

Located in the beautiful Hill Country, the Omni Barton Creek Resort offers a spacious retreat for a memorable family vacation in Austin.