The year-round sun and warmth of Texas are what make it a great getaway no matter the time of year. Austin offers an experience like no other, packed with family fun you won’t find anywhere else. There are plenty of family things to do in Austin for everyone, no matter how old.
Take the family to enjoy a family of wild beasts. Walk the grounds and say, “Oh my!” when you visit animals like lions, tigers, bears, cougars, wolves, monkeys, and more. Enjoy Texas wildlife, including the acorn weevil, bronzed cowbird, and northern, black-bellied whistling duck. Tickets to the zoo are currently only available for online purchase. Bring your proof of purchase to the zoo gates for admission.
Once you’ve met the wildlife that makes their home on the land, take some time to visit the ones that dwell in the sea. Encounter sting rays, sharks, tropical fish from all over the world, koi fish, and much more. Learn about coral reefs and how they nourish the underwater environment and provide shelter, then watch sharks as they swim silently through the tanks. Once you’ve gotten to know the inhabitants, schedule a special encounter where you can feed stingrays, tortoises, and even sharks for an unforgettable experience.
Family Things to Do in Austin at the Texas Military Forces Museum
Wander a 45,000-square foot facility to explore the history of the Texas militia and volunteer forces dating back as early as 1823. Permanent exhibits include samples of uniforms, weapons, equipment, personal items, film, music, and other items that reflect life in the military. The museum also hosts several living history programs, as well as battle reenactments, and many other special events.
Texas State Capitol
Austin is the capital city of Texas and houses all the government buildings needed for maintaining everything that keeps the Lone Star State running. The current capitol building was completed and dedicated in May of 1888. If you’ve been to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, you may feel like the Texas capitol building is bigger. In fact, the Texas capitol building is 14.64 feet taller than the U.S. capitol, as measured from the ground to the top of the Statue of Freedom the U.S. capitol, and from the ground to the tip of the Goddess of Liberty on the Texas capitol.
Destination: Austin Family Fun
Once you’ve decided to make Austin your next family getaway destination, make sure your next step is booking a vacation rental with Austin Vacation Rentals. Begin and end every day of your adventure in a private, luxurious rental with all the comforts of home. Choose a small one-bedroom for a more intimate stay, all the way up to a 12-bedroom home to accommodate a large family or reunion. Enjoy the privacy of your own room and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Choose a premium unit for hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, flat-screen TVs, and more.
Contact us today to start planning your family’s fun-filled trip to Austin and make memories to last a lifetime!
If you recently found yourself back in the classroom, only this time the classroom was your dining room table and instead of being the student you were the teacher, chances are the pandemic changed your world as much as ours. Even if your child is still participating in school virtually, it’s just one more way your world has changed in 2020, but there is a silver lining! Homeschooling doesn’t have to be done from home; online schooling can be done from anywhere in the world! When your educational journey brings you to the town that is proud to be weird, Austin, Texas, this Austin activities guide we’ve prepared will ensure this getaway is also entertaining.
Love Your Curriculum
Homeschool teachers know they can take almost any topic and turn it into school curriculum, and your Austin journey is yet another fascinating example. Teaching math via budgeting for your trip, enjoying recess out by the private pool of your luxury Austin Vacation Rentals temporary schoolhouse, and discussing the Keep Austin Weird campaign as part of your social studies assignments is just a small part. The history of Austin is long and rich, giving parents the perfect opportunity to make history class a meaty one! Starting with the original name of Austin—Waterloo—and leading to the successful metropolis it has become today, there is no shortage of information to build a module with!
Field trips are popular in the real classrooms, and it is no difference for your virtual one as you take your child (or children) to history museums all over the city. The Bullock Texas State Historical Museum, located at 1800 Congress Avenue, tells the stories of our town, our state, and the people who have sacrificed so much to make our state the great place it is today. Adding a bit of science class to your history field trip, their IMAX documentary titled “Into America’s Wild” offers the perfect introduction to an Earth science module, should you be so inclined!
Austin Activities for When the Lunch Bell Rings
When hunger pangs strike, the close location of our fully equipped kitchens eliminate the need for brown bags, but why cook when there are a host of delicious lunch spots that allow you to get out for a while and enjoy a taste of the town? Forthright at 35 Brazos Street serves made from scratch meals that are healthy and delicious and features a cocktail menu for the teacher!
The Joy of Home Schooling
Education is important, and our vacation retreats allow those currently learning online to seamlessly continue their education as you re-discover the joys of vacationing! Contact us today to book your educational getaway and to learn more about Austin activities.
Pack up your bags! Austin is gorgeous at the beginning of the year, so you’re coming to us at a wonderful time. The menu of upcoming Austin events is packed, so take a look at the events that will be going on when you’re in town. Here are a few of the Austin events that we’re most excited for at the dawn of 2020:
Star Brews Beer Festival
Sat, Jan 25, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
W 6th St, Austin, TX
This event is for all the Star Wars lovers out there who are coming to visit us in Austin for January. Grab your lightsabers and your Jedi cloaks for this event. The secret venue location will be transformed into an “intergalactic playground” and will include tastings of 20+ craft beers. There will be themed areas as well, such as the Darth Lair of Ciders, along with characters, food, and live music.
Migrations World Dance Festival 2020
Jan 31, 2020, 9 AM – Feb 2, 2020, 4 PM
Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock Hotel & Conference Center
1209 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Round Rock, TX
Tickets: up to $100
This annual dance festival is a celebration of global dance presented by the Austin Tribal Collective. Here, you’ll find instructors teaching workshops on various dance and musical stylings from all over the globe, from Spain to India to Africa and back again. Whatever your background is with dancing, you’re welcome at this event.
Hayley Kiyoko in Concert
Tue, Feb 4, 7:00 PM
801 Red River St, Austin, TX
Hayley Kiyoko is an American singer/songwriter (and even actress on occasion). She’s won many awards on her way up the charts, including Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2018, as well as the Rising Star award from Billboard Women in Music. Her music can best be described as synth pop, or “dream pop” – a newer musical genre that simply gets into your head and stays there.
Austin Grilled Cheese Festival
Sat, Feb 8, 12:30 – 8:00 PM
Who knew grilled cheese could fill an entire festival? Who are we kidding, grilled cheese is the best, and if you’re looking for a zany and fun thing to throw into your schedule, you should definitely stop in and check out this festival and eat the best gourmet grilled cheese of your life.
Make Austin Vacation Rentals One of Your Biggest Austin Events
Spend your stay here in comfort and style and make your rental home an unforgettable part of your Austin vacation. Head on over to our catalog of rental homes to take the first step toward your 2020 Austin getaway and don’t miss these upcoming Austin events!
Prepare to end your search for the perfect holiday destination. Austin, Texas has it all, from shopping bonanzas and delicious food to live musical performances and holiday displays. Austin is the whole package, and it’s the perfect candidate for an Austin holiday getaway that the entire family will remember for a lifetime.
The Weather Is Just Right
Austin sits in the magic medium of climates, where the winters get cold, but not too cold. It usually dips to the 40s at night during the winter months, while the days remain palatable through fall and winter, moving from breezy and mild in October to brisk in November to verging on chilly in December. If you love winter as a concept but not enough to brave blizzards, head to Austin for the holidays.
Indoor and Outdoor Adventures
Austin is the place to be, whether you’re looking for day-long outdoor adventures to embark on, or cozy indoor corners to curl up for coffee with a loved one. Try the Blanton Museum of Art, or Ellsworth Kelly: Austin, where the colored glass windows are perfect for a holiday photo op. Run the Austin Marathon or pay a visit to one of Austin’s famous wineries, like Duchman’s Family Winery. Explore the Barton Creek Greenbelt and all its natural wonders: a lush forest, 12+ miles of trails, and two waterfalls. It’s also the perfect vantage point to view the crisp Austin skyline.
Austin Holiday Magic
The Austin holiday spirit is alive and thriving! You can’t step out the front door without feeling the holiday magic in the air. On November 20th, go on a shopping spree at the unparalleled A Christmas Affair event, a 5-day market with over 200 merchants. On November 30th you’ll get to see Chuy’s Christmas Parade, featuring marching bands and vintage cars and holiday floats and more. When December hits, you can find the Austin Trail of Lights 2019 at Zilker Metropolitan Park. Explore the Eden East Annual Solstice Festival & Craft Market on December 21st. And if you’re staying here through the New Year, you won’t want to miss the New Year’s Eve party of a lifetime at Gatsby’s House. End 2019 with a bang!
Your Holiday Home Awaits
Austin holiday getaways entail a lot of planning, and the most important factor is the place where you’ll make your home-away-from-home for the festivities. Austin Vacation Rentals awaits your arrival in Austin for the holidays! Get in touch with us today at 833-241-7651 to get started.
If you want to experience the perfect day in Austin, one great way to do it is to book a tour with an experienced guide here in town. There are plenty of options with a wide variety of adventures to embark upon. Here are some of our favorite Austin tours offered!
Best of Small-Group Guided Austin Tours
This isn’t your typical bus tour. It’s a ‘bucket list’ tour, and on this ride offered through Austin Detours you’ll get to experience the best of Austin in just two short hours! It’s a whirlwind adventure where you’ll see some fun and off-the-beaten path spots that only locals know about, and you’ll get around quickly with your friendly guide. See places like the Capitol Building, Graffiti Park at Castle Hill, and even a dessert truck.
Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour
Explore the world of Austin, Texas from the seat of a bike with this exercise-heavy tour offered through Barton Springs Bike Rentals & Austin Tours. You’ll get to soak in the sights and sounds of the city as the wind rushes around you; everything from the Capitol building to the downtown party spots.
Austin Craft Beer and Brewery Tour
If you’re a beer aficionado, or even if you’re just a casual lover, you’ll enjoy this tour of the Austin brewery scene offered through Brewery Austin Tours. Learn all about the brewing process as you visit some of the most popular breweries in the area, explore the Rainey Street district, and enjoy tastings along the way.
Ghost and Bat Segway Tour
This tour is 2.5 hours of spooktacular fun, offered only once a day at 7:00pm through Segway Nation. It’s a short learning process when it comes to riding a Segway, and then, you’ll get to take this thrilling tour to see Austin’s historic buildings and hear the haunted tales behind them. You’ll also get to make friends with the famous bats of Congress Avenue Bridge. You’ll even get to see the Texas State Capitol Building and the Austin Convention Center on this tour!
Start Today with Austin Vacation Rentals
Spend your stay in style by choosing a rental home through us here at Austin Vacation Rentals. Just get in touch with us today at 833-241-7651 and we’ll help you take the first step on your vacation! Contact us now!