Have you ever considered a family-friendly staycation? If not, and you live in a fantastic city like Austin, Texas, you could be putting yourself through packing, queuing, airport checks, and bank-draining travel for no reason. Take a look at these 11 “staycation Austin” ideas and before booking your next vacation.
1. Four Seasons Hotel
If you’re looking for a staycation that can get your kids off their cell phones, then the Four Seasons Hotel is worth exploring. Located in the heart of downtown Austin, at Lady Bird Park, adventurous kids can go on scavenger hunts, or take to the lake in kayaks, canoes, or on stand up paddleboards.
2. Austin Zoo
For the more nature-seeking family, head to Austin Zoo. Sure, you’ve probably been before but visiting isn’t only a great day out, it helps the non-profit zoo make money so they can look after rescued and endangered animals. If you have seen it all before, why not spend a little more on a private tour?
3. Mexic-Arte Museum
Want to explore culture and art? The Mexic-Arte Museum could be the perfect destination on your family-friendly staycation in Austin. It is dedicated to Mexican and Latin American art, as well as the growing Mexican-American art movement. The museum has not-to-be-missed full-size Day of the Dead sculptures and interactive arts too.
4. Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa
If your family-friendly staycation in Austin needs outdoor activities then the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa should be at the top of your checklist list. From horseback riding to archery, kayaking, and water slides. There’s so much for your family to do, and there’s even a spa and golf course thrown in for good measure.
5. The Blanton Museum of Art
Every vacation needs a splash of culture and the Blanton Museum of Art offers it in abundance. The museum includes American, European, Latin American, and even ancient art collections. So when putting together your itinerary, put this museum on your list.
6. Creekside Camp and Cabins
After a big day of staycation adventuring, you’ll want to relax and unwind. But instead of heading home, why not try something classically American?
Creekside Camp and Cabins offer picturesque overnight stays in Hamilton Creek. With themed cabins and lake-based activities, including boating, this could be the perfect place to unplug.
7. Lone Star Court
If you have ever gone to “motor courts” then you will love the retro décor and nostalgic feel at Lone Star Court. It has outdoor courtyards, fire pits, bicycle rentals, and a pool. Lone Star Court offers live music and is the perfect place to visit on a family-friendly staycation.
8. Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa
The Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa is located on the rolling hills, west of Austin. This is the ultimate one-stop destination if you and your family crave recreation. From its four golf courses, fitness center, tennis courts, two pools, and luxurious spa, everyone will find something they love. They even have younger children covered, including mini-golf, scavenger hunts, family movie nights, and much more.
9. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Make local history fun and take your Austin family-friendly staycation to the Bob Bullock Museum. Put your local knowledge to the test and get to know Texas in detail through countless museum exhibits and even live-action storytelling.
10. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a peaceful and educational way to enjoy nature. The center includes a windmill, tiny ponds, rose, and butterfly gardens. The center also hosts events like yoga, photography lessons, and plant sales.
11. Lakeway Resort and Spa
If you are fond of sports and water activities, then you should plan your family-friendly Austin staycation around the Lakeway Resort and Spa. The resort’s three pool includes a swim-up bar and waterslides, so that’s adults and children covered.
The resort also includes a kid zone that has a bounce house, countless games, toys, books, arts, and crafts. Families can also enjoy sailing, skiing, and wakeboarding. This place is full of options and should top your list of staycation ideas.