4 Family-Friendly Central Texas Spring Break Adventures

First day of spring break? Easy! Just do all the things you’ve been saving up to do: sleep in, make a big breakfast, do the warm weather clothes shopping for shorts, swimsuits and sandals. Day 2, not so bad: take the kids to lunch, play in the park and maybe convince them to clean their rooms. Day 3? Out of ideas. Help!

It doesn’t take long to reach that level, right? It’s that white-knuckle moment when you realize the kids are bored and restless, and you haven’t got a plan for the next hour, much less the next 48.

Well, don’t despair. We’ve put together a set of sure-fire spring break adventures that you and your kids will love.

Get Outdoors One great way to burn off excess energy is a good old-fashioned hike. Studies show that being in nature elevates moods and helps children focus, so there’s that, too. Check out this Austin Family magazine article that lists 12 great local hiking trails and eight tips for hiking success.

Go Underground  I love singing the praises of our local caverns. Weather is never an issue (unless we’re in the middle of a flash flood). The kids don’t even realize how much they’re learning. And out-of-towners enjoy seeing Central Texas from a different angle. This article profiles six local caverns sure to get your whole crew saying, “Wow!”

Get Up Close If it flies, swims, slithers or climbs, you’ll find it at one of our area zoos and aquariums. Foster a love for animals at the eight establishments described in this article. Don’t forget that most animals are most active in the morning, when it’s not so hot.

Get Going If a change of scenery sounds like a good idea to you, hop in the car and drive north, east or west to enjoy one of the three day trips we’ve put together in this article. Find family fun in Waco, Brenham or Johnson City/Fredericksberg!


Sherida Mock is the editor of Austin Family magazine.  Austin Family Magazine serves the greater Austin area with up-to-date information and ideas that promote smart parenting and healthy homes. Pick up the latest issue at any local HEB, Central Market, Whole Foods or visit austinfamily.com.


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