- May 31, 2012

50 Free Anytime Adventures in Austin, Texas


50 Free Things to do in Austin

  1. Run around Ghost Town in Manor.
  2. Take your bike on a bumpy ride at the BMX park on 9th Street.
  3. Dig for dino bones at the Austin Nature and Science Center.
  4. Check out the impressive taxidermy displays and aquarium at Cabela’s in Buda.
  5. Ride the saucer swings at Mueller Lake Park.
  6. See the bats emerge from under Congress Avenue Bridge.
  7. Catch some free music on the Central Market patio, while kids burn off steam on the playground.
  8. Round up some friends and book a free tour of Blue Baker.
  9. Play your heart out at the brand new Play for All Abilities Park in Round Rock.
  10. Explore the Asian Supermarket.
  11. Take your skateboard to the downtown Austin Skate and BMX park.
  12. Go for a romp at Children’s Playground in San Marcos.
  13. Ride your bike around the Veloway.
  14. Load up on fruits and veggies at a Farmer’s Market.
  15. Picnic on the grounds of Laguna Gloria on a Tuesday, when admission is free.
  16. Climb Mount Bonnell.
  17. Go on a self-led tour of the Texas Capitol.
  18. Commune with the peacocks at Mayfield Park.
  19. Visit the turtle pond on the UT campus.
  20. Feed ducks at Mills Pond in Wells Branch.
  21. Pet the cow statues in The Arboretum.
  22. Visit the Thinkery on Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m., when admission is by donation (suggested $1).
  23. Practice amateur Paleontology at Champion Park.
  24. Take a hike in Wild Basin Preserve.
  25. Touch a tank at the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry.
  26. Peruse modern art exhibits at The Contemporary Austin at The Jones Center, which is free on Tuesdays.
  27. Pose for a family portrait in front of the “Greetings from Austin” mural.
  28. Embark on a free Historic Walking Tour.
  29. Picnic in Zilker Park.
  30. Head out on a creek expedition along the Barton Greenbelt.
  31. Explore the Mexic-Arte Museum for free on Sundays.
  32. Take the Family Nature Quest at McKinney Roughs Nature Park.
  33. Dine at a local food trailer.
  34. Navigate the incredible maze of costumes at Lucy in Disguise on South Congress.
  35. Attend a Star Party on the UT campus.
  36. Go on a scavenger hunt in The Blanton Museum of Art, which is free on Thursdays.
  37. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the old-fashioned Big Top Candy Shop.
  38. Wade in Bull Creek.
  39. Give geocaching a try.
  40. Attend storytime at BookPeople.
  41. Buy lunch fixins at Whole Foods and eat by the playground on the rooftop plaza.
  42. Tour a steam train.
  43. B.Y.O.Kayak or swim in Lake Pflugerville.
  44. Learn about famous Texans, like Stephen F. Austin, who were laid to rest at Texas State Cemetery.
  45. Pile the kids into a red wagon at The Natural Gardener.
  46. Take a dip in Barton Creek.
  47. Visit the chickens at East Side Café.
  48. Enjoy the air-conditioned Texas Memorial Museum. (Update: The Museum has started charging admission.)
  49. Climb the wooden forts in Georgetown’s Creative Playscape. (Update: The wooden playscape has been replaced with a more modern one.)
  50. Explore the quirky wonderland that is the Cathedral of Junk. (Update: Reservations and a $10 donation per carload is now required.)

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