14 Best Austin Parks For Birthday Parties

Have your heart set on a party at the park? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of our favorite parks for birthday parties, plus all you need to know to plan the best shindig your kid could dream up!

Bartholomew Park

Bartholomew Park

Bartholomew District Park – 5201 Berkman Drive, 78723

This park, just north of the Mueller development, is a whopping 57 acres and includes several playgrounds, swingsets, a creek, picnic areas, a disc golf course, sports fields, a shaded splash pad and one of the hottest pools in town. Although I mention the pool, it is located quite a distance from the park and you would probably need to choose to have a party at either the park or the pool (there is an admission fee at the pool and groups of six or more are required to fill out a One Day Visit form). Please keep in mind that if you plan your party during the summer, when the Splash Pad is open, there are occasions when the Splash Pad is not operational for various reasons.

Bartholomew has three reservation sites at the park, and only two of the three can be reserved at any time. The shelters can be reserved between 10am and 10pm at a cost of $60 for City of Austin residents/Austin Energy customers for events under 100 people. A $10 permit fee is required for moonwalks, and carnival rides, miniature trains, petting zoos and water/splash slides are not permitted. For more information on fees and how to make a reservation, click here. Someone from your party must arrive at the reserved area by 11am. Two out of the three shelters have electric outlets. There is plenty of free parking nearby, as well as restroom facilities.

Brentwood Park

Brentwood Park

Brentwood Neighborhood Park – 6710 Arroyo Seco, 78757

Located right next to Brentwood Elementary School, Brentwood Park has a lot in 9 acres. There are a few playgrounds, swings, a basketball court, volleyball court and a large field which is great for kite flying, kickball or other party games. There is no fee to reserve any of the park’s picnic tables, but if you pick a nice day, you should probably arrive early to stake your claim. There is a neighborhood pool which is virtually hidden inside the park, next to the restrooms. Check here for the pool hours (the pool is always closed on Tuesdays). There is plenty of street parking available by the park.

Brushy Creek Lake Park

Brushy Creek Lake Park

Brushy Creek Lake Park – 3300 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park, 78613

Brushy Creek might be best known for its popular Splash Pad, which provides a respite from the heat for zillions of squealing children. The park is 90 acres and includes playgrounds, a hike and bike trail, four pavilions, picnic tables and grills, a sand volleyball court, fishing pier and plenty of restrooms and parking. Two pavilions have a capacity of 50 and have access to water and electricity, and the other two have a capacity of 30 and no access to electricity. Rentals are made on a half or full day basis, and are $50 for a half day and $75 for a full day (non-residents pay an additional $25 for each reservation). Pavilions can be reserved online or by calling (512) 401-5500. Picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is plenty of parking available in the Park’s several parking lots.

Falcon Pointe

Falcon Pointe Splash Park

Falcon Pointe Splash Park – 1813 Tranquility Lane, Pflugerville, 78660

Falcon Pointe is a free splash pad which is open during the summer months. Covered picnic tables surround the splash pad and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The water is triggered when a button is pressed. There is also a small playground and restrooms nearby.

Lake Pflugerville Park

Lake Pflugerville Park

Lake Pflugerville Park – 18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville, 78660

This 180-acre reservoir is a great place for kids to play and splash. In addition to the beach area, there is a playground and a 5k trail around the lake. Visitors who are 16 and younger do not have to have a fishing permit to fish in the Lake. Kayak rentals are available during the summer months. The Lake Pavilion can be reserved between the hours of 10am-10pm. The maximum capacity is 125. The fee is $125 for residents and $150 for nonresidents. Call the Parks & Recreation Department at (512) 990-6355 between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Saturday, to make a reservation. You can also check availability online.

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Little Stacy Park

Little Stacy Park – 1400 Alameda Dr., 78704

This shady park is a favorite for South Austinites. The park has multiple playgrounds, swings, a basketball court, picnic tables, tennis courts, volleyball courts and a free wading pool. You can read more about the pool here. Picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Northwest District Park Austin

Northwest District Park

Northwest District Park – 7000 Ardath St., 78757

This park, tucked behind a neighborhood and close to Shoal Creek, has two playgrounds (the younger of which is pretty shady), swings, basketball and tennis courts, a pond, a large field and plenty of parking. My kid always enjoys spending time in the “forest” which is past the playgrounds on the east side of the park. Right next to the playscape is Northwest Pool, which does have an admission fee, and groups of six or more are required to fill out a One Day Visit form.

There are three reservation sites at the park, and only two of the three can be reserved at any time. The areas can be reserved between 10am and 10pm at a cost of $60 for City of Austin residents/Austin Energy customers for events under 100 people. A $10 permit fee is required for moonwalks, and carnival rides, miniature trains, petting zoos and water/splash slides are not permitted. For more information on fees and how to make a reservation, click here. Two out of the three areas have electric outlets. There is plenty of parking in the park’s two parking lots.

Patterson Park

Patterson Park

Patterson Neighborhood Park – 4200 Brookview Rd., 78722

The playscapes at Patterson Park are partially shaded, which is a major plus. There are also volleyball and basketball courts, multipurpose fields and a (free) neighborhood swimming pool which is closed on Wednesdays. In addition to picnic tables, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, there is a covered shelter area at Patterson which you can reserve. The shelter can be reserved between 10am and 10pm at a cost of $60 for City of Austin residents/Austin Energy customers for events under 100 people. A $10 permit fee is required for moonwalks, and carnival rides, miniature trains, petting zoos and water/splash slides are not permitted. For more information on fees and how to make a reservation, click here. Someone from your party must arrive at the reserved area by 11am. Electricity is available and there is plenty of parking.

Pease Park

Pease Park

Pease District Park – 1100 Kingsbury St., 78703

Pease is a large park with lots to offer: playgrounds, trails, basketball and multipurpose fields, barbeque pits, a volleyball court and a splash pad. As we noted earlier, splash pads can malfunction, so make sure to have a back up plan just in case there are any problems. There are dozens of picnic tables and you can reserve the south end area picnic tables which can accommodate 150 guests. The south picnic tables can be reserved between 10am and 10pm at a cost of $60 for City of Austin residents/Austin Energy customers for events under 100 people. A $10 permit fee is required for moonwalks, and carnival rides, miniature trains, petting zoos and water/splash slides are not permitted. For more information on fees and how to make a reservation, click here. Parking nearby is limited, and the Park hosts many groups throughout the year.

Play for all Abilities Park

Play for all Abilities Park

Play for All Abilities Park – 151 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock, 78665

The Play for All Abilities Park has quickly attracted a loyal following for its accessible playground, unique features and mini Round Rock Village. The Park has two pavilions which can be reserved. The South Pavilion has 5 picnic tables and a BBQ grill and the North Pavilion has 3 picnic tables. The pavilions do not have electricity or lights. DJs, live music, petting zoos, pony rides, clowns, trains and inflatables are allowed in designated areas only. Both the North and South Pavilions can be reserved for $100 per day ($25 additional fee for non-residents), with a $100 refundable litter deposit. Call (512) 218-5540 to check availability or to make a reservation. The pavilions are first-come, first-served when not reserved.

Ramsey Park

Ramsey Park

Ramsey Neighborhood Park – 4301 N. Rosedale Ave., 78756

Ramsey is centrally-located with a new climbing structure located next to the playgrounds. The playscapes are partially shaded and there are also tennis courts, a basketball court, sandbox, large field, barbeque pits and a (free) swimming pool, which is closed on Tuesdays. Picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is plenty of parking nearby.

Shipe Park

Shipe Park

Shipe Neighborhood Park – 4400 Avenue G., 78751

Shipe’s playscape is partially shaded, as are the swings. In addition, there is a large field, a basketball court, tennis courts, a partially shaded wading pool (closed on Mondays) and a (free) neighborhood pool (closed on Tuesdays). There are only a few picnic tables, and these are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Springwoods Park

Springwoods Park

Springwoods Neighborhood Park – 9117 Anderson Mill Rd., 78729

Springwoods is a shady park with several different play structures, tennis courts, a walking trail and a large field. A large and small picnic pavilion are available for rental. Electricity is available. The pavilions can be reserved between 10am and 10pm at a cost of $60 for City of Austin residents/Austin Energy customers for events under 100 people. A $10 permit fee is required for moonwalks, and carnival rides, miniature trains, petting zoos and water/splash slides are not permitted. For more information on fees and how to make a reservation, click here. Parking is limited.

Zilker Park

Zilker Park

Zilker Park – 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 78704

Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered “Austin’s most-loved park.” This 351-acre park is home to a variety of recreation opportunities and special events for individuals and families. The main playground area has a large, multi-age playscape with swings and picnic areas, six of which are reservable. There is no grilling near the playscape. The picnic tables can be reserved between 10am and 10pm at a cost of $60 for City of Austin residents/Austin Energy customers for events under 100 people. A $10 permit fee is required for moonwalks (which are not allowed near the playscape), and carnival rides, miniature trains, petting zoos and water/splash slides are not permitted. For more information on fees and how to make a reservation, click here. Electricity is available in some areas. Parking is $5/car on weekends in March-September and on holidays. Party planners can also consider purchasing tickets for attendees to ride the Zilker Zephyr. Lastly, you can plan an active birthday on the Great Lawn across the street, climbing Rock Island, playing Frisbees or having a picnic, although you’ll have to forgo restroom facilities (there is a water fountain).

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