Adventure #1: Take your dog for a hike along the Turkey Creek Trail.
This hike is free and dogs can be off-leash. The nearby
Emma Long Park is also a fun way to spend some time in the water. The fee for this park is $5-10. You can also camp there.
Pair it with: Burgers and fried pickles at Ski Shores Cafe. You can’t beat the location of this water-front restaurant. They are dog-friendly and even have a playground for the kids!
Ski Shores Cafe
Adventure #2: Search for the rope swing and splash in Bull Creek.
One of Austin’s favorite water holes and hiking spots, Bull Creek is a refreshing way to spend a hot day.
Pair it with: Authentic Texas BBQ at County Line on the Lake or Portabella tacos on the patio at Waterloo Ice House while the kids play on the playground.
Adventure #3: Make some rock towers along the St. Edwards Trail or take the scenic route at Great Hills Trail.
Both hikes have creeks running through them and are relatively easy for hikers of all skill levels. Great Hills Trail even has a playground at one end if your little one’s legs can carry them that far!
Pair it with: The Reese’s Ripoff at Cupprimo Cupcakery. It would be a crime to come this far and not stop in for a cupcake (or 3). Pro tip: the mini cupcakes have zero calories.
Adventure #4: Take your kids and dog on a hike at Walnut Creek Park.
A great location for Northern Austinites, this free park has relatively easy hikes, a pool, and a playground.
Pair it with: Saganaki and Greek Beignets at Santorini Cafe. This authentic Greek restaurant has a spacious patio that welcomes dogs and there are lawn games for the kids.
Adventure #5: Play hide and seek in the clubhouse at Katherine Fleischer Park.
This is one of my kids’ favorite playgrounds of all time. Bring a soccer ball and play out in the fields behind the playground.
Pair it with: A giant cinnamon roll from the charming Bribery Bakery.
You can climb real trees or those on the playscape at the shady Springwoods Park. The Austin Aquarium ($8.95 and up) is nearby if you’d like an indoor activity.
Pair it with: The fried avocado taco from Torchy’s on 620.
This easy hike will make you feel like you are deep in nature when you’re actually right in town. There’s a playground and pool here, too.
Pair it with: Lunch on the patio at Silver Grill Cafe while the kids play on the adjacent playground.
Admission is $10 per car and hours are 8:00 a.m. – dusk. Check website or call to confirm before you go.
Pair it with: S’mores Pizza from Zack’s American Bistro where the kids can play on the patio playground.
Sorry canine friends, but you must leave your dog at home for this hike.
Pair it with: Fries and all the dipping sauces from Hat Creek Westlake, where the kids can play on the playground. More adventures follow on the next page! Hit the arrow below.
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