Austin Adventures – The Austin Zoo, Not Just Animals a Train Ride too.

Looking for adventure in Austin, TX with kids? Might I suggest the Austin Zoo. All the animals are rescue, you can feed over zealous goats and there is a train ride with a great view of the Texas hill country! Fun for kids and their adults.

Llamas at the Austin zoo.

The Austin Zoo is really more of an animal sanctuary. The over 300 animals at the zoo are rescues from roadside attractions, pet owners or large city zoos. Look for everything from llamas to lemurs on the converted goat ranch.  

Snakes, frogs and bearded dragon lizards at the Austin zoo.

The animals at the zoo are not the only eye candy. Cough up the $3.00 to take the train ride around the zoo. The view of the Texas Hill Country was one of the highlights of our trip. The zoo is set up high on a bluff so you can see far to the west. The strange thing about Austin is just a car trip East and you are smack dab in the Lost Pine Forest and a car trip West and you are climbing steep hills.

Petting zoo and goat feeding at the Austin Zoo.

Lions, tigers and bears – they were all there at the Austin Zoo. My kids always enjoy the more domestic animals like goats and deer that you could approach and feed. For someone like me who had not seen a jaguar in person since a school field trip to the Dallas Zoo in 4th grade I was impressed. You forget how big and beautiful these animals are in person.

Lions at the Austin zoo

Try going on a week day when the crowds are smaller. Worth every penny. Kids will enjoy petting the animals, out of towners will enjoy the view, parents will enjoy the walk and entertainment – truly something for everyone.


Looking for more family fun in Texas?  

Feeding giraffes at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center – Safari Adventures for Kids in Central Texas – Closer to Fort Worth is a hidden gem of a place called Fossil Rim Wildlife Center where you can eat, sleep and play in the wild.

Strawberry picking at Sweet Berry Farms outside of Austin, TX

Strawberry Picking at Sweet Berry Farms Outside of Austin – Gather the kids and go pick some fresh strawberries.  Just be careful you don’t come home with more than you could ever possibly eat.

Visiting the McKenna Children's Museum

McKenna Children’s Museum – All within a day trip of Austin are 4 great children’s museums.  If you find yourself headed to San Antonio be sure to make a pit stop in New Braunfels.



4 Responses to “Austin Adventures – The Austin Zoo, Not Just Animals a Train Ride too.”

  1. Daddy Chris

    Hey! You forgot to mention the train ride! You and Tallulah had a lot of fun on that.

  2. jinxxxygirl

    What great timing. We live in San Angelo and are planning an Austin trip about mid May. Anything else you can reccommend??? I get to fill the itinerary. We are looking at all day Sat and half a day Sun……

  3. Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club

    Hi Jinxxy! You will luv Austin it is super fun. I'm assuming you are bringing kids. You can click the Austin tab in the tags to take you to a few other posts. The zoo is really nice. Speaking of trains the Zilker Zepher is fun and so is the park where you wait. Phil's Ice House has burgers and ice cream. Ruta Maya has Sunday morning kids concerts. Check out the blog Free Fun in


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