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.
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.
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.
Lions, tigers and bears – they were all there at the Austin Zoo. T seemed to 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. We went on a week day when the crowds were smaller (though there were tons of 4th graders on their own field trips). Admission was a mere $8 for adults and little kids were free. 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 animal fun in Texas? Check out my post on Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.