Amusement Parks In Austin: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

12/01/2011 05:10 pm ET | Updated Dec 20, 2011
  • Sylvie Branch The Huffington Post

Amusement parks in Austin are a rewarding place for families to visit. Everyone in the family will enjoy the variety of places to go and things to see. Child-friendly facilities are plentiful in the area. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Austin amusement parks.

Kiddie Acres Amusement Park & Miniature Golf

Specifically designed with children under 10 in mind, Kiddie Acres Amusement Park & Miniature Golf has been making kids smile since 1979. Take advantage of the already affordable amusement park by attending on one of the discount days: Wednesdays are the designated discount day, Sundays offer discounts to honor grandparents and daily discounts are available for military members.

Go Back To The Old West

Take a view of the park from the seat of an Old West train, the signature ride at Kiddie Acres. Perfect for young children, the ride circles the facility.

Other Attractions

Pony rides and a carousel are good choices for young cowboys and cowgirls. The 18-hole miniature golf course will keep older siblings and adults entertained.

Snacks Galore

Kiddie Acres serves typical snack-bar food such as pizza, nachos, hot dogs and chips. They also prepare Frito pie and offer ice cream, snow cones and cotton candy at affordable prices.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Kiddie Acres.

Address: 4800 W. Howard Lane, Austin, TX 78728
Phone: 512-255-4131
Hours: Summer hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. In the fall and spring, Kiddie Acres opens at noon. November through March, the park is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
Price: Kiddie Acres is free to enter, but tickets are necessary for the rides. A single ticket is $1.95, a round of 10 tickets is $17 and 100 tickets will cost $110. Tickets never expire.

Austin's Park

Austin's Park offers 50,000 square feet of indoor entertainment and a full 22 acres of outdoor fun. The park is priced for families, with a single admission ticket doubling as a buffet ticket.

Climb In The Mist

The rock-climbing wall is an exhilarating attraction at Austin's Park. Nearly 25 feet tall, the wall includes the unique twists of a breeze and cool mist coming from a waterfall.

Other Attractions

The arcade is full of games for all ages, and it includes virtual skateboarding and driving games. Laser tag in the large arena is a fun, interactive attraction. Young thrill-seekers will love Little Shot, a ride designed to shoot riders 22 feet into the air.

Buffet And Snack Bar

Included in the price of admission is an all-you-can-eat buffet full of hand-crafted pizzas, a hot pasta bar, fresh salad bar and a sweets counter. Also included are unlimited soft drinks. The snack bar also sells a selection of beer and frozen margaritas for adults.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Austin's Park.

Address: 16231 Interstate 35 N., Austin TX 78660
Phone: 512-670-9600
Hours: The park is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: Admission tickets are $16.95 for unlimited rides, food and soft drinks.

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