Best playgrounds in Austin

Check out the top playgrounds in Austin, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. Zilker Metropolitan Park

1. Zilker Metropolitan Park

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248 local reviews
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-974-6700
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Rachel
Huge playground with a running train coming through it. The kids love to ride it but mine love watching the t…
Karen
Zilker Park is everyone's favorite!! They have hiking, soccer, sand volleyball, Barton Springs natural Pool, t…
Paige
Zilker Park has something for everyone -- huge playground and train, Barton Springs, Botanical gardens, and an…
1. Zilker Metropolitan Park

1. Zilker Metropolitan Park

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248 local reviews
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-974-6700
Rachel
Rachel
Huge playground with a running train coming through it. The kids love to ride it but mine love watching the train chugging through even mor…
Karen
Karen
Zilker Park is everyone's favorite!! They have hiking, soccer, sand volleyball, Barton Springs natural Pool, the river, canoeing, kayaking, …
Paige
Paige
Zilker Park has something for everyone -- huge playground and train, Barton Springs, Botanical gardens, and an enormous field for throwing t…
2. Barton Springs Municipal Pool

2. Barton Springs Municipal Pool

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379 local reviews
2131 William Barton Drive, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-867-3080
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Inti
If there's one thing you shouldn't miss in Austin, it's Barton Springs! Gorgeous natural springs pool located …
Robin
Amazing spring fed natural swimming pool, children's playground and train, free summer musicals.
Steven
A must visit for any Austin trip. The springs are gorgeous, but a bit chilly (70 degrees). Nearby playground i…
2. Barton Springs Municipal Pool

2. Barton Springs Municipal Pool

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379 local reviews
2131 William Barton Drive, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-867-3080
Inti
Inti
If there's one thing you shouldn't miss in Austin, it's Barton Springs! Gorgeous natural springs pool located in Zilker Park. Close to a pla…
Robin
Robin
Amazing spring fed natural swimming pool, children's playground and train, free summer musicals.
Steven
Steven
A must visit for any Austin trip. The springs are gorgeous, but a bit chilly (70 degrees). Nearby playground is the biggest around and there…
3. Phils Ice House

3. Phils Ice House

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10 local reviews
5620 Burnet Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-524-1212
RestaurantFoodPoint of interest
Benjamin
This is probably our favorite burger joint in Austin. The burgers are good, they serve beer, there is a playgr…
Elva
Delicious burgers, great shaded playground, and right next to Amy's Ice Cream-an Austin original!
Rachael
Great burgers, beer and Amy's ice cream ... and if you have kids, there's a playground to entertain them.
3. Phils Ice House

3. Phils Ice House

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10 local reviews
5620 Burnet Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-524-1212
Benjamin
Benjamin
This is probably our favorite burger joint in Austin. The burgers are good, they serve beer, there is a playground for kiddos, and Amy's Ice…
Elva
Elva
Delicious burgers, great shaded playground, and right next to Amy's Ice Cream-an Austin original!
Rachael
Rachael
Great burgers, beer and Amy's ice cream ... and if you have kids, there's a playground to entertain them.
4. Amy's Ice Creams

4. Amy's Ice Creams

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9 local reviews
5624 Burnet Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-538-2697
FoodStorePoint of interest
Thomas
The best ice cream in Austin. Crush in anything to their amazing traditional and innovative flavors. There is…
Robbin
Beat the Austin heat with local Amy's ice cream. Kid friendly with playground outside and Phil's Ice House nex…
Sammi
Local homemade ice cream store. Locations around town. This one on Burnet Road is a short distance from our ho…
4. Amy's Ice Creams

4. Amy's Ice Creams

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9 local reviews
5624 Burnet Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-538-2697
Thomas
Thomas
The best ice cream in Austin. Crush in anything to their amazing traditional and innovative flavors. There is a playground there as well fo…
Robbin
Robbin
Beat the Austin heat with local Amy's ice cream. Kid friendly with playground outside and Phil's Ice House next door (burger joint).
Sammi
Sammi
Local homemade ice cream store. Locations around town. This one on Burnet Road is a short distance from our house. Great ice cream. Friendly…
5. Phil's Icehouse

5. Phil's Icehouse

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13 local reviews
2901 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-707-8704
RestaurantFoodStore
Lynn
Another great local favorite with great burgers. Has an Amy's Ice Cream attached for dessert. Nice, casual s…
Kirk
A playground and beer. Every parents dream. Good food and Amy's ice cream to make it even better!!
Snowflake
Burgers and fries, but they're home-made and the playground is great for kids!
5. Phil's Icehouse

5. Phil's Icehouse

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13 local reviews
2901 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-707-8704
Lynn
Lynn
Another great local favorite with great burgers. Has an Amy's Ice Cream attached for dessert. Nice, casual spot to have a meal. Attahed pl…
Kirk
Kirk
A playground and beer. Every parents dream. Good food and Amy's ice cream to make it even better!!
Snowflake
Snowflake
Burgers and fries, but they're home-made and the playground is great for kids!
6. Patterson Neighborhood Park

6. Patterson Neighborhood Park

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4 local reviews
4200 Brookview Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-974-6700
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Erik & Kara
9 acre park, featuring: BBQ pits; basketball courts; picnic tables; playground; swimming pools; tennis courts;…
David
Great local park, walking distance from the duplex. Tennis courts, playgrounds and a skate park, as well as a …
Gwen & Richard
Large City park with a swimming pool open in summer and tennis courts open year round. Also has a skate board…
6. Patterson Neighborhood Park

6. Patterson Neighborhood Park

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4 local reviews
4200 Brookview Road, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-974-6700
Erik & Kara
Erik & Kara
9 acre park, featuring: BBQ pits; basketball courts; picnic tables; playground; swimming pools; tennis courts; half mile trail; volleyball c…
David
David
Great local park, walking distance from the duplex. Tennis courts, playgrounds and a skate park, as well as a free public swimming pool in s…
Gwen & Richard
Gwen & Richard
Large City park with a swimming pool open in summer and tennis courts open year round. Also has a skate board half pipe. Nice trail for wa…
7. Central Market

7. Central Market

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97 local reviews
4001 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-206-1000
Grocery or supermarketHealthFood
Elizabeth
This place has it all. Sort of like a Texas-only version of Whole Foods. Great playground and a pond nearby …
Kelley
A full cafe, a great calendar of cooking classes, bands on the deck, playground... and even without any of tha…
Elizabeth & Mike
Awesome prepared foods and grocery selection, plus cafe, free live music Fri-Sun nights, outdoor patio, and pl…
7. Central Market

7. Central Market

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97 local reviews
4001 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-206-1000
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
This place has it all. Sort of like a Texas-only version of Whole Foods. Great playground and a pond nearby for a quick stroll. Full serv…
Kelley
Kelley
A full cafe, a great calendar of cooking classes, bands on the deck, playground... and even without any of that I would still call it the be…
Elizabeth & Mike
Elizabeth & Mike
Awesome prepared foods and grocery selection, plus cafe, free live music Fri-Sun nights, outdoor patio, and playground. (You can also get gr…
8. Mueller Lake Park

8. Mueller Lake Park

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35 local reviews
4550 Mueller Boulevard, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-703-9202
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Gina
Hiking trails, a farmer's market on Sundays, multiple food and coffee options, a playground and picnic tables…
David
Huge central Mueller park with lake, walks, birds, fish and turtles, a kid's playground, and giant grassy fiel…
A.
Beautiful park, close to the house. Playground, lake, walking trail, food trucks. Across the street from the…
8. Mueller Lake Park

8. Mueller Lake Park

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35 local reviews
4550 Mueller Boulevard, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-703-9202
Gina
Gina
Hiking trails, a farmer's market on Sundays, multiple food and coffee options, a playground and picnic tables. Perfect way to spend a nice d…
David
David
Huge central Mueller park with lake, walks, birds, fish and turtles, a kid's playground, and giant grassy fields for frisbee or games.
A.
A.
Beautiful park, close to the house. Playground, lake, walking trail, food trucks. Across the street from the children's museum, The Thinke…
9. Doc's Backyard

9. Doc's Backyard

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3 local reviews
5207 Brodie Lane, Sunset Valley
Closed now
+1 512-892-5200
BarRestaurantFood
Dee
Great outdoor patio w/playground. Great place to meet for HH-
Ryan
Doc's is great for a beer, watching the game and a fun playground for the kids.
Ryan
Doc's is great for a beer, watching the game and a fun playground for the kids.
9. Doc's Backyard

9. Doc's Backyard

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3 local reviews
5207 Brodie Lane, Sunset Valley
Closed now
+1 512-892-5200
Dee
Dee
Great outdoor patio w/playground. Great place to meet for HH-
Ryan
Ryan
Doc's is great for a beer, watching the game and a fun playground for the kids.
Ryan
Ryan
Doc's is great for a beer, watching the game and a fun playground for the kids.
10. Southpark Meadows

10. Southpark Meadows

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23 local reviews
Southpark Meadows, Austin
NeighborhoodPolitical
Lynn
Tons of shopping including Target and Wal-Mart, as well as many restaurants and a playground surrounded by re…
Beata & Davvi
Shopping, playgrounds, music, food!
Lynn
Tons of shopping including Target and Wal-Mart, as well as many restaurants and a playground surrounded by re…
10. Southpark Meadows

10. Southpark Meadows

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23 local reviews
Southpark Meadows, Austin
Lynn
Lynn
Tons of shopping including Target and Wal-Mart, as well as many restaurants and a playground surrounded by restaurants with patios.
Beata & Davvi
Beata & Davvi
Shopping, playgrounds, music, food!
Lynn
Lynn
Tons of shopping including Target and Wal-Mart, as well as many restaurants and a playground surrounded by restaurants with patios.
11. Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park

11. Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park

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5 local reviews
7000 Ardath Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-974-6700
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Vanessa
Nice park with pond and trail and great playground for the kids
Rachel
Fantastic, large outdoor pool. Tennis and basketball courts. Shaded playground.
Paulina
Playground, baseball diamond, public pool… you name it, everyone in the family would love it!
11. Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park

11. Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park

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5 local reviews
7000 Ardath Street, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-974-6700
Vanessa
Vanessa
Nice park with pond and trail and great playground for the kids
Rachel
Rachel
Fantastic, large outdoor pool. Tennis and basketball courts. Shaded playground.
Paulina
Paulina
Playground, baseball diamond, public pool… you name it, everyone in the family would love it!
12. Thinkery

12. Thinkery

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46 local reviews
1830 Simond Avenue, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-469-6200
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Cari
This is the former Children's Museum, and is now more of a hands-on science museum. If you have kids and need …
Amanda
One of the best children's museums around. Free on Wednesday evenings, and across the road is an amazing playg…
Victoire
The Children's Museum has lots of cool things for kids. Across the museum in one of the best playgrounds in Au…
12. Thinkery

12. Thinkery

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46 local reviews
1830 Simond Avenue, Austin
Closed now
+1 512-469-6200
Cari
Cari
This is the former Children's Museum, and is now more of a hands-on science museum. If you have kids and need an indoor option, this is defi…
Amanda
Amanda
One of the best children's museums around. Free on Wednesday evenings, and across the road is an amazing playground.
Victoire
Victoire
The Children's Museum has lots of cool things for kids. Across the museum in one of the best playgrounds in Austin.