The TOP Kid-Friendly Spots In South Austin You Need To Experience

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On a crunch and in need of a quick bite where the kids can tag along? Are you in search of your new favorite South Austin park? Check out our top kid-friendly spots in South Austin you and the kiddos need to experience soon!

BTW in case you have some extra time to explore and want to have a fun-filled day, we highly recommend the super fun interactive Austin Aquarium or the intimate, but educational Austin Zoo!

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El Mercado

Tex-mex food is always a family affair so of course, we’d start the guide off with some yummy Mexican food. El Mercado is not only known for their food and happy hour, but they also have live music and a playground. Enjoy some margs in the sun as your lil ones get to run around for a bit. Don’t forget to treat them to some sopapillas as an after dinner treat!


πŸ—“ FRI-SAT | 11AM-10PM

πŸ“ El Mercado

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Phil's Icehouse

Tapped as the “happiest burger joint in Texas,” Phil’s is truly a happy place for the kiddos. Not only do they have burgers and fries (chow down yell), but their playground patio is huge. It’s almost better than going to an actually park. As your kids explore, you can grab a cold one from one of their many tap beers.

πŸ—“ SUN-THUR | 11AM–9PM

πŸ—“ FRI-SAT | 11AM–10PM

πŸ“Phil’s Icehouse

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Doc's Backyard Grill

Been in Austin for awhile? Then you know Doc’s is a fun place for the whole family and one of our top kid-friendly spots in South Austin!

They have a huge backyard patio where kids are free to run around as much as they want to, while the parents order them some comfort food. But what really makes Doc’s special is having a legit park right behind their patio. It has swings and everything.

πŸ—“ SUN-THUR | 11AM–9PM

πŸ—“ FRI-SAT | 11AM–11PM

πŸ“Doc’s Backyard Grill

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Meanwhile Brewing

If you’re lucky enough to have kids who love live music, then you’re in the right city! And at Meanwhile, you can sit back and relax with your kids while you all listen to some tunes. They also have patio seating for more casual hangouts and a playground, so the children don’t feel confined to a table. Let’s keep them happy!

πŸ—“ MON-WED| 8AM-10PM


πŸ—“ SAT | 9AM-11PM

πŸ—“ SUN | 9AM-9PM

πŸ“ Meanwhile Brewing

Cosmic Coffee + Beer

Cosmic may not have playgrounds, but they have some fun activities your kids can take part in. Being a wildlife habitat, there’s ponds, waterfalls, gardens, and even a chicken coop. As the kids explore and spot the dogs around the patio space, you can grab a cup of coffee or glass of beer. There’s plenty of patio space for everyone to enjoy and why it’s one of our fave kid-friendly spots in South Austin.

πŸ—“ SUN-WED | 8AM–11PM

πŸ—“ THUR-SAT | 8AM-12AM

πŸ“Cosmic Coffee + Beer

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Easy Tiger

Enjoy tons of baked goods, brews, and several craft cocktails. Easy Tiger in South Lamar offers an expansive patio area for kids to run around and play, while you can kick back and enjoy some Texas sunshine. See why Easy Tiger is one of our favorite kid-friendly spots in south Austin.


πŸ—“ FRI-SAT | 7AM–12AM

Happy Hour | Weekdays 2PM-6PM

πŸ“ S. Lamar Blvd. 78704

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Bouldin Acres

This next spot is a great space for families and friends to gather. Boudlin Acres on South Lamar offers tons of patio and yard space for kids to play around. You can enjoy game days with many big screen TVs and book a court for a friendly game of pickle ball.Β 

πŸ—“ MON-SUN| 11AM–12AM

21+ After Midnight

πŸ“ Bouldin Acres

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The Hive

Enjoy this comforting atmosphere with all of your family and friends. The Hive offers plenty of coffee, tea, smoothies, and plenty of brunch items that everyone will love. This is one of our favorite kid-friendly spots in south Austin for breakfast!

πŸ—“ MON-SUN | 7AM–10PM

πŸ“ The Hive

Get your wiggles out with this natural space nestled in south Austin. Edward Craig Park and Franklin Park offer tons of open space for field sports, volleyball, picnics and your kids can play on the playground. This is one of our favorite outdoor kid-friendly spots in south Austin.

πŸ—“ MON-SUN | 5AM–10PM

πŸ“ Edward Craig Park & Franklin Park

Right off of Riverside and Pleasant Valley Roy G. Guerrero Park is known for its welcoming playgrounds just off the waterfront. Get the entire family together for games, go hiking, or pack a picnic for the warm weather. Make Roy G. Guerrero Park your next park destination for all the kiddos.Β 


πŸ“ Roy G. Guerrero Park

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Explore the natural landscape of Dick Nichols District Park in South Austin. This wide open green space offers plenty of trails, space to play field sports, and a great playground for kids to climb all over. If you’re visiting or live in South Austin this is the most accessible kid-friendly spot!


πŸ“ Dick Nichols District Park

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Hailey Way

Hailey Way

An alum of University of Washington's Journalism program, Hailey's cultural beats include technology, style, and the arts. Writing eventually transitioned into editing content for SEO best practices in balance with brand storytelling. As a digital marketing strategist, she wears many hats consulting clients in B2B/B2C small business, e-commerce, film, cosmetology, and lifestyle brands. Since 2018 Hailey has been a contributing style editor for Gabriel & Co. New York. She currently resides in Austin, where she enjoys thrifting, exploring local businesses, pop up events, and nature.