Your family-friendly guide to Austin

Get the inside scoop on staying in the capital city of Texas with your loved ones.

Kevin Crain

By Kevin Crain

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Lively, quirky, and super-friendly — Austin is a great spot for families. Known as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” there’s always something new and exciting to experience. Even better, there are top-notch neighborhoods, schools, and activities in this affordable city. So your family can enjoy every single moment!

Where to stay in Austin with kids

Location, location, location. There are so many great ones in the Austin area! Here are just a few of the best neighborhoods in Austin for families, depending on your wants and needs. For a small-town feel and convenient location, check out Brentwood in North Austin. It’s the perfect destination for young families thanks to its charming, tree-lined streets, proximity to quality schools, and numerous shopping and restaurant options.

People swimming in Barton Springs Municipal Pool, Austin

Crestview is also one of the best places to live in Austin, TX for families. Its north-central location makes it only a short drive to downtown. Or, for example, you can take the MetroRail to work since Crestview is one of the nine Red Line stops. And be sure to check out the neighborhood’s drive-in hamburger joint, Top Notch — an Austin favorite since 1971. But don’t overlook Downtown! Right in the middle of it all, your crew will enjoy easy access to museums, movie theaters, and outdoor activities at the local parks and on the Colorado River, which flows through the city.

How expensive is Austin for a family?

While the city’s population has grown over 30% in the last 10 years, the cost of living in Austin remains reasonable. This booming metropolis offers numerous job prospects, high quality of life, and a surprising level of affordability. When compared to other major cities, Austin is an attractive option. In fact, it’s estimated to cost 40% less to live in the Texas capital than in New York City. What a bargain! Plus, there’s no state income tax in Texas, meaning more money in your pocket. Having your paychecks go further is obviously important no matter the size of your family.

Great schools & educational opportunities

Will your kids attend public or private school? Either way, the city has first-rate opportunities. Because in addition to being the home of the University of Texas, Austin boasts excellent elementary, middle, and high schools. We rounded up some of the best schools in Austin, TX below. A few of the best private schools in Austin, TX include Austin Peace Academy, The Griffin School, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, one of the top private schools in the entire state. As for the best public schools in Austin, TX, there are lots to choose from. Premier high schools in the area include Austin ISD’s Liberal Arts & Science Academy, Westlake High School in Eanes ISD, and Round Rock ISD’s Westwood High School. To further your children’s education, think about visiting one of the city’s museums.

View of Congress Bridge in Austin, TX

Not a born-and-raised Texan? Learn the story of Texas at the Bullock Museum. Or check out the official presidential library of Lyndon Baines Johnson, America’s 36th president.


The family that plays together, stays together

You’ll never get bored with all of the family activities in Austin. Part of the Texas Hill Country, this warm-weather city sees an average of almost 230 sunny days every year. So if your family is the outdoorsy type, there are lots of options. First, exploring Zilker Park and its 361 acres near the heart of downtown is a must. At this iconic outdoor space, you can picnic, go for a bike ride, play disc golf, or take a dip in the spring-fed waters of Barton Springs Pool. It’s the go-to spot for free family activities in Austin, TX! On rainy days, there’s still plenty to do. Head inside to the Thinkery, an interactive children’s museum featuring science, art, and spaces to play and learn. You could also check out all of the amazing creatures at the Austin Aquarium or play a quick 18 holes at Peter Pan Mini Golf, an Austin institution since 1948.

There are so many family-friendly activities in Austin! Want proof that you’re experiencing them all in the Texas capital? Snap a family picture at the famous “I Love You So Much” mural on the side of Jo’s Coffee Shop. Ready to make Austin your family’s new hometown? No matter where you stay or for how long, you’ll know how to live like a local starting on day one. At Blueground, we’re in the business of enabling exploration for all of our guests. With turnkey furnished apartments in Austin and flexible lease terms, we give you everything required to make your family’s stay an unforgettable one.

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain

Kevin Crain is a writer from Dallas, Texas. He’s dedicated to helping every Blueground guest live like a local and make their apartment feel like home. His favorite topics include active experiences, bucket list essentials, and hidden gems in cities around the world.