Roadschooling is the act of taking learning on the road.  Afterall, learning occurs in more than just the four walls of school.  Roadschooling is just one part of our homeschooling adventures. Sometimes roadschooling means worldschooling, travelling beyond our state and sometimes beyond our country.  See here for some of our worldschooling adventures.  Every summer we take a mini-vacation or roadschooling adventure with one of our friends.  It is just us two moms and our 5 kids combined. We pick a city and then I put my research skills to the test to create both fun and educational itinerary.  This year was Austin! And, due to how successful our trips have been I decided to share what we did for others planning a trip with children to Austin.

Here is what we did in order:

Leaving Houston:

Blue Bell Ice Cream (pit stop that is about halfway between Houston & Inner Space Caverns, 1 scoop costs $1, has a tiny museum that is free)  1101 S Blue Bell Rd, Brenham, TX 77833

Inner Space Caverns (15 minutes from hotel) 4200 S. I-35 FRONTAGE RD. GEORGETOWN, TX 78626  (Print out $1 off each ticket coupon)

First full day:

Austin Nature & Science Center in Zilker Park (9-5, free, limited parking)  2389 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX 78746

Barton Springs in Zilker Park (5am-10pm, closed Thursday, adult $8, under 11 is $3, over 11 is $4)  2201 Barton Springs Rd.  Austin, TX 78704 (2206 William Barton Dr. address to the parking lot)

Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center (10-5, free, closed Mondays, next door to Barton Springs & same parking lot)  2206 William Barton Dr.  Austin, 78746

Capital Cruise Bat Boat Tour (tours are at 8:00pm, must be at the dock by 7:30pm and must make a reservation in advance, very limited walk-ins if any allowed) Capital Cruises Dock (Lakeside of the Hyatt Hotel with a paid parking garage, closest)
208 Barton Springs Road  Austin, TX 78704

Second full day:

Bullock State History Museum ($13 adults, $9 kids, additional costs if doing the special movie or the IMAX movies, has its own parking garage located on 18th Street, on the south side of the Museum.  If parked here, only 4 blocks from Capitol.1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

State Capitol Visitor Center (free, perfect bathroom stop before governor’s mansion) 112 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701

2:00 Tour of the Governor’s Mansion (free, south of the capitol, closer to visitor center, would be almost 1 mile from Bullock State History Museum, must make reservation in advanced due to background check, and not allowed to bring any bags, food, or drinks as well as no public bathrooms while there)  1010 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (street parking or park at visitors center parking garage)

State Capitol (free tours, long hours to enter, metered street parking or use paid Visitor Center Parking lot at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701)  1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Oasis Restaurant on Lake Travis (30 minutes from the hotel, no reservations are taken) 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732

Final day and departing back to Houston:

Street Art in Austin (free):

  • North of the river, direct path from the hotel to chocolate place:
  • I Heart Austin by Gerardo Arellano: 5134 Burnet Rd (closest to the hotel)
  • Austin Eye Chart: 5209 N Lamar Blvd
  • Rainbow Birds: 120 W N Loop Blvd
  • Austin, Texas: 3700 Guadalupe St
  • Austintatious: 23rd St Artisan Market, 23rd & Guadalupe
  • HOPE Outdoor Gallery: W 11th St & Baylor St
  • Austin Howdy at 601 W 6th St
  • Austin at E 6th St & SB I-35 Access Rd (6th St Historic District by Sanctuary Printshop) & Cat is opposite corner of the Austin one (closest to chocolate place)

Maggie Louise Chocolate Atelier & Boutique (Tuesday-Sat 10am-6pm)
1017 East 6th Street  Austin, Texas 78702

Blue Cat Cafe ($5 cover per person to play with cats, the menu is fully vegan for food) 95 Navasota St, Austin, TX 78702

Here are some additional options that were on our back-up or alternatives list:

Austin Street Art South of the river (free):

  • Smile: S Congress Ave & Elizabeth St
  • Give: 1401 S Congress Ave
  • Home Slice: 1415 S Congress Ave
  • Horse: 1700 S Congress Ave
  • Your Essential Magnificence 2204 S. Congress Ave.
  • Vintage RCA Dog: S Congress Ave & W Johanna St
  • Greetings from Austin Postcard: S 1st St & Annie St
  • Austin City Panorama: S 1st St & W Stassney Ln

Texas Military Forces Museum & Camp Mabry (Free, 10-4, closed Mon., West of Austin on way to Lake Travis)  The Texas Military Forces Museum is located in Building 6 on Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. The street address of Camp Mabry is 2200 West 35th Street. The mailing address is P.O. Box 5218, Austin, TX 78763. The GPS address is 3038  W 35th St. Austin, Tx 78703. The former entrance to the post was blocked in 2001, the current entrance is on Maintenance Drive. Adults must show valid ID at security gates to enter the base.

The George Washington Carver Museum And Cultural Center (free, 10-5, metered street parking, near TX State Cemetery and chocolate place)  1165 Angelina Street Austin, TX 78702

McKinney Falls State Park (free with state park pass, otherwise daily entrance fee, can swim in Onion Creek and see waterfalls as long as no flooding has occurred)  5808 McKinney Falls Parkway Austin, TX 78744

Circuit of the Americas (would not be open but could drive to it to see it, this is where grand prix races are held and other car & motorcycle races are held) 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617

And, here are backup pit stops or places to break the drive up between Houston and Austin via 290:

Texas Cotton Gin Museum (free)  307 N Main St, Burton, TX 77835

Texas Tin Haus (just a park, look, picture stop as it is down the street from the Texas Cotton Gin Museum)  12400 E Texas St, Burton, TX 77835

Toubin Park (free, tiny historic & preserved park with old water cistern working) 208 S Park St, Brenham, TX 77833-3646

Brenham Murals (There are also 18 murals in the downtown Brenham but need to have the Brenham app to get the directions once in Brenham)

Obviously, there is way more to see and do in Austin.  My son and I have been there numerous times and have visited many other spots.  Maybe some of these mentioned here are new to you.  Hopefully, this will inspire you to get out and go explore!