Capital kids itinerary
Families are welcomed at check-in with a seasonal glass of warm apple cider or fresh, cold lemonade. In their room, kids receive a personalised welcome amenity tailored to their age.
Day 1 – Authentic Austin
Delve into the history of Austin while discovering the charms of the vibrant downtown area.
- Enjoy your first taste of Austin with breakfast at TRIO, sporting two children’s menus and special utensils fit for smaller hands.
- After breakfast, get the lay of the land with a quirky tour of downtown Austin with Segway Nation. At just over two hours, this two-wheeled tour will give you a great overview of the city. Anyone can drive a Segway, so it’s fun for the entire family.
- Walk down West 6th Street for lunch at Hut’s Hamburgers. An Austin institution since 1939, Hut’s serves over 20 tasty burger combinations in a retro diner setting kids love.
- Once your stomach is full, fill your mind with fascinating stories and fun tidbits at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, located in downtown Austin.
- Home to North America’s largest urban bat colony, Congress Avenue Bridge is where bat lovers gather to watch these harmless high-fliers emerge nightly. The Hotel’s Lobby Lounge is a great vantage point for kids to enjoy the show while Mom and Dad sip Batini Black cocktails, a playful homage to Austin’s unofficial mascot.
Day 2 – Hymn to the outdoors
With an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, countless lakes and more than 220 parks, Austin is ideal for those who love the outdoors.
- Start your day with breakfast in bed from In-Room Dining. Once you’ve had your fill, head outdoors to the back of the Hotel, where gentle hills – perfect for rolling down! – Lady Bird Lake and the city’s beloved Hike and Bike Trail offer countless ways to expend some energy. Outdoor options include biking, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, or simply stroll along the trail taking in Austin’s picturesque scenery.
- Soak up the sun while surrounded by Four Seasons comfort at the Hotel’s outdoor pool, heated to a pleasant 82 degrees year-round.
- Balls, diving rings and noodles are available on-site.
- Complimentary treats, such as frozen fruit skewers and mini-slushies, help keep kids cool.
- For a more rollicking swimming hole, visit Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. The park also features the Zilker Zephyr miniature train and a large multi-age playscape.
- Enjoy dinner at County Line on the Lake. A contender for Austin’s best barbecue, this lakeside restaurant has a large redwood deck overlooking the water. Make sure to save a few crumbs from County Line’s delicious honey bread as a treat for the ducks that call the lake home.
Day 3 – Austin originals
Austin is home to some ingenious and innovative ideas. See the results for yourself while fostering your kids’ creativity.
- Open 24 hours and famous for their humongous pancakes that come in a variety of flavours, Magnolia Café is the perfect place to fuel up for the day.
- Next, head to Thinkery, Austin's newly opened Children’s Museum, where curious minds can find endless opportunities for hands-on interaction.
- Opened in Austin in 2005, the flagship Whole Foods Market has food to fit every taste. Browse the store for daily samples – perfectly sized for kids. With food in hand, head to the upstairs deck for lunch with a panoramic view of the downtown area. During the winter, the rooftop turns into an outdoor skating rink.
- Cap off lunch with one of the 17 unique flavours at the Whole Foods gelato counter or cross the street for handmade scoops at Amy’s Ice Cream.
- A local favourite, Book People is also nearby and features one of the largest selections of children’s literature in Texas.
- For dinner, head "south of the river" to Fresa's South First for some delicious Mexican dishes on the large backyard patio.