As the summer temperatures rise, it’s smart to have a back-up plan for those kids and guests who are tired of playing outside in the Austin heat. Of course, many of us would rather be outdoors hiking, biking, boating and swimming; but, once in a while a change of pace is needed.
Therefore, if you are looking for some fun and exciting activities to do while basking in the air condition instead of the sunshine, we have come up with our top indoor fun spots in Austin!! Many of these pastimes are geared toward kids, but they each can be enjoyed by all ages!
We had to pick and choose carefully because there were so many choices in Austin. These adventures range in price and there is something for everyone! ENJOY!
BLAZER TAG is located at 1701 W Ben White Blvd. and is basically an extreme, high-tech hide-and-go-seek game for all ages over seven. The Blazer Tag arena is the largest indoor laser tag venue in the state of Texas with three stories of ramps and towers for great fun. Adrenaline seekers can also pay extra for the Austin SkyTrail that offers a state-of-the-art ropes course. For those with younger kids or who don’t want to play laser tag, Blazer Tag has an arcade with over 50 games to play. Summer hours are Sunday – Thursday 11a.m. to 11p.m., Fridays 11a.m. to midnight and Saturdays 10a.m. to midnight. Laser tag is $8.50 plus tax per person and the Austin SkyTrail is an extra $8.50 plus tax. Laser tag games last for 20 minutes each.
JUMPSTREET is right across the street from Lakeline Mall at 12617 Ridgeline Blvd. This indoor trampoline park offers a thrilling experience for toddlers to adults. With over 20,000 square feet of trampoline activities, JumpStreet has an area for little ones, the main area of trampolines, wavy trampolines, trampoline dodgeball, an arcade and a mechanical bull. Prices range from $4 – $12 per hour depending on age and day. Check their website for the most up to date information at www.gotjump.com. Hours are 10a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays – Thursdays and 10a.m. to 11p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
iFly Austin is an indoor sky-diving experience and is located at 13265 N Hwy 183. These vertical wind tunnels generates 1600 horse power from 4 powerful fans and allows people from age 3 and up to have a true flying encounter without having to jump out of an airplane. There are no parachutes…just air. The entire experience with training, etc. lasts approximately one hour and costs about $60 per person for two flights. Hours are Sunday – Thursday 11a.m. until 11p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 9a.m. until 11.p.m.
AUSTIN AQUARIUM is open 365 days a year and is located at 13530 N Highway 183. The Aquarium is new to Austin and includes exhibits with birds, reptiles, fish and more. There are several interactive experiences including feeding the birds in a birdcage and also touching the stingrays as they swim by. It is not a large venue, but has enough sites to keep youngsters and adults entertained for a few hours. The cost varies by age and is approximately $10-$15 for admission. Hours are Sunday – Thursday 10a.m. until 7p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 10a.m. until 8p.m.
THINKERY is the newly located Austin Children’s Museum at 1830 Simond Ave. by the Dell’s Children Hospital. It is truly one of the coolest attractions in Austin. There is something for all ages and everything is hands on. The exhibits include fun with water, light, flying, farming, cooking, creating, playing and history. The entire experience blends learning with fun in the best way! Admission is $9 per person and children under 2 years old are free. Hours include Mondays from 12p.m. to 5p.m. during the summer, Tuesdays – Fridays 10a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays – Sundays 10a.m. to 6p.m.
MAIN EVENT has been at 13301 N. US Hwy 183 for several years and is still a place the kids beg to go. Between bowling, rock climbing, golf, the arcade, bar and restaurant – everyone can find something fun to do. The arcade is state-of-the-art and includes several interactive games including many rollercoaster simulators. Prices vary depending on the activities that are chosen. The whole day can be spent doing a multitude of activities without ever leaving the venue! Main Event is open Tuesday-Thursday and Sundays 9a.m. until 12p.m. All other days are 9a.m. until 2a.m.
Hopefully, these ideas will help you enjoy your summer just a little more!
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