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Park Hop Through the Austin Suburbs

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Get to know the greater Austin area one park at a time.

Local parks can be a major part of suburban social life — especially if you’re heading to the ‘burbs with kids in tow. But beyond just playgrounds, parks tend to be a major hub for everything from adult rec leagues to July 4th fireworks to farmers’ markets, food fests, seasonal activities, and so much more. Our advice? Don’t overlook these parks as you’re exploring the greater Austin suburbs.

 

#1. Play for All Abilities Park (Round Rock)

Round Rock’s iconic sprawling outdoor playscape welcomes kids of all abilities. At 51,000 square feet, there’s plenty of space for everyone to spread out, learn and play in a safe environment. This vibrant playground features a musical area, zip line, bike race track, and more.

 

The paved three-mile Brushy Creek Trail East runs past the playground if you want to go for a jog. And locals love how convenient it is to combine errands with a trip to this park. H-E-B plus!, Academy Sports + Outdoors, and a public library branch are all less than 10 minutes away.

 

#2. Stoneridge Park (Buda)

Stoneridge Park’s playground is a hit with younger kids. There’s a huge slide, multiple swings, and even a climbing wall. The older kids in your crew can get in some practice at the park’s soccer field or basketball court. If you end up moving to Buda, keep this spot in mind for future parties. The five-acre park features a pavilion complete with picnic tables and BBQ grills.

 

#3. Wilbarger Creek Park (Pflugerville)

This colorful playscape features everything kids expect from a playground, like climbing structures, slides, and swings. But this park also features a first of its kind in town — a “youth velo-way” cycling course where local children can race on bikes and scooters.

 

The park also features trails if you want to go for a scenic stroll. Insider tip, pups are welcome, too.

 

#4. Ramsey Neighborhood Park (Rosedale)

Rosedale residents can take advantage of this 5-acre park all year long. Here you’ll find tennis courts, picnic tables, basketball courts, and grassy fields. The playground, with its ropes course and slides, features areas that are perfect for kids of all ages. Plus, parents will appreciate how much shade can be found around the playscape. But when you really want to cool off in the summer just head straight for the park’s neighborhood pool.

 

#5. Circle C Metro Park (Circle C Ranch)

The shaded playground at Circle C Metro Park features tons of sensory activities for kids — from sandboxes to musical elements to swings and more. Older kids and active adults use this park for its disc golf course, basketball court, and on-leash dog park. And when you want to escape to nature for a bit, this park also features scenic hiking and mountain bike trails where you can feel away from it all.

 

Want to grab a bite to eat after your visit to the park? Torchy’s Tacos, Waterloo Ice House, and District Kitchen are all nearby.

 

#6. Bee Cave Central Park (Bee Cave)

Bee Cave Central Park is home to a huge field perfect for picnics and flying kites. Next to the field, you’ll find the shaded playground with bucket swings, slides, and a climbing structure. There’s even a trail for bikes and scooters where kids can race each other.

 

The playground is one reason this park is so great. Locals will also find a dog park, fitness trail, and basketball courts at this park. Plus, the town often hosts community events with yoga, live music, and group hikes here.

 

#7. Lost Creek Neighborhood Park (Lost Creek)

This smaller community park features everything imaginative kids need for a fun afternoon. The playscape includes multiple climbing structures, bridges, slides, and bucket swings. There’s even a log cabin playhouse where kids can play pretend. You’ll also find picnic tables and grills in the park so, if you end up moving to Lost Creek, keep this spot in mind for future get-togethers.

 

Need a refreshing snack after visiting the park? Town favorite Woody’s Shave Ice is just a few minutes away. Order a Texas Peach or Starburst shave ice from the colorful truck and find a spot at a picnic bench to enjoy your treat.

 

#8. Creative Playground (Georgetown)

This unique playground offers a tour of Georgetown’s history. Colorful murals and certain play structures — like a wagon wheel and train — tell the town’s story. But it’s not just a history lesson. This playground provides slides, balance beams, swings, and bridges for the kids to burn some energy.

 

Creative Playground is part of Georgetown’s sprawling San Gabriel Park. This park actually features a second playground with a climbing net plus fields for both youth and adult rec leagues. Want to put your Wiffle ball skills to the test? Sign up for the local league and get to know your new neighbors.

 

#9. Mueller Lake Park & Playground (Mueller)

If Mueller is on your list you need to check out Mueller Lake Park during your suburban search. If you have kids in your crew, you’ll likely find yourself spending lots of time here if you move to town. This park features an interactive playground with multiple slides and swings plus plenty of shaded benches for parents. Right outside the park, you’ll find the popular Thinkery children’s museum which offers a bunch of membership plans for families of all sizes.

 

Besides the playground this park is also home to a weekly Sunday farmers market, lakeside walking trail, and an amphitheater for live music. There’s even a food truck park near the lake where you can order street tacos, BBQ, or vegan fare from colorful local trailers before finding a shaded spot to sit.

 

#10. Mary Elizabeth Branch Park (Mueller)

Moving to Mueller means you’ll have easy access to another great local park. Just a few minutes from Lake Park you’ll find Mary Elizabeth Branch Park. Littles love this park because it features a splash pad plus the playground has climbing structures, rope courses, a wooden plane, and a hammock area.

 

There’s a nice dog run near the playground if you’re moving with a four-legged family member. Plus, a huge farmers market is held here on the weekends. And if you want to combine your visit to the park with a meal there’s the trendy Rebel Cheese for plant-based dishes or Kerbey Lane Cafe for brunch.

 

 

 

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