Want to book a quick getaway with the kids? Central Texas boasts some amazing resorts with children’s amenities out the wazoo — lazy rivers, water slides, nighttime s’mores by the fire, day camp activities, horse rides, and much more. Below is a little list of some favorite nearby resorts that are within an easy drive from Austin, but where you’ll also feel miles and miles away from it all.
Family Friendly Resorts Near Austin
— Horseshoe Bay Resort
Horseshoe Bay on Lake LBJ
In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Horseshoe Bay Resort overlooks Lake LBJ with its blue waters and hillside vistas. The resort offers a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, plus a wide range of activities for all ages and interests: golf courses, water sports, a dining yacht, pools, spa. mini-arcade, tropical birds, giant lawn games, and a little sandy beach area for kids to play. Learn more at hsbresort.com.
— Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Barton Creek Resort and Spa sits on a rolling 4,000-acre property just outside of Austin, and features four 18-hole golf courses, tennis, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, spa treatments, family packages and a kids club with activities for ages 6 months to 8 years old. Learn more on their website here.
— Lakeway Resort and Spa
Lake Travis, TX
Lakeway Resort and Spa is approximately 18 miles northwest of downtown Austin on the shores of Lake Travis. Amenities include three swimming pools and a heated whirlpool, a 24-hour fitness center, 18-hole golf courses, tennis courts, fishing at the marina, boating and waterskiing. This resort also offers day camp programs for the kids. Learn more at lakewayresortandspa.com.
— Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa
Nestled in 405-acres of picturesque wilderness, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa boasts championship golf, tennis, a fitness center, a world-class spa, youth spa for kids, horseback riding, archery, trap shooting, lots of river recreation programs from kayaking to rafting, and much more. The onsite water park features a two-story water slide with beach area, lazy river, pools, hot tubs, waterfalls and fountains for splashing fun. For more information visit www.lostpines.hyatt.com. You can also click here to read our review.
— Canyon of the Eagles
Burnet, TX (on Lake Buchanan)
Canyon of the Eagles is a resort and restful retreat on the northern shore of Lake Buchanan. Nestled in a uniquely Hill Country natural setting in the Upper Highland Lakes Region, this full-service nature park offers swimming, hiking, kayaking, star gazing and more on a 940-acre nature preserve. Lodging options include hotel rooms within the resort or camping spots on the property. Dogs are also welcome to tag along on your trip. Learn more at www.canyonoftheeagles.com.
— Great Wolf Lodge
The 80,000 square foot onsite indoor water park at the Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine will blow the kids away with year-round fun for all ages with pools, slides, rides, and a four-story interactive water play structure (all kept at a comfortable 84-degrees). The resort also features rustic-themed accommodations, a fitness room, spa and kids spa, a teen lounge, arcade, and activities for all ages. For more information visit greatwolf.com/grapevine.
— Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa
San Antonio, TX
The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa includes championship golf, tennis, a premier spa, a youth spa for teens, a fitness center, and a four-acre water park with several swimming pools, man-made beach and lazy river, all nestled amid the gardens. The Camp Hyatt children’s program offers exciting games, arts and crafts, contests, nature hikes, swimming and more for kids ages 3-12. For more information visit their website www.hillcountry.hyatt.com
— JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
San Antonio, TX
Guests can enjoy golf, tennis, the spa, fitness center, and an onsite water park with lazy river, water slides, 650-foot rapid river ride, children’s pools, adult pool, whirlpools, and activity pool with fountains and waterfalls. The resort also features a kids club for children ages 4-12 with fun activities, games, arts and crafts that incorporate the beautiful wildlife and history of San Antonio. For more information visit www.jwsanantonio.com
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