Austin is home to some of the most beautiful farmland where you can take your kids this season for farm activities. They call it agri-tourism because your kids will learn all kinds of things about farming like picking some fruits and veggies, cut down a Christmas tree, pet some animals at a petting zoo, and hopefully run through corn maze. Check our comprehensive guide to some of the most kid friendly fun farms in Austin.
HausBar Farms – produce, animals
This farm is one of the best fun farms in Austin. It grows vegetables and fruits, offers days camps and host gardening workshop. The owner Dorsey and Susan Haussmann owns two donkeys, hundreds of chicken, geese, ducks, and lots of pet birds.
Hausbar Urban Farm and Guesthaus
Govalle Ave, Austin, TX 78702
HausBar Urban Farm & GuestHaus is a sustainable urban farm in East Austin that raises vegetables and offers vacation rental space, day camps, and workshops. We’re home to two donkeys, hundreds of chickens, dozens of rabbits, some geese, a few ducks, three pet birds, two humans, and lots of fresh air and sunshine.
Eden East Farm Springdale Farm – produce, petting zoo
Springdale is located just a few miles east of the capitol. It grows over 75 seasonal vegetable varieties to serve to local restaurants. Here, your family can enjoy a country breakfast of fresh sausage, and holiday crafts, a pet Zoo, and a native scene. Visit their public fun farm stand every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 9: am to 1 pm.
755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702
Eden East Farm is a sustainable urban farm in East Austin – formerly Springdale Farm. We offer seasonal vegetables and other goods at our farm stand. Shop for local produce, eggs, jam, dried and canned goods, local meats, and medicinal and culinary herbs.
Rain Lily farm = produce
This is home to Present Company Theater’s Shakespeare. It grows organic vegetables and keeps goats, chickens, and much more. Here, your children will be surrounded by nature and taught the responsibility of creating their own food source.
Rain Lily Farm
914 Shady Ln, Austin, Texas 78702
Rain Lily Farm grows amazingly fresh organic vegetables! We also do events!
Boggy Creek Farm – produce
Boggy is one of the oldest urban farms in East Austin. Fun farm is open to the public every Wednesday to Saturday from 9 am to 1pm. Take your family here for a fun time on the field and hen houses during market days. Before leaving this farm, make sure you buy some cheese, goat milk, ice cream, and bison meat.
Boggy Creek Farm
3414 Lyons Rd, Austin, TX 78702
Take a step back in time as you are guided through the old farmhouse, hearing about the architecture, drama, and the pioneers who built this old home in 1840/41; hear stories of what life was like for the pioneers through letters they left behind, learn of the dignitaries who spent time here and other interesting things.
Sweet Berry Farm – produce, berries
Sweet Berry is one of Austin’s most popular fun farms and probably the only place you can pick your own berries in spring. You also have a chance to enjoy a pumpkin patch in the fall. Admission is free, but you will pay for what you harvest and for activities you participate.
Sweet Berry Farm
1801 FM1980, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Green Gate Farm – produce
Green Gate is another place to take your kids to learn organic farming. The farm sits on a restored historic farm site, providing a farm camp and operating farm stands on Tuesdays and Saturday. Every Saturday, farm tours are available at noon. It’s one of the few places in Austin where you can take a group of children to learn about farming and have fun.
Green Gate Farm
8310 Canoga Ave, Austin, TX 78724
The animals are free to pet, the picnic tables are free for use, no admission or parking charge. You don’t really have to buy anything; just come on out and enjoy the experience (you probably want to get a Strawberry Popsicle at least – they are awesome!) Explore farming, entomology, animals, and more with Sweet Berry Farm’s field trip programs.
Urban Roots Farm – produce
Urban Roots Farm inspires and engages the community by offering youth between the ages of 14 and 17 years a chance to learn about farming. These experiences help kids learn to use their skills, learn leadership skills, and importance of service to the community. The farm is not open to the public, but it offers young people educational tours, events, field trips, and enormous opportunities.
Urban Roots Farm
4900 Gonzales St, Austin, TX 78702
Urban Roots provides today’s young leaders with paid opportunities to grow food, learn new skills, and make a difference in their community. If you are a young person who’s excited to grow your leadership skills and get your hands dirty, or if you know one, join us! Urban Roots cultivates leadership skills through food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community.
Evergreen Farms – tree farm
Evergreen is your best bet if you are looking for a Christmas tree farm with other fun stuff. Education tours here cost $5 per student, so it’s pretty much a good place to take a group. Evergreen has expanded its range of activities so that you will find loads of fun here. School tours are available every day.
242 Monkey Rd, Elgin, TX 78621
Evergreen Farms has grown to host thousands of Central Texans during the Pumpkin Hunt and tree harvesting seasons. The Walterscheidts owned a Christmas tree farm in Bryan, Texas, before opening the Elgin farm. They live on the farm with donkeys, goats, and barn cats.
Hope Valley Tree Farm – animals
Hope Tree Farm has small petting zoos and offers home-school field trips. It’s a private residence, so all visits have to be pre-arranged with the owner. You will only need to donate $5 for a general visit. Other arrangements are also available for varying amounts.
Hope Valley Tree Farm
240 Earhardt Rd, Bastrop, TX 78602
Hope Valley Tree Farm is owned and operated by the Hipe family of Bastrop, Texas. After owning and operating a landscaping company for over twenty years, Steve Hipe started Hope Valley Tree Farm in August 2002.
Crowe Nest Farm – animal farm
This 501(c) private non-profit organization is particularly dedicated to fostering public appreciation and wise stewardship of wildlife and agriculture resources in Texas. It’s a 100-acre working farm, so many activities are available here. Admission is only $6 for current tours, which are available by appointment.
Crowes Nest Farm
10300 Taylor Ln, Manor, TX 78653
Located in Manor, TX, just east of Austin, Crowe’s Nest Farm is a 100-acre working farm filled with hundreds of domestic farm animals and a wide, ever-growing array of Texas wildlife, gardens, and educational exhibits. The farm hosts over 40,000 children for school field trips yearly and frequently holds other special, family-oriented events.
Of course, you will come across hundreds of other wonder places to take your kids in Austin. But these ten are some of the best on our list. So take a day and have some fun in any of these places. There are lots of fun activities for the kids, too. Check the venue’s website for their admission prices and business hours because this may change.