Our friends at Free Fun in Austin have compiled a great list of Free and Cheap field trips in Austin.  The field trips listed range from free to $5 and are great family fun.

Amy’s Ice Creams – Tour the Austin Amy’s Ice Creams Production Facility. Tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. by reservation. Maximum capacity for the tour is 35 people (kids and adults combined). Tours are designed for ages 5 years and up. The tour itself is free. The tour concludes with a scoop of chocolate or vanilla ice cream for $2 per scoop. A non-dairy option is available with prior notice. Tours are booked a month in advance. October tour reservations will open on September 1. Reservations are first come first served. Call 512-458-3188 to schedule a tour. 2109 Northland Drive Austin.

Austin Fire Department – AFD will accommodate visits to fire stations for small groups. No minimum number of visitors is required. Normal hours for station visits are 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 6 p.m. To arrange a tour contact the Public Education Office to schedule at least a week in advance.

Austin Steam Train Association – Give the kids a fun history lesson about the train… for free! Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month take a guided tour and discover the history of the train. Plus learn about the nuts and bolts of the locomotive. Tours are from 1:00 to 1:45pm and tour group sizes are capped at 20 people. These prove to be successful field trips for both preschool and grade school classrooms. Call the Community Outreach Coordinator at (512) 477-8468 ext. 205 to schedule your free tour. 401 E. Whitestone Blvd. Ste A-103 Cedar Park.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum – The Umlauf is free to all independent school districts and are available for students in 1st-12th grades. This includes the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) special needs students (offered education until age 25) Communities in Schools (CIS) programs and other community organizations associated with children’s education and students with special needs. Private school student groups are $1 per person. Tours include the largest touchable bronze collection in Texas a docent-led tour of the gardens a video explaining the bronze casting process a Sculpture Safari tools and materials used by professional artists. One-hour tours are available Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 605 Robert E. Lee Road Austin.


For a complete list visit Free Fun in Austin.