A trip to Austin

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A couple of weeks ago Conor and I decided to take the kids down to Austin for a couple of nights to hang out and explore the area. We had a great time – but can I just say traveling with little ones is always way harder than I remember?! Wow! Despite everyone’s huge lack of sleep we still had a lovely time and created some memories for our family. I used to live in the Austin area when I was a little girl so I made Conor take me to my childhood home and drive me by the neighborhood pool where I spent most of my days. It was a great little trip down memory lane.

My favorite day was driving home… we were exhausted, hot and miserably tired. I think Henry was OVERLY tired because he wouldn’t even fall asleep in the car and just kept getting upset about everything. So we found a little water park in Waco (about half way between Austin and Dallas) and just decided to spend the rest of the day there and drive the rest of the way home that evening. Henry went nuts! He loved it. Wayne and I lounged in the lazy river for a few hours, just flouting around and around. We didn’t take a single picture all day because we were too busy having fun, relaxing and cooling off.

If you are planning a trip to Austin here are some of my recommendations –

Eat – Jo’s for breakfast, Amy’s for ice-cream, Home Slice for dinner (it’s pizza – and if you have kids with you they will bring out these giant balls of dough for your kids to play with and throw up in the air), Gourdoughs Donuts is a must, Hey Cupcake for a treat. When I was a little girl a family favorite was La Margarita – it was sooooo good! Check it out if you are going to be in Round Rock at all.

Stay – we stayed at Hotel San Jose. The grounds are really pretty and it is right by tons of food and shopping, so you can walk or rent one of their bicycles to get around the area. The patio also had live music and lots of drinks.

Do – We like to try to find things that we would enjoy with or without our kids, so these recommendations are for all ages. I would highly recommend Barton Springs if it is hot out. Although I got in to a bit of an altercation with the life guard on duty (I’m a bit of a sassy loud mouth when people try to tell me what to do with me kids ;) ) we had a great time swimming and splashing. Barton Springs is also right next to a Zilker park – which is huge and has an amazing play ground for little ones, and lot’s of space for spreading out a blanket and having a pic nic. If you have little ones with you there is a cute little train called the Zilker Zephyr that runs every hour that will take you around the entire park. Henry thought he had died and gone to heaven on that train! Also, go see the bats under the bridge at night – at sunset millions of bats fly out from under the South Congress Bridge – it really is a site to see.

Shop – With kids you don’t really get much shopping in (ever). But I did pop in to Uncommon Objects for a few minutes which is full of tons of cute and interesting things! I would love to go back again without kids to really look around that store and to see some other stores that I didn’t get a chance to go in.

Do any of you have any great Austin recommendations? Tell me about them!


  • Jamie

    So fun!!! I just moved away from Austin (to San Antonio) and this post has me all nostalgic! I would also recommend: Taking a stroll through East Austin – you can grab lunch, coffee or a drink anytime. 2nd Street district is a really nice area to walk around, and has great food and shopping. In 2nd Street District there is a small independent movie theater called the Violet Crown – if you are looking to catch a movie while in town! Kayaking / Paddle boarding is lots of fun in the summer too! So much to do!

  • Conor

    It was so fun! Those food trucks over by Zilker Park were good too!

  • Cheryl

    It sure sounds like a fun place. I’m glad you & your family had such a great time.
    I love the picture of Henry in the chair. I sure miss those boys!!!! They need to see their Grandma more!!!!

  • Eimy

    Love these photos! I am going this October. Went last year but was only there for 5 days and didn’t get to see much. Can you let me know where the ‘hi’ on the floor is?

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