Saturday, August 29, 2015

Visiting Texas: Fun Things To Do in Austin

Austin, Texas is the capital of Texas and home of The Texas Longhorns. If you've been to Austin within the last 10-15 years you've probably come across the "Keep Austin Weird" slogan, meant to encourage buying locally. Like most major cities in the US, food trucks are all the craze in Austin, Tx so be sure to stop by a few while you're in town. Whether you decided to stroll Sixth Street, Rainey Street, or Congress, you'll find something fun to do and somewhere to eat. Below are a few of my favorite places to visit when I'm in the Austin area:

1) The Capital - Austin is super cool on its own, but it’s also the capital of Texas so be sure to check out the capital building.

2) HOPE Outdoor Gallery - A community park providing space for colorful murals with inspirational messaging.

3) Round Rock Donuts - It’s technically not in Austin however, it’s less than a half hour drive away and it’s totally worth it. Round Rock Donuts is located in Round Rock Texas and is home of the giant donuts.

4) Texas State Cemetery - I find it interesting to visit the graves of well known people in the town I’m visiting and research their life’s story, it’s kind of weird I know but I like learning about history through peoples lives. The Texas State Cemetery is the resting place of Stephen F. Austin and many other Texas leaders.

5) SXSW Music Festival - The South by Southwest Film & Music Festival is one of many annual events in Texas. SXSW is held every March in Austin, TX.

6) Bee Cave - A cool little town just a few minutes outside of Austin. Enjoy dining, shopping and entertainment. The last time I visited Austin I stopped by Bee Cave with my kid, we went to Color Me Mine, did a little shopping, ate lunch and took one of my favorite photos of us together…fun times!

Ps. If you have time, stop to admire the wildflowers; Indian Paintbrushes and Bluebonnets (the Texas state flower) are usually very beautiful in the spring. Also if you have time when you’re heading to or from Houston, make a stop in Brenham and take a tour of the BlueBell ice cream factory. And...stopping at a Buc-ee's Travel Center along the way is a Texas road trip must!

What are some of your favorite places to visit Austin?

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