Our Trip to Austin, TX
We visited Austin for the first time in summer of 2018 and had an absolute blast! Here you will find posts about what we did, where we ate, and a photo gallery of the highlights from our trip. (Please note that there are even more restaurants we tried and things we did that I didn’t feel strongly about one way or another, so I didn’t take the time to write about them.)
- Checking out our Air BnB
Loved it right away!
- Porch sitting
The back porch was easily my favorite part. It was a lovely place to sit and read at the start and end of each day.
- Shade tree
Loved the mood this majestic old tree added to the yard.
- Children or monkeys?
In Austin approximately 30 minutes and we’re climbing trees, of course.
- Dinner at Fareground
I could definitely go for a meal at Fareground right about now. And, really, just about anytime.
- Thumbs up phase
Now we’ve moved on to peace signs in every photo.
- Barton Springs is so cold!
Watching people get into the water at Barton Springs is by far the best thing about it.
- Little fishies
Both of these little knuckleheads didn’t mind the cold too much. Andrew actually loved it!
- The Hulk
Andrew wanted you to know he can pick up Austin, NBD.
- Breakfast tacos
I wish we had had more time to explore more Mexican and Tex-Mex food in Austin, but I’m so glad we were able to try Veracruz All Natural. Love this photo of my sweet girl ordering.
- This kid lives for tacos
He really does.
- Annie Street
The best street in Austin, obviously.
- All the murals
I loved seeing the bright and colorful murals all around the city, and so did the kids!
- Stay classy
What can I say? We’re a classy family.
- Also, stay cool
Needless to say, late June is a very hot time of year in Austin but I promised the kids we would keep cool with lots of swimming and other water-related activities. I think I stayed true to my word, and we had a fun time exploring Austin’s many pools and parks, such as Deep Eddy pool pictured here.
- Pool shenanigans
I didn’t love laying on the grassy/dirt ground instead of a pool chair, but for this little nut I guess I can manage.
- Popsicles helped beat the heat
So many popsicles on the porch. Love those chocolate mustaches :)
- Even more popsicles
Sometimes, fancy ones like this from Odd Duck.
- Always order dessert
Is my kids’ vacation philosophy. It is fun to indulge them this way sometimes.
- The comic shop
I am pretty sure Andrew would call the comic shop down the road his favorite part of the trip. We went often and he loved every minute of it!
- Sushi date
We also really loved our sushi date at Uchiko. Such a fun experience!
- Elizabeth Street Café
We were so lucky to have this gem of a restaurant so close to where we stayed! I wish I lived next door…not exaggerating. Elizabeth Street Café is the neighborhood café of my dreams.
- Beignets. Say no more.
Plus jam that tasted so much like the homemade strawberry jam my grandma always made. Be still, my heart!
- Ready to hike
I simply adore this photo.
- Cacti everywhere, sort of?
I think my mental image of Texas foliage was off base. I thought we would see cactuses and such absolutely everywhere, and while we did in most places, I was very surprised by how lush and green much of the area was. It was unexpectedly lovely!
- Little hikers
I was really proud of what a good job these two did hiking and climbing around as we explored Hamilton Pool Preserve. They loved it!
- Power pose
She does this kind of thing all on her own and I really can’t get enough of it.
- Sweet babes
I wish the waterfall had been a bit more forceful while we were there. I guess we’ll just have to visit again sometime in the future!
- Cute place, crappy service
Sorry/not sorry, Clark’s.
- At least the kids looked cute as can be!
But don’t call him handsome, he hates that!
- Toy heaven
Our trip to Toy Joy was definitely another highlight for the kids, and I loved watching them agonize over the perfect thing to spend their money on. Ah, to be a kid again.
- Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake
Ultimately, kayaking via The Rowing Dock was me and Caroline’s favorite thing about this trip. I would go as often as possible if I lived in the area. So much fun!
- Shake Shack, finally!
I’ve been wanting to try Shake Shack for a really long time, but whenever I’m in a city that has one, I’m usually too busy eating at restaurants local to that place and reluctant to eat at a chain I can try some other time. This one happened to be pretty close to where we stayed and was a perfect option for a quick lunch after kayaking one day.
- The verdict
We loved it! The fry smile says it all.
- Libraries rule!
I don’t know if other people love to visit public libraries in other cities, but I sure do. So grateful my sweet reader turned friend Katherine recommended the Austin central library and met up with us there!
- Library of my dreams
I just wanted to hang out there…forever, maybe?
- Incredible kids' porch
The screened in porch area of the kids’ section was unbelievable. Caroline loved it almost as much as I did.
- Le Politique
Though I don’t often leave meals up to chance while traveling for fear of tourist traps and mediocre food, this French brasserie downtown that we wandered to turned out to be a great choice and so so cute!
- Yes way, rosé
My favorite thing about this meal was undoubtedly the excellent company and conversation with Katherine. I love making new friends in my travels. Second favorite was for sure this glass of rosé which was incredibly beautiful and so delicious.
- Italian food in Austin?
I never would have guessed that an Italian restaurant would turn out to by my favorite meal of the trip, but Caroline wanted Italian for her special night with me and our entire experience at L’Oca d’Oro was perfect.
- Affogato always wins
It just does.
- So much drama
Really love that her shirt doubles as a carrier for LGB.
- Even more ice cream
We tried out Lick at the insistence of many, many readers who assured me it was at least as good as Jeni’s. It was okay but honestly I like the ice cream I make better and the comparison to Jeni’s is a stretch. Glad we had a chance to check it out, and enjoyed a lovely walk that evening.
- Thanks, ATX
Thanks for the fun, Austin. We’ll definitely be back.