What We Did In Austin

A couple of months ago I wrote up a post about What to Eat in Austin. I finally got around to looking through my photos from the trip and I thought I'd share what we did in between meals!

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol We skipped the free tours and just wandered on our own since I tend to have a short attention span with these things. Beautiful, grand architecture with plenty of plaques giving history and descriptions of the rooms.

Lady Bird Lake Trail A good walk to burn off some calories. I loved seeing all of the people running and cycling around the lake. I'm so jealous we don't have something like this in AZ.

Austin Farmers Market Unfortunately for us, it was a little rainy when we went to the Farmers market so it wasn't really as "happening" as I had hoped. We also had just come from lunch with a friend, so all of the good food was lost on us, but we did get some delicious blackberry lemonade. Come on a sunny day with an empty stomach! Saturday: 9 AM - 1 PM.

Barton Springs, Austin, TX

Barton Springs, Austin, TX

Barton Springs Pool What a cool place. Barton springs is a pool on Barton Creek created by a series of dams. While there were a few die hards swimming laps while we were there, it was too cold for us. Another place I'd love to go back to in the summer.

Barton Creek Greenbelt Hike We started our hike at Barton Springs and followed it until we decided it was time to turn back. There's no incline here, so it's more of a nature walk along the creek. A really beautiful walk right in the middle of the city.

What we missed:
Congress Avenue Bridge Bats I want to come back in the summer to see this. I LOVE BATS!

Hamilton Pool Doesn't this look beautiful?! Definitely on my list for a summer trip. It looks like you have to get reservations in the summer now, which should help with crowds.

Mount Bonnell You can drive most of the way up Mount Bonnell and then it's a short hike up to the top for what I'm told is a great view of the city.

Alamo Drafthouse Apparently this is the place to watch movies and sip on milkshakes. Strangely when we were there, there was absolutely nothing that we really wanted to see, so we couldn't make ourselves go.

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WALLS & PHOTO OPS
Austin is such an artistic city, and I loved all of the wall murals. One day I made Max chauffeur me around the city to see some of the famous walls. We'd usually park, illegally, and run over for just a quick photo op. Here's what we checked out:

‘Love is the question, love is the answer‘  12th and West Lynn
‘I love you so much‘  1300 S. Congress Ave. - This one was crazy. Be prepared to stand in line!
‘Greetings from Austin’ 1720 S. First St.
‘You’re my butter half‘ 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. - My favorite!
Grafitti Park at Castle Hills 1100 Baylor Street - Just yes. Go here.

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Grafitti Park


What we missed:
‘Welcome to Sixth Street‘ 6th and I-35 Frontage Rd.
South Austin Music 1402 South Lamar Blvd. (technically we saw this, but there was so much construction going on around it that we couldn't get close.)

Shopping on South Congress

Shopping on South Congress

SHOPPING

Uncommon Objects

Uncommon Objects

Uncommon Objects I could have spent hours in this store looking through tons of weird old pieces and plenty of gems.

Big Top Candy Shop

Big Top Candy Shop

Big Top Candy Shop This place is kind of scary, in a good way. We didn't even buy any sweets, but the vintage circus signage was amazing. 

Parts and Labor This is my kind of store. A mix of local and handmade clothing, artwork, jewelry, cards, etc. We picked up several pieces here to bring home and give as gifts. 

Allen's Boots

Allen's Boots

Allen’s Boots I would be more than happy to live life without ever owning a pair of cowboy boots, but this store is so fun. Aisles and aisles of every color and style of cowboy boot you can imagine. These are quality boots with price tags to match!

Max isn't the biggest shopper, so here are the other stores I'm saving for a girls trip:
Charm School Vintage 

Strut Women's clothing, shoes and accessories.

JM Dry Goods Clothing, accessories and home goods from Mexican artisans. This is definitely at the top of my list.

Nannie Inez If you love color and Danish design. Who doesn't?

Take Heart A boutique featuring local and US artisans as well as international pieces, particularly Japanese.

Love Ding Home goods. Only open on Saturday and Sunday. Plan accordingly.

Stag For the guys!

Spartan I want everything on their website.

Mockingbird Domestics Beautiful furniture.