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Things You Must Do in Austin Texas (and surrounding areas)

After living in Austin Texas for over six months there are definitely things you must see and do and (eat of course). I am a newbie (obviously) but these are some of the things I think that everyone visiting Austin must do!

  1. Visit the State Capitol and Visitor Center. Since Texas’ State Capitol is right in Austin Texas it truly should be a must do. Everyone should visit their State Capitol at least once. We are very lucky to live right down the street (practically). Austin’s Capitol is beautiful. The hospitality you will receive is not like anywhere else. PRICE: free
  2. Eat at Salt Lick  in Driftwood. The Driftwood location is not far from South Austin and is a BYOB place. If you are looking for some tasty BBQ that is all you can eat you have to try it just once! Go early because they will run out of Prime Rib. PRICE: $$$
  3. 6th Street – Now this not something that we can do with the kids at night. But we ventured out during the day to check out the famous 6th street. It’s fun and you will see the people all about “keep Austin weird” PRICE: pay for parking and eatting
  4. Food Trucks – There are tons of random food trucks and we love to stop at ones that are open and see what they have. You will find Tacos to Donuts, Pizza to Shrimp. Austin’s Food Trucks are fun and unique. Most can be found on South Congress. If your coming from downtown just head south and you will find them! We wanted to specifically find Gourdough’s Donuts after we had saw the episode from Diner, Drive Ins and Dives.  The Flying Pig Donut is amazing!! PRICE: $
  5. Zilker Park – If your traveling to Austin during Christmas Zilker Park is lite up with 1,000’s of lights! Any other time of the year the park is still wonderful to visit. From a walking trail, picnic tables, volley ball courts and more. Zilker Park also Barton Creek Pool which is the best way to cool off in the heat of Summer. Zilker has it’s own little train that goes around the park. You can rent Canoes as well. While the park is free and parking is free you will have to pay for the train, snacks, Barton Creek Pool and Zilker Park Canoes. PRICE:$-$$
  6. Inner Space Caverns – We visited the Inner Space Caverns with the older girls before Shelby and we loved it.  PRICE: $$
  7. The Alamo in San Antonio. It’s about an hour drive from downtown Austin but we love it. t’s important to learn about the State’s History as well!  – PRICE: Free
  8. Kerbey Lane Cafe. Visit the original Kerbey Lane in Central. Yummy food and a hot spot for all visitors. We enjoyed the outdoor patio. I like the patio for kids. PRICE: $
Other places we want to check out this coming week:
  1. BBQ in Lockhart – Smitty’s Market and Black’s Barbecue are about a block away from each other. PRICE: cash and check only – $
  2. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum – Learn more about the History of Texas – PRICE: $
There are tons of things to do in Austin. It would take weeks to do everyone. Luckily a lot o these things are in downtown Austin and you can do then in a day or two. If you know of any must sees and dos please let us know!!!

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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 14,11, 5 and a son who is 2. They currently reside in Texas.

4 Responses to “Things You Must Do in Austin Texas (and surrounding areas)”

  1. Beth R says:

    My Grandma use to live in Austin and the one thing I always regretted not doing before she moved was going and see the food trucks. I know what you mean we love Diners, Drive ins, and Dives and after watching that, food trucks are on my to do list 🙂

  2. courtney b says:

    always wanted to go to tx!:) looks like you guys had a ton of fun!

  3. shannon r says:

    I wish you guys could see the bat migration from Congress bridge, but its not that time of year yet. Glad you are enjoying your Texas Adventures!!!

  4. Andrew L. says:

    I’ve always wanted to check out the Alamo. The food trucks sound fun too! Yummy!

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