I was so excited when B asked me to guest post for her while she's out and about, but I had no idea what to write about! And then? It hit me! Last week I started a sort of project on my blog. It's my Big Texas To Do. A Texas bucket list, if you will. I realized I've lived in this wonderful state all of my life, and have hardly experienced any of it! Anywhoodles, since B and I share a love of Austin, I thought I'd share some of my Austin to do's with y'all! I picked my top three things for parents to do with and without their kids. Alright, I'll skip the long intro, and get down to the nitty gritty!
Mom and Dad Only
1)Live Texas Music at the Nutty Brown Cafe
Great food, great music, a great time. They have live Texas music (my favorite!) every weekend, and during the summer, an Austin radio station hosts the Free Texas Music Series on Wednesday nights. It's a free concert, y'all, from some of Texas' best artists! You gotta check it out!
2)Kayaking on Town Lake
Town Lake is absolutely gorgeous! There are many hiking and biking trails to enjoy, among many other activities along the lake, but honestly, the kayaking and rowing has to be the best. I've never done either, but I've heard it's so much fun! Plus, the view is gorgeous!
3)Watch the Bats Fly From Congress Bridge
Also found on Town Lake is something truly amazing. Every summer night, the largest urban bat population in the world leave their homes from under the Congress Bridge to go out for an evening fly. Now, this is obviously something you could do with the kids in tow, but it sounds incredibly romantic to me to spend a little time watching the bats, and then mosey on down to one of the amazing restaurants downtown for dinner with your honey!
Pure Family Fun
1)Zilker Park Kite Festival
America's oldest continuous kite festival, Zilker Park Kite festival was started in 1929. It's held the first weekend in March (weather permitting) and, here's the best part, it's free! There's a kite contest, as well as a kite making workshop. There are concessions and pets are welcome too!
2)Deep Eddy Pool
Deep Eddy Pool is the oldest man-made swimming pool in Texas. It started as a swimming hole in the Colorado river, and then became a resort in the 1920's. The pool is fed from a hand-dug well, and the temperature varies from 65-75 degrees and is opened year round. There's a wading pool for the kids, which is open March through October. During the summer, the pool hosts Splash Party Movie Nights, and shows family films on a screen visible by swimmers and waders. Plus? It's kinda pretty!
3)The Triangle Farmer's Market
The Triangle is Austin's largest mid-week market. It's open Wednesdays from 4-8pm. Their website boasts live music and splash pads for the kids. It's a part of the SFC Farmer's Market, which is a project of Sustainable Food Center (SFC), a local non-profit that "creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant, local food system." Live music, homegrown food, and a splash pad? Count me in.
So, that's it guys, that's a few of my Austin to do's! So, if you're I. Austin, or if you're planning a trip here, definitely check out some, if not all, of these amazing places!