Austin is known for its music festivals, taco trucks and booming tech scene. This super hip city is a Mecca for nightlife but, the fun doesn’t have to end when you visit with the wee ones. We recently spent a quick weekend in Austin and it was a blast! Here’s how we got down!
Our flight arrived at 9pm in the evening and we bee-lined to Magnolia Cafe for their heaven on earth cheese dip, Magnolia Mud. I also recommend their shrimp and grits, yuuummmy! The Magnolia Cafe does everything from brunch to late night eats and has even President Barack Obama made a quick pit stop there.
In the heart of Austin is Town Lake which presents a suite of child friendly activities; biking, canoeing, walking (naturally) or, go for a swim in Barton Springs, take a ride on the Zilker Zephyr Miniature Train and we even stumbled upon the Liz Carpenter Fountain, a free splash pad.
All that walking will make you hungry so head to Snooze, where waiting for brunch with a toddler has never been easier. Grab a cocktail and head for the patio where you can play with giant jenga blocks, connect four or try your hand at corn hole. I still can’t guarantee that you won’t get water dumped on your lap while indulging in your artisanal coffee and pancake flight.
After all that breakfast you’ll need to take a nap, or go for another walk. May I recommend a stroll down South Congress Ave, which is dotted with eclectic shops, music venues and cafes. While there take a family photo in front of the “I love you so much” mural. I promise, it will look great on your Instagram feed.
On our second day in Austin we decided to do something that would hopefully tire Ooey out enough to sleep on the plane ride home. So we went to children’s museum, The Thinkery which totally blew me away! Even for a DC dweller who isn’t used to pay per entry museums.
The museum has spaces for kids as young as one day old, and everything is interactive and with the potential for kids to leave wet and messy. Just the way kids like it, right? I especially like that you saw adults just as engaged as their children, no awkward standing around here! And during our visit they had a Story time, and a strawberry jam making session in the food lab.
The indoor water room was a blast, and even included percussion instruments that could be placed beneath falling water, for a full sensory experience
Anyway, Austin has a markedly different vibe than DC making it a great place to getaway from your daily routine. And only a three hour flight from Dulles international Airport, I recommend considering it for your next family vacation.