A weekend in Austin, Texas

We decided to take the short drive to Austin from Dallas last weekend. We didn’t quite know what to expect from our capital city, being new to Texas and all.  There was a lot to explore and we had a great time!

Here is a list of our favorite things in Austin:

1. Hang out, have a drink and/or dinner and listen to some great live music on Sixth street.


Lots of atmosphere and fun on 6th!

2. We had an amazing dinner at Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill. It is just around the corner from 6th. They have sort of a modern southern menu. Delicious and really fun inside. 

3. My favorite attraction was the LBJ Presidential Library, located on the UT (University of Texas) campus. This is the third presidential library we have visited  and it is by far my favorite. It takes you through all sorts of 20th century history , and has a fun replica of the Oval Office. But the best thing, in my humble opinion, was listening to the tapes of some of Lyndon B Johnson’s phone calls while in office. You sit at a phone and you have a menu from which to select what you want to hear. We heard him speak with Jackie Kennedy about a month after the assassination of her husband. We heard a few calls made from Air Force 1 immediately following JFK’s killing. We heard LBJ not take no for an answer from all sorts of people. We also heard him speaking with Martin Luther King and J Edgar Hoover. The list goes on and on. It was fascinating!


4. The State Capitol building was fun to see. We took the tour, which lasted maybe a half hour. My husband is a bigger fan of capital buildings than I am, but it was cool to see and didn’t take very long.


5. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was fantastic. It is a bit of a drive to get there from the city, but well worth the time.  We went in January, so there wasn’t a lot of color, but it was still beautiful. It has a lot of great walking trails. I would love to come back and visit when the wildflowers are in bloom!


6. We had Sunday brunch at Eastside Cafe , near the University of Texas campus. It was spectacular! I had the Eggs Benedict, and Mark had enchiladas. Both were great. I would have photographed the food, but it looked so delicious we couldn’t take the time out before eating!


7. There were other places we visited that we enjoyed, they just weren’t our top picks…

The sight of the French delegation where we learned a lot about The history of France in Texas. This takes about a half hour to visit and is interesting.


The Bullock museum is near the Capital and you can learn a lot about the history of Austin and Texas there. They also have an IMAX theater where we saw a cool movie about the National Parks.


The Zilker Botanical gardens are just a short drive outside of town, and they are fun to walk around. We were there about 45 minutes and that was plenty.


O Henry’s house is right in town, and that was interesting to see. It was free and took about 20 minutes. (I didn’t take a photo)

The historic Driskill hotel is located right off of sixth street and is fun to walk through. They have a lively restaurant, which I hear is very good.

We did not get out to see LBJ’s ranch, but our local friends say it is a great place to tour.  Next time we will have to check that out too!

If you happen to be in Texas, Austin is worth a visit. Enjoy!

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18 thoughts on “A weekend in Austin, Texas

    1. Have a great time, Carla! There are a bunch of hotels all within a few blocks of each other. From there, you can pretty much walk to everything that is in the city, proper. We stayed at the Hampton Inn, and it was just about the nicest Hampton Inn I have ever see. But there is also a Four Seasons there, and the historic and elegant Driskill hotel looked very nice. Plus, the usual suspects, Hiton, Courtyard, Residence Inn… lots of hotels all close together.If you like I could price out some hotels for you. I don’t charge a fee or anything like that. The hotels pay agents a commission if you choose to book. Usually we have some very competitive rates and ammenities.

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    1. Texas is fun! We have lived here about a year and a half. Fort Worth has some great museums and also the Stockyards give you that western cowboy feel. San Antonio is really pretty and has lots of history (Alamo and Mission churches). Dallas is cool too (Sixth floor museum at the book depository is excellent).

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    1. The wildflower center is very nice. Lots of good walking trails and some fun swings and picnic areas. ladybird Johnson wildflower center. Also LBJ presidential library is the best thing along museum lines in the city. People like walking around ladybird lake on the Boardwalk- that is in town. The capitol is sort of interesting and doesn’t take very long. They give tours…

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    2. There are also Segway tours. I saw that but didn’t do it… they might enjoy… and there was an IMAX at the bullock musem . The musem is soso but it will give you all a feel for tExas. Best place by far to feel Texas is the Alamo! San Antonio is very cool. And on the way home stop at Natural bridge Caverns. They will LOve that. I blogged about it not too long ago.

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