The capital city of Texas and home of popular live music culture, Austin is often dubbed the best city for millennials. The Texas State Capitol & the UT Austin buildings are most prominent in the city’s skyline. Here’s a relaxed 2-day itinerary in Austin with Kids:
Relaxed 2-day itinerary in Austin with kids
Breakfast at Moonshine Grill
Start your day on a fantastic note with a sumptuous breakfast at Moonshine Grill. The buffet is not for the light hearted, and neither is the wait time. Make sure to get here early to cut down on the wait times. The staff was kind enough to get us some popcorn to our impatient toddler. We loved every bite of our meal and the $20 per person meal is worth every penny spent. Their Sunday brunch spans from 9 AM to 2 PM so bring your family and friends and get ready to spend a few hours here!
Website: Moonshine Grill
Texas State Capitol
Since you’ve filled your stomach with all that’s available at Moonshine Grill, spend all your energy walking around the Texas State Capitol. It’s a beautiful complex made of granite & marble. The rotunda & dome of the structure makes it stand out right next to Downtown Austin.
Check out their free guided tours
Colorado River & Bat Bridge
Stroll along the Colorado River right from South Congress Avenue. I personally loved the entire walk and it is perfect for even your evening run. Make sure to head to the Bat Bridge around 30 minutes before sunset.
Now, this experience was highly anticipated, mainly due to the how they show bats in movies. I went in expecting to see that, and the thousands of people assembled there were probably expecting the exact same thing. But it was completely over-rated, mainly since we don’t have night vision eyesight and we literally see the 1000s of bats flying just as we would see a bunch of bees. It isn’t as dramatic as you’d expect, but it is one of those things you just do in Austin.
If you’re with kids, stay under the bridge where you can bring food and lay a picnic. If you’re without kids, head on above the bridge, from where you get a birds eye view of the bats emerging from underneath the bridge and flying over the river.
Location: Bat Bridge Austin TX
Honky Tonk in Austin at Broken Spoke
This is the most fun I’ve had in a LONG time. With two step lessons, a live band to dance through the night and not-so-expensive drinks, this is surely a recipe for a fun night. With all things Texan here, the food & drinks are . You’re bound to get a perfect glimpse of the Texan spirit out here. You’ll be sure to kick ’em boots and dig in to craft beer. The two-step lessons were quite average but the experience of dancing to the live band is outstanding and a definite must-try!
Website: Broken Spoke
Breakfast at Biscuits & Groovy
Though I haven’t personally been here, it’s highly recommended by friends & Google! Grab a quick meal here to get you fueled up for the day ahead.
Location: 1210 Barton Springs Rd
We had to skip Barton Springs due to health conditions but this is a definite must-do for our next visit. Nestled inside Zilker park, this pool is one of the crown jewels of Austin. The pool is fed from underground springs that regulate the water temperature at around 70 deg, ideal for year-round swimming. The depth of the pool ranges from 0′ to 18′, so make sure to pick the right spot for your family. This liimestone pool is 1000 ft long, where you can swim, boat or even fish.
The pool has very minimum entrance fees and iis open 8 AM to PM on all days except Thursdays.
For more info: Barton Springs Website
Bullock Texas State Museum
You can spend half a day at the Bullock Texas State Museum. Weather you’re visiting Texas or live here, this museum will take you back in time to showcase who, what and why of Texas.
Tip: They have FREE admission on all first Sunday’s of the month, with fun activities for the kids that morning. Make sure you plan your itinerary accordingly!
Chill at Spider House Cafe
Though we would’ve loved some more Honky Tonk, we really wanted a relaxed Goa-vibe type of place for our last night here. Spider House Cafe was the perfect choice. Though we struggled pushing the stroller on the cobbled floor, we thoroughly enjoyed the ambience and the food was really good. They have live music performances & comedy nights so make sure to check out their events.
The entire patio is a smoking zone so make sure to find a spot if you’re visiting with kids.
Check out this podcast on Spider House Cafe being haunted and decide for yourself if you want to visit!
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