Before You Go
On the Map
30.2672° N, 97.7431° W
Baton Rouge to Austin, Texas
6 hours, 49 minutes
Austin is a city like no other in Texas! The capital city feels a little like California, but is wholly Texan. It is a little funky and a little different, but it is also beautiful and classy. It’s a place for adventures and endless fun times with the family. The city is extremely bike friendly and offers a modern twist on life in a beautiful setting.
Where to Eat
Amy’s Ice Creams
Try over 350 specialty flavors including Mexican Vanilla, Belgian Chocolate, Coffee, and Sweet Cream at Amy’s. But don’t forget to make it your own with some of the most delicious toppings from coconut and fresh strawberries to marshmallows and gummy bears.
Feel right at home in this comfortable and welcoming cafe. This cafe serves up amazing food from tacos to burgers and breakfast all day. It doesn’t get much better than that! They pride themselves on quality ingredients and in-house specialties. And this restaurant was named after the Camelia Grille in New Orleans. The owner knew it was some sort of flower and incorrectly guessed Magnolia, creating a fun connection between our two states.
1917 Manor Road
The place for farm-to-table deliciousness in Austin is the Salty Sow. The rustic yet contemporary restaurant is known for their hand-crafted cocktails and fresh, locally sourced entrees. This “neighborhood gem” is housed in a former general store and offers Southern charm with a modern twist. Think the Austin equivalent of our own City Pork restaurants.
What to Do
Located in the heart of downtown, Book People is a local favorite and is consistently voted best bookstore in Austin. It is the leading independent bookstore in Texas and is always hosting interesting book signings and lectures. While you’re there, eat at the Book People Cafe, which has a full menu that includes vegan and gluten-free options. ■ bookpeople.com
Kick back and relax at the Barton Springs Pool. The three-acre pool is fed from underground springs, creating an ideal year-round swimming spot for all ages. Barton Springs attracts a diverse crowd and breaks visitor records every year. The Springs is also home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander and is listed as a federally protected habitat. ■ (512) 867-3080
Austin is known for its common areas and outdoor opportunities. Take a hike or become one with nature in the various trails and parks. Some favorites include the Riverplace Nature Trail and Bull Creek District Park. Austin has over 300 parks to choose from, so pick one and let the adventures begin. ■ austinparks.org
Spend a day of fun in the sun on Lake Travis. Possibilities are endless on the lake, and your family could spend days here without running out of activities. Go fishing, ziplining, lounge in the park, or learn how to wakeboard! Lake Travis is absolutely beautiful throughout the entire year. ■ laketravis.com
Shop and embrace Austin culture at South Congress. This neighborhood is located on South Congress Avenue and is known nationally for its amazing shopping opportunities and eclectic small retailers. There is also a wide range of restaurants, antique shops, music venues, and galleries. Take your time strolling through this interesting area of town.
Take advantage of the music scene in Austin. It is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” after all. Not only are there incredible festivals located in the city, but there are also hip music shops to browse. Live music is a constant in the city, so check out the downtown lineup, especially on Sixth Street!
Stop by and see all the creatures and critters at the Austin Zoo. There are currently over 300 animals at the zoo, so it is a great learning experience for the whole family. While you’re there make sure to hop on the train and take a scenic ride through the hill country. ■ austinzoo.org