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Hill Country/Austin area - 2-day extended family get together. (All ages)

Nov 28, 2006  Some local Longhorn advice. Free or little $$ activities
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Things to do in/around Austin in 2 days with Grandparents, Parents w/ small children, Parents w/ teens

  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Fall
  • 1. Wimberley Glass Works
    http://www.wgw.com/

    Very nice art glass gallery in the middle of nowhere (just kidding, sorta), Has a viewing area to watch glass artists at work. They were blowing large Christmas ornaments while we were there. Hold tight to your young children, some pieces are very expensive.

  • 2. Pedernales Falls State Park
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/pedernales_falls/

    We had a picnic here, then walked down to the falls. It was a beautiful fall day and the kids (and Grown-ups) had a nice time climbing around on the rocks. We took a lot of photos and laughed a lot. I expect this place is packed in the summertime, as swimming is allowed on another section of the river. Very rugged and scenic.

  • 3. Salt Lick BBQ
    http://www.saltlickbbq.com/

    Had dinner here - some of the best BBQ the Hill Country has to offer. Very rustic and fun. We all liked the ribs. Bought some sauce to take home.

  • 4. Cabela's
    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/community/aboutus/retail-d...

    Outdoor Superstore -needs a ladies lounge with free drinks. Get my drift, girls? Be prepared for long waits while your men and boys disappear. Nice displays of wildlife and big fish aquarium.

  • 5. Callahan's General Store
    http://www.callahansgeneralstore.com/index.php

    Hardware / Western wear / Gift shop / Feed store / chickens & ducks... the real deal!

  • 6. Zilker Botanical Gardens
    http://www.zilkergarden.org/

    A nice morning walk.

  • 7. Chuy's Barton Springs
    http://www.chuys.com/index.html

    Laid back Tex mex. Maybe the best chips and salsa ever. The Elvis Presley Memorial Combo. Yes, they sat a party of 12 together! At the height of lunch rush! LUCKY! Loads of fun!

  • 8. State Capitol
    http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/tspb.htm

    Younger folks took a quick tour. The rotunda is really nice. The Grandparents had had enough touring and took a nap in their SUV in the parking deck. HaHa.

  • 9. Texas Memorial Museum - Texas Natural Science Center
    http://www.utexas.edu/tmm/

    Dinosaur bones, fossils, natural wildlife exhibits. Parking available in a pay deck, but take your ticket with you as you pay at a self serve kiosk on the way back in from the museum.

  • 10. University Co-op
    http://www.coop-bookstore.com/

    Enough burnt orange to either give you a headache or make you think you've reached the pearly gates. Take your parking deck ticket with you - they will validate at the store for times less than 1 hr.