Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Austin Recap {Part 2} Things to Do

::Things to do in Austin::
::Walking SoCo Ave:: There are tons of shops, restaurants, food trucks, and plenty of people watching to do on South Congress Ave.  SoCo Ave is the most popular stretch of road south of downtown and it's a pretty popular place for tourists.  If you're looking for souvenirs for loved ones, vintage clothes, antiques, or just something uniquely Austin-- then definitely give SoCo Ave a try.  
One of my favorite shops was Uncommon Objects -- a huge store/warehouse filled from floor to ceiling with antiques and vintage gems or as they say an "emporium of transcendent junk".  Yup, that's it.  I could have spent all afternoon in that store looking at every single piece.  Everything from vintage tools to full size anatomy charts from the early 1900's to animal skulls ... yeah it's weird, but fascinating! 

Next on SoCo Ave. was Big Top Candy Shop!  After scouring through antiques at Uncommon Objects for a couple hours we needed a sugar boost! They have so many bulk candies to choose from and an old fashioned fountain bar ...

Another favorite shop on SoCo was Feather's Vintage Boutique.  It's a favorite vintage shop of Kelly Framel from the Glamourai -- so you know it's good!  

::Spend the day in Zilker Park:: We knew we wanted to spend a whole day in Austin's "most loved park" because there is just so much to do there.

First thing in the AM we went to the Botanical Gardens in Zilker Park -- so so beautiful {but bring bug spray} and a great place to just hang out and take lots of pictures! 


Next we drove to another area of Zilker Park to visit the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden.  

The Kiss Sculpture
Riding the Zilker Park Train -- the Zilker Zephyr -- was just a tiny awkward since we were the only two riding sans petite enfants, but hey you only live once- and it was pretty funny.  It went around a lot of the park so we could see what everybody was up to on their day in the park-- and we were serenaded by this dude ...  

Enjoying a GoodPop on the Zilker Zephyr
Saving the best for last -- we cooled off after a hot day of walking around at Barton Springs!  It's a natural spring-fed pool in Zilker Park.  After some swimming {or wading in waist deep for me} we laid on the grassy hills watching other people in the water.


One of the best parts of spending the day in Zilker Park was it only cost us $15 each for all the admission fees and we packed a picnic lunch!  If there were more hours in the day we would have loved to rent bikes and ride along the biking/hiking trail around Lake Austin in Zilker Park...

Austin was so much fun and we did as much as we could cram into 4 days-- so stay tune tomorrow for Part 3 of my Austin recap of even more things to do in Austin!! See Part 1 {Where to eat} here!

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