Austin has been on my bucket list for years, so I was stoked to be able to visit the Texas capital city on this trip! We are staying between Austin and San Antonio for a couple of days, so our time is split between the two cities (and a service shop where we are sitting right now getting my wheels aligned).
We started the day in Beaumont- about 4 hours away- and drove into the city in time for a late lunch at Magnolia Cafe South in the hip SoCo neighborhood. They had an extensive menu with breakfast, Tex Mex, and lots of sandwiches. They also claimed to be open 24 hours a day, 8 days a week. Love it! After lunch, we made our way down South Congress, popping into the unique shops along the way. Our favorite was the Big Top Candy Shop, where we indulged in some shaved ice (of course)!
After exploring SoCo, we headed over to the iconic Barton Springs Pool. This place has been on my radar since I saw it online years ago, so I was so excited to be able to finally take a dip! Barton Springs is a man-made, 3 acre, spring fed swimming pool located right in the heart of Austin. It was built in the 1920s. The water is a chilly 68 degrees year around- and it is colder than you think! Once we got in, the cold water was so refreshing and calming on a hot summer day.
We thought Austin was another Southern city to love!