I love Austin so much it's hard to pick just ONE fond memory. I'll list a few: Walking across UT campus and seeing the fountains overflowing with suds (add a few bottles of dishwashing soap to any water fountain, and you get...suds), tequila shots on 6th street, Death Metal Pizza (aka Hoeck's next to the Ritz), Bull's Creek, Mount Bonnell, Leslie the homeless pre-operative transexual who owns the craziest shopping cart, 9th street with the BMX boys, and Indian bread from the food carts on Guadalupe (yum).
Something that you can sling over one shoulder, that will carry your stuff for the day. SPECIAL CLOTHING: Various pants, shirts and shorts; skirts, and blouses. The heat and humidity on certain days will beat you down so dress appropriately. SHOES: Sturdy walking boots or sneakers, at any rate something that will be comfortable all day. WEATHER GEAR: Depends. It does rain here, so some sort of rain gear is needed then, and it can become quite cold in the winter, 20-35 degrees (F). I've even seen 25-45 degree (F) temperature drops in a matter of minutes in the late summer or early fall, when a good Norther blows through. At times like that a good wool sweater or parka is great! Many excellent hospitals and pharmacies in the metro area, so bring what you would anytime you go out of town for an extended visit, including sunscreen. I usually carry a small first aid kit, just enough for myself and another person. YES! It should not be a problem getting spare batteries or a re-charge for your equipment, just have a converter if you need one. Get's downright warm here in the summer, but the camping is excellent. See: Off the Beaten Path and Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear. If you are like me, you either take too much or not enough of something when you leave home. Because Austin is a major metropolitan area, there should not be any reasons NOT to get what you may need, should you need it. One item to never be without: a Bandanna, whether to tie around your head or neck as sunshade; to use as a pot holder when camping; to clean your eyeglasses; for first-aid use or small children's needs.
Peacocks in the Park
Mayfield Park is a small, tranquil gem right in the midst of the city. There are 22 enchanting acres to wander filled with woodlands, manicured gardens, ponds and roaming peacocks. It is best to stroll slowly through the park, taking in all the sights and sounds (peacocks are known to make a very distinct honking sound if you listen closely). This is an ideal wedding location.
Catch this park on your way to Mount Bonnell, you won't be sorry.
The grounds have a paved parking lot, restroom facilities and drinking fountains.
Looking for something different?
"So-Co" stands for South Congress Avenue, which is the portion of the street that is located south of downtown, across the bridge. As you walk up the street you will find a selection of quirky little shops featuring everything from funky antiques to folk-artsy curiosities. You might even stumble upon some pretty unique events, such as Jo's Easter pet parade, featuring cats and dogs in their most original and outrageous costumes. Think you've seen everything? Think again! While you're in Austin, why not get something weird?!
Great music in a great atmosphere!
There's a reason why Austin is called the live music capital of the world: it IS the live music capital of the world, and the best place to be to enjoy it all is on 6th Street! One of the city's oldest streets now offers some of the best nightlife in America with dozens and dozens of clubs featuring some of the best rock and blues bands. It's hard to say which club is the best - I would simply recommend walking down the street until your ears catch a sound that's pleasing. We happened to catch The Eric Tessmer Band (www.erictessmerband.com), an incredibly talented blues trio, playing at Friends on a Friday night and had an awesome time! Oh and by the way - no cover charge so feel free to see as many bands as you want! None, 6th Street is very laid back.