I’m heading off on a trip to Texas very soon – will of course update on what I get up to when I’m back, but before I go I wanted to make a bit of a must-do list for when I hit up America’s second largest state. So here goes the run down of thing to do in Texas …
1. Go swimming in a watering hole
I challenge you to read or say that point above without putting on a good old Southern accent. But seriously, not far from Austin (where I’ll be spending the majority of time in Texas) is Jacob’s Well. Ok, so maybe it’s not technically a ‘watering hole’ as I’m pretty sure that’s more somewhere a cowboy goes when he and his horse need a drink… but you get my drift. Back to Jacob’s Well – it’s apparently the
2. Eat barbecue food
Along with Tex-Mex, BBQ food has to be the thing Texas is known for. On the list – well, first there’s Stubb’s BBQ – which I’m actually pretty sure I’ve been to years ago (10 years in fact…) when I went to Austin for SXSW at Spring Break. But that was so many moons ago it doesn’t count and I clearly need to go back. I do have it on good authority that Lambert’s is the place to go for awesome BBQ food too. So that may just have to happen.
I’m clearly coming back the size of a house.
3. The Oasis on Lake Travis, Austin
Ok, so I’m basically making a list of places I want to eat…. but thanks to a little
time wasting research on Pinterest I spotted this place and it looks pretty ace. Even if mainly for the setting alone – as it’s described on google maps ‘Tex-Mex dining with water views’…what’s not to like. Apparently it also offers pretty special sunset views over the lake too… tacos and romance. Perfect combo.
There’s also another natural pool nearby called Hamilton Pool that I quite fancy a dip in too… apparently in Texas I’ve decided I’m part human, part Mermaid… either that or I’m just anticipating the 33degree plus heat…
4. The Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas
We arrive into Dallas and spend a few days in the city before heading over to Austin. One of the things on my list of things I’d like to do is go to the Sixth Floor Museum – yep, that’s right. In-between eating (and probably visiting Sephora) I fancy a touch of history education too.
For those who might not know, the Sixth Floor Museum is located in the former Texas School Book Depository (now called the Dallas County Administration Building) in Dealey Plaza. This is the location from where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the deadly shot that assassinated President Kennedy on 22nd November 1963. Ok, a bit morbid in many ways but as someone who studied American Studies at University and am quite fascinated by American History – especially huge moments like this – I find it really interesting. Especially with all the conspiracy theories and things (were there multiple shooters etc…). So there, history as well as lipstick. You’re welcome.
5. Visit Georgetown, Texas
Again, through my research I came across Georgetown – a town just to the North of Austin that’s apparently quite pretty and very ‘typical Texas’. In fact it apparently has the honour of being the ‘most beautiful town square in Texas’ so that has to be worth a look…no?! We plan to stay here for one night on the trip to get a bit of that old school Southern charm. I also want to visit the Inner Space Caverns that are there too. SO many things I want to do, why didn’t I get properly planning sooner?!
If you’re from Texas or perhaps know the state pretty well then do let me know suggestions of places to go/things to do/stuff to eat… all suggestions very welcome! Of course the above are all totally exclusive of