2404 IH 35 S.,
Austin TX 78704
Austin Photo SafariNeed a fun outdoor adventure with the kids? Take them on an Austin Photo Safari. Here are David's Godchildren, Caleb & Arianna ages 8 and 9 at three Austin Landmarks. The four picture is of Alexis age 4, David's great niece. By all means, visit interesting and educational public places. The photo proves you were there! Don't forget that part of the fun is to have the kids take pictures too.
1. Stevie Ray Vaughan StatueLocation: Hike & Bike trail along south shore of Lady Bird Lake between Lamar and South First Bridge
Notes: Stevie was a very significant Austin musician that helped establish Austin as a center for live music. It is a great excuse for a walk. Parking can be tight on weekends but any parking spot along the Auditorium Shores Park will work. The statue adjoins a leash-free dog area. To avoid the dogs, walk to the statue from the west (Lamar Boulevard).
2. Texas State Capitol Cannon
Location: South entrance to the Texas State Capitol rotunda. The Capitol is located in the center of downtown Austin (you won't miss it!).
Notes: There are a lot of historical statues on the capitol grounds. The capitol is a magnificent and historic building with public tours available. A visit to the state capitol is an excellent opportunity for discussing law making and the process of government.
3. Cabela's Hunter Statue
Location: Cabela's is a large sportsmen store located on I-35 in Buda, just south of Austin. The statue is located at the front entrance of the store. Take the Cabela Street exit. The store (and water tower) is hard to miss on the west service road of I-35.
Notes: Cabela's has impressive displays of North American Wildlife, African Wildlife, Game birds and an Aquarium with game fish.
4. Alexis with Metro Rail
Location: Austin Metro Rail Lakeline station.
Notes: A fun ride for the kids when the Metro is running on a weekend for a special downtown event.
5. Arianna at Treaty Oak
A 500+ year old Live Oak tree on Baylor Street between West 5th & 6th Street just west of Lamar. Prior to the city developing, this was one in a grove of massive Live Oak trees called the "Council Oaks." Legend is that this stand of Oaks was the meeting place of the local Native American tribes. The name comes from a second legend about Stephen F. Austin signing a treaty with the local tribes beneath this tree.
6. Rooster at Austin Zoo
A non-profit rescue zoo with good animal exhibits (particularly Tigers and Lions) and a fun train ride. Posing are Jett, Arianna, Alexis and Caleb.
Other Photo Safari sites:
- Amy's Cows at the Auboretum
- Bob Bullock Texas History Museum
- Littleton Fountain on the UT campus