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Texas Road Trips

Texas Beach (Corey Leopold CC 2.0)

Summer is just around the corner for most Austinites.  Many of us can’t wait to put on our swimsuit, take off of work, and get ready for a fabulous vacation.  Well this year some might not be able to afford a trip to a Florida beach or a Caribbean cruise.  Very often Texans overlook the great number of things we have to do in our own lone star state.  After all Texas is huge.  Rhode Island would fit into Texas over 212 times, so we must have something worth seeing here!

I have created a list of some of my favorite sites to see around Texas.  Find a good map and some good company and set out for a road trip across the state.  The drive in itself can be fun.

  • You don’t have to miss out on the beach vacation!  Texas beaches have a great coastal vibe and many places to stay.  Some of the most common destinations for Texas beachgoers are Galveston and Padre Island.  My personal favorite Texas beach is in Port Aransas.  It has a small town feel with a great beach.  My favorite resort in the area is the Port Royal. It has great beach access and three fabulous pools.
  • Big Bend National Park is a historic place to take your family this summer.  With the beautiful views and serene landscapes you can experience nature close to home.  The park borders both the US and Mexico so you can get a taste of both cultures in one trip.  More information on visiting Big Bend can be found here.  The Texas ghost town of Terlingua is a fun stop while you are in the area as well. Continue reading
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Flip Happy Crepes

Flip Happy Crepes is a great food stand near Barton Springs and Lamar. They have some of the best food I have ever eaten at a very affordable price. The feel of the eatery is great too.  Crepes are served out of a vintage airstream tailor and you eat under a grove of trees.  They have savory crepes and desert crepes in a variety of different flavors.  My favorite is the chicken and mushroom crepe.  You can check out their website here.

They are also well-known for winning against Iron Chef Bobby Flay in his show Throwdown! with Bobby Flay.  Very few restaurants on the show can beat the experienced chef.  Flip Happy proved their worth by making a better crepe than Bobby.

Before you make the journey to this airstream tailor make sure they are open first.  They usually only open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch.  It is amazing food at a great price!

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What NOT To Do

Just for the sake of comparison, here is a little look at some very unhelpful ways to save money. Some are crude, some are rude, but all definitely help make our blog look better. So read on for a few laughs…

10 Retarded Money Saving Tips People are Actually Trying (Cracked.com)

Baskin Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night

Chocolate or vanilla?  Cookies and Cream or Jamoca Almond Fudge?  Can’t decide?  Get both!!!  Baskin Robbins is one ice cream shop that is well known for its variety of flavors.  They offer well over their promised 31 flavors.  This week you can sample all the flavors of your choosing for a good cause.

This Wednesday, April 29th, Baskin Robbins is offering up small ice cream scoops for just 31 cents.  From 5:00 to 10:00 pm, Baskin Robbins is serving to raise money for the National Volunteer Fire Council.  Along with the money made in that hour, the chain is giving $100,000 to the organization.

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Luminous: UT Fashion At Its Finest

Luminous: University of Texas Fashion ShowWhen I think of fashion I usually next think of money.  These two items often go hand-in-hand.  However, this Friday you will have a great opportunity to have your fill of fashion for absolutely free.  The University of Texas Textiles and Apparel program will be hosting their annual end of year fashion show on April 24th at the Frank Erwin Center.

The show, titled “Luminous,” will feature the work of over 20 senior designers who have been working all semester.  They have spent lots of time preparing for the show, each designing four separate pieces.  The items will include daywear, casual wear, evening gowns and bridal gowns.

It is a community-wide event that everyone can enjoy.  Last year there were over 5,000 attendees to the show.   It’s a great way to spend your Friday evening.  There will be lots to see at this exciting show.

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Horse Racing

How many of you have seen horse racing before?  It is not well known that you can catch a horse race in the Austin area.  Outside of the city limits in Manor, Texas there are races every Saturday and Sunday.  But hurry their racing season only runs until April 26th so there is just one weekend left.

The admission for these weekly races is also amazingly reasonable.  It costs just $2.00 for general admission.  Just $1.00 if you are a student or a senior citizen.  You can’t get much for just one dollar anymore!

The stadium opens at noon on the weekends.  Located just 10 miles east of Austin, it is an easy trip for a day full of fun.  The City of Manor is also an area of Central Texas that many people have not explored.  So instead of heading out to the Kentucky Derby in May take a drive to Manor for some local Texas horse racing.  The beauty of Central Texas makes the drive great on a sunny afternoon.

And although making bets is a frequent event at the horse track avoid betting money to save your cash.  Instead try making wagers among your friends.

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Bat Watching

Photo by pencrush, CC 2.0 Attribution

Photo by pencrush, CC 2.0 Attribution

One great way to spend a free evening in Austin during the summer months is bat watching.  We are lucky to have such a great natural phenomenon right in the middle of our town.  Thousands of bats emerge in the evening to hunt creating a beautiful wave against the sky.

You can pick a variety of ways to watch these bats.  But the best and cheapest is to simply park your car in the downtown area and take a stroll over to the Congress Avenue Bridge. Click here for a map.

On beautiful nights there can be up to 1,000 visitors observing the bats emerge from their home under the bridge.  It is an amazing sight to see that should not be missed by any Austinite.  Take advantage of this great nightly event.

You can catch the bats on any warm night but they are best observed in August and September when the new baby bats begin to fly.  Most emerge from the east side of the bridge so look there for the best view.

Word of warning: Don’t do a flickr or google image search for a bat.  You will be too scared to go see the Congress Avenue bats!

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