It was our first time trying the Austin Steam Train: North Pole Flyer. We were able to reserve the Nambe section 3 months ahead of time. It seats 12 people. It is a 2 hour ride in the train and you get to partake in Christmas Caroling, story time with elves, cookies from Mrs. Clause and Santa himself. You get juice and hot cocoa. There is also a balloon artist.
It is a great way to be with family and to get those photos with Santa!
Here are some of our pictures.
From my sister’s cam!
The boys enjoyed some downtown Austin swimming! It was definitely a change of scenery where most people swimming were adults vs kids. I had to remind the boys there were no other children and they couldn’t splash. Even with these constraints, they enjoyed themselves!
Last weekend we were visiting the grandparents! We decided to visit Magnolia Market in Waco. It was really nice to look at all the garden items, shop, eat and be inspired. It was very hot, though. So I can’t wait to go back in the fall. We did manage to cool off sipping some fresh watermelon juice and coconut juice while eating some delicious pizza. There were food trucks in the back so it was like dining in the gardens. Here are some photos!
We did have to hit a water park to cool off. My boys like Lion’s Park in Killeen, TX. They decided to chill out at grandparents’ house while we drove to Gorman Falls to check out the view.
About Gorman Falls
It took us almost 40 minutes to walk to the falls. Those who describe it as easy are probably the ones who are used to hiking. But if you have never done this before, it is tricky. You definitely need shoes with good traction. I would save this walk for the fall or winter weather. We arrived at 7:30 and did not leave till 9.
The next day we drove down to Austin and headed to Barton Springs. While my 5 year old loved it, my 8 year old really did not. Now if you read the sideline of my blog, you will know why 8 year old was not too happy feeling strange things under his feet. But BOTH boys loved Deep Eddy pool!
Here you can see the happiness at Deep Eddy!
Deep Eddy is cheaper because you won’t pay for parking, but it is 8.00 for adults at both locations (if you are not a local). The kids were about 4.00.
We took them to Central Market for lunch and some play area fun.
I did visit a new to me store while in Austin: Nature’s Treasures. A friend had recommended it, maybe you will enjoy it too.