Texas: A Fun Afternoon in Austin

For our kids’ spring break we decided to take a trip to Texas, more specifically Austin, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. We took a direct flight from Salt Lake City Utah to Austin Texas on Delta Airlines. Once we landed in Austin, we decided to spend the afternoon there before heading to San Antonio for the evening.

Delta Airlines Main Cabin Economy Review

We took a direct flight from Salt Lake City (SLC) to Austin (AUS) on an Airbus 319-100. Most of Delta’s Airbus planes were formerly Northwest Airline planes which first received a paint job with Delta colors and logos. Delta is now in the process of overhauling the interiors of these planes, so if you flew on an Airbus A319 or A320 in the last few years and thought “WOW, that plane was so outdated”, that’s changing now! As you can see in the photos and videos, this plane looks immaculate on the inside and is fully loaded with Seat back entertainment and the likes!

Upgraded interior from the horror that existed in this previous Northwest Airlines Airbus A-319

Seatback IFE

Our Flight Map from SLC to AUS

While other airlines are ditching seat back TVs and only providing spotty Wi-Fi with a small handful of movies, Delta has been in the process of adding seat back TVs with lots of entertainment choices on most of their airplanes. It makes a big difference when you can kill time on your flight by watching a few episodes of your favorite show or watching a movie.

The legroom on the Airbus A319-100 is not too bad compared to some other flights I have taken in the past. We are not large people by any means, so leg room is usually not an issue for us anyway.

Our snacks, complimentary peanuts or cheez-its and a drink. I chose gingerale and peanuts

The flight attendants on this direct flight from SLC to AUS were very friendly. They kindly greeted us and our children when we boarded the plane. One of the flight attendants had a sense of humor and cracked some jokes over the speaker.

If I were to rate this flight experience, I would give it a 5/5. Our last few flights on Delta have been this good!

 

After a 2.5 hour flight and after picking up our rental car, we were feeling hungry, and nothing’s better than a nice bowl of freshly made Ramen…………

Ramen Tatsu-ya

Ramen Tatsu-ya is a small chain Ramen eatery with three locations in Austin and one location in Houston Texas. What’s all on their menu? 8 different types of ramen including a kid’s ramen with a really yummy broth and noodles. With the kid’s ramen, you get a choice of chicken, pork, or vegetarian broth. For the adults, all the ramens have pork broth except the vegetarian.

My two girls had kids’ ramen with chicken broth, my wife ordered the vegetarian ramen, and I ordered the tonkotsu original. I will be honest with you, I have never eaten freshly made ramen at a restaurant before. This was my first time and really all our first times eating real Ramen. With that being said, I can’t really compare the quality of this ramen with any other Ramen restaurant, but this much I can tell you; I was in heaven. The pork broth was amazing! In the broth was tender chashu pork, a half soft-boiled egg, woodgear mushrooms, and scallions. The way the flavors and textures mixed together was delicious.

As you can see from the photos below, this dish is tasty, and the photos really don’t do justice. This was such great start to our visit in Texas! If you live in Austin or Houston, you have at least one of these restaurants in your city.

Zilker Park

After we were stuffed full of Ramen, we did not have to drive far to our next fun stop Zilker Metropolitan Park!!!

Zilker Park has an array of things to do to keep you entertained, especially when the weather is warm. What is Zilker Park? It is a large park of over 400 acres of grass, trees, and water with lots of activities to engage in. Below is a list of some of the activities they have there:

  • Swimming
  • Kite Flying
  • festivals
  • Nature and Science Center
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Kids’ playgroudn
  • Kids’ Train Ride
  • Hillside Theatre-Live Shows
  • Museum

Since we had a limited time and since we had two kids with us (our daughters), we chose to take the kiddy train ride, which even was fun and relaxing for us adults. We got on the train and rode through the park, the train turned around on a loop and came back. It was nice to see a good portion of the park without having to walk!

This is also where we quickly learned that Texans are a friendly bunch! When we were riding on the train, both children and adults who were not on the train were waving to those of us who were on the train. At first, we thought we had just rode past a picnic table with friendly people, but when pretty much everyone else waved to us, we figured out right away that this is the culture here in Texas. You would rarely see this where we live now in Utah, and you would likely never see this in my home state of California.

Once we were off the train, we let the kiddos play on the playground for some time, and then we went down to the river to skip a few rocks.

Off to San Antonio

After a couple of hours in the park, it was time for us to head to San Antonio. I was exhausted at this point and the thought of driving 63 miles was not appealing at all. Thankfully the drive between Austin in San Antonio was only 63 miles and not 120 miles or more.

On our way to San Antonio, we stopped to buy two bundles of water bottles to carry with us for the next 7 days. After about an hour we arrived to our Hotel in downtown San Antonio right by Riverwalk at the Drury Plaza Hotel. We were tired and hungry, so I walked one block from our Hotel to get some burgers and fries at Whataburger! Of course I could not pass up their famous Jalapeño Cheese Burger…..it was the greatest way to end a busy day!

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