"The fun filled road to the Springs!"
First of all, Barton Springs park and pool located on this road are one of the most amazing places to visit in Austin. Being inside the long pool, especially facing the natural rock wall, makes you feel like you're on some remote wild retreat... until you see the Austin skyline over the treetops. The park is a child's dream, with an enormous series of connected playgrounds, a kiddie train ride, and carnival food vendor. Leading up to Barton Spring Road's main attraction, however, are a lot of great local places to chill out in. Flipnotics is an excellent cafe, with its own ecletic clothing store downstairs. I had an iced mocha latte there on a hot day that was simply to die for, and I love the old wood sitting rooms and outdoor shaded patio. Also notable is Shady Grove, a burger & margaritas type place with an airy brick patio punctuated by large twisty trees. This place is always crowded, with everyone from hipsters to toddlers, grandparents and teens gathering for a good meal in a great atmosphere.