Josh Rodriguez

Josh Rodriguez

Josh Rodriguez is a father of three, husband, and founder of TexasDadBlog.com.  He writes about parenting adventures in Austin, Texas, travel tips, and parenting from a fathers perspective.  He enjoys taking trips with his family and road tripping across Texas.  He is also a travel writer for Travelingdad.com.  Josh recently co-founded TXBrewsandTunes.com where he writes about the craft brewery and music scene in Austin, TX.


Ghost Town Austin, Texas

Ever been to a ghost town?  Well if you are visiting Austin, Texas you can take a short drive out to J. Lorraine Ghost Town to be exact. If you head down 290 East toward Houston you will see a tiny sign saying “ghost town – 1 mile” with an arrow pointing South.  After driving past the sign a few times we decided to drive down and see what the ghost town was all about. The J. Lorraine ghost town is an 1800’s inspired town sitting on 4.5 acres near Austin, Texas.  It  is open year round, weather permitting...

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Lavender Farm with the Family

Every so often we get the itch to take a drive.  Last weekend we took a little road-trip to Chappell Hill, Texas to visit the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm. Chappell Hill, Texas is located one hour and a half away from Austin at 2250 Dillard Rd, Washington, TX 77880.  A perfect distance from Austin, Texas and a perfect little daytrip. If you were so inclined you can visit the Blue Bell Factory and the Lavender Farm in one day.  Unfortunately, the Blue Bell Factory was closed on the day we made our way to the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm....

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Playing Hooky At A Baseball Game

Being a father of three, some times when we travel one or more of the kids don’t get enough individualized attention.  Every so often I like to make sure and spend some time one-on-one with each child.  Me and my youngest boy Matteo spent some time at the Round Rock Express baseball game together, just me and him. My youngest and I decided to play a little hooky and visit our local minor league baseball team The Round Rock Express. We said, who needs responsibilities and headed north of Austin to Round Rock, Texas. The Round Rock Express are a Triple...

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3 BBQ Institutions in Lockhart, TX

You know us Texans love BBQ.  If you haven’t heard of Lockhart, TX it is the Barbecue Capital of Texas.  A road trip to Lockhart, TX is a must for any real Texan or visitor to Central Texas.  Just 35 miles Southeast of Austin, Texas you will find an unassuming town of 13,000 residents and home to some of the best BBQ ever. BBQ Institutions in Lockhart, TX The misses and I had a day off on Good Friday, so we decided to take a little road trip to Lockhart. Kruez Market The first thing you need to know is...

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Reunion Tower and City Pass

Traveling solo can be fun and you can discover new things in the cities you are visiting! I headed to Dallas for the 2017 Dallas-For Worth Auto Show solo and decided to visit an attraction on my down time.  While there I decided to take in the sites and check out Reunion Tower in Dallas. Reunion Tower aka the big ball in the Dallas Skyline.  From 470 feet up you’ll see  360-degree panoramic views of Dallas. It is awesome!!! It kind of looks like this at night. Reunion Tower is located in downtown Dallas and is family friendly.   A friendly...

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2 Dads Take A Tour of a Brewery

It’s no secret that I enjoy beer, especially a craft beer brewed in town.  Heck I even wrote about it on these posts, 4 Family Friendly Austin Breweries and 7 Restaurants with Beer and a Playscape.  Last week fellow Traveling Dad, Raphael Ocampo was visiting Austin, TX and we decided to take a little field trip.   Check out our video – 2 Dads Take A Tour of a Brewery. 2 Dads Take A Tour of a Brewery Raphael was in town on business and my wife was at home with the kids so it was just the dads doing what...

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4 – Kid Friendly Craft Breweries in Austin

Austin is not only the live music capital of the world but it seems that craft breweries are popping up all over the place!  As a dad and lover of beer I was inclined to do some research. Most of these places are amazing places to drink beer and are kid friendly too!  Check our my list of 4 – Kid Friendly Craft Breweries in Austin, Texas (in no particular order). 4 – Kid Friendly Craft Breweries in Austin Austin Beer Works Austin beer works has one of the largest open area patio of the breweries I visited. It also...

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7 – Restaurants with Beer and a Playscape in Austin, Texas

Traveling to Austin in the near future?  Ever visited Austin, the live music capital of the world? If you are headed this way be sure and check out our list of the 7 – Restaurants with Beer and a Playscape.  I love spending time with the kiddos and I enjoy having an ice cold beer too. Why not be able to have the best of both worlds? Well you can check out the list below: 7 – Restaurants  with Beer and a Playscape in no particular order.  A few are in the Austin metro are and a few are...

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6 Tips for Visiting Dart’em Up in Austin, Texas

Dart’em Up is Austin’s newest foam dart sports arena and the first of its kind in Texas. Dart’em Up is a 12,500 sq ft facility jam packed full of fun, excitement, and Nerf guns! But before you go check out my 6 Tips for Visiting Dart’em Up. Dart’em Up Austin, Texas My oldest boy and I were able to visit Dart’em Up and we had a blast! Also, check out our Dart’em Up Vlog post.   Dart’em Up Tour Check out a little video tour of Dart’em Up. Head over to my YouTube Channel to see the video of...

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How to Find The Round Rock in Round Rock

The Round Rock in Round was was not lost but we were on a mission to find it!  I have been living in Central Texas for the past seven years and I have always wanted to visit the Round Rock that the city of Round Rock was named after.  It has been a natural landmark helping guide travelers.  If you ever wondered how to find The Round Rock in Round Rock, I have some tips for you! How to Find The Round Rock in Round Rock If you are going to Google The Round Rock in Round Rock, Texas the...

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