Welcome to Austin, the reside music capital of the world! As a fellow Austin resident of 10 years and the resident Austin meals blogger of Eight years, I lastly received round to penning this extremely requested information to issues to do in Austin.
This Austin metropolis information is sorted by outside actions, eating places, nightlife, and the place to buy in Austin Texas. Contemplate me your private information to sightseeing in Austin Texas!
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Out of doors issues to do in Austin, Texas
1. Swim in Barton Springs Pool
When you’re visiting Austin through the 9 hottest months of the 12 months, you’ll need to take a dip in Barton Springs Pool – it’s one of many many pure springs in Austin. And even in the event you’re visiting in December/January, there’s the polar bear splash to partake in.
For less than $9 a day ($5 for Austin residents), you'll be able to swim within the 68-degree year-round water.
2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX, austintexas.gov/division/barton-springs-pool
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2. Boating on Lake Travis
There are two lakes on Austin that you could go boating on – Lake Travis and Lake Austin. I lately went boating on Lake Travis with Float On Boat Leases – cherished how straightforward it was to get to the dock and so they even make it easier to load up your stuff right into a wheelbarrow to the boat. We booked the sundown cruise and it was simply good.
$50 off Float On Boat Leases with code: KOKO
E book a ship pack with Straightforward Tiger for sandwiches, appetizers, cookies, and drinks!
Lake Travis (16405 Clara Van St) + Lake Austin, rentalboataustin.com
3. Picnic in Zilker Park
Swimming not your factor? Pack a picnic basket and hop throughout the road to Zilker Park. Structure a picnic blanket and benefit from the sunshine whereas watching the canine play.
2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, zilkerpark.org
4. Climb Mount Bonnell
Put in your sneakers and climb the 100 (give or take) steps up Mount Bonnell for an unimaginable view of Austin. Planning a date? Pack canned wine in your backpack!
I like to recommend testing Mayfield Park that’s close by – it’s full of peacocks! Or going to Lake Austin to have a drink on the water at Hula Hut.
3800 Mt Bonnell Dr, Austin, TX
5. Watch a film at Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse could have expanded exterior of Austin Texas however we nonetheless love our native movie show. You'll be able to order extra than simply the standard buttered popcorn and concession stand sweet. I’m speaking buffalo cauliflower, banh mi sizzling canine, bourbon milkshakes, and extra.
A number of areas, drafthouse.com
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6. SUP on Girl Chicken Lake
When you’re new to Austin, or simply searching for a brand new option to expertise our metropolis, you should strive paddle boarding (paddleboard) on Girl Chicken Lake that's linked to the Colorado River. My favourite spot to lease SUPs is at Rowing Dock – their group is tremendous pleasant, offers you primary paddling instruction earlier than you hit the water, and so they’re tremendous centrally situated (additionally they have single/double kayaks, canoes and pedal kayaks). Actually – this is among the greatest methods to beat the warmth, get some stunning downtown views, and cling with pals. Additionally they have a wide range of guided paddle excursions for these involved in studying extra about our metropolis!
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1541 West Cesar Chavez, rowingdock.com
7. Go to a soccer recreation on the College of Texas
Whether or not you’re a Longhorn fan (hook’em! UT alumni right here ☺) or not, the College of Texas is a vacation spot to go to when in Austin. When you occur to be right here throughout soccer season, go tailgating and watch the sport. There are over 51,000 college students on 1,438.5 acres (initially solely 40 acres again in 1839).
View UT soccer recreation schedule
8. Go to Bullock Texas State Historical past Museum
Study all in regards to the Lone Star State and Texas historical past on the Bullock Texas State Historical past Museum. It’s proper throughout from the College of Texas campus. The LBJ Presidential Library can be close by on the College of Texas at Austin.
1800 Congress Ave, thestoryoftexas.com
9. Watch the bats fly out from the Congress Bridge
Questioning why there are lots of of individuals standing at Congress Bridge at sundown? Over 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from the Congress Avenue Bridge virtually each night time. Austin has the most important city bat colony! It’s a fairly unimaginable sight to observe the bat colony fly out that’s value standing for.
Stroll over to the Mexic-Arte Museum to see an evolving assortment of conventional and modern Mexican, Latino and Latin American artwork .
Koko Tip: Go to P6 on the Line Resort to observe the bats fly out with a cocktail.
10. Discover your zen on the Umlauf Sculpture Backyard
The Umlauf Sculpture Backyard is a quiet small backyard subsequent to Zilker Park that's centered on the creative works of American sculptor Charles Umlauf. Discover inspiration from the numerous sculptures within the backyard and stroll away impressed.
605 Robert E Lee Rd, umlaufsculpture.org
11. Swim at Hamilton Pool
This pure swimming pool was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed as a consequence of huge erosion 1000's of years in the past.
Reservations are required through the summer time from Could to Sept. No reservations through the fall however be ready to attend as much as 45 minutes to enter. The doorway price is $15 per car when coming into, money solely. There's a small bike path however I’ve at all times headed straight to the pool.
McKinney Falls State Park is a well-liked swimming spot too.
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX, parks.traviscountytx.gov/find-a-park/hamilton-pool
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12. Scent the flowers at Girl Chicken Johnson Wildflower Middle
COVID-19 replace: at the moment open for reservations solely
Girl Chicken Johnson’s Wildflower Middle is the house to sustainable, native plant gardens and schooling, conservation, analysis and consulting packages. The Wildflower Middle is at all times blooming with vegetation which can be in season.
4801 La Crosse Ave, wildflower.org
13. Two-step dancing at Damaged Spoke
Put in your cowboy boots and discover ways to two-step at Damaged Spoke however not earlier than you eat an enormous hen fried steak.
3201 S Lamar Blvd, brokenspokeaustintx.web
14. Go to the Driskill Resort
The Driskill Resort is a Texas landmark and is the oldest working lodge in Austin. The lodge is rumored to be haunted by a younger woman that fell to her demise down the steps and suicide brides.
604 Brazos St, Austin, TX, driskillhotel.com
15. Tour the Texas State Capitol
Do you know the Texas State Capitol constructing is sort of 15 ft taller than the U.S. Capitol? Free guided excursions are Monday via Sunday.
1100 Congress Ave, tspb.state.tx.us/plan/excursions/excursions.html
16. Discover Zilker Botanical Backyard
Situated in Zilker Park, the Zilker Botanical Backyard is gorgeous within the springtime when all of the flowers are blooming and the butterflies are in all places. Good selfie spot!
2220 Barton Springs Rd, zilkergarden.org
17. Go nude at Hippie Hole
I lastly crossed off Hippie Hole on my issues to do in Austin listing on my 30th birthday. The rumors are true, it’s a nude park so clothes is elective however you should ask for permission if you wish to take images. The doorway price is $15 per car. Maintain Austin Bizarre y’all.
7000 Comanche Path, parks.traviscountytx.gov/find-a-park/hippie-hollow
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18. Get artsy at Blanton Museum of Artwork
New collections come to the Blanton Museum each couple of months so that you go to all year long. The admission price is $9 for adults or free each Thursday.
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, blantonmuseum.org
19. Catch a present at Paramount Theatre
Paramount Theater is a historic reside theatre venue/film theatre in downtown Austin. It was in-built 1915 so there’s a lot historical past there.
713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX, austintheatre.org
20. Store on South Congress
I at all times suggest spending the afternoon on South Congress for any guests that come to Austin. It’s an simply walkable road that's full of native eating places, boutiques, and galleries.
South Congress Avenue, austintexas.org/listings/south-congress-avenue-(soco)/4359/
21. Hike Barton Creek Greenbelt
There are a number of alternative ways to get into the Greenbelt. My favourite entry level is previous Loop 360 off of the Capitol of Texas freeway. Hike one hour in and also you’ll be greeted with waterfalls – a aid from our humid Texas summers. Be careful for bikers as you’re strolling on the trail (it is a fashionable space for biking). I like strolling on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike path boardwalk or go on a motorbike tour of Austin!
22. Jam Out at Austin Metropolis Limits
When you occur to be in Austin throughout ACL however for ACL, good luck. That is the largest music pageant that brings folks from everywhere in the world on two consecutive three-day weekends Oct. 6-8 & Oct. 13-15, 2017. When you’re not right here for ACL, keep away from Zilker Park in any respect prices. If you wish to take a look at, you'll be able to often purchase a wristband from somebody on the entrance.
So, if you wish to expertise reside music, go to Austin Metropolis Limits (ACL) Stay at The Moody Theater.
Zilker Park, aclfestival.com
23. Drink wine in Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg, the Texas Hill Nation, is house to over 45 wineries and vineyards. Do a weekend getaway and keep at a mattress & breakfast, or e-book a day journey with a wine bus tour.
Fredericksburg TX, visitfredericksburgtx.com
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24. Spa day at Viva Day Spa
For a spa therapy, I'm going to Viva Day Spa, an area day spa with three areas in Austin: The Area, 35th St, and North Lamar.
For the vacations, Viva Day Spa has a few vacation packages and I handled myself to each of those and cherished them!
25. Drink beer at an area Austin brewery
Austin has many craft breweries all through the town with a number of brews on faucet.
Standard breweries embrace:
- Austin Beer Backyard Brewing (ABGB)
- Austin Beerworks
- Maintain Out Brewing
- Jester King Brewery
- Stay Oak Brewing
- In the meantime Brewing (private fav!)
SEE MORE: 21 Finest Breweries In Austin For Craft Beer, Up to date 2021
26. Go to Laguna Gloria
The Modern Austin has two separate websites, Laguna Gloria in Central Austin and the Jones Middle in downtown Austin. Laguna Gloria is a 14-acre outside website on Lake Austin homes a sculpture park and 14th century Italianate-style villa within the early 1900s. The museum additionally runs a program referred to as “Museum With out Partitions,” which goals to deliver artwork out into the group, in addition to a public artwork collaboration with Waller Creek Conservancy, a series of parks round a restored Waller Creek in downtown Austin.
3809 W 35th St, thecontemporaryaustin.org/lagunagloria/
27. Go to an Austin FC soccer recreation
Austin is now house to our very first soccer group with a phenomenal stadium in North Austin. See the schedule right here.
10414 McKalla Place
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28. I Love You So A lot wall at Jo’s Espresso
The “I Love You So A lot” Wall does exist and it’s situated at Jo’s Espresso on South Congress. Order their iced turbo espresso when you’re there and it’ll hold you caffeinated all through the journey.
1300 S Congress Ave, joscoffee.com/south-congress-jos/
29. Expertise the barbecue pit at Salt Lick
You must eat barbecue in Austin and the most effective expertise is at Salt Lick due to the one-of-a-kind huge meat barbecue pit in Driftwood. Put together to go house smelling like bbq.
The all-you-can-eat beef brisket, sausage, pork ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, and beans is just $24.95 per individual. Money solely and BYOB.
3600 Presidential Blvd, saltlickbbq.com
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30. Texas-sized breakfast at Juan In A Million
Every little thing is larger in Texas and the Don Juan at Juan In A Million is very large. Don Juan El Taco Grande (strive saying that 5 occasions quick) is a secret mixture of potato, egg, bacon, and cheese in a sizzling tortilla for under $5.65!
2300 E Cesar Chavez St, juaninamillion.com
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32. Manmosas at Banger’s
Sausages, 100+ beers on faucet, and manmosas (1 liter of champagne + OJ) for brunch.
79 Rainey St, bangersaustin.com
33. Queso fundido at El Alma
There’s queso after which there’s queso fundido.
1025 Barton Springs Rd, elalmacafe.com
34. Fast slice at Dwelling Slice Pizza
Even dwelling in Austin for 10 years, I nonetheless love a fast sizzling slice of margherita pizza from the walk-up window at Dwelling Slice Pizza and a topo chico.
1415 S Congress Ave, homeslicepizza.com
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35. Sushi at Uchi
There’s a motive why everybody has really useful Uchi to you and it’s so value it even when it’s not a special day. After which go strive their sister restaurant, Uchiko. Go throughout their comfortable hour in the event you don’t need to spend a fairly penny.
801 South Lamar￼ ￼Boulevard, uchiaustin.com
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36. Tacos at Veracruz
Tacos are a meals group for us Austinites so it’s a extremely sensitive topic. Veracruz is cherished by the locals for its all-natural components and genuine, recent tacos and salsas. They began out initially as a meals truck that’s nonetheless on E Cesar Chavez and now they’ve launched Three extra areas.
Take a look at my information to the 10 Finest Breakfast Tacos In Austin and the most effective tacos in Austin!
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A number of areas, veracruztacos.com
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37. French dinner at Justine’s Brasserie
After I need to deal with myself, it’s the steak fries with home purple and chocolate cake at Justine’s.
4710 E fifth St, justines1937.com
38. Texas-shaped waffle at The Driskill Resort
There are a ton of ice cream choices however Amy’s is the OG of Austin with their Mexican vanilla.
*A number of areas, amysicecreams.com
39. Brunch at Contigo
What makes Austin particular and completely different from Houston and Dallas is our love for patio eating and Contigo is on the prime of the listing with their outside restaurant that serves a farm-to-table menu. Additionally very family-friendly!
2027 Anchor Ln, contigotexas.com
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40. Large Doughnuts at Gourdough’s
These usually are not your odd doughnut store doughnuts. Gourdough’s serves up the largest doughnuts that you just’ve ever tasted in #foodcoma inducing flavors like mom clucker (fried hen), miss shortcake, and blue balls. Gourdough’s has a restaurant in South Austin on South Lamar.
1503 S 1st St, gourdoughs.com
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Nightlife issues to do in Austin, Texas
41. Stay music at Mohawk
There are tons of reside music venues in Austin however Mohawk is among the prime picks in downtown Austin. Stay music is every day from 8pm-2am showcasing the most effective of what Austin’s inventive native scene has to supply and each touring up-and-coming & additionally established expertise within the native music scene.
Different fashionable reside music venues:
- The Continental Membership
- Antone’s Nightclub
- ACL Stay
- Elephant Room
912 Pink River St, mohawkaustin.com
42. Soiled sixth Road in downtown Austin
Everybody has to go at the least as soon as however no one says it's a must to go greater than twice. However in the event you do, nobody’s judging you :). Be careful for horse poop.
43. Container bar on Rainey Road
Sadly Rainey Road isn’t as cool because it use to be earlier than all of the housing building however there are nonetheless cool bars like Icenhauer’s, Bungalow, Javelina, Half Step, and Container Bar. Container Bar is made solely out of delivery containers.
90 Rainey St, austincontainerbar.com
44. Mezcal cocktails at Whisler’s
When you’ve finished soiled sixth road, west sixth, Rainey Road, then it's a must to go to the east aspect. Whisler’s serves craft cocktails (my private favourite is the Tigers Tears) in a chill setting. Be sure you upstairs to their Mezcalería Tobalá, a standard Oaxacan mezcal bar.
1816 E sixth St, whislersatx.com
45. Hang around Native Hostel
Native Hostel is certainly one of Austin’s hottest cling spots and it’s a rad hostel that has a bar + kitchen.
807 E 4th St, nativehostels.com
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46. Attempt on cowboy boots at Allens Boots
There are over 3000 pairs of trainers at Austin’s iconic boot store, Allens Boots.
1522 South Congress, Austin, TX, allensboots.com
47. Vintage purchasing at Unusual Objects
When you’re wanting to buy native boutiques, South Congress is the spot to go. Unusual Objects, Allens Boots, and Tesoro’s are all situated on this strip. Unusual Objects is an vintage and classic store that's full of relics. You'll be able to simply spend hours right here!
1602 Fort View Rd, uncommonobjects.com
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48. Choose up presents at Tesoro’s
Skeleton bride & groom candles from Mexico? Examine. Handpainted blown glass lingerie decoration from China? Examine. Classic bowls from Morocco? Examine. Tesoro’s reward store on South Congress has gadgets from everywhere in the world.
1500 S Congress Ave, tesoros.com
49. Buying at Area NorthSIDE
Love to buy? You’ll love Area Northside. Nordstrom, Inside Outline, Sephora, Free Folks, CB2, Kiehl’s, Lush, Frye, Entire Meals, and extra.
11700 Area Blvd, domainnorthside.com
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51. Document purchasing at Waterloo Data & Video
I simply purchased a report participant so Waterloo Data is on my purchasing listing. Waterloo sells each native artists and live performance ticket gross sales.
52. Purchase a cactus at East Austin Succulents
Whether or not you reside in Austin otherwise you’re simply visiting, it's a must to have a cactus. East Austin Succulents is that this actually cool nursery in East Austin that has every kind of vegetation on your #jungalow.
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53. Go to the Cathedral Of Junk
The Cathedral of Junk stands quietly within the yard of a small home on a suburban road in South Austin with over 60+ tons of effectively, junk.
4422 Lareina Dr
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Occasions that occur in Austin
- South By Southwest (SXSW)
- Austin Meals & Wine Pageant
- Austin Metropolis Limits (ACL)
- System 1 (F1) at Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
FAQs On Austin
What must you not miss in Austin?
Sixth Road, Congress Avenue Bridge, Damaged Spoke, Franklin Barbecue.
What are you able to do in Austin in in the future?
Kayak on Girl Chicken Lake, Blanton Museum of Artwork, eat tacos, queso, and margaritas, and sundown boat tour to observe the bats fly out from underneath the Congress Avenue bridge.
What's Austin recognized for meals?
Tex Mex, tacos (breakfast tacos particularly) queso, and margaritas.
What is known in Austin TX?
Texas Capitol, Zilker Park, Girl Chicken Lake, Alamo Drafthouse, Congress Avenue Bridge, and Franklin Barbecue.