I have been hearing nothing but great things about Austin for years! It definitely lived up to the hype. Three nights was a perfect stay. We even spent 1/2 a day in San Antonio.
Active Things to Do
Walk Along Lady Bird Lake
The trail runs right along the lake and it’s beautiful.
I’m glad my friend convinced me to take dance lessons at the Broken Spoke. I’m a terrible dancer, but I had so much fun trying something outside my comfort zone. Be sure to review their website for the time of dance lessons. Also, check out Rebels near 6th street. It’s another great place to dance to your favorite country hits! It’s even more fun to watch everyone line dance or do the two-step. The live band at the Continental Club was also fun. Be sure to see what type of music will be playing before you go.
Other Things To Do
Walk all throughout downtown
Austin is known for 6th street. It’s much more lively in the evening, especially the “dirty” six. Not sure I would recommend this, but I’m not 21 anymore! I liked West 6th the best for going out.
Visit The Street Art
There is so much street art in Austin! We googled street art to determine what we wanted to see.
Visit the Graffiti Park on Baylor Street
You can get a great view of the city from the top. Lots of fun graffiti art to see here!
Visit Barton Springs & the Spring Pool
The spring pool was closed during our trip, but we were able to see it through the fence. I can see why it would be a local favorite!
Watch the Bats at Dusk
I looked at some pictures before visiting Austin and it looked really neat. We were there late February, so it didn’t seem like there were as many bats as the pictures. At dusk, roughly 1.5 million bats (during peak season) emerge from underneath the Congress Avenue bridge.
Enjoy The Food
Texas BBQ at Stubb’s
Delicious! There are a ton of BBQ joints to choose from. It’s very easy to split a two meat or three meat platter. The brisket & pulled pork were my favorite.
I love tacos & it didn’t disappoint. We tried Torchy’s Tacos or Chuy’s for lunch or dinner. Juan In A Million for breakfast tacos. All were delicious!
24 diner is a must stop for breakfast. I ordered the sweet potato hash (small order) and could barely eat half. Every bite of the hash was wonderful!
Desserts in Austin
I love trying the local places for a good dessert. For ice cream, try Lick. I ordered a 1/2 scoop of Texas sheet cake and 1/2 scoop of salted caramel. Yum!
Try Gourdough’s for a fabulous donut. They are made to order so they’re warm when you eat it! It was good, very rich and easy to share with someone. This isn’t a normal donut, it’s a dessert ($6!).
If you love pies like me, try Tiny Pies. I love the portion size! The Banana cream was worth every bite.
One last note: if you can, rent a car. While I feel the city is very walkable, it’s nice to be able to have the ability to use a car to go anywhere you want. We used a taxi for going out, but having the rental car during the day was very nice.
Pick Your Favorite Murals For Photos
The popular murals are above, but I loved seeing the replicas all throughout the city.
1.) Located on the United Way for Greater Austin Building
2000 E. MLK Blvd
2.) Known as “The Post Card” mural. It’s located on 1720 S. First St.
3.) This is located on South Congress street on the book store building.
4.) The replica of “Hi, How Are You?” It’s located in East Austin.
5.) A spin-off of the “I love you so much” mural. Located in East Austin.