6 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

things to do in austin, texas

Oh Austin, how I love you. With several trips to Austin over the last few years, I have really fallen in love with the city. It’s the perfect mix of hip, modern, musical and fun…then of course the bars are the best. we have even looked into moving to Austin, but it’s so expensive now that everyone is realizing just how awesome the city is. So now, we will just continue to travel there whenever we can.

I have always loved any city that has access to water, and the Colorado river flows directly through the middle of Austin. It’s quite beautiful! Austin if full of culture, and there is always something going on. Other than the basic things you can do in any new town, I wanted to share some of my favorite things to do in Austin, Texas.

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Go on a Mural Walk. There are murals all over the city and in the outskirts, they are all so different and beautiful in their own way. New ones pop up every now and then, but I previously talked about my mural walk from my last trip, if you want to check it out.

Rent a kayak and go for a ride. There are a few various kayak rental locations along the river, we decided to go to Congress Avenue Kayak because it was close to our hotel and at the end of the city on the river. We went for a long ride, through different streams off of the city, and then down a stream that had hundreds of turtles. It was a really great way to spend a morning, and my favorite view of the city.

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Explore the Capital. Since Austin is the capital of Texas, there is a beautiful capital building towards one end of Congress Avenue. The inside is open to explore and it’s absolutely beautiful. No matter how many times I visit, I always love to go into the Capital.

Rent a bike. Austin is split up by the river, and there are several things to see on both sides of the water. The best way to get around to see everything is to rent a bike and just go. You will find a city rental location close to wherever you are in the city, and then another one wherever you are going.

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Look for the bats. This is a big ol’ fail for me, but I had to include it anyway. From spring-summer you should be able to see the bats from under the Congress Avenue bridge. They say you will see hundreds or thousands of bats, I have been able to witness maybe 100.

Listen to music on 6th street. There is always a bar with live music along 6th Street. Most of the bars and restaurants will open the doors and windows so the music pours out onto the street. I suggest grabbing a drink and taking your time to enjoy the music and people watch.

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No matter what you are looking for in this beautiful city, I likely guarantee that you will find it.

Have you ever been to Austin?

  • Megan

    Austin seriously has my heart! When we did the zombie race here I seriously didn’t want to leave. We didn’t have much time to explore the city so we just did dinner, drinks and listened to live music on 6th street but I’m dying to go back and actually explore!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      When you go back, can I please go with you? I can not get enough of Austin. There is so much to do and see, it’s such a great city with a mix of people. I just love it!

  • http://mylifeasbrianne.blogspot.com/ Bri

    I’ve been to Austin a handful of times, & have lived in TX for about 4.5 years & yet the only thing I’ve done on that list is the listen to music on 6th street. I’ve been too the capitol but never in it. BBQ at Stiles Switch is always at the top of my list. I did do a self guided Dazed & Confused tour once ha. I need to add the rest of those things to my list though next time I’m there!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am very jealous that you live in Texas, except for the crazy heat 😉 I love that Austin has so much to offer for so many different people, it makes it a fun vacation for all different types of people.

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    I love Austin! I had the best time just walking around the Capital building. It was seriously so gorgeous. I would also add to this list– go to the Hope Outdoor Gallery! We spent over an hour there and it was just a blast!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      The Capital really was amazing, I am so thankful that you can go in and wander all of the floors. I have never heard of the Hope Outdoor Gallery! I will keep that in mind for next year!

  • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    I neeeed to go here on our next trip to Texas!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      YES!!! Please do and then blog all about it so I can live through you for a little bit 😉

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    These are all such great tips for Austin! I totally agree with you about listening to the music on 6th Street, it really can’t be beat. I’ve never really played tourist in Austin before, but I’d love to find all the murals and watch the bats at night too!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Those stinking’ bats, I hope during one of my trips I have better luck seeing them!

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    The Capital looks beautiful! I hear that it’s very hip and modern, seems like a cool place and you always have the best suggestions!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It is a very trendy and hipster city, but it makes it so different and beautiful. It’s full of culture and has something for everyone.

  • http://www.ashleylamar.com/ Ashley LaMar

    The bats are so crazy! I went out to Austin for a week due to a work conference a few years ago and the bats were the first thing we sought out. There were thousands of them! It was insane. I wasn’t really fond of Austin outside of the capital building and that little 2/3 block district right there but then again it was a work trip so maybe a pleasure trip would be different.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am so happy, yet sad, to hear you were able to see so many bats! It’s nice to know they are at least real and do come out, just never while I am there 😉 I have only been when I was able to spend a week or more, so I could really get into the culture of the city during that time.

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    I love that you kayak there! I would definitely do that!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It was one of the best kayaks I have done, the views are amazing!

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