With the second weekend of ACL kicking off yesterday, Austin is filled with out of towners. Most importantly, Austin is filled with out of town hipsters. But even without the influx of these tourists, Austin has plenty of activities to help you get a fix of the laid-back lifestyle.
As an Austin native, I’ve given tours to many groups of family and friends throughout the city. Austin has a lot to offer, but here are of few of my personal favorites.
These are my top ten places, in no particular order, to see and be seen when visiting Austin, TX.
1) Magnolia Cafe: Looking for an authentic Austin eatery? Look no further than Magnolia Cafe, where they serve up classics like migas and gingerbread pancakes. Yum!
2) The Driskill Hotel: This historic hotel was built in 1886 and is rumored to be haunted by some of its previous guests. But don’t let that scare you away! If you’re too spooked to stay the night, try eating at the hotel’s restaurant.
3) The Congress Street Bridge: In this Austin landmark, it’s what under the bridge that’s the main attraction–the largest urban bat population in North America! If you visit during the summer months, you’ll be able to catch them flying out in a giant cloud too feed at dusk.
4) Barton Springs: This natural spring, located on the grounds of Zilker Park, stays at a cool 68 degrees Fahrenheit all year round and a visit there is a great way to spend a lazy day in Austin.
5) Zilker Park: Mentioned above, Zilker Park is located just outside of downtown and offers a fun and relaxing atmosphere, so bring the dogs or play some sand volleyball.
6) 6th Street: Head to 6th street on any night in Austin and you’re bound to have a good time. Mingle with the locals and feel free to roam the street lined with bars and live music.
7) South Congress: This street is full of eclectic shops and restaurants, as well as offering a few mainstream options for the tourist with big-city taste. Be sure to check out the fun costume store, Lucy in Disguise and eat at the original HopDoddy for burgers and beer.
8) The Texas State Capitol: C’mon it’s a part of history, not to mention it’s made of pink granite.
9) Sno Beach: Be prepared to try the most delicious snow cone of your life. This place offers a variety of flavors and the ice is made to resemble, you guessed it, snow. The smooth ice is perfectly paired with the margarita flavor.
10) Town Lake: Looking for some exercise? Head down to Town Lake, this hike and bike trail offers scenic tours around downtown and Lady Bird lake. You can go for a run, feed the ducks or rent kayaks.
These just happen to be my personal favorites, but if you have any others I should add to the list, feel free to comment below!