Austin, Tx

Unique trips are an Austin specialty. When you plan a trip to a city with this much to do, it can be hard to pick and choose. That’s why we asked around and made a list of activities that visitors love and locals can’t get enough of. From stand-up paddle boarding to eclectic restaurants and vintage shopping finds, here’s how to squeeze some of Austin’s very best into just three days.

For First Time Visitors

• Is it really a trip to Austin without BBQ? Do yourself a favor and stop in at Terry Black’s BBQ for their melt off the bone beef ribs and brisket! Your tummy will thank you.
• Walk the grounds of our beloved state Capitol which offers free guided tours daily!  
• Beat the TX heat with a refreshing dip at Barton Springs Pool, a spring-fed swimming spot with grassy hills for sunbathing.
• Take a shopping stroll along the iconic South Congress Avenue, known for its funky stores and chic boutiques.
• Once the sun begins to set, line up on the Congress Avenue Bridge to witness a staggering 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly into the night sky from beneath the bridge, which takes place nightly from spring through fall.

Ideas for Repeat Visitors

• Get your boot scootin’ on at Broken Spoke, an old-fashioned honky-tonk that’s been known as one of the best dancehalls in Texas since opening in 1964. Dust off those boots and join in one of the dance lessons offered Wed.-Sat. nights.
• Take a street art mural tour with Austin Detours!
• Enjoy the picturesque views of Austin’s skyline with a morning jog on the leafy 10-mile Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, which winds along the shimmering waters of Lady Bird Lake.
• Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard at Congress Avenue Kayaks,  SUP ATX or Zilker Park Boat Rentals to explore the glittering waters of Lady Bird Lake, all while getting a body-toning workout.
• Take a scenic drive out to our beloved Hill Country. With more than 50 wineries within a short drive, the Texas Hill Country is the perfect place to uncork a bottle and soak up some breathtaking views.


Morning : Counter Cafe’s cakes and eggs or pastrami benedict are a must-have. Stroll South Congress with a coffee from Jo’s and pop in to Lucy in Disguise, Heritage Boots, Mi Casa, Parts & Labour, Big Top Candy Shop and all spots in between.

Mid-day :  For lunch, nothing but the famed veal meatballs at Enoteca, the Buffalo Bill burger at Hopdoddy or a margherita from Home Slice will do. Fresh air and stunning views beckon from the trail around Lady Bird Lake. Rent a kayak or paddle board to watch the millions of Mexican free-tailed bats under the Congress bridge.

Evening :  Dine and indulge on Rainey Street with Tex-Asian pub fare at Anthem, outdoor Indian at G’Raj Mahal or sausage and beer at Banger’s. Stick around the neighborhood-turned-nightlife area. Grab a martini at Clive, or enjoy a mason jar of sangria at Icenhauer’s. Stop by low-key lounge Half-Step for live jazz and bluegrass.


Morning :  Rent a B-cycle or a dockless scooter and cruise over to Manor Road. Get a coffee from Thunderbird and then walk to El Chilito or Mi Madre’s for amazing breakfast tacos.

Mid-day :  Head up to North Loop for retro shops Room Service Vintage, Big Bertha’s Paradise and Blue Velvet before grabbing lunch at outdoor eatery Contigo or the delectable Austin roll at Komé Sushi Kitchen. Haymaker will have the game or grab a book and relax in Mueller Lake Park.

Evening :  Splurge on a prix fixe at Dai Due Butcher Shop and cupcakes at Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. Then walk to Butterfly Bar (at The Vortex theater) for patio libations and live music, Salty Sow for a spicy Curly Tail or Batch for a craft beer.


Morning : Henbit’s farmer’s breakfast bowl or Cenote’s chipotle benedict will fortify and prepare you for a dip in Barton Springs, a 68-degree natural-fed pool in Zilker Park. Laze, lounge and people watch.

Mid-day : Lunch at la Barbecue or a burger at Jackalope’s could ruin you for all other carnivore dishes. Get some culture time at the Bullock, Texas Capitol or the LBJ Library. Check out the Contemporary Austin or the Blanton Museum. Take in the “drag” near campus for quirky shops.

Evening :  Across the interstate, join Austin epicureans for dinner at Kemuri Tatsu-ya or Suerte. Afterward, Whisler’s has frequent live music to match its cool interior and White Horse will have you two-stepping in no time.