Austin Texas Travel Guide: 11 Best Things To Do In Austin!

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then you know you're in for a wild ride welcome back to wonderfully lost your home for all things travel today we're talking about the 11 best things to do in Austin whether it's drenching your fingers in barbecue sauce or chilling in old Hollywood Austin Embraces its off-beat personality if you've been delaying a trip to this Lively City you're missing out let's go number 11 Serene Colorado River a little mother nature is the best way to start look no further than a trip down the Colorado River which runs right through the heart of Central Austin rent a kayak canoe or stand-up paddleboard from the top-notch Outfitters at rowing dock or Austin Rowing Club both conveniently located along the Serene ladybird Lake but before you head out make sure to follow the local tip slather on some sunscreen stay hydrated and repeat with the sun shining down and the Sparkling Waters beckoning you'll feel like you're in Paradise number 10 musical Heaven once you're done taking in the scenic beauty of Austin you need a little music to come alive cue the Mohawk it's one of the coolest spots in town whether you choose a spot up their multi-level balcony or down below it's the music that'll consume you but the fun doesn't stop there feel free to stroll through the neighborhood and discover the vibrant Punk scene that has shaped Austin's musical landscape but if you can't stop your feet from breaking into a little dance Cheer Up Charlie is your next stop it's a Chic vegan and queer bar that is easily a nightclub on Sunday nights but we won't judge if you want the party to go all night long add Barbarella You Can Dance until the break of dawn so don't forget to pack your dancing shoes number nine the lovely Green Belt recharge your batteries after an exhilarating Night Out in Austin by immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Barton Creek Greenbelt with its 7.9 miles of lush forests rugged Limestone Cliffs and winding hike and bike trails this Scenic Wonderland is a must visit for anyone seeking a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of City Life and don't forget to bring your swimsuit too everyone's tempted to cool off in one of the greenbelt's shallow swimming holes such as the Beloved Barton Springs Pool located at the Eastern end of the trail number eight must buy Allen's boots now that we've cooled down at the creek we can unleash our inner shopaholics get ready to indulge in some retail therapy before you have to better do to Austin the vibrant South Congress neighborhood is the place to go for souvenirs and some one-of-a-kind finds at Allen's boots you'll be welcomed by the smell of leather and an extensive collection of boots with over 4 000 pairs on display if vintage boots and posters are more your style make your way to South Congress books need a costume for your next party Lucy in disguise with with diamonds is the perfect spot to browse funky outfits and accessories but once you've shopped your heart out and need a break we've got the perfect meal in store for you number seven breakfast best let's be real one of the main reasons you came to Austin is for the breakfast tacos and we're not about to let you leave without trying the city's official dish to get a true taste of what everyone's raving about make your way over to Veracruz all natural for their famous meagus tacos as well as some local favorites like cochinita Pebble and chicken mole enchiladas and that's not all you'll also want to hit up Torchy's Tacos and Taco Deli for some equally beloved bites especially if they happen to be closer to your morning Local Foods coffee stop trust us Austin's breakfast taco game is on another level and you won't want to miss out on a single bite so get ready to indulge and enjoy your taste buds will thank you number six the Paramount Theater food always goes best with the cinema once you're full to the brim head on over to the world of Art and history the Paramount Theater is a historic and iconic venue in Austin Texas it was built in 1915 and is the oldest surviving theater in Austin the theater is located in the heart of downtown Austin and it has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment including Miles Davis Dr Maya Angelou and Harry Houdini with its ornate ceilings plush red seats and a grand stage you'll be chucked right into old Hollywood visitors can enjoy a variety of shows throughout the year including concerts plays and comedy acts people flock there by the Dozen to attend the anniversary gala it's a major event in the city that brings out the best performers and celebrities to its gate number 5. cocktails in style leave the theater and couple for your evening in style a visit to some of Austin's most upscale and fascinating cocktail bars can help you create lifelong memories of your evening there but as a word of caution make sure to reserve seats for a trip to here nor there because it's a Hidden Gem that everyone wants to visit the real charm is that you need a secret password to enter so get ready to enter a hip and Incredibly exclusive venue by downloading their app and sharing the code searching for a more low-key option for your introverted friend go to the Roosevelt room for a laid back atmosphere but an equally outstanding drink selection we bet you'll lounge around for longer than you planned number four artistic Austin so might we suggest some art with a drink in hand given that most of the art museums are downtown you can easily tick them off your list start your journey at the prestigious Lantern Museum of Art where you'll find one of the largest permanent art collections in Central Texas not to mention one of the largest campus art museums in the entire country after taking in the classics get ready for some wonderfully weird and wacky exhibits at the Museum of the weird with side show attraction inspired pieces that'll leave you scratching your head in amazement this quirky spot is a must visit for anyone looking to explore Austin's art scene finally wrap up your tour with a trip to the Mexico Museum where you'll discover the rich history and vibrant culture of Latino art both past and present art aficionados you're truly in for a day of delight number three Franklin Barbecue of course you'd be exhausted after watching abstract art and making sense of it all day might we interest you in Franklin Barbecue it's a renowned Lunch Spot famous for serving some of the best briskets in the world why should you go there James Beard award winner Aaron Franklin has perfected the art of smoking and seasoning brisket to Tender and juicy Perfection making it a must try for any meat lover the wait line may seem daunting with wait times sometimes reaching up to four hours but it's become a cultural phenomenon and if you're not keen on waiting in Long lines there are other delicious options nearby like La Barbecue and Leroy and Lewis yes they're delicious places to dine in too number two the Texas capital after a heavy meal get ready to take in the grand juror of Texas Feast your eyes on the Texas capital this dominating Renaissance Landmark Towers over the U.S capital in Washington DC by a whopping 14 feet it's an amazing sight to behold and can make you feel all so small but empowered at the same time the splendid Terrazzo flooring inside and the star top Dome on top of the structure testified to its magnificence but rather than walk the hills on your own might we suggest a tour guide they'd love to talk you through the stories hidden in the stately building and better yet you can go on a journey through Texas history including themed tours such as Heroes of the Texas Revolution and women in Texas history number one Congress Avenue Bridge and to absorb the last piece of Texas's history head down to the Congress Avenue Bridge as much as the city is known for its incredible live music scene it's also in the nickname bat City and it's not hard to see why beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge a massive colony of 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats makes its home creating a site unlike any other come March through October you can grab a spot along the railing and watch as these fascinating creatures emerge for their evening meal even if you're visiting during the off-season a sunset stroll along the bridge is an absolute must do as you'll be treated to a stunning view of the Austin Skyline thanks for wandering with us if you enjoyed our Austin Texas Travel Guide check out our ultimate Nashville Tennessee guide linked here [Music]

Welcome to Wanderfully Lost, where Moms and Dads go for travel advice! We’ve got all the information you need to get out there and see the world. Here, we’ll provide you with a list of the 11 best things to do while in the glorious city of Austin, Texas.

Musicians, food enthusiasts, or people just looking to get away; this city has something for everyone.

Be sure to check out our Austin travel planning resources at the end, and if your time on our site is as WANDERFUL as we hope, we’d be super thrilled to have you share this post with your fellow wanderers.

11. Serene Colorado River

Serene Colorado River in Austin Texas

Are you ready to uncover the hidden treasures the glorious city of Austin has to offer? If so, get ready to have your senses subjected to beauty unlike any other with the Colorado River! 

Whether you go on a canoe, a kayak, or even a stand-up paddleboard, all of which can be rented from the pros at Rowing Dock or Austin Rowing Club, if you’re a bit of a thrill-seeker, you’re sure to have a lovely time. Glide along Lady Bird Lake and soak up the breathtaking scenery, from towering trees to curious wildlife. FIND KAYAKING TOURS HERE!

However, before you leave, take the local’s advice and guard yourself against the sun. Repeat after us: hydrate, sunscreen, and repeat. Having done that, the water and the sun will give you an almost heavenly contrast. 

So, what are you waiting for?

10. Musical Heaven

Music Playing at Musical Heaven in Austin Texas

If you’re a music lover planning a trip to Austin, you’re in for a treat! This incredible city boasts an exciting music scene, with plenty of must-visit venues. 

Exhibit A: The Mohawk – a spot adored by locals and tourists alike. Whether you’re on the multi-level balcony or get up-close near the stage, you’re guaranteed to be swept away by the electrifying sounds and thrilling atmosphere.

You should also brace yourself for a musical adventure, as you walk through the neighborhood of Punk music that single handedly revolutionized the Austin music scene. Cheer Up Charlie is a trendy vegan and queer bar that turns into a wild nightclub on Sundays. And if you’re not ready to call it a night, Barbarella is the perfect place to dance the night away.

So, be sure to pack your dancing shoes and get ready to experience Austin’s music heaven.

9. The Lovely Greenbelt

The Lovely Greenbelt In Austin Texas

For those seeking a peaceful respite from the city’s energetic vibe, Barton Creek Greenbelt is the perfect oasis. 

Spanning over 7.9 miles, this serene escape boasts lush forests, rugged limestone cliffs, and picturesque hike-and-bike trails that wind through its scenic landscape. But the real highlight of this outdoor wonderland are the refreshing swimming holes that dot its length, including the iconic Barton Springs Pool located at the eastern end of the trail. 

Don’t forget your swimsuit, because a dip in this glorious waters is an absolute must!


8. Must Buy Allens Boots

Allens Boots Boot Retailer in Austin Texas

There’s no therapy like retail therapy, and there’s no place to do it like the South Congress neighborhood in Austin. This incredibly cool spot has the kind of shopping experience you just won’t find anywhere else. 

One of the best shops there is Allens Boots, where you can choose from over 4000 of the most awesome boots a man has ever made. And if you’re a fan of the classics, South Congress has a collection of books and posters that will satisfy your old soul. 

And for the fashionistas out there, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds is the go-to for all your fashion statements. Whether you’re looking for a souvenir to take home or just want to indulge your inner shopaholic, South Congress is the perfect destination.

7. Breakfast Best

Get a breakfast taco at Torchy's Tacos in Austin Texas

If breakfast tacos sound weird to you, you have to take a visit to Austin, because they’re guaranteed to change your mind! And lucky for you, there’s no shortage of incredible options to choose from.

Make your way over to Veracruz All Natural for a taste of their legendary migas tacos, as well as other local favorites like cochinita pibil and chicken mole enchiladas.

However, the breakfast taco adventure doesn’t end there – don’t forget to check out Torchy’s Tacos and Tacodeli for equally mouthwatering bites.

So get ready to savor every last morsel and treat yourself to the ultimate breakfast taco extravaganza!

6. The Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theater in Austin Texas

Indulging in a scrumptious meal is always delightful, but when it’s paired with a movie, it’s a whole new level of experience. In Austin, you can elevate your dining experience by heading to the iconic Paramount Theatre.

The Paramount Theatre in Austin is the perfect way to take your dining experience to the next level. Constructed in 1915, the Paramount Theatre has a rich history to go with its glamorous look. The affluent decor, including decorated ceilings, cozy seats, and a majestic stage, all combine to provide an experience that takes you back in time. 

Concerts, comedy acts, and plays; this venue holds all kinds of events throughout the year, so the options are endless. The theater has also played host to legendary performers such as Miles Davis, Dr. Maya Angelou, and Harry Houdini, cementing its reputation as a cultural hub.

If you’re fortunate enough to be in town during the Anniversary Gala, you’re in for an unforgettable experience.

5. Cocktails in Style

Upscale Cocktail Bar in Austin Texas

You can also experience the sophisticated side of Austin with a visit to its upscale cocktail bars that promise to make your evening unforgettable. But be warned: snagging a spot at the hidden gem Here Nor There is a coveted feat, so be sure to reserve seats ahead of time. This ultra-exclusive venue requires a secret password for entry, adding to the allure of the experience. Download the app and share the code to step into a world of hip sophistication.

If you’re looking for something a bit more casual, The Roosevelt Room offers quality drinks while making you feel right at home.

4. Artistic Austin

Blanton Museum of Art in Austin Texas

For a fan of the arts, there are few places better than Austin. The art scene there is incredible, with three museums in particular that even non-art fans should go and visit. 

Firstly, we have the spectacular Blanton Museum of Art, which boasts an eye-popping collection of art, leaving a permanent mark on the visitors. 

For lovers of abstract and unconventional art, we have the Museum of the Weird. This bizarre museum is quite a sight with its peculiar collection, such as two-headed animals, or disturbingly shrunken heads.

And finally, Austin’s art cannot be appreciated without stopping at the Mexic-Arte Museum. It showcases the rich cultural heritage of Latino art through a variety of exhibitions and programming. 

With these three museums on your itinerary, you’ll get a taste of the vibrant and eclectic art scene that makes Austin such a special place.

3. Franklin BBQ

Franklin BBQ in Austin Texas

After an art-filled day, your stomach is sure to be grumbling for a taste of Austin’s culinary scene. And we’ve got just the place for you: Franklin Barbecue, a lunch spot that’s earned a reputation for serving up some of the best briskets around.

James Beard award-winner Aaron Franklin is the mastermind behind the smoky, juicy perfection of each and every brisket. It’s a meat lover’s dream come true and one that’s well worth the wait in the often-long lines.

If you’re not up for the wait, don’t worry! There are plenty of other delicious options nearby, like La Barbecue and Leroy and Lewis. 

2. The Texas Capitol

The Texas Capitol Building in Austin Texas

The Texas Capitol is one of the most iconic buildings in the area. With its magnificent star-topped dome towering over the city, it’s a sight that you’d have to go out of your way to miss. But its beauty isn’t just on the outside. 

Once you get inside, you’ll be greeted by gorgeous terrazzo flooring and an interior that rivals the inside of a Rolls Royce. And if you’re looking for an exceptionally inclusive experience, a guided tour will catch you up on the stories about the Capitol’s rich history that make it such an integral part of Texan culture.

Of course, there’s not just one tour to take. From discovering the incredible accomplishments of Women in Texas History to a tour centered around the Heroes of the Texas Revolution, you get to pick to your liking.

1. Congress Avenue Bridge

Congress Avenue Bat Bridge in Austin Texas

As the sun begins to set in Austin, something magical happens beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. This city landmark transforms into a haven for 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats, making Austin well-deserving of its nickname “Bat City”.

From March to October, crowds gather along the bridge to witness the spectacular sight of thousands of bats emerging for their nightly hunt. It’s an awe-inspiring experience that can only be found in Austin. But even if you miss the bat season, a stroll along the bridge at sunset is still an absolute must-do. 

The panoramic view of the Austin skyline against the warm colors of the sunset is simply breathtaking, and will make for an unforgettable memory.

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From its world-renowned live music scene to its eclectic arts scene, stunning natural beauty, and rich cultural heritage, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. With its unique mix of history, innovation, and creativity, Austin truly stands out as a one-of-a-kind destination that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who visits.


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