Friday, January 13, 2017

Things to do in Austin Texas

Things to Do, See and Places to Eat in Austin Texas

Austin with beautiful parks and lakes, hiking, biking trails, and awesome swimming holes is the Capital of Texas, also known "live music capital of the world" with music festivals like Austin city limits, which has 75,000 people attend. It is also home to the University of Texas, one of the largest schools in the USA. South by Southwest, an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals. For race car fans, it is home to Formula 1 races at Circuit of the Americas.

Things to do if you don't have a car 

(Best if you rent a bike, there are several rental b-cycle station around downtown Austin)

1. Stroll South Congress Ave, This Street Keeps Austin Weird with its cool, classic and funky elements. Several Bars/Eating place some with live Music bands. 

South Congress Ave austin
South Congress Storefront Austin

2. Hike, kayak or and paddle board Town Lake also known as lady bird Lake. Beautiful views of the city and nature. Location Downtown Austin, Parking locations Along Cesar Chavez Street, Austin

Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk
If you are by the town Lake in the evening, see the Bats fly off the Congress Bridge when it starts to get dark, Location Congress Bridge  Lady Bird Lake

3. State Capitol of Texas - Daily tours, Closed on public holidays. Location Downtown Austin

State Capitol of Texas
State Capitol of Texas

4. HOPE Gallery on Castle Hill (Graffiti Park) Awesome street art
1100 Baylor Street, Austin, TX 78703

5. Explore East 4th, 5th ,6th and Cesar Chavez Streets. Fun street art everywhere.

6.  Barton Springs (Swimming)
2201 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78746
Lifeguards are narcs about any food or alcohol, so don’t bring any unless you’re super discreet. $3.00 entry fee for locals. Explore the Bars, restaurants, Coffee Shops and Food Trucks on and near Barton Springs Rd.

7. Walk or Bike Ride in the evening or night on East and west 6th Street in Downtown Austin for ts world famous nightlife.

If you have a car

1. Cathedral of Junk
Call first to ask if they are open: (512) 299-7413. It is run by a hippie named Vince and it is in his backyard. It is hard to find from the street.

2. 360 Overlook (Pennybacker Bridge) 5300 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin. Great view from top once you hike up there. an easy hike.

Austin 360 Bridge 

3. Mount Bonnell
Very nice views of Lake Austin at sunset. Wear hiking shoes or sneakers Highest point in Austin. Less than 10 minutes drive from 360 Overlook
3800 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX


(Need to have a Car to get to some of these Locations)

Franklin BBQ
900 E 11th St Austin, TX 78702
Voted best BBQ in the world. Get the brisket. Get there early. There’s a 2+ hour wait.

Paco’s Tacos
1304 E 51st St Austin, TX 78723
Great carnitas. Try the taco or the rice bowl with carnitas.

Baby Acapulco
5 Austin area locations, Best tortilla soup in Austin. Good queso compuesto and margaritas

El Chilito
2219 Manor Rd Austin, TX 78722
Delicious barbacoa soup and barbacoa taco. If you’re sick, the soup will help!

5 Austin area locations, cool décor, good margaritas and excellent chicken flautas. Also, ASK YOUR WAITER FOR A SIDE OF THE JALAPENO RANCH.

Torchy’s (My Favorite) President Obama made a stop here during his Austin Visit.
9 Austin area locations

Tyson’s Tacos
4905 Airport Blvd Austin, TX 78751
Try the chicken fajita nachos with the works. SO GOOD.

7301 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78752
Caribbean food. SOOO GOOD! The Mofongo and the Puerto Rican Paella are SUPERB!

Rosita’s Al Pastor
1911 E Riverside Dr Austin, TX 78741
Some of the best tacos in town. Get the al pastor, of course with onion and cilantro.

Austin has a lot of food trucks and all kinds of Food, From Tex-Mex to BBQ, or if international Cuisine is something you are in the mood for, there are close to 1000 food trucks in Austin.

Asian/Asian Fusion

East Side King
4 Austin area locations
OMG. THIS FOOD TRUCK RUINED ME. I’m obsessed. The beet homefries are INSANE. Also, the fried brussel sprouts are the shiznit. Most items on the menu are gluten free. Check out the location by “The Hole in The Wall” on Lamar Street. Everything is good.

2400 E Oltorf St Austin, TX 78741
THE BEST ASIAN FOOD IN AUSTIN. Get the yellow chicken curry and TOM KA GAI soup.

Din Ho Chinese BBQ
8557 Research Blvd #116 Austin, TX 78758
Best Chinese BBQ in Austin. Try the BBQ pork and be sure to get a side of the ginger onion sauce to put on your rice. IT IS THE BOMB. The orange beef is also delicious, as is the asparagus crab soup, and eggplant with shredded pork in garlic sauce.

Misung 888
911 W Anderson Ln #114 Austin, TX 78757
Really delicious authentic Korean food & humble ambiance. Get the Spicy squid with noodles. The beef bulgogi is great too if you’re not into squid. It is difficult to find because the sign has some Korean writing and the number “888”. The address is 911 West Anderson.

Michi Ramen
6519 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78752
Best traditional ramen in Austin. Try the pickled mustard greens in your ramen. Also, get a side order of the burnt ends. They are delicious and plentiful. You can share them with a group, or make a meal out of them yourself.

DK Sushi
6400 S 1st St Austin, TX 78745
The sushi is great, especially the torched escolar.


Nau’s Enfield Drug
1115 W Lynn St Austin, TX 78703
Super kitschy old fashioned & historic soda fountain.

Several Austin area locations… just look around!
The Green Chili Double is available seasonally and it is AWESOME if your stomach can handle fast food.

Republic of Sandwich
2320 Hancock Dr Austin, TX 78756

Casino el Camino
517 E 6th St Austin, TX 78701
Best burgers in Austin

Lebowski's Grill
8909 Burnet Rd Austin, TX 78757
Best burgers (served at a bowling alley themed after The Big Lebowski)

East Side Pies
3 Austin area locations, Delicious pizza. A bit expensive, but the gluten free pizza is the best gluten free pizza I’ve found in Austin.


Ken’s Donuts
2820 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
MMmmmmMmMMMM Donutssssssss.

Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery
4909 Airport Blvd Austin, TX 78751
The blueberry cake donuts are awesome.

2032 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704
Great ice cream.  Vegan and dairy free options.


 Maria’s Taco Xpress
Maria’s Taco Xpress 

Maria’s Taco Xpress 
2529 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704
Good tacos. A famous Austin institution. Hippie Church (Highly Recommended)  every Sunday 11 AM  -  2 PM. 

The Broken Spoke
3201 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704
Best honky tonk in the country! I recommend taking the Texas two step lesson & then dancing the night away. Good for people watching. (Highly Recommended)

Ski Shores Café
2905 Pearce Rd, Austin, TX 78730
Awesome little beach bar on Lake Austin. Expensive drinks and bar food, but great atmosphere. 

Deep Eddy Cabaret
2315 Lake Austin Blvd Austin, TX 78703
Awesome little dive bar. Good juke box. 

2310 Manor Rd Austin, TX 78722 Great draft beer selection.

Rio Rita
1308 E 6th St Austin, TX 78702
Awesome dive bar. Great drinks. Love the jalapeno tequila. The bloody mary with jalapeno tequila is INSANE.

Liberty Bar
1618 1/2 E 6th St Austin, TX 78702
Awesome dive bar with cool back yard. Home of the best East Side King food truck. 

The Grackle
1700 E 6th St Austin, TX 78702
Cool dive bar in East Austin. There’s an East Side King food truck. It is good but it isn’t the best one.

The Skylark
2039 Airport Blvd Austin, TX 78722
Cool divey old school bar. 

The Carousel Lounge
1110 E 52nd St Austin, TX 78723
Old school circus themed dive bar. 

The Draught House
4112 Medical Pkwy Austin, TX 78756
Wide of selection of beers and cool seating both inside and outside. 

Spider House
2906 Fruth St Austin, TX 78705 
Twinkly lights and a vintage feel. Love the vibe there. Very cool patio. (Recommended)

404 East 6th Austin, TX 78701
You MUST ride the jackalope while in Austin. 

Flamingo Cantina
515 E 6th St Austin, TX 78701
Reggae bar on 6th. Always people openly smoking pot on upstairs outside balcony. 

The Parlor
4301 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78751
Great happy hour prices and delicious pizza.

100 W North Loop Blvd Austin, TX 78751
Amazing signature cocktails at this neighborhood bar on north loop. 

2207 Justin Ln Austin, TX 78757
A dive bar where it is always Christmas. Best jukebox in Austin. 

Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon
5434 Burnet Rd Austin, TX 78756
A MUST SEE. Drink a Lone Star Texas beer. Chicken shit bingo every Sunday 3:30 PM -8 PM. (Highly Recommended)


ACL (Austin City Limits)
Two weekends, every October in Zilker Park.

Blues on the Green
July and August
FREE. BYOB (no glass). Free music in Zilker Park during the summer.

East & West Austin Studio Tours
East is in November, West is in Spring
Art studios all over Austin open to the public. Many with free drinks, food, and opportunities to participate in artistic installations.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party
April last Saturday
It doesn't get much more Austin weird than Eeyore's Birthday Party. The annual Pease Park festival known for outrageous costumes, nudity, and booming drum circles.

SXSW (South by Southwest)
March, You don’t need a ticket to enjoy all of the free parties, free music, free drinks, free food, & swag. Every venue in Austin hosts bands during SXSW & many of the events are free to the public.

Trail of Lights
2 weeks in December
Every Holiday season, Zilker Park is transformed into a fantasy world of lights. Make sure to spin under the moon tower Christmas tree!

Zilker Kite Festival
March, Bring your kite and tailgate chair!

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Paramount Theater
713 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701
historic Austin theater downtown

Alamo Drafthouse
6 Austin area locations, one right on the famous 6th Street aks dirty 6th
Movie theater with bar/restaurant

Whole Foods on Lamar
525 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78703
This is Whole Foods Headquarters

Central Market
4001 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78756
Local Texas Grocery Chain HEB’s version of Whole Foods. Good music venue outside. You can buy food, beer or wine & drink it there while watching live music outside. Check online for schedule of shows.

Hamilton Pool (summer time)
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd Dripping Springs, TX 78620
30.7 miles west, 42 mins driving

For High Resolution Pictures

Bats Congress Bridge austin
Congress Bridge Austin

If you think one of the destinations didn’t make up to the list, then comment below on your favorite destination, food, sport or idea of fun or travel that you experienced while at Austin Texas.

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