A Year in Austin, TX

Mount Bonnell Austin TX view from top

Adventures

  • Stand-up paddling
  • Barton Springs Pool
  • Skydiving
  • Cool off at Hamilton Pool
  • Hike up to the Enchanted Rock
  • Hike the Greenbelt
  • Check out the Cathedral of Junk
  • Peep on how the other half lives on Mount Bonnell
  • Cheer on the Longhorns at a UT home football game/attend a tailgate
  • Peter Pan Mini-Golf
  • Hippie Hollow
  • Longhorn Caverns
  • San Marcos Lazy River
  • SXSW
  • ACL

Culture 

  • Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • See 1.5 million bats emerge from under the Congress Ave bridge
  • Attend the weekly Austin Poetry Slam competition at Spider House Ballroom
  • Walk among the statues at UMLAUF Sculpture Garden
  • Catch a movie at the Blue Starlite Drive-in
  • Drink it up while watching a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse
    • Sing-a-Long
    • Quote-a-Long
  • Austin Citywide Garage Sale
  • Paramount Theatre (man, these Austinites really like their TV!)
  • Tour the Capitol
  • Catch a show at Esther’s Follies
  • Round Rock Express (spring)
  • Vineyard tours
  • Camping

Nightlife

  • Do the two-step at the Broken Spoke
  • Dirty Sixth

South Congress Cafe

Food 

  • Juan in a Million
  • Torchy’s Tacos
  • Salt Lick
  • Veggie Heaven
  • East Side Kings
  • Nubian Queen Lola’s Soul Food
  • Franklin BBQ
  • Stubb’s Gospel Sunday Brunch
  • Magnolia Cafe
  • Mozart’s Coffee
  • Amy’s Ice Cream
  • South Congress Cafe

Trips

  • San Antonio
  • Fredericksburg
  • Big Bend National Park