We love Texas… these are seven places to go in Austin Texas that you simply won’t want to miss.
Everything is bigger in Texas, you’re darn right! From major corporate headquarters, such as AT&T, Kinder Morgan and Neiman Marcus, and sports teams (Dallas Cowboys and their cheerleaders – ‘nuf said) to barbeque and the birthplace of none other than Queen B, Texas is only getting bigger year after year.
However, Austin, the capital of this great state, has a saying, “Keep Austin Weird.” That’s right, Austinites (residents of Austin) don’t want the capital to fall into mass consumerism or mainstream effects, they simply want a little character… and boy, does it?!
Did you know that Austin was not always the capital of Texas? It was only in 1839 when the area was officially named the capital after Mirabeau B. Lamar, Republic of Texas Vice President, decided to move the capital from Houston after witnessing an epic buffalo-hunting excursion. Now, that’s a unique founding story! In addition to its start, Austin offers seven amazing adventures for you to enjoy.
2nd Street District
With over 20 shops to peruse, explore and spend your dollars, 2nd Street District is Where Texas Warm Meets Austin Cool.
Stores include everything from jewelry and clothing to customized furniture and beautiful art. Have tired feet? Stop by any of the delicious restaurants for a refreshing iced tea and snack and enjoy the live music.
The Continental Club
Established in 1955, The Continental Club is one of the cornerstones of Austin. Live music playing country, swing, rock and blues music EVERY NIGHT! The Continental Club’s neon sign with warm glow guides patrons to the entrance and is truly a monumental and well-reputable venue for live music across the world.
You’ve seen them down the street, probably even laughed that the thought of riding one, but SegCity Segway Tours is the funniest, and definitely weirdest, way of exploring Austin.
SegCity offers six tours, ranging from 1.5 to 3 hours in length, and tour various parts of the city including music, art, and bat tours – yes, BATS (more on that later). Don’t knock it until you try it!
Note – call ahead to ensure availability!
Big state = BIG FOOD! Located on historic 6th street, Parkside is best known for its widespread raw bar, decadent and flavourful oysters, and you can’t forget to try their award-winning cheeseburger. A casual, at home atmosphere where you can wear your sandals and loose tees, Parkside is admired by locals and tourists alike. A variety of land and sea food options, sweet desserts and a solid drink menu, all at moderate prices. Opens at 5:00pm. Reservations are recommended.
I told you, we would talk about it again! Imagine 1.5 million bats, the largest urban bat colony in the world, flying out from under a bridge every single summer night. AWESOME! In downtown Austin at the Congress Avenue Bridge, this bat spectacle draws in hundreds of people to see all those bats emerge from underneath the bridge. Yup, Austin is getting weirder…. but so cool!!
Barton Springs Pool
Nearly 800,000 visitors over the years and a celebrity connection (Robert Redford took his first doggie paddle in its waters), Barton Springs Pool is three acres of water fun! Located within Zilker Park, it holds an average temperature of 68-70 degrees which means year-round splashing and swimming. Up to $8 entrance fee for non-residents depending on age.
When you think Texas and Longhorns, most people think American college football, but let’s go a bit deeper than the turf – let’s go underground to the Longhorn Caverns. It’s located in Longhorn Cavern State Park and offers Wild Cave and Paranormal Cave Tours that last for 1.5 – 2 hours and run every day of the week.
Longhorn Caverns Tours are sure to be an adventure for the whole family! Book today!
Austin certainly offers every tourist and local alike a, “Keep Austin Weird” vibe and you know what? WE LIKE IT! Don’t forget that even though Texas is BIG, Austin is it’s little gem that is waiting for you to discover and enjoy all it has to offer.