Over the weekend Delaney and I traveled to Austin, Texas. I had never been there before and it was towards the top of my travel bucket list. We had an amazing time eating, drinking, and exploring our way through the city! It’s such a fun city, full of unique restaurants, bars, boutiques and street art.
I wish we could have spent more time there because three days was not enough! I loved everything that Austin had to offer. The fresh air, friendly people, and the endless activities. There is so much to do and I cannot wait to head back and explore other parts of the city. Have you been to Austin? If so, let me know what you loved the most in the comments below! Happy Travels!
Where to Stay // Austin has all of the regular hotel chains if you’re looking for a cheap place to crash at night. There are plenty hotels downtown within walking distance to restaurants, bars, nightlife, and tourist attractions. When we go back, I want to check out the Hotel van Zandt or Heywood Hotel.
Where to Eat // Hillside Farmacy – This restaurant could easily get by on its good looks alone. It has an antique-chic vibe with eclectic, yet modern décor. We had brunch there and it was amazing! The menu at Hillside is simple, classic American, but the execution of every dish takes it up a notch.
Food Trucks – The food truck scene is like no other in Austin. They are all over the city and serve quality, restaurant style meals.
Voodoo Doughnuts – The donuts are mouth watering and definitely not your run of the mill chain flavor. Voodoo only accepts cash. Even though there is an ATM in store, save yourself the fees and bring some before.
Where to Play // Maximize the day by exploring Austin’s arts, music, historic and cultural sites. The Instagram worthy ‘Greetings from Austin’ mural is on 1720 S. First Street. Definitely swing by South Congress Ave and take a picture in front of the ‘I love you so much’ mural on the outer wall. Walk off some of the delicious food, ride bikes, or rent a canoe and paddle around the lake.
Hunt for Austin’s Iconic Murals – The HOPE Outdoor Gallery isn’t the only place to find awesome street art in Austin. Throughout the city you’ll find plenty of Instagram-worthy murals that are just as fun to photograph. “You’re My Butter Half”, “Greetings From Austin”, “I Love You So Much”. You just can’t leave Austin without catching a few yourself. You can find a great guide to Austin’s most famous street art here.
Watch the Congress Avenue Bats Fly – Every evening during “bat season“, just after sunset, 1.5 million bats descend from under the Congress Avenue Bridge to do their nightime hunting. It’s said to be the largest urban bat colony in North America! And it’s quite a sight to see. I had no idea so many people would be there to see these bats! Sure enough, just after sunset, the bats started to make their way out of the bridge in a flurry (though it was hard to capture on camera!)
Inner Space Cavern – Inner Space Cavern. One of the best preserved caves in Texas and one of the few places where remains of prehistoric animals were unearthed.
Lake Travis Zipline – This Austin Outdoor Zipline Adventure has 5 zip lines ranging from 250 feet to the longest zipline in Texas – over 2000 feet. While waiting between each zip, you will enjoy amazing views of Lake Travis and the Texas Hill Country. Your professionally trained tour guides offer education and fun throughout your challenging hikes and nature walks. For the grand finale, imagine launching off a cliff 20 stories high and zipping over 2000 feet across beautiful Lake Travis.
Take a drive to Waco and see Fixer Upper’s Magnolia Market – We flew into Austin and drove down to Waco ! It was fun to see the store, food trucks and overall atmosphere. You can see more pics in this post!