When you think of Texas, what city comes to mind? Is it Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso, Austin? For me, it’s usually Austin or San Antonio. I drove 3 hours from Dallas to Austin for a weekend trip, and I must say Austin is one of my favorite cities, and San Antonio a close second. Austin is known for many things, whether it be for the epic Barton Springs Pool which attracts hundreds of people each day, 6th street where you’ll be able to pick from many fun bars or restaurants to spend your night and people watch, or the beautiful murals that are located around the city. If you’re planning a weekend to Austin, TX and need ideas of what to do and where to eat, then read on.
DAY 1 (24 hours)
10:00 A.M: Barton Springs Pool– You may have seen pictures of the pool on social media or heard by word of mouth. The pool is over 1000 ft. long and it ranges from 4ft to 19 ft. deep, so you don’t have to be the a great swimmer enjoy the water. Austin residents pay only $4 for entry, while non-residents pay $8. Do go before 12 PM because the queue gets long later in the afternoon. Check out the site for hours of operation. What I personally love about the springs is the changing rooms. There are outdoor showers and plenty of room to put on your makeup and prepare for the day without being in the way of others. No need to go back to your hotel or airbnb to freshen up.
12:30 P.M: Tony’s Jamaican Food (Food Truck)- If you’re a fan of Jamaican food, check out Tony’s food truck. Across from Tony’s is a BBQ food truck if you’re craving BBQ wings.
1:30 PM: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center- The center is open until 5 PM, take a stroll at the center and take in the beautiful wildflowers on the grounds. Admissions $10 for Adults and $4 for youth (Don’t you miss being a kid?). Check out the website for more info
3:00 PM: Lady Bird Lake (Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail)– At Lady Bird lake you can get a wonderful view of the skyline. If you’re into kayaking or paddling, then this is the place for you. There are a number of people who kayak on the lake and it’s a sight to see. If you don’t feel up to kayaking or paddle boarding, hop on a bike and ride the Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail.
5:00 PM: Murals Hunting- Austin has some pretty awesome murals around the city. Check out a view murals while you’re in town.
6:30 PM: Texas Reds and Whites Tasting Room- Calling all wine lovers! Stop by this awesome establishment, right off 6th street and pay only $20 to try 5 glasses of wine. You can also opt in sharing glasses with your friend (that would be $10 each). Diane, the owner is a sweetheart and knows her wine, so ask her anything. The Escape Room is just a couple of doors down, so you can head over after wine tasting.
8:00 PM: South Congress Bridge– Watch hundreds of bats emerge from their cave.
9:30 PM: 6th Street– You can’t travel to Austin and not visit 6th street, it’s a must! There are plenty of bars and restaurants for everyone, and it is also kid friendly. The street is blocked off just to make navigating the street easier for pedestrians. If you’re not into drinking or dancing, like myself (Yes, I’m boring), there are an abundance of restaurants to check out, check out voodoo donuts for a customized donut and live music. Stop by Buffalo Billiards on 6th street, here you can play pool, shuffleboard, foosball, pinball, or darts if you want to be more active.
DAY 2-48 hours
10:00 AM: Bennu Coffee– Start your day with a cup of coffee at Bennu Coffee, the 24-hour Wi-Fi café is not only busy due to it’s late hours and good coffee and food options, but on the side of the building, you’ll find the mural “You’re my Butter Half” located across the street.
11:00 AM: Mount Bonnell- Climb the stairs to the top to Mount Connell, the most visited spot in Austin! In order to get to the top, you’ll have to climb a few stairs but it’s great exercise. You can also catch a beautiful shot of the sunset from the top.
12:30 PM: Texas Capital Building (Free Tour)-Head to the Texas Capital for a free tour of the grounds. Tours are every 30 minutes. If you’re not big on history or politics, check out the architecture, everyone must visit. It’s a beautiful place to take great Instagram photos as well.
3:00 PM: Hamilton Pool – Hamilton Pool is about an hour drive from Austin, TX, but the drive is worth it. Before going, please be sure to reserve your ticket for entry online. You don’t want to drive there and not be able to get in because you forgot to reserve. the pool is open everyday from 9AM-6PM.
6:30 PM: Little Longhorn Saloon– Bingo with a twist. Stop by this saloon and place your bets for chicken sh!t Bingo! Hours for this event takes place every Sunday from 4 PM-8 P.M.
8:00 PM: Franklin Barbecue–Don’t leave Austin without going to one of the most talked about Barbecue spots in town.
10:00 PM: Rainey Street– If you’re not too fatigued after a long day, check out Rainey Street. Basically another version of 6th street with a number of bars. However, Rainey Street stands out because bars are located within renovated homes.