Weekend Getaway: Austin, TX Edition

10 Nov

Austin is an extremely diverse town in the Texas Hill Country.  Mixed with art, diverse culture, and the great outdoors, Austin is the perfect spot for a fun filled weekend escape or day trip.  Austin has so much to offer it really doesn’t matter how much is in your wallet, just hop in your car and figure it out as you go.

Austin’s infamous slogan, “Keep Austin Weird,” began in an attempt to promote small businesses within the community but quickly spread, lending itself to support the local idea of individualism and expression.  This melting pot of artists, intellects, naturalists, and oddballs creates an atmosphere enjoyable for many.  The people here are proud to be Austinites and love their city for its uniqueness.

There are way too many spots to list so below are just a few spots to check according to the locals.  Austin definitely lends itself to many weekend trips.


Barton Spring Bridge and Lady Bird Lake – kayak, paddle boat, row, canoe, stand up paddle board, water bike, hike, or cycle this popular trail.  Definitely something for every adventure lover here.

Congress Avenue Bridge Bats (over lady bird Lake)- Close to 1 million Mexican Free Tail Bats escape into the night over Lady Bird Lake.  Viewable at dusk from mid March through November, with the best views in August just after the pups are born.   For best viewing contact the Bat Hotline (yes, the bat hotline!) at 416-5700 ext. 3636 for times.  Yet another unique Austin experience.  Cost: Free!

Barton Creek Greenbelt many trails with varying degrees of difficulty for the novice to the expert.  Activities include rock climbing, biking, kayaking, hiking, swimming holes:  Twin Falls, Sculpture Falls, and Campbell’s Hole where water is fed from the Balcones fault.  Entrance to the park is FREE and locals recommend visiting after a nice rain during drought season.  The trail also has several shops to stop and relax in as you wonder about in nature.

Lake Austin – A popular spot for fishing and boating.  Check out Austin Lake Park for camping and lake activities.

Pennybacker Bridge – Located over lake Austin, this minimalistic bridge was built to blend into the scenery and does not obstruct from the natural views of the city.  There is a an area that allows for a small hike, great views, and best of all it’s free!

Mount Bonnell – Another scenic point located along Lake Austin, visitors can walk the stairs for a great view of the city.

Deep Eddy This spring fed pool is the oldest pool in TX and is considered a historical landmark.   Enjoy a swim and a movie in the summer months.  Admission: $3.

Zipline over Lake Travis!

Food, Drink, Entertainment

Elephant Room – Jazz Bar

Cathedral of Junk – a fort built out of junk.  Private residnece, must call ahead

Jackalope Bar – Burgers, Booze, and pictures on a stuffed jackalope in a dive bar setting

Alamo Draft House – Eclectic shows, food, and drink

Ginny Little Longhorn – Live music, chicken shit bingo, BYOB

Magnolia Cafe – Open 24 hours, everyone raves about their breakfast

Kerbey Lane Cafe – Open 24 hours, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Supports local vendors.

South Congress Avenue – Wander around and check out the shops and restaurants.

Tour the Capitol – Tours offered daily and admission is free!

Music Festivals

Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World.”  Check out Austin’s website for a list of music festivals by month.

Beyond Austin

Krause Springs Camping and swimming holes fed by natural springs.  Spicewood, TX, 30 miles west of Austin

Hamilton PoolTexas Outside describes Hamilton Pool as a “preserve [that] is managed as a natural area (preserve) with emphasis on habitat protection and restoration, environmental education for public and private groups, and ongoing research; it offers limited, day-use only, with recreational opportunities such as picnicking, hiking, swimming and nature study.”


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