Austin is a charming city that’s a quirky mix of nature, art, suburbia, and city life.
It was a much smaller city than I had expected with pockets of activity spreading out from its central downtown area and into suburban Austin.
Throughout the different neighborhoods there are little gems to be found, if you just know where to look.
Top Things To Do in Austin
Along South Congress Avenue is the SoCo district of Austin which is filled with funky shops, trendy restaurants and tents with handmade goods for sale. It’s also home to the instagram famous “I love you” street art.
Rainey Street Bars
Rainey Street is a historical district of homes, that was originally a sleepy suburb, but was rezoned in 2004 and since then, many of the old bungalows have been remodeled into bars and restaurants. There’s a strip of houses that were turned into bars that’s the perfect spot for some low key drinks and bar hopping. Each of the homes offer up a unique charm – there’s even a bar made of storage containers!
Street Art Walk
There’s incredible street art all over Austin such as the popular, I Love You So Much mural in SoCo.
Hope Outdoor Gallery
If you’re a fan of graffiti art, the Hope Outdoor Gallery is a must-see landmark in Austin.
Barton Springs Pools
Brunch at The Driskill
Day Trip to Hamilton Pools
The Hamilton Pool Reserve has stunning turquoise water and a beautiful waterfall. It’s less than an hour from Austin.
- Franklin BBQ
- 6th Street
- Lady Bird Lake
- Bats at Congress Avenue Bridge