It’s finally warming up a bit (not that our winters even get that cold), which means us Austinites can officially enjoy the outdoors again! If you live in this great capital city, you sort of have to become an outdoor person, because so much of what the city offers is surrounded by our rolling hills, great bodies of water and strong oaks.
Whether you come to Austin to enjoy nature or not (We still have SO much!), you should definitely check out…
- Alamo Drafthouse – Everyone loves going to the movies, but going to a place with strange music from the ’80s, quote-alongs with the best classics, a full menu (with alcohol and desserts – great cookies and Pecan Porter shakes btw) and quirky made-for-the-Drafthouse previews is an unforgettable experience.
- Bob Bullock Museum – Don’t tell me that walking through exhibits of things that happened before your grandparents were even born bores you, because this place is legit. You can learn tons about our awesome state, while being surrounded by larger-than-life artifacts, such as the original Texas Lady Liberty (foreals…you have to see the honker on her!). And they’re free on Sunday!
- Cathedral of Junk – Guys, this is one of my favorite locations in the ENTIRE world. Some genius guy started piling up old tires, tossed-out Barbies, broken bottles and abandoned shopping carts and now has a three-story Austin-style Wonderland in his backyard…It’s beautiful.
- The Children’s Museum – If you don’t have kids, find one to babysit, because it’s actually really fun here! They have lots of different educational and interactive rooms, including this super neat train.
- Conan’s – The best pizza in town (deep dish wheat crust, yesss).
- The Domain – How lucky that I get to gaze upon this upscale shopping center from my office?! For department stores, great designer shops and some swanky restaurants (try the rastini at Jasper’s -RIP), this is your place.
- Greenbelt – Austin’s best hidden treasure equals private swimming holes, tucked away in jungle-esque trees, surrounded by chill people and secluded hiking trails!
- Kerby Lane – My go-to eatery is open 24/7, has a GF menu, offers the besttt queso and always has amazing dessert and pancake specials.
- Krause Springs – Yes, Barton is a nice natural swimming pool, but this place is better and worth the drive.
- Sno Beach – Imagine ice cream plus snow cones but even more awesome, and that’s what these little stands offer, in flavors like coffee, dill pickle or – yum – blue coconut with extra cream.
- Spiderhouse – This may be my fave spot in town, and my gf and I always end up there for grilled pb&bacon sandwiches, cheap drinks and a fun outdoor atmosphere filled with dogs, mismatched chairs and antique chandeliers.
- Texas Memorial Museum – I love taking babysittees here, because dino bones are fun anddd educational! Plus, it’s on UT’s campus.
- Toy Joy – No matter your age, you’ll find joy at this novelty shop, which is like a Christmas tree disco ball inside, complete with Barbie light fixtures.
- Uncommon Objects – Another fab store, this antique one is on SoCo (moved!) and is full of crazy treasures, like stuffed antelopes and giant murals of reproductive systems.
- Veloway – If the trails around Lady Bird Lake are too crowded, cycle on this paved track that is pretty muchly the F1 location for bikes.;)