The heartbeat of Texas youth lives here and attracts a constant flow of new people because of the good weather and Southern hospitality.
EAT AND DRINK AT LUCKY ROBOT
RUN DOWN: Udon noodles and Sake punch. You really can’t go wrong here. A lot of people think that Austin is all about BBQ (which, yes, you definitely should have some) but there are a lot of really amazing places all over the city that serve different fare.For me Lucky Robot is a 10 across the board: atmosphere, food, drink and service.
MY FAVORITE: I love the atmosphere and location of Lucky Robot. You can choose to sit inside on one of their swings or sit outside and watch people walk up and down South Congress Street where its located.
WHAT I DISCOVERED: You don’t want to try to go to Lucky Robot in the late evening because parking is insane. I typically hit up Lucky Robot if I spent the day on South Congress and wanted to round things out with the perfect dinner.
A DAY AWAY IN SAN ANTONIO
RUN DOWN: San Antonio is about and hour and a half from Austin and provides the perfect change of scenery. It’ll make for a long day but with so much history in San Antonio it is worth the trip.
MY FAVORITE: The River-walk in the evening is great. There are tons of restaurants and bars for you to choose from and the lighting in the trees makes it very romantic.
WHAT I DISCOVERED: Austin is very dog friendly but San Antonio isn’t. If you have a pooch with you this one isn’t for you.
WALKABOUT THE BOARDWALK TRAIL
RUN DOWN: The Boardwalk Trail follows Lady Bird Lake (which is actually just a dammed up part of the river). During the hot summer an evening walk along the trail is an absolute dream and provides stunning sunset views of the city.
MY FAVORITE: About midway is the South Congress Bridge where you can watch hundreds of Bats fly out for their night time activities. Park it on the grass just before dusk and wait for the show.
WHAT I DISCOVERED: Parts of this walk are not lit very well so make sure your done before its dark or bring a flashlight as part of the trail is dirt.
LAZY DAY IN ZILKER PARK
RUN DOWN: Zilker Park is the famed location of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. When is not recovering from being tromped on by millions of music lovers it is the perfect grassy space to park it for the day. Pack a picnic and lay out in the sun with a book or bring a game.
MY FAVORITE: All of Zilker Park is an off leash space for dogs so you can camp out and let your dog socialize and play while you chill.
WHAT I DISCOVERED: A warm day at Zilker will really show you how friends the people of Austin are. People will stop and chat with you or ask you to join their Soccer game if they’re down a player. Don’t go here if you want alone time!
FLORA AND FAUNA AT THE LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
RUN DOWN: The centers goal is to preserve natural landscapes so you’ll only see things there that do well in the stifling Texas humidity. It’s a great place to take kiddos for a day of running around!
MY FAVORITE: The Wetland Pond has a cool brick structure in it that feels very romantic to me.
WHAT I DISCOVERED: There are a lot of species of plants here that I didn’t realize grew so well in Texas.
GET A DRINK AT THE FIREHOUSE LOUNGE: The entrance to this swanky little speakeasy is behind a bookshelf in the Hostel lobby. Need I say more?
LEARN A LITTLE AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING: Open to the public all week, this is where you want to go to experience true Texas pride. Floor to ceiling this place is decked out in emblems and history. Pay attention to the details as you walk through and it’ll blow you away.