Visiting Austin this summer or simply wanting to explore this great city? Here's a list of essential places to visit and things to do.
1) Take a dive into the refreshing Barton Springs Pool.
Texas summer days are often very toasty. This underground spring fed pool will sure cool you off with temperatures ranging from 68-70 degrees year round. For only $4, you can get a group together and relax under the trees, go for a swim or bask in the sun.
2) Hike up to Mount Bonnell and watch the sunset.
Alongside the Lake Austin portion of the Colorado River, this is one view you won't be able to see anywhere else. While the trail might only be a mere 0.3 miles, it is definitely something you must see. You can admire the beautiful scenery and even bring a picnic to go with it!
3) Have a good ole fashioned honky tonk night at the Broken Spoke.
With a bar, a full kitchen and a dance hall in the back, what more could you ask for? This gem was founded in 1964 and has attracted many celebrities including Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. Bring your best two-stepping game and head on down for a night that's sure to be one for the books.
4) Indulge in a delicious burger at Shake Shack.
Who would've thought that this delicious place all started from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park. With a menu ranging from hot dogs to burgers to fries and shakes, your won't leave with an unsatisfied stomach. I'd say this is the best burger place in town.
5) Get a fun workout in on Lady Bird Lake by stand-up paddle boarding.
While it might look hard, it's actually a lot easier than you may think, but it's definitely a workout for your arms. You can enjoy a beautiful summer day on the lake with your friends and even bring your dog to tag along!
6) Dare to wait in line for hours at Franklin Barbeque.
This lunch-only restaurant has lines forming around 6 a.m. to get some of their delicious brisket and pulled pork. Although they are closed on Mondays, they open at 11 a.m. and stay open till they run out of food. Get there early to assure that you get some of their signature barbecue!
7) Visit and take pictures of Austin's Graffiti Park.
This "park," or more like a series of walls decorated by various artists, gives artists the opportunity to paint whatever they desire while showing off the unique culture of Austin. Each week, these walls portray new artwork and if you climb to the very top, you can see the Austin skyline. Don't forget to bring your camera!
8) Take a stroll down South Congress.
With numerous clothing stores, restaurants and live music spots, South Congress is sure to be a fun time. Start off your day with breakfast/brunch at the delicious South Congress Cafe and then take time to browse through all the shops and boutiques. There are plenty of good lunch options such as Guerro's and Home Slice Pizza and you can satisfy your sweet tooth at the old-fashioned candy store, Big Top Candy Shop.
9) Relax and enjoy a movie at Alamo Drafthouse.
Founded in Austin, this cinema allows for its audiences to enjoy a meal while they watch their film. But don't be caught on your phone or talking while the film is playing or else you'll be thrown out!
10) Last, but not least... spend a night on Sixth Street!
Home of the most popular nightlife spot in town! You can bar hop through the many, many different bars and then stop at Roppolo's and get a slice of pizza before heading home for the night. You can even try getting home via pedicab instead of taking an Uber or taxi.