20 Things To Do in Austin, Texas – Your Checklist

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20 Things to DO in Austin, Texas


Austin, Texas is packed to the rims right now for SXSW.  The festival goes from March 10th – March 19th and is loaded with all kinds of events including movie premieres, concerts, networking parties, fashion meet ups, comedy shows, food & brunches, film screenings, speakers, & people snap chatting… among other things.

It’s a time when I’m proud to live in Austin.  The weather is nice, people enjoy all parts of the city & they come from everywhere.


Amy's Ice Cream
Amy’s Ice Cream – always, Mexican Vanilla w/ M&M’s
South Congress Avenue
Outside Jo’s Coffee on S.Congress // I love youuu so much


I wanted to make a quick list of things to do in Austin if you’re visiting & don’t have a SXSW access badge OR you want a break from all the SXSW activities & want to experience more of what Austin has to offer.

This list is quick & to the point!  But I highly recommend anything you can get checked off, whether you’re visiting now or in the future this list will work all year long.

Pennybacker Bridge
Views of Pennybacker Bridge / 360 Bridge
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue
Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue // Great happy hour

20 Things To Do In Austin – Checklist!

  1. Mount Bonnell or Pennybacker Bridge – Take a hike up either of these two spots for soothing views of Austin’s water
  2. Walk across South Congress bridge for pretty city views or an occasional bat
  3. A picture & coffee at the “I love you so much” sign at Jo’s coffee on South Congress
  4. EAT on South Congress – Home Slice Pizza, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Vespaio, South Congress Café, Guero’s, Perla’s, Café No Se
  5. If you’re hot, head to Barton Springs Pool near Zilker Park
  6. Eat a sweet dessert at Amy’s Ice Cream
  7. Check out the calendar for ACL Live performances
  8. Attend an Esther Follies show on 6th Street, if you can grab tickets before they’re gone!
  9. Walk 6th street in the evening & grab a drink… or a doughnut at Voodoo’s Doughnuts
  10. Enjoy drinks, yard games, and live music on Rainy Street – a block of houses turned bars
  11. Peter Pan Mini Golf because BYOB, close to downtown, & a little competition is always a good idea
  12. Take a walk through Zilker Park or Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail
  13. Rent a canoe or paddle board off Lady Bird Lake
  14. Eat BBQ at Lambert’s, on 2nd Street – then grab a drink & head upstairs for live music
  15. Find live music anytime on 6th street, Rainy Street, or South Congress
  16. Try a breakfast Taco at Torchy’s Tacos or Tacodeli
  17. Also, can’t leave without a couple rounds of Queso – always order it off the menu…
  18. If time permits, check out Austin’s second downtown: The Domain.  Tons of shopping, entertainment & food!
  19. Near The Domain – Top Golf  (fun for even the worst golfers)
  20. If you’re in Austin for awhile, drive out to Fredericksburg for wine tasting or hike Enchanted Rock / If hiking isn’t your thing, head to San Marcos Outlets for major shopping (<< dangerous)

6th Street
6th Street

Austin Downtown

Zilker Park
Zilker Park
Welcome to AUstin Sign
Greetings from Austin mural // South 1st & Annie Street


Let me know if you have anything to add! Even though I’ve lived here for what feels like forever I’m constantly discovering new things in this ever changing city.


Have a great rest of the week & as always, be thoughtful…




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