Part 2 of the weekend in Austin has been long time coming (a month to be exact), but I’ve been traveling the world collecting new information to share and I do have lots to share soon. Not sure when I will have time to go through all the photos and videos to share my experiences, but it does not take away from how special Austin is!
Our trip was short, but levels of fun – ABUNDANT! There is a reason why lots of celebs love and adore Austin: the free vibe of the city, lots of outdoor activities, the tech industry is booming, and the local outdoor concerts have been gaining more attention and bigger lineups year-after-year. But if you just have one weekend in Austin, and you’ve already done the mandatory visit to the Capitol, try these activities instead.
GO PADDLE BOARDING OR KAYAKING
Barton Springs may be a popular attraction, but it does get crowded in the summer and the water is too chilly for some. Instead we opted out for paddle boarding and kayaking on Lady Bird Lake. I think the price was $15/hr and it’s pro-rated after that. So $20 got us 80 minutes on fun, awesome views of the city, and a good work out.
TAKE A BREAK AT THE BLUE CAT CAFE
I already dedicated a whole post to this place. I just think it’s so cool that someone went through the process of getting all the permits and committing to a clean space to provide purrs and nachos under one roof.
UNWIND AND SATISFY YOUR APPETITE AT SALT LICK BBQ
It’s a bit of a drive from Austin (about 40 minutes), but it’s worth it to escape the city and relax. Not only can you satisfy your hunger with AMAZING brisket (and their brisket IS amazing!), but there are also lots of places to chill. Oh, and it’s BYOB too, so you don’t have to break the bank. But if you forgot to bring YOB, they’ve got you covered with drafts and wine from their vineyard.
RELEASE YOUR CREATIVITY AT THE HOPE OUTDOOR GALLERY
You don’t have to be an artist to add to the gallery, just grab a can of spray paint and off you go. I do have to say that the competition might be intimidating, there are some impressive pieces of graffiti art that hopefully do not get covered up by some random gang signs from amateurs. If you climb to the top of the gallery you’ll also discover some pretty cool views of the city and the Capitol.
REFUEL BEFORE YOU LEAVE
I am not even going to mention the 6th street, everyone already knows about it, but assuming you went out on your last night in the city, you will need a hearty breakfast the next morning. Try the Austin Java Co., just come early since they get pretty busy right before lunch.