10 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

Even though Austin is considered one of the weirdest cities in America (that’s actually its slogan) it doesn’t mean that it’s not an absolutely fabulous place to visit with a bevy of diverse activities and entertainment for everyone. Here are a few things you may want to consider for your next trip to one of the fastest growing cities in America.

Hit up a music festival

If you happen to be in Austin between April 19-22 check out the Old Settler’s Music Festival in Tilmon. Headliners include J.D. McPherson, Calexico, Greensky Bluegrass and I’m With Her. For the first time it will be held in Caldwell County, southeast of Lockhart. 

Try a Pool Burger

Umami Burger is out. Now it is all about the Pool Burger. If you love eating out of a trailer with a little bit of tiki ambiance then Pool Burger is for you. Located between Deep Eddy Pool and Deep Eddy Cabaret these are all-natural, hormone-and-antibiotic-free wagyu beef from Peeler Farms in Floresville, Texas. Plus mai-tais!

Hit the links at Avery Ranch Golf Club

Austin is a spectacular city for golf. For the past two years it has hosted the WGC-Dell Match Play. And now you can feel like a champ with a stop at the Avery Ranch Golf Club which hosts many great local golf tournaments if you want to watch or consider applying for membership if you find yourself in the area frequently.

The club is only a 20 minute drive Northwest of Austin and it is an absolutely beautiful course with a creek, beautiful trees and sprawling green. Truly a sight to see, it is also considered one of the best Par 3s in the entire city. It is definitely a must-stop. It should be noted that the course can accommodate golfers of all levels.

Pioneer Farms

Looking for a fun family friendly activity that is pure Austin? Check out Pioneer Farms. It has six themed historic areas featuring self-guided walking tours. The tours include an 1841 Tonkawa Encampment, an 1853 Walnut Creek Greenbelt, an 1868 German Emigrant Farm, an 1873 Texian Farm, an 1887 Cotton Planter’s Farm and an 1899 Sprinkle Corner rural village. This is Texas history in its purest form and fun for all ages.

Watch the fireworks from Lady Bird Lake

If you are there for the Fourth of July or New Year’s hop aboard a tiny boat and check out the fantastic view.

Check out a movie at Alamo Drafthouse

For any movie buffs this is the ultimate filmgoing experience. After all, it was named “coolest theatre in the world” by Wire.com and “best theatre in the nation” by Entertainment Weekly. In addition to being able to order food and alcohol, customers also get their pick of hot new releases and classic films including sing-alongs and theme nights. Just remember their one main rule: No talking or texting during the film!

Indulge at Gourdough’s Big Fat Doughnuts

Did someone say doughnuts? Located in an airstream right by Roadhouse Relics on South 1st Street this place puts Dunkin’ Donuts to shame. These are the Rolls’ Royces of donuts from accoutrements like grilled strawberries and fried chicken because why not? And don’t worry, they have beer and cocktails too.

Get your boots on at Texas Custom Boots

This is where you will find some real good authentic Texas boots. You can even have a custom pair made. Pair these with Texas T-shirts and you’re good to go!

The exquisite Saint Cecelia Hotel

Looking for a great place to stay? Check out the Saint Cecelia Hotel. It was literally made to be Instagrammed. From the vintage library to the beautiful interior design and the Hästens handmade mattresses this is the ultimate boutique hotel.

Get lost at South Congress Books

Looking for those books you can never find? You’ll find that and more at South Congress Books.

Meredith Lepore

Meredith is the former editor in chief of the women's career site, The Grindstone. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire @ Work, The Jane Dough, DailyWorth, SheKnows.com, Business Insider and Learnvest. She earned her Masters in Magazine, Newspaper and Online journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time and enjoys reading, jogging, SoulCycle and playing with her small dog, Otis.