Whether you’re a recent transplant to Austin, Texas or you’ve lived in the city your entire life, there are certain attractions you simply have to visit. There is no shortage of things to do in Austin, but let’s just say, some are can’t miss! From the many parks, nationally ranked BBQ restaurants, and historical museums, if you’re looking to fill a summer weekend without going far from your condo in Austin, here’s our list of great Austin attractions.
Barton Springs Pool
Pack a picnic, grab your shades, and head to Barton Springs Pool, nestled in Zilker Park. The pool, formed from underground springs, spans three acres and stays at a refreshing 68-70 degrees. Travel writers often refer to the space as the “Soul of Austin,” and after one visit, it’s not hard to see why. After taking a dip head to the bathhouses and educational exhibit that explains the history and biology of the Barton Springs.
Paddle on Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake, or Town Lake Austin to the long-time locals, is positioned between Stratford Drive and the Colorado River. The lake hosts events all summer long – Yappy Hour (for you and your pet), full moon paddles, or college day – so you’re sure to find something that fits your lifestyle. If you don’t want to spend the day paddling, check the lake’s event calendar for a fireworks show and relax in a small boat while you take in the show.
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
After opening to the public in 1991, this sculpture garden and mid-century inspired museum quickly became an experience of educators, visitors, and locals. The venue can host private events, weddings in Austin, or meetings. The space hosts different exhibitions throughout the year, as well as summer art camp, family day, and Umlauf After Dark.
There’s no shortage of restaurants in Austin; the key is finding one that you’ll come back for again and again. If you’re looking for some “damn good tacos,” as the eatery’s website says, Torchy’s Tacos is where you need to be. The taco joint start in 2006 and has since grown to 30 stores, but you’ll find the same great tasting food with every visit. Even former presidents can’t resist the best tacos in Austin.
Play in Toy Joy
Touted “The World’s Best Toy Store” by Travel & Leisure Magazine, this eclectic Austin, TX toy store will take you back to your youth (or just make being an adult fun again). From musical toys, building toys, toys for the teeny-tiny and toys for the kid at heart – this store has something for everyone. The giant toy box is open every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, so stop in and play.