Things to do
If you’re looking for things to get you out of the house and to explore this great city, look no further!
Austin, Texas caters to a variety of people. Whether you’re looking to visit landmarks or do something outside, you’re bound to find something on this list.
The Broken Spoke
Known as the best honky tonk dance hall in the Austin area, the Broken Spoke has become a landmark for Austinites traveling up and down South Lamar. Enjoy their famous chicken fried steak before taking a spin on their dance floor.
Congress Bridge Bats
Every night over a million Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from under the Congress Bridge leaving viewers in awe. Watch as they take flight from the Congress Bridge, from the hillside on either the north or south side of the lake, or watch from the water! There are boat tours that will take you out on Lady Bird Lake, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can rent a kayak or standup paddle board. Paddleboarding has become the rage among those who live an active life.
Shop on South Congress
Make an afternoon of shopping and eating on South Congress. Staples to visit include Kendra Scott, Allens Boots, Parts & Labour, and Uncommon Objects . Browse through an assortment of costume jewelry, cowboy boots, Austin and Texas related crafts, or antiques.
All of that shopping will likely work up an appetite. Choose between a variety of food trucks and restaurants. Several of the restaurants have patios that are dog friendly and are great for allowing you to people watch.
While you’re on South Congress, take a photo at one of Austin’s most popular street murals. Located on the northwest wall of Jo’s Coffee, this iconic mural is worthy of stopping to take a photo in front of.
Let your inner child come out while playing on over 100 pinball machines. Along with a large selection of pinball machines, they also have a variety of classic arcade games for you and your friends to compete on. Located in north Austin, Pinballz offers a classic arcade experience that compares to no others in town. FYI, they are a BYOB establishment, and they are large group friendly.
Peter Pan Mini-Golf
Test your putting skills at this south Austin staple. Located near Barton Springs and Lamar, Peter Pan has been providing Austinites with the perfect spot to host a birthday party or a first date. If you’re celebrating a birthday, you can call ahead to have your name put on their marquee for free. Peter Pan is also a BYOB venue.
Choose between two 18-hole courses that are guaranteed to make you laugh at the obstacles along the way. Play either course for $6 or both courses for $9.