Austin is the FUN capital of Texas. With its university in the center of town along with lots of families relocating to Austin, it offers lots of activities, especially outdoors. With Lady Bird Lake and its trails and its paddling to its bats, families will find lots of fun downtown. Venture a bit out of the city center and visitors will find engages museums and more. Here are the top fun things to do in Austin, Texas.
Paddle Lady Bird Lake in Downtown Austin.
It’s a lake but really its the Colorado River that runs through Austin. It offers paddling, a scenic cruise, seasonal bats, park space and hiking trails.
Stroll at a outdoor art installation, like The Comtemporary–Laguna Gloria.
Take a mural selfie on South Congress and find Willie Nelson.
SoCo is Congress Avenue after it passes Lady Bird Lake. It’s a vibrant area with restaurant, boutique shopping and lots of public art.
Learn some Texas History at the Bullock Texas History Museum or any of the other top Austin museums.
Take a dip in a local swimming hole. Try Deep Edy, instead of Barton Springs.
Eat an ice cream cone, like local Amy’s Ice Cream.
Take in a live show at one of 200 music venues.
Grab some breakfast tacos.
It’s the unofficial breakfast of ATX. For kids, a bean and cheese is a go-to. Head to Juan-in-a-Million for one of the iconic Austin Tex-Mex places.
See a drive-in movie at Blue Starlite.
Take the dog out for a walk on Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.
See the famous Austin bats leave the Congress Avenue Bridge.
See the Peacocks at Mayfield Park.
Grab a slice from an independent pizza place, like HomeSlice.
Shop at the Austin Farmers Market.
If it’s Spring, take a Bluebonnet Selfie.
Head Underground and Tour a nearby cave, like Inner Space Caverns.
Sample some legendary BBQ in nearby Taylor Texas.
Go camping in a nearby State Park, try Bastrop State Park.
Take a weekend getaway to Fredericksburg for the wine, German food and more.
Sip a locally brewed beer at a biegartern like Barrow Brewing Company.
Grab a tube and float the river in New Braunfels.