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Austin Fun Guide

mural 4 day itinerary for Austin Texas

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.

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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.
Guide to Best Museums in Austin
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.
Top Museums in Austin
Take a dip in a local swimming hole. Try Deep Edy, instead of Barton Springs.
Guide to Texas Swimming Holes
Eat an ice cream cone, like local Amy’s Ice Cream.
Take in a live show at one of 200 music venues.

Monger's Market Date night in Austin Texas
Wanna a casual seafood meal then Monger’s serves up fresh seafood. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker


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.

Austin Restuarant Guide 
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.
Top Zoos and Wildlife Safaris around Austin
Grab a slice from an independent pizza place, like HomeSlice.
Shop at the Austin Farmers Market.
If it’s Spring, take a Bluebonnet Selfie.
Best Texas Wildflower Drives
Head Underground and Tour a nearby cave, like Inner Space Caverns.
Best Show Caves in Texas 

Austin Itinerary
The peacocks at Mayfield Park. credit: Catherine Parker
Sample some legendary BBQ in nearby Taylor Texas. 
Musts for Taylor Texas
Go camping in a nearby State Park, try Bastrop State Park.
Weekend Getaway in Bastrop 
Take a weekend getaway to Fredericksburg for the wine, German food and more.
Weekend Itinerary for Fredericksburg
Sip a locally brewed beer at a biegartern like Barrow Brewing Company.
Top Central Texas Art Town–Salado
Grab a tube and float the river in New Braunfels.
Getaway Guide to New Braunfels 

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Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a pair of 100-year-old houses. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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