The city of Austin comes alive in the summer, featuring a host of special events, attractions, and other activities that highlight the best parts of the season. Before you take off on your epic adventure in the capital city of Texas, it is important that you have a game plan in mind. Here is your ultimate guide to visiting Austin this summer.
ATTRACTIONS TO EXPERIENCE:
Zilker Park – As the heart and soul of the city, a visit to Zilker Park should be at the top of your sightseeing list. This 360-acre urban oasis is also the location of the Zilker Botanical Garden, the Barton Springs Pool, and the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum.
Texas State Capitol – No visit to Austin is complete without checking out the capitol building and its visitors center. The center offers a museum and a fascinating look back at the storied history of the Lone Star State.
Austin Zoo – Animal enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the Austin Zoo. This venue features over 350 animals, a train ride, and a host of educational and hands-on exhibits designed to entertain and inform visitors.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum – History buffs will love the chance to explore this comprehensive presidential library. The library of the 36th president of the United States is located on the campus of the University of Texas.
Austin is a foodie’s dream city. From mouthwatering barbecue to sizzling Tex-Mex cuisine, you will not go hungry in this diverse city. Here are just a few of the best restaurants to put on your bucket list as you eat your way around Austin.
Franklin Barbecue – The long lines are worth the wait at this Austin institution. Nosh on classics such as brisket, pulled pork, and all of the traditional sides.
Jeffrey’s – For a special night out on the town, be sure to head to Jeffrey’s for a premium dining experience. You will dine on New American cuisine in an elegant setting that includes a posh bar area.
Fonda San Miguel – Enjoy fresh Mexican food in a hacienda-style restaurant that will welcome you in with its inviting vibe. The varied menu features specialties such as enchiladas de mole poblano, pollo asado, tacos al pastor, and more.
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen – This Texas staple belongs on any Austin dining list. Indulge in favorites such as fried catfish, crawfish etouffee, shrimp po’boys, red beans and rice, and more. Finish your meal with a heaping piece of key lime pie.
Food Trucks – Austin is a pioneer in the food truck scene. Your best bet is to download a local app to help you to find the best trucks in your area on any given day.
CAN’T MISS ACTIVITIES:
Snap a Pic – Austin is famous for its wide collection of colorful murals, delivering the perfect backdrop for all of your vacation photos. In South Austin, you will find the iconic Greetings from Austin postcard. Or check out the lovable bullfrog mural near the University of Texas campus.
Catch a Show – Austin’s eclectic music scene is at its finest during the warm summer months. Zilker Park is home to a wide variety of outdoor concerts and musicals, designed to appeal to every musical preference. Using a valet service or a parking shuttle will help to make the experience more convenient and enjoyable.
Pack a Picnic – Take in the sweeping views of the Austin skyline with a hike up to the top of Mount Bonnell. Pack a picnic and stay awhile while you soak up the views that include Lake Austin. The relatively short hike is appropriate for nearly all skill levels.
Get Out on the Water – Soak up the brilliant Texas sun on Lady Bird Lake. Visitors can rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards or choose to relax on a sightseeing cruise.