Austin, Texas isn’t a place where you’ll hear someone say, “I’m SO BORED.” Nuh-uh. Whether rain or shine, winter or summer, splurge-worthy or free, there’s always something fun to do, and this is my ultimate Austin bucket list of all the good stuff. And since Austin is one of America’s fastest-growing cities, this list will just keep expanding!
I’ve made this ULTIMATE bucket list for you to share with your friends and family! Yee-haw! I love me some Austin, TX!
The Ultimate Austin Texas Bucket List
- Start your day with a big, warm, gooey cinnamon roll. I tried nearly all the cinnamon rolls in Austin and wrote this helpful guide to the best cinnamon rolls in Austin.
- Brunch in style at Elizabeth Street Cafe, Jacoby’s, or one of these 24 tried-and-true Austin brunch restaurants.
- Figure out how long it takes to stand in line at Franklin BBQ. (I mean…would this really be the ultimate Austin bucket list if you didn’t visit Franklin BBQ??)
- Check out the only breakfast taco guide to Austin you’ll ever need, and start crossing those babies off your list.
- Tackle this massive list of the best queso in Austin. How many have you tried?
- Order those kimchi fries at Chi’Lantro. I love ’em so much that I had them served them at our wedding!
- Lick an ice cream cone at Amy’s Ice Cream. Mexican Vanilla is their most popular flavor – it tastes like cake batter. Looking for vegan ice cream options? Check out this list!
- Austin has SO many great food trucks, so be sure to try at least one of these 16 food trucks that you HAVE to try in Austin Texas.
- See if you can stay awake after indulging in Moonshine Grill’s all-you-can-eat buffet brunch. Good luck! #foodcoma
- If it’s summer, enjoy a creamy shaved ice at Sno-Beach, Austin’s most iconic (and best) shaved ice truck. (They’re closed in the winter months.)
- Treat yourself to a fancy dinner out. Here are the top 20 restaurants you need to try when you visit Austin. They’re all worth the splurge.
- From Detroit-style deep dish to big thin slices of NYC-style, you’ve got to dive deep into the crazy good pizza scene in Austin. Here’s a quick guide to the best pizza in Austin
- Start your day at one of these 24 awesome Austin coffee shops.
- Grab a flight at Hops & Grain, Lazarus, Zilker Brewing….and all the other east 6th breweries.
- Head to one of these 14 must-visit Austin craft breweries.
- Drive out to Jester King for their famous farmhouse ale (pair it with their pizza, which is made using 100% Texas grains.)
- Go to one of the 8 best cocktail bars in Austin Texas. Psst: you can get one of the best martinis known to humankind at a speakeasy-type bar called Small Victory.
- Drink ALL the Texas craft beer at Craft Pride, a bar on Rainey Street that sports over 50 taps of craft beer made in Texas. This is such a great bar and has to be on your Austin bucket list!
- Sneak into Midnight Cowboy, Austin’s most-secretive speakeasy on dirty 6th. Just kidding, don’t sneak in….you’ve seriously got to make a reservation to get in there.
- Perch at the bar at the Driskill, Austin’s most iconic downtown hotel built in 1886.
- Take on the Manmosa at Banger’s Sausage House while you wait for brunch to arrive. It’s a full liter of champagne with a splash of OJ. And then continue to bop around on Rainey Street – here’s a quick guide to all the places you should hit up.
- Get your bartender to make you a custom cocktail at Half-Step. They can come up with pretty much anything on the spot!
- Try an avocado margarita at Curra’s – they claim to be the original avocado margarita in Austin.
- Recover from all your drinking with a recovery punch at JuiceLand, or one of these 7 fantastic juice bars in Austin.
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- Take pictures by the famous murals on South Congress Ave, like the iconic “I love you so much” mural. Here’s a list of the murals + where you eat lunch by them.
- See the largest urban bat colony in North America emerge from the congress bridge at dusk. Here’s all the info you need to see the bats.
- Take a free tour of the Texas State Capitol building, one of the nations most distinguished state capitols.
- And after that, walk over to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum to get your Texas state history on.
- Make your way through this list of the 20 most Instagrammable spots in Austin Texas.
- Wander through the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. They even have yoga in the garden every Wednesday and Friday morning!
- Visit the Thinkery, Austin’s children’s museum. (But it’s fun for adults, too!)
- Go to the LBJ library and learn something new about the 36th president of the United States.
- Wander up and down the iconic shops on South Congress. Here’s your complete guide to South Congress Ave.
- Visit the Blanton Museum of Art.
- Check out all the cool artifacts at the Harry Ransom Center.
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- Skinny dip at Hippie Hollow, Austin “bathing-suits-optional” swimming hole…
- Jump into Barton Springs with 4,000 of your closest friends. It’s spring-fed and 68 degrees year round, which feels awesome in the summer!
- Rent a boat with Float On, Austin’s top-rated boat rental! You can get a pontoon boat for a big group, or rent a ski boat if you’d like to zip around with water skis or a tube. Days on the lake + boat rentals = good times, my friends! Here’s a recap of my day on the lake.
- Go for a hike in the greenbelt.
- Grab a cup of coffee and go for a walk on the Hike & Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake.
- Wade into the beach entrance at Deep Eddy Pool. Just like Barton Springs, it’s 68 degrees year round, but this one is typically a bit less crowded.
- Drive out to Hamilton Pool…but make a reservation first!
- Zip-line over Lake Travis….wheee!!!
- Take a guaranteed great picture at the top of Mount Bonnell. (Don’t worry, this is Austin; it’s not a real mountain.)
- Spend an hour wandering around Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.
- Work your muscles at Austin Bouldering Project – perfect for a rainy day!
- Rent a kayak or a SUP and get out on Lady Bird Lake. Super fun if you can time it at dusk to see the Congress Bats!
- Listen to jazz music at the underground Elephant Room.
- Rock out at a show at the Continental Club, one of the oldest clubs in south Austin (since 1955). This is a MUST for your Austin bucket list!
- BBQ + bands (they book some pretty big names) at Stubb’s.
- Come in March for SXSW for aaaaaaaall the music everywhere!
- Come in October for Austin City Limits Festival for aaaaaall the music at Zilker Park.
- See a show at ACL Live at the Moody Theater!
- Listen to Blues at Antone’s.
- Jam out to some music under the stars at the historic Scoot Inn.
- Grab your boots and two-step the night away at the legendary Broken Spoke! (Tip: not sure how to two-step? Get there a few hours early for group lessons.)
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- Peruse the shops on South Congress. Lucy In Disguise is a must!
- Wander the up-and-coming 2nd Street District in downtown Austin.
- Sample and buy cheese at Antonelli’s Cheese Shop. You can even book a cheese tasting class in advance!
- Try on some cowboy boots at Allen’s Boots.
- Find a unique, locally-made item at The Burlap Bag.
- Head up north to The Domain, Austin’s ultimate luxury shopping experience with every store and restaurant you could want!
- Browse one of the many vintage clothing stores in South Austin. Here’s a list of them.
- Spend an afternoon wandering up and down South Congress. There are tons of unique ones that are doing their part to “keep Austin weird.”
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