I got very lucky this Spring Break. Instead of not being able to really enjoy it, I actually get to spend the first half of it with my cousins in Austin, Texas. Ever since I had visited them several years ago for Winter Break, I fell in love with their city, and have been itching to go back. ACL just does not give you enough time to really explore the city.
Besides it being so gorgeous, I feel like there is a thousand and one things to do there, so I decided to narrow it down to my top 10 things that I want to do or would like to do during my time in Austin.
1) The Greenbelt-This is my number 1 thing to do because hiking through it is probably the most fun I have had with my cousins in Austin. It is so pretty but there are so many different spots to explore. I get really lucky with this particular one because my cousin's apartment is right on it so we have it in their backyard.
2) Food trucks/trailers-This is obviously the foodie in me coming out. One thing I cannot get enough of in Austin (besides the scenery) is the plethora of food trucks! While they aren't free, the food in these trucks beats the everyday fast food. My personal favorite? Gordough's Donuts. They put everything on donuts, which might seem very fatty but so worth the calories.
3) The Murals of Austin-One of the many free things to do is mural-hunting! There are numerous murals all across Austin, and they are all so different. Everything from simple as 'I love you so much' to the 'Greetings from Austin.' You can never have a dull day going on a mural-scavenger hunt.
4) Hamilton Pool-I have yet to visit this place but hopefully Spring Break is the perfect opportunity for it. It is a natural swimming pool formed when part of an underground river collapsed. Now it is a famous spot for spend a day with a well-packed picnic, complete with a ring of waterfalls.
5) Go see a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse- Seriously, go see a movie here and you can never look at a regular theater the same. This is a movie theater that serves you like a restaurant while you watch a movie. My heart aches that Corpus does not have one, although that is probably a good thing because then I would be ever more broke than I am now.
6) Live Music is everywhere-Austin is known by many to be the music capital, alongside Nashville, and that definitely rings true. During the summer, there are many free park concerts you can attend. But it does not have to be summer for the live music to flow. There are many places you can wander around and just hear music flowing through the street.
7) Kerby Lane Cafe- I ate here once when I went up to Austin for ACL and I fell in love with it. So much so, that since they started selling their famous pancake mixes at H.E.B., I have bought them. Probably some of the best breakfast items I have ever had.
8) Mount Bonnell-Do you want that perfect sunset (or sunrise if you're an early bird like that) picture? Mount Bonnell is the perfect spot for it. And it does not require actually climbing a mountain, just a whole lot of stairs.
9) Bat Bridge-One of the most famous spots in Austin is on Congress Bridge. It is home to an estimated 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that always take to the skies around dusk. Even if bats creep you out, you can't deny that watching these crazy creatures take to the sky is amazing.
10) Tour the Texas state History Museum-I am not a big fan of history (or math or science to be honest), but I do love museums. Maybe it is because I am learning things on my own and not in a classroom for a grade or possibly because it is interactive. But anyway, the Texas State History Museum is one crazy place.
BONUS: Austin is home to a Whole Foods (while Corpus is not), so I personally just like to go there when I am in Austin and according to my cousins, they have stellar free samples on the weekend.
Austin, Texas is one beautiful place that I do not think I could ever get enough of it. It also has plenty of places that are affordable and I cannot recommend a visit here enough.
What about y'all? What is your favorite place in Austin if you have ever visited? Or that one place you want to visit?
Until next time,
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."