Austin, TX Travel Guide

When it comes to Austin there are endless activities to experience. From it’s eclectic live-music, lively nightlife, gorgeous parks and lakes. You can take a dip in Austin’s natural pool during the day and enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the city by night. Full of youth, energy and great food, there’s a reason why it has recently became one of the most popular destinations for millennials.

Here is my ultimate Austin travel guide on where to eat, drink, swim and stay!

Where to Stay

My husband actually decided where to stay and chose The Line Hotel. The Line Hotel is a trendy, fun, centrally located hotel in Austin.

What I loved about the hotel:

  • The location! it’s walking distance to so many bars, restaurants and parks. My husband and I only ubered once our whole trip. We were able to walk, bike or scoot everywhere. We walked to the Congress Bridge (“Bat Bridge,” Google it), Rainey Street, Dirty 6th, The Capital, even South Congress (SOCO)!
  • The modern decor and art from local artists.
  • Heated, salt water pool with a view of the bridge over Colorado River.
  • The multiple fireplaces to stay warm at night.
  • The delicious Veracruz Tacos that you can order to the pool. Also, their yummy margaritas.
  • The coffee shop (‘Alfred’) located right in the lobby.
  • Free bike rentals with your stay!
  • Free water in the lobby (it’s the little things)

There are honestly endless amounts of great restaurants in Austin, so you really can’t go wrong! Here are my personal recommendations from my visit:

Love Shack Fancy
Where to Shop

Located south of Lady Bird Lake is the very unique South Congress Ave (SOCO). Filled with tons of boutiques, eateries, galleries and music venues.

Here are just some of the stores we visited on South Congress:

I would suggest walking the whole strip and checking out every store. There are so many unique boutiques and shops. Grab a Frosè or a bite in between shopping.

Outdoor Activities

If you know me, you can’t keep me away from water and sun bathing for too long. So we decided to check out Barton Springs Pool while in Austin. Barton Springs Pool is a recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs. Cool, right?

Things to know before visiting:

  • Located in Zilker Park’s
  • $9pp entry fee (purchase online)
  • There are no chairs, just grassy areas to lounge on
  • Bring your own towels
  • No food or alcohol allowed, only non-alcoholic bottled drinks.
  • The bottom of the pool is slippery so wear water shoes
  • The pool measures three acres long and ranges from 0’ to 18′
  • 68-70 degrees year round
  • The pool is fed from underground springs, so it’s all natural!
  • Hours (double check before you go): MON & THU 5am – 8am, TUE, WED, FRI, SAT, SUN 5am – 10pm

🤫 If you don’t want to pay to swim in the actual pool, you can enjoy the creek on the other side of the Barton Springs Dam. It’s the same water, just no grassy areas.

Rooftop Bars

If you’re in Austin, Rooftop bars are a MUST! Here are some of my favs:

Where to Party

Being that Austin is a young city, there are no shortages of bars and clubs. The two main areas to head to for a night out are Rainey Street and 6th Street, also known as “Dirty 6th.”

  • Rainey Street – What’s unique about Rainey St. is the fact that the bars you see today were once homes that were converted! I really loved that about this street. Oh, and did I mention that there are food trucks for those late night cravings.
  • 6th Street – If you want more of a live music, historic vibe, head over to 6th St! You’ll find that the street is closed off on the weekends so you can safely bar hop and mingle all the way down the block.

Head to my ‘Austin, TX’ stories docked in my Instagram Highlights to see more!

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