What to See and Where to Eat in Austin, Texas

I was in Austin, Texas a while ago and in this post I’m going to show you some of the best things to do, see and eat here, including the amazing live music scene here in Austin. So, let’s begin our journey around this wonderful city.

Franklin’s Barbecue

This place is supposed to be the best in Austin. The line is absolutely insane. People have been waiting out here for hours. There are even lawn chairs. Well, apparently people get here as early as 6 a.m. and they don’t open ’till 11:00. So, that’s already waiting five hours, for some brisket. That should tell you how really good it must be. I myself made it inside after waiting for about two and a half hours. I got ribs, some brisket, pulled pork and sausage. All of them taste really great.  You might be wondering now; is it worth waiting up to three hours? Well, the thing after waiting in line for such a long time is you’ll get really hungry. And once you dig in the meat, it taste all that better. With all that hunger you kept in, you might ask for more.

Cypress Valley Treehouses

The next thing I recommend you to try when visiting Austin is taking canopy tours in Cypress Valley. It’s located right outside of Austin and they offer a really unique lodging experience where you can sleep forty feet above a ravine in a tree house. They’re actually sky yurts that have been strapped on to a tree. So the really, really cool part besides the fact that it’s in a tree is that there’s a waterfall inside where you can swim and bathe. This waterfall is available in all of the tree houses and all of the buildings on the property are powered by solar and wind energy. So it’s very good for the environment. They also offer canopy tours here, so you can sleep in a canopy, you can go with zip-line, explore the canopy. It’s a great way to be in touch with nature and to do something really positive for the environment.

St. Elmo Brewing Co.

This is the best place to go in Austin if you like drinking. I walked here all the way from the place I stayed and arrived 36 minutes later, completely drenched in sweat. The heat in this city is no joke, man! But the best thing is I got a big glass of cold beer to quench my thirst. Boy, was that great!

One of the cool things about this place is they have a food truck right in the entrance way, so you can get really good craft beer here. But, you can also get good quality food and it’s all kind of like Thai food. I got a charred broccoli, green beans, with sugar snap peas, green curry dish. It definitely was not fancy, but for a brewery to have this kind of tropical dishes, I was impressed.

Easy Tiger – Bake Shop & Beer Garden

An alternative to St. Elmo Brewing is Easy Tiger. It’s a cool place to come and chill and have some beers. They also serve a variety of baked goods, such as bread, pretzels, sausages and corned beef. You can also get nice cheese here, craft beer; there’s a huge beer selection and of course, my favorite part of this place is you can play ping pong here.

Barton Creek, Greenbelt

One of the things I love about Austin is It has a really avid outdoor scene from kayaking, biking, rock climbing, to hiking, you can really do it all in this city. I really appreciate that they have a really good bike system here. It’s only $12 a day and you can literally bike all around the city.

Zilker Metropolitan Park

This place is still part of the Greenbelt area and the main attraction here is their natural spring. Within Zilker Park lies one of the crown jewels of Austin. It is the Barton Springs Pool and this pool is three acres long with a temperature of 60 to 70 degrees. Because it’s fed from a natural spring, the water is super blue. There’s a slate rock on the bottom and it’s really an interesting pool. You don’t really see that anywhere else in the world. Admission is only three dollars for residents and eight dollars if you’re not a resident.

The White Horse

It’s a good place to chill in the evening. The bar’s interior has a very classic Texas vibe. They do free dance classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. So you can learn the Texas two-step dance, you can learn Cajun dance, you can learn swing and you can get a nice beer, drink or they got a food truck too. Apparently, that’s the theme here. It’s a pretty cool place. Oh, one more thing; they have free popcorn too.

Stubbs Barbecue & Live Music

This is a great place to get barbecue and also see live music. They have some of the best live music performances here daily and Austin is known for its live music. So this is a really great place to check out some local artists, some real Austin music.

Rainey Street

Renovated house is turned into bungalow bars reigned supreme on this increasingly popular tucked away street. If you come here day or night, you’ll see bar goers strolling from bar to bar or food truck to food truck here on Rainey Street in Austin.

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