Top 8 things to do in Austin, Texas

Visit Tau Ceti – the colorful wall

Tau Ceti

Visit Austins tallest artwork and see how beautiful the wall is with your own eyes. It almost looks not real. The artists name is  Josef Kristofoletti and he seriously did a great job. The mural is painted on a wall that is 10 floors high, pretty impressive right?

Address: Corner Brazos & Second Street

Explore the Blanton Museum of Art

The area around the museum is already so pretty, so make sure to also check out the campus, where the museum is located. If you are an art lover, you cannot miss the Blanton Museum of Art. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Entrance fee: 12 $

Address: 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Austin, TX 78712

Greetings from Austin Mural

Greetings from Austin Postcard

Visit this cool mural and take a photo there. Afterwards you can explore the neighborhood and visit some good restaurants or cafes. One of the places I loved was the place Elizabeth Street Cafe. The Vietnamese food there is incredible. The place itself is also unbelievably cute and the perfect Insta spot for photos!

Another amazing restaurant in this area is called Fresa’s on South First. The grilled chicken there is super good and if you like Mexican food you found your spot! Also, a super cute garden with the most beautiful decor. Perfect for photos!

Address: 1702 S. 1st Street , Austin, TX 78712

Swim at the Barton Springs

We actually never went to the Barton Springs where you have to pay entrance fee, but to a spot right next to it, where families go swimming with their kids and bring their dogs. Loved the atmosphere there. You can also rent kayaks and stand up paddling boards, which must be super fun. We spend at least 2 hours enjoying this place. The best part, it is FREE.

Address: 2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746

Visit Allens Boots

If you like cowboy boots, you really need to visit this store. If not, you still have to visit this store 😀 Honestly, it so impressive to see all those boots and see what kind of different designs and style they have. I almost ended up buying a pair, but I figured, I wont be able to wear them often in Chicago. But one day, I will buy a pair of cowboy boots.

Address: 522 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

More info here.

Enjoy the beauty of the Texas State Capitol

Another great thing to do is visiting the Texas State Capitol in Austin, which is the largest capitol building in the US. First of all, it is completely free and you can even do a free guided tour and learn more about the history and the building. Tours are offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, departing every 30 to 45 minutes. On Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Sundays noon to 3:30 p.m.

Address: 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

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Stroll around the beautiful gardens of Laguna Gloria

Probably one of my favorite places and the place that has surprised me the most in Austin is the Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria. For 10$ you can enjoy the gardens and the beautiful art installations around the gardens.

Address: 3809 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703

Mor information here.

Eat Barbecue in Austin

If you love meat and love barbecue, Austin is definitely the place to be for you. There are endless barbecue options in Austin, but what I learned, you have to get up super early to be able to taste the most amazing briskets ever. Some of the places that are famous for their Briskets are Franklin Barbecue, Blacks Barbecue, Terry Black’s and La Barbecue. Of course, there are many more, but those are the ones we had on our list.

Tip: Be there early to avoid huge lines.