I love Austin. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world. There is so much to see, do, eat and drink. But all of that can be a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time visiting. That’s why I compiled this bucket list for first time visitors, so you can stop stressing out about what you to do when you visit and instead enjoy your time in the Live Music Capitol of the World.
1.Tour the UT campus and if you can, attend a UT athletic event2.While you’re around campus, don’t miss out on Torchy’s Tacos. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu3.Can’t visit Texas without trying some Texas style BBQ. My favorite is Franklin Barbecue. Make sure to be in line by 7:30 am to be one of the first ones served when they open at 11:00am!3.Take a picture of the murals around town. My favorites are the Greetings from Austin, You’re My Butter Half and Welcome to Historic Sixth Street
4.Party all night on 6th Street
5. While 6th Street gets all the hype, don’t forget to bar hop down Rainy Street. Visit the historic bungalow style homes that have been converted into bars. You can’t go wrong with any of the bars on Rainy, but make sure you don’t miss the best beer bar in Austin, Craft Pride6.Take a tour of the Capitol building. It’s a great way to learn about Texas’ history and it’s free!
7. If you’re still eager to learn more about Texas history after your capitol tour, go ahead and visit the Texas State History Museum
8.Take a break from the Texas humidity and go for a dip in Barton Springs
9.Try Tex-Mex. Personally, I’m not crazy about Tex-Mex, but when in Texas…… I recommend Chuy’s 10. Walk, run, bike, kayak, or paddle board around Lady Bird Lake
11.Do some shopping on South Congress. Search for antiques and trinkets at Uncommon Objects or try on some authentic cowboy boots at Allens Boots. Grab a lunch and drinks at South Congress Cafe and don’t forget to pay a visit to the Before I Die mural 12.See the bats fly over the bridge on Congress Bridge at dusk
13. Lastly, don’t forget to visit AT LEAST one brewery. Even with strict alcohol laws, in the last few years, Austin has really blown up on the craft beer scene. Visit some of the breweries near downtown such as Hops and Grain, 512, Zilker, Austin Beer Garden Brewing, Austin Beerworks and many more. And if you have a car, drive on over to Jester King or Oasis