Last summer, Drew and I visited Austin for the first time together. I had traveled to Austin before for work, but didn’t have time to really experience all that the city has to offer. Lucky for us – there are usually inexpensive flights from Atlanta to Austin, so we were able to squeeze it in one weekend.
For our time in Austin, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Austin. It’s situated on the river and right by the Congress Avenue Bridge – it was an ideal location and allowed us to do a lot of walking!
Our first night there we walked to Terry Black’s Barbecue. We must have timed it perfectly because there was barely a line when we arrived, but by the time we left the line was out the door and down the block! The barbecue was great and we both left satisfied.
After dinner, we posted up under the Congress Avenue Bridge to view the bats. For those that don’t know, over a million bats live under the bridge during the summer months and fly out every evening to feed. It’s definitely unique! Be sure to head over early to get a prime viewing spot.
We had to alter our plans for Saturday because unfortunately Drew was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection at the local clinic. We originally planned to play laser tag at Blazer Tag which boasts a three-story laser tag facility – and we still plan to come back and play one day! Instead we hit the streets to see some of Austin’s famous murals and tastiest food. This guide helped us find some of the best murals around the city – highly recommend checking it out!
We spotted a few murals on our way to breakfast at Gourdough’s. We went to South First location and oh my gosh – the donuts were incredible. We were in heaven! Afterwards we visited the infamous Peter Pan Mini Golf. This place was super fun and it’s BYOB, so be sure to grab a cold one before hitting the course.
Everyone we knew insisted we visit Torchy’s Tacos, so that’s where we ate dinner that night. This was my second time having Torchy’s and I just don’t get the hype? It’s not bad, but don’t expect anything mind-blowing either… For an after dinner treat, we stopped by The Baked Bear and explored the surrounding area.
On our final day in Austin, we started with breakfast at Magnolia Cafe South and some mural hopping. If you get to Magnolia’s early, you won’t have to wait in the insane line, which is what we did.
We spent our final day in Austin enjoying the great outdoors and all of the fun water activities. We rented a tandem kayak and hit the Colorado River to explore the city by waterway. Later we visited the Barton Springs Pool at Zilker Park, which was unlike anything we’ve ever seen! Barton Springs Pool is a huge three-acre public pool that is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68 degrees. It was unbearably hot while we were in Austin, so the springs offered a great reprieve!
Overall, the trip to Austin was a whirlwind, but we loved every minute of it. We returned from the trip already itching to return – and hopefully we will someday soon! In the meantime, we keep recommending it to family and friends since there’s something for everyone there – great food, activities, music, and more!