7 Austin Excursions That Are Simply Too Good to Pass Up
If you’re traveling to Austin, Texas, you’re in luck. The city has numerous attractions to appeal to a wide range of travelers’ tastes. Whether you’re looking for outdoor recreation, touring the downtown, or food and drink tours, Austin has you covered.
Here are 7 Austin excursions that shouldn’t be missed.
Boating is, far and away, one of the best options for an outdoor excursion in the Austin area. There are a number of excellent lakes on which to enjoy a boating adventure, with Lake Austin easily the best choice for its beauty and accessibility. From extreme watersports like wakesurfing to just chilling out with a large group of your besties, Lake Austin Boat Rentals is available to help you experience this magnificent outdoor setting.
We’ve talked before about incredible boating destinations in the South outside of Florida, and we’d like to officially add Austin, Texas, to that list. Lake Austin and other beautiful lakes in the area provide plenty of opportunities for a memorable outdoor trip in Texas’s capital.
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, rock climbing can be a great deal of fun and a chance to test yourself. It’s also fantastic exercise as well as a source of thrills.
Austin has wonderful rock climbing opportunities at the Greenbelt. Getting to the climbing area requires a short, scenic hike and, depending on the weather, you may have to cross a small creek.
Guided rock climbing tours are safe and fun and a good chance to bond with your traveling partner(s). Don’t miss this attraction during your time in Austin.
One way to experience some of the highlights of Austin is by bike tour. A popular trail will take you through Zilker Park and then onward and around Lady Bird Lake, with plenty of opportunities to see wonderful sights.
One advantage of taking a bike tour is that there are so many opportunities to stop and take a photo. Zilker Park itself is 360 acres and includes numerous trails as well as the Zilker Botanical Garden.
A popular landmark you’ll see along the way is the Texas State Capitol, an elegant Italian Renaissance-looking pink granite edifice dating from the late 19th century.
Keep going, and the trail will take you to Congress Avenue Bridge, the sometime home of a famous colony of Mexican freetailed bats. These bats number between 750,000 and 1,500,000, making them the largest urban colony of bats in the world.
Circuit of the Americas
If you enjoy motor racing, Circuit of the Americas is a grade 1 FIA specification raceway, 3.427 miles in length, and famous for hosting the Formula One United States Grand Prix. It also hosts the Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas and numerous other racing championships over the course of the year.
Additionally, Circuit of the Americas and its Austin360 Amphitheater Stage have played host to such musical guests as Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift and Chance the Rapper.
Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World, so it should come as no surprise that this city has more than one significant music venue.
The Moody Theater was originally on the University of Texas campus but has since relocated, as of 2011, to a new home downtown in a building with a seating capacity of about 2,700.
This is a very popular venue. Many of the live performances here have been replayed on PBS to national audiences. The statue of Willie Nelson is also an iconic landmark.
Wine and Barbecue in the Hill Country
If you’ve taken in Austin’s downtown and want to explore a bit of the neighboring countryside, try a wine and barbecue tour—Texas Hill Country-style.
The Salt Lick and Winery Shuttle Tour provides a chance to experience barbecue at Salt Lick BBQ, followed by stops at two wineries: Driftwood Estate and Duchman Family.
Texas is known for its barbecue, and it also deserves to be known for wine. Try this tour, and you can experience some of the best food and wine the Austin area has to offer.
Craft Beer & Brewery Tour
If craft beer and brews are more your taste than wine, Austin has plenty of options to keep you happy. Try booking a brewery tour, and you can experience such local hits as Southern Heights, Independence, Zilker and Skull Mechanix.
Craft beer is one of those things that tends to have a distinct regional flavor, and the Texas craft beer scene is no exception. You might even find a new favorite or two.
There are many opportunities for fun and memorable excursions in Austin and the surrounding area. From boating to a bat colony and beer, this city has a little bit of everything. Cheers to a memorable trip.