One of the highest point in Austin with incredible views
After a fairly easy fifteen minute walk up some stairs, you are greeted with one of the best views in the city. Stop by to watch the sunset over Lake Austin or extend your stay by bringing a picnic and setting up at one of the picnic tables on site.
The White Horse
Hippest honky tonk in town
With a diverse crowd and cheap drinks, this high energy, no-frills spot for live music and dancing is about as fun as it gets. If you get hungry, the Bomb Tacos food truck is stationed out back, and if you need a bit of a break from dancing, they also have an small patio. Check their website to find out when they offer their free dance lessons. They usually charge a small cover on weekends.
Beautiful building and grounds with free tours available
Stop by the biggest capitol building in the country for handsome architecture, interesting artwork, and beautiful grounds. They offer free tours that depart from the South Foyer about every half hour. The tour guide will take you through the various rooms and sections of the building while sharing some interesting Texas history. They offer a few speciality tours throughout the year including the Women in Texas History Tour on weekdays at 11:15am and the African American Trailblazing Texans Tour in February. Before you leave, check out the Texas African American History Memorial out front.
Congress Ave. Bridge Bats
Austin's resident bats put on a show each night at sunset
Around sunset from late March through early October, the Mexican free-tailed bats fly out of their nests under the Congress Avenue Bridge to find food, putting on a show for the city to enjoy. There are many ways to view the bats: you can stand on the bridge itself, you can look up from the grassy area on the southeast side of the bridge next to the Austin American-Statesman parking lot, you can stand on the viewing platform below the northeast end of the bridge, or you can watch from a kayak or boat as part of a bat watching tour. No matter where you watch from, arrive before sunset to claim your spot because it can get crowded and in warmer months the bats can start flying before the sun has fully set.
Juan in a Million
Tex-Mex spot with the best breakfast deal in town
While this family owned spot serves a variety of Tex-Mex staples, this place became famous for their massive Don Juan taco. This plate of potato, egg, bacon and cheese that could easily fill two people will set you back only $6.25. Be sure to show up early on weekends or expect to wait, but no matter what time you get seated you will be greeted with a smile.
Juan in a Million
Casual restaurant for pan-Asian fare
This homey, counter service spot offers a variety of delicious Asian dishes at affordable prices. It is also a great spot to come to if you are looking for something on the healthier side because they offer fresh, MSG-free dishes with a number of vegan and gluten free options.