Gorgeous swimming hole that requires reservations
This oasis that is only a 45 minute drive from downtown is just as magical as it looks. It is the perfect place to cool off from the Texas summer heat, just make sure you make a reservation a few weeks in advance because they are required from May 15th through September 30th and they book up quickly. Occasionally, swimming isn't allowed due to bacteria levels, so check the status before you book. If you are visiting outside that time frame, you don't need a reservation, you only need to pay $8 cash per person at the gate to enjoy the watering hole and mile long trail that leads to the Pedernales River. You really don't want to miss this glorious natural spring. If it is all booked up for the dates you are in town, check out Krause Springs or Milton Reimers Ranch Park instead.
24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX
Laid back cocktail spot with a Palm Springs feel
With palm trees and flamingos on the walls inside and an outdoor patio with a shallow wading pool and blue umbrellas, this stylish bar transports visitors to the 70's in Palm Springs. Grab a frose at the bar or a punch bowl if you are here with friends and head out to the patio for a leisurely afternoon spent hanging out with your legs dangling in the pool.
One of Austin's tallest murals
This colorful mural that reaches the top of this ten floor parking garage on the corner of Brazos and 2nd Street is quite a sight to behold. This work, completed by Transylvania-born, Austin-based artist Josef Kristofoletti, was named for a sun-like star of the same name in the Cetus constellation. The artist got his inspiration for this piece from the reflected sunlight that bounced off nearby windows onto this corner of the parking structure on summer afternoons. So pay attention to the way the light bounces off of the mural and stop by in the afternoon if you are around in the summer.
Elizabeth Street Cafe
Attractive French-Vietnamese cafe and bakery
This all-day cafe seamlessly transitions from a French cafe filling orders of croissants and cafe au laits in the morning to a Vietnamese eatery in the afternoon serving banh mi, pho, and craft cocktails. In our opinion, the delicious banh mi pairs perfectly with their creamy Vietnamese coffee any time of the day. If you enjoyed your time at this cute spot, Josephine House, June’s All Day, Pool Burger, Clark's Oyster Bar, Jeffrey's, Perla’s Oyster Bar, Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Swedish Hill, Lou's, and Joann's Fine Foods are all run by the same group.
Elizabeth Street Cafe
One of the highest points 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.
Oasis Texas Brewing Co.
Brewery at The Oasis overlooking Lake Travis
The Oasis is a hilltop complex overlooking Lake Travis that offers arguably the best sunset views in the city. The complex is anchored by a massive, mostly outdoor restaurant where most people head when they want to take in the Oasis views. But we recommend skipping the restaurant and heading next door to Oasis Texas Brewing for great craft, elevated bar food, and the same great views as nextdoor.