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.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Good coffee with an even better view
While you can get your coffee and pastry to go, this is the sort of place you are going to want to grab a seat and stay a while, especially because they offer bottomless coffee. Once you order your coffee and dessert, head out to the deck to soak up the beautiful view of Lake Austin.
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.
Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Austin Central Library
Gorgeous library that has books and much more
This stunning piece of architecture that overlooks Lady Bird Lake is about community as much as it is about books. There are reading porches with rooftop seating overlooking Lady Bird Lake if you want to read, get work done, or just take in the views. On the second floor, check out the small gallery space that houses temporary art exhibits. If you need a little refreshment, Cookbook Bar and Cafe has meals made from recipes found in the pages of iconic cookbooks, literary themed cocktails, and demonstrations from touring food authors. If you want to delve deeper, they offer tours on Thursdays and Saturdays at 12:30. Registration begins at noon at the docent station located on the 2nd floor.
360 Bridge Overlook
Beautiful views from a cliff overlook
This spot, that is also known as the Pennybacker Bridge, is a favorite of photographers and sunset ogglers alike. In order to access the view, you are going to want to park on the a small gravel area on the right just before you cross over the bridge. Then follow the path up through the trees and in about five minutes you will be taking in the view of the bridge and water from above. If you want to keep going, the trail continues along the river for just under a mile.
Waterfront green space with views of downtown
If you are looking for a place to picnic or toss a frisbee with a view of the downtown skyline, this is it. This spot that plays host to numerous events and festivals throughout the year so check the info link below to see if anything is going on while you are in town. When you are done here, cross the street and head up the nearby Doug Sahm Hill for a higher vantage point to take it all in. If you feel like being active, hop on the Lady Bird Lake trail and go as long as you want.