For visitors, there’s a seemingly endless list of tourist-y things to do in Austin. In a community whose long-promoted slogan is “Keep Austin Weird,” ATX may seem like its own world.
But where do the locals hangout?
Austin’s main tourist drags are fun and exciting, but Austinites often prefer to shop, relax, and break bread in the nooks and crannies unknown to the masses.
A Guide to Austin’s Offbeat Attractions
One of the lesser known secrets is that after dark you can bring your own beer (no glass, only cans). Bring a sixer and check out the hook-handed pirate statue!
The ultimate 80’s show in Austin. Plays every Wednesday at Cedar Street Courtyard with enjoyable night live music
For a peaceful, family-friendly activity, head to Lady Bird Johnson’s 284-acres of well-maintained landscapes and gardens. The 2-miles of trails wind through the gorgeous Texas Hill country and are far less crowded than the trails near Barton Springs.
A chilling, swimming and hiking hidden gem on the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin loved by the locals for its fresh 70 degrees swimming hole temperatures, perfect for the Texas heat!
There are tons of places to grab a bite in downtown Austin, but here are a few that are favorites with the locals:
Tantalize your taste buds with delicious farm-to-table dining. They’re open for lunch, dinner, and brunch.
6th Street is known for its lively nightlife scene, but Easy Tiger offers a more subdued alternative. Enjoy a beer in their back garden or grab a coffee and pastry snack from the back shop. They’re open until 2am.
BBQ is serious business in Austin. Although Franklin’s on E. 11th serves legendary brisket, they’re not the only game in town. Also, it’s no fun waiting hours in line when you’re already hungry. Check out Stubb’s as an alternative.
JW Austin offers some great local favorites that you won’t want to miss:
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