Are you coming to Austin for SXSW or Austin City Limits soon? Or are you just visiting Austin for the weekend?
Below are seven free or cheap things you can do while in Austin.
Hang with Peacocks in Mayfield Park
Mayfield Park is a park in southwest Austin. The park is filled with palm trees, varied types of plants and flowers. It also has a few resident peacocks. It is a great place to take great place to take a hike, admire natures beauty and also take Instagram pictures.
See the Whole City From Mt Bonnell
Mt Bonnell is an observation point in Austin. It is often considered the highest point in the city, even though there are higher points that might not be as open to the public. Mount Bonnell has a great view of Lake Austin which is part of the Colorado River. Here you will see a view of downtown and a view of the beautiful yet expensive Mansions of Austin. It is a quick 20-30 minute hike up to Mt Bonnell from Mayfield Park. Or if you want to be lazy you can always drive up 3 mins and park at the bottom of the stairs. There are about 100 stairs up from the Bottom to the top, so if you do not exercise much you will need to pace yourself. Also, make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Once you are at the top, you can enjoy a picnic, take in the beautiful panoramic sights of the city or take pictures.
Brunch it up at Taverna
Honestly, no weekend outing is really complete without brunch. We went to brunch at Taverna in downtown Austin. They have an affordable brunch menu and $2 mimosas and Bellini’s. Usually, for me as a lightweight, all I really need are 2-3 mimosas and I am pretty good. If the weather is good, then they also have outdoor seating. There are few other restaurants in downtown Austin you can check out that also have great tasting and affordable brunch. In terms of vegan or vegetarian options for brunch they were pretty good for vegetarian options but not so much for the vegan.
Below are some other restaurants that serve brunch in Austin:
Greetings from Austin Mural
The “Greetings from Austin Mural” is an actual Postcard, so you know the visit was super special for me since my blog name is Postcards from Bisi. Honestly, there is not much to do here but take a picture in front of the Mural and pictures for other families or solo travelers. When I got here I literally became everyone’s personal photographer and ended up taking pictures for around 5 families. One interesting thing I noticed was that this mural is painted on a store called Roadhouse Relics. This store sells “Americana neon Art pieces.” Be sure to check it out if you have the time. It would be nice to actually support a place that has given so many people a lasting memory of their visit to Austin. There were other small businesses near the mural, one of them was a natural soap store conveniently called Austin Natural Soap Store.
Be one with Nature at McKinney Falls State Park
McKinney Falls State Park is a state park in Austin that is 10 miles South of Downtown Austin. Here you can go fishing, go camping, swim or just enjoy the serenity of the waterfall.
Learn Some History at the Texas State Capitol
This site is for all of the history buffs out there. If you want to learn a little bit about the history of the State of Texas, then I would say you should stop here. Besides the fact that it is a beautiful building, it also has information about all of Texas’ past leaders. They have free guided tours during the times below.
Monday through Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Capitol is closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
If you miss the guided tours, then you could do a self-guided tour between these hours
Monday through Friday – 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Please note that building hours may be extended during the Legislative Session to accommodate related business.
The Capitol is closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Get Trashy at Torchy’s Tacos.
No trip to Austin is complete without Tacos. Especially without a stop at Torchy’s Tacos. Austin has a crazy obsession with Tacos! Torchy’s Tacos is pretty amazing and they have really great options for everyone including especially in terms of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. I got the two Vegetarian Tacos on the menu and asked them to leave the cheese out which automatically made the Tacos Vegan. They were super delicious and filling.
In terms of nightlife, 6th street is the place to go. On the weekends, the street is essentially shut down to cars and they just let pedestrians roam about from bar to bar. It is a wonderful experience and I think you need to make your way down there while in Austin. If you are looking for more upscale party life, then you should head to the Domain in North Austin.