There is that one person in everyone’s lives that never seems to get the credit for all the wonderful things they do, and oftentimes that one person is usually our spouse! He or she is in charge of remembering doctor’s appointments, the passwords on all the accounts, even the birthday of Aunt Ethel on your father’s side, being sure to remember that she loves the drugstore box of chocolate turtles that is sent every year. After the train wreck that was known as 2020, doesn’t your partner deserve a Valentine’s Day that outshines all the others that went before? This guide to the most romantic activities in Austin you can participate in during your unforgettable Austin getaway will only get better when you choose Austin Vacation Rentals for your luxury love nest!
Drive-in Movies Are Making a Comeback!
For many of the younger generation, the drive-in is something only seen in the movies, but they were popular once. For those of us who have personal memories of nights at the drive-in, their comeback is a great thing! The Blue Starlite Drive-in is an Austin example that we can’t get enough of, and we think it’s perfect for a night of romance, snacks, and fantasy. Offering three locations throughout Austin, the Blue Starlite bills itself as boutique drive-ins and only accepts from 15 to 40 cars a night, but if you are one of the lucky ones, you’ll fall in love all over again as you snack on popcorn and sodas, fiddle with the dials on your radio to ensure you have the optimum viewing experience, and perhaps take a step back into your history and steam up the windows more than a little!
Laughing in Love
New couples may not appreciate this bit of advice, but those who have been each other’s Valentines for more than a few months get it. If you can laugh together, you will stay together forever, so why not laugh in love together with a visit to the Capitol City Comedy Club! Located at 8120 Research Boulevard #100, this spot will have you laughing until your jaws ache and your ribs hurt as you take in the performances of comedians from all over the nation! Featuring local funny men and even funnier women, as well as some of your favorite big-time stars, their open mic nights are always a blast and if the love of your life considers himself a funny guy himself, this is the perfect opportunity to prove it to the world!
A Romance That Lasts With These Activities in Austin
After the final credits roll and the last laugh has been laughed, coming home to your Austin Vacation Rentals Valentine’s abode will help the romance last even longer. Reserve yours today!
As we flip through the calendar pages, it may come as a surprise to realize that after a long and trying year, winter has finally arrived. The cooler days and longer nights offer a cozy punctuation point to our lives, and if you are seeking a winter escape that isn’t too crazy cold, a visit to Austin may be in your future! When you choose Austin Vacation Rentals for your accommodations, this guide to some of our favorite winter adventures will ensure a getaway filled with fun, laughter, and excitement.
Romance and Family Fun With These Winter Activities in Austin
There aren’t a lot of activities that can check off two boxes on your winter activity bucket list, especially the romantic time and family fun time ones, but ice skating happens to be the one activity that can! Grab your partners hand for a romantic whirl around the rink at the Chapparal Ice Center, and when your little ones want to join in, grab their hands and make it a family affair! Offering two locations—one in Northcross Austin (open from 8 AM until 6 PM) and one in Cedar Park that stays open until 10 PM—this winter activity is a favorite for people of all ages!
Hiking Trails That Will Make You Happy
The natural landscape of Austin is a beautiful one and because our winter weather never really gets too cold, you can enjoy the trails and walking paths all year round! Visit the Barton Creek Greenbelt and explore over 13 miles of trails or enjoy a simple walk around Mueller Lake with an expedition to Mueller Lake Park. Whichever hike you try is sure to be the one you will remember for a long time to come and if you happen to take a photo break, your pictures of these Winter activities in Austin will definitely be frame worthy!
The Hunt for Hot Cocoa
Not all adventures have to be grand undertakings, sometimes the simplest moments will be the ones that touch you the most! The hunt for hot cocoa has become serious business in the winter as we all seek the perfect combination of creamy and delicious! We at Austin Vacation Rentals have put a lot of research into the hunt and although it’s nearly impossible to find a bad cup of hot chocolate in our state, one of our favorite cups can be found at Fluff Meringues & More! Located at 48 Burnett Road #450, their incredible Mexican hot chocolate is a work of art, featuring a spiky meringue topper of vanilla and cocoa and a drizzle of ginger-caramel!
Austin Makes Us Happy During All Seasons
We are even happier when you choose us for your winter getaway! Reserve your stay in Austin today for a comfortable, cozy, and stylish winter escape!
If you recently found yourself back in the classroom, only this time the classroom was your dining room table and instead of being the student you were the teacher, chances are the pandemic changed your world as much as ours. Even if your child is still participating in school virtually, it’s just one more way your world has changed in 2020, but there is a silver lining! Homeschooling doesn’t have to be done from home; online schooling can be done from anywhere in the world! When your educational journey brings you to the town that is proud to be weird, Austin, Texas, this Austin activities guide we’ve prepared will ensure this getaway is also entertaining.
Love Your Curriculum
Homeschool teachers know they can take almost any topic and turn it into school curriculum, and your Austin journey is yet another fascinating example. Teaching math via budgeting for your trip, enjoying recess out by the private pool of your luxury Austin Vacation Rentals temporary schoolhouse, and discussing the Keep Austin Weird campaign as part of your social studies assignments is just a small part. The history of Austin is long and rich, giving parents the perfect opportunity to make history class a meaty one! Starting with the original name of Austin—Waterloo—and leading to the successful metropolis it has become today, there is no shortage of information to build a module with!
Field trips are popular in the real classrooms, and it is no difference for your virtual one as you take your child (or children) to history museums all over the city. The Bullock Texas State Historical Museum, located at 1800 Congress Avenue, tells the stories of our town, our state, and the people who have sacrificed so much to make our state the great place it is today. Adding a bit of science class to your history field trip, their IMAX documentary titled “Into America’s Wild” offers the perfect introduction to an Earth science module, should you be so inclined!
Austin Activities for When the Lunch Bell Rings
When hunger pangs strike, the close location of our fully equipped kitchens eliminate the need for brown bags, but why cook when there are a host of delicious lunch spots that allow you to get out for a while and enjoy a taste of the town? Forthright at 35 Brazos Street serves made from scratch meals that are healthy and delicious and features a cocktail menu for the teacher!
The Joy of Home Schooling
Education is important, and our vacation retreats allow those currently learning online to seamlessly continue their education as you re-discover the joys of vacationing! Contact us today to book your educational getaway and to learn more about Austin activities.
As restrictions begin to lift and we find ourselves able to do more and go places, surprisingly we find ourselves looking back on the days at home with warmth and soft regret! We may have worried about having enough toilet paper to make it through the pandemic, but the timeout we all endured allowed us to spend more time with the ones that really mattered. We learned new math from the children we were supposed to be teaching, we had the time to read bedtime stories every night, and for those of us with infants, we didn’t miss out on any of the first milestones! If your travels have you heading in the direction of Austin, Texas and a stay in one of our soothing retreats, this guide to isolated Austin activities you can participate in will allow you the opportunity to experience those wonderful family moments all over again!
Take a Hike on the Butler Hike & Bike Trail
While you won’t exactly have this colorful trail that follows along the banks of Lady Bird Lake all to yourself, it will still feel as if the lake and trail only belongs to you and your family! Just be sure to follow the arrows; this trail is one way now! If it’s still a little too crowded out there for your tastes, you can rent a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe at any of the little “beach” shops along the way. The Austin Paddle Shack, Epic SUP, and Texas Rowing Center are a few examples!
Sunset on Mt. Bonnell
There’s no bad place from which to view a stunning Austin sunset, but if you want to get away from the crowds while you enjoy unobstructed views, a picnic atop Mt. Bonnell may be your best bet! Offering the best seats in the house, your simple feast will be enhanced by the sights and sounds that accompany an ordinary Tuesday evening in Austin.
Visit the Blanton Museum of Art
How can a visit to a museum be an isolated activity, you ask? Simple! This visit is a virtual one that can be experienced without ever having to put on pants, and it won’t cost you a penny. Pour a glass of wine, get comfy, and prepare to explore the beauty of art from all over the world at Blanton Museum of Art; our properties come with free Wi-Fi, so you won’t have to use up precious data!
Explore the Beauty of Austin Vacation Rentals
Not every day has to be spent on the go during your Austin getaway. Reserve your luxurious escape today and take some time to enjoy the space!
There’s a special day taking place in just a couple of weeks, and we would like to be the first to wish all the dads, fathers, and papas out there a very happy Father’s Day! Our dads do so much for us every day and never expect anything in return except for a cold beer on a hot Saturday or being left to watch the big game in peace. But wouldn’t it be nice if this year we really celebrated the men we love so much with something extra special? A journey to Austin and as stay in one of our Austin Vacation Rentals luxury escapes is what first comes to our minds, and if you are a like-minded individual, this guide to the fun Austin Father’s Day for you and your dad will help you have a day he will never forget!
Donuts for Breakfast
Dad can be healthy every other day of the year because a Father’s Day in Austin demands to be started with a special treat from Voodoo Doughnut, located at 212 E 6th Street. Practically world famous, their donuts never fail to excite taste buds that have been bored to tears by the those “other” donut places, and their eclectic décor makes it a favorite of everyone who stops in!
Walk Off the Donuts on Austin Father’s Day
Although a hike is always fun, we’re not trying to make you do something extra healthy on your special day; the walk we are talking about involves clubs, a cart, and a tiny dimpled white ball! Although it can get a little humid in the Austin area in the summer, June is a good time to hit the course, and the options are plentiful! From the Jimmy Clay Golf Course to the Barton Creek Fazio Canyons Golf Course, dad’s 18 holes of fun in the sun promises to be the highlight of this Father’s Day getaway!
For the Coolest of Dads
Now, not all dads sip their beers at cocktail hour; the coolest of dads appreciate the value of a day spent sipping suds! Day drinking is even more fun when you don’t have to worry about going to work the next day, so plan on spending at least the next two days in Texas, if not the entire week! The Moontower Saloon, Nickel City, and our personal favorite, HandleBar are just a few of the local watering holes guaranteed to serve your drinks fast!
Come Home to Austin Vacation Rentals
As the sun sets on another perfect day in Texas, coming home each night of your getaway to the comforts offered by Austin Vacation Rentals will be the best part of every day. Reserve your stay today!
After weeks of being trapped inside our homes, the restrictions are being lifted, borders are opening, and we are once again free to move about the nation! If you spent your downtime planning a vacation getaway to Austin, Texas, we’re sure you’ve already discovered that the only place to stay is in one of our Austin Vacation Rentals comfortable escapes! Offering quiet luxury and tranquil comfort, our properties are designed to make you forget all about the troubles and stresses you’ve just suffered through. And because the last thing you want at this stage in your life is to be trapped indoors, we’ve compiled this guide to many of the Austin outdoor activities you can enjoy during your stay!
The screensavers on our laptops and PCs often scroll through a beautiful collection of flower photos, but there’s nothing quite as beautiful as the real thing! Zilker Botanical Garden, found at 2220 Barton Springs Road, is one of our favorite places to visit on a sunny day; it offers a collection of various gardens to enjoy. From the Green Garden Cactus to the Taniguchi Oriental Garden, the blooms are always cheerful, and the ambience is always peaceful. Those traveling with children will especially appreciate the charms of the Doug Blachly Butterfly Trail and Garden!
Talk to the Animals
The Austin Zoo has been a family favorite activity since opening day all the way back in 1990. Feeding the petting zoo animals with feed purchased in the gift shops, hanging outside the lion’s habitat hoping for a spine tingling roar, and enjoying snacks and beverages as we walk along the crushed gravel paths on a beautiful summer’s day are just some examples of what makes our zoo special! Tickets are quite affordable, and you can even enjoy a private tour for an additional fee.
A Walk in the Park
McKinney Falls State Park is one of the more beautiful areas in Austin, and the falls for which it is named offer the perfect spot to take your annual family photo. Popular for geocaching, hiking, and biking, you can also pack a picnic, but remember that food, coolers, alcohol, music, and frisbees are not allowed around the falls!
Fun With Austin Outdoor Activities
While your outdoor adventures in Texas are sure to be fun, spending your inside time in one of our properties will be equally as enjoyable as these Austin outdoor activities! Contact us to reserve your Austin getaway today.
In many areas of the world, summer may seem as if it is a thousand years away, especially as we all sit in our homes waiting for quarantines to lift and life to get back to normal. The calendar, however, tells a different story. April is over, May is in progress, and Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner, making it the perfect time to start planning your unforgettable visit with plenty of activities in Austin to enjoy! And as many future Texas visitors have spent their time doing virtual tours of potential vacation properties, it shouldn’t be of any surprise to you that our Austin Vacation Rentals summer escapes will add an extra touch of perfect to your Texas-sized adventure!
Learn a Little Something About Our Great State
Museums can be boring, but not in Texas, as the Bullock Texas State History Museum easily proves! Located at 1800 Congress Avenue, the exhibits, exhibitions, and artifacts found here offer a beautiful picture of our fair state over the centuries and its air conditioned halls can be quite welcoming during the sultry days of summer!
Explore the Beauty of Nature With These Activities in Austin
The stunning landscape of Austin is even more breathtaking when viewed from a kayak on the Lady Bird Lake. This body of water is actually a man made reservoir once designed to be used as a cooling pond for the local power plant but is today used as a recreational spot to be enjoyed by water babies from all walks of nature! The view of the Austin skyline is absolutely stunning from the vantage point of the reservoir; boat rentals are available on the banks of this beautiful body of water.
Discover Where the Legend Had Her Start
There’s only one Janis Joplin, and Austin is her old stomping grounds. Threadgill’s at 6416 N Lamar Boulevard is the spot she developed the style she would be known for in her short time on earth. Offering delicious comfort food and an eclectic musical style since the 60s, visitors can’t help but feel they are a part of history from the first moments they step inside!
Keeping Austin Weird
We are a weird little town and we definitely won’t be offended if you point it out. As a matter of fact, we are proud of our weirdness, and travelers who enjoy stopping at roadside attractions such as the biggest ball of twine or largest frying pan are going to get a real treat out of this next adventure! The Cathedral of Junk, located at 4422-4424 Lareina Drive, is one of our favorite novelties, being a structure created from junk the builder has collected over the years. Construction started in 1988 and continues today, and includes a Zen garden of televisions, a throne room, and a variety of rooms, stairwells, and an observation platform. Seeing the inside can be done by appointment only (call 512-299-7413) but there’s nothing that stops you from driving by to take a peek from the outside if no appointments are available!
Austin Vacation Rentals for the Win
At the end of everyday activities in Austin during your stay, coming home to the comfort and style of our summer escapes will be a treat of which you will never tire. Reserve yours today!
The big city is the place to be when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day. The city of Austin is gearing up to celebrate one of our favorite holidays, and you’re so wise to join us! Get ready for music and drinks and laughter and more and we head into St Patrick’s Day in Austin in 2020. (Don’t forget to pack a green shirt!)
Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl – Austin
Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Parlor and Yard
This $15 ticket includes some complimentary drinks, food and drink specials, waived cover charges at the participating bars, professional photographers, and custom lanyards. There’s even a costume contest with a $500 prize. This is a nice way to get out and see the city at night when it’s all aglow and beautiful, and to get acquainted with the nightlife of Austin.
St. Patrick’s Day Austin
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
Come to a family friendly St. Patrick’s Day event on Sunday! This is great if you have kids to entertain, or if you just want to have a good time. Here you’ll get a crash course on Irish culture, song, and dance, with live Celtic music, Irish food and drink, horse drawn carriage rides, and more.
St. Patrick’s Day Party!
Tue, Mar 17, 11 AM CDT
Latchkey is one of our favorite Austin bars, and it’s the place to be on a night like this. They’re open until 2:00 AM on St. Patrick’s Day, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy this event held at this classy, upscale bar.
St. Patrick’s Day Bagpipe in the Park
Wed, Mar 18, 12 – 1 AM CDT
Katherine Fleischer Park
If you don’t like the bagpipes, you’ve probably never heard them played the right way. Bagpipes are meant to be heard in the wide-open outdoors, like the way they are in the rolling green hills of Ireland, and it’s just your luck for this holiday that there’s a bagpipe event happening in the park! It’s seriously worth it to head down and check this event out, which will include a complete marching pipe band and drummers. It’s the most Irish thing happening in all of Austin for St. Patrick’s Day 2020.
Spend Your Stay with Austin Vacation Rentals
With Austin Vacation Rentals you’ll find everything you could ever want and need of a vacation rental home. Head over to our catalog now to take the first step toward your 2020 St. Patrick’s Day getaway.
In Austin, there’s always something to do, and that includes fun-filled Austin activities for the restless solo traveler. Big cities are great destinations for those traveling alone, so you’ll find Austin a vibrant place to be, ripe with adventure. Take a few of our Austin activities recommendations for solo travelers like you:
Take a Kayak or Paddleboard Tour
Take an unconventional tour through Live Love Paddle, and head out onto the water with an expert tour guide to see Austin in a new light. They offer a wide variety of tours, including: Bat Watching Tour, Urban Kayak Tour, Full Moon Music Paddle, and even a July 4th Fireworks Tour. You can also rent equipment from them if you’d like to go off and explore the waters on your own, free of the constraints of a tour.
Visit the Blanton Museum of Art
Museums are a great solo destination since you’ll be able to explore the exhibits at your own pace. The Blanton Museum of Art’s hours vary slightly day to day, but they’re open every day except Monday, making them a great midday activity. Make sure to catch the current featured exhibits, such as The Artist at Work, Wael Shawky, and SoundSpace.
Explore the Museum of the Weird
This started as a mom and pop shop and evolved into the locally beloved museum of oddities that it is today. This is one of the last old-school, dime museums of eras gone by. If you love sideshows, strange sights, and weird artifacts, this is the place to be. The museum is $12 for adults and is open every day from 10:00am – midnight. Find them on Sixth Street!
Relax at the Zilker Botanical Gardens
This is a wonderful way to spend a day in Austin. The garden is open 9:00am – 5:00 pm, and admission is only $8.00 for adults, which means you can stop by almost any time during the day and spend pennies for hours of enjoyment. When you arrive, you’ll see why Zilker Botanical Gardens is often referred to as “the jewel in the heart of Austin.” Explore the different themed gardens all interconnected with streams, waterfalls, and ponds housing gorgeous Koi fish. We could sit and watch them for hours. This is one of the best Austin activities.
Spend Your Stay with Austin Vacation Rentals & Austin Activities
Spend your stay in Austin in luxury and comfort, in a vacation rental designed with you in mind. We have a wide array of rentals perfectly suited for the solo traveler. Head over to our catalog now to get started on finding yours!
If you want to experience the perfect day in Austin, one great way to do it is to book a tour with an experienced guide here in town. There are plenty of options with a wide variety of adventures to embark upon. Here are some of our favorite Austin tours offered!
Best of Small-Group Guided Austin Tours
This isn’t your typical bus tour. It’s a ‘bucket list’ tour, and on this ride offered through Austin Detours you’ll get to experience the best of Austin in just two short hours! It’s a whirlwind adventure where you’ll see some fun and off-the-beaten path spots that only locals know about, and you’ll get around quickly with your friendly guide. See places like the Capitol Building, Graffiti Park at Castle Hill, and even a dessert truck.
Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour
Explore the world of Austin, Texas from the seat of a bike with this exercise-heavy tour offered through Barton Springs Bike Rentals & Austin Tours. You’ll get to soak in the sights and sounds of the city as the wind rushes around you; everything from the Capitol building to the downtown party spots.
Austin Craft Beer and Brewery Tour
If you’re a beer aficionado, or even if you’re just a casual lover, you’ll enjoy this tour of the Austin brewery scene offered through Brewery Austin Tours. Learn all about the brewing process as you visit some of the most popular breweries in the area, explore the Rainey Street district, and enjoy tastings along the way.
Ghost and Bat Segway Tour
This tour is 2.5 hours of spooktacular fun, offered only once a day at 7:00pm through Segway Nation. It’s a short learning process when it comes to riding a Segway, and then, you’ll get to take this thrilling tour to see Austin’s historic buildings and hear the haunted tales behind them. You’ll also get to make friends with the famous bats of Congress Avenue Bridge. You’ll even get to see the Texas State Capitol Building and the Austin Convention Center on this tour!
Start Today with Austin Vacation Rentals
Spend your stay in style by choosing a rental home through us here at Austin Vacation Rentals. Just get in touch with us today at 833-241-7651 and we’ll help you take the first step on your vacation! Contact us now!