As you start planning your fun-filled getaway to the city of weird, Austin, chances are you will want to spend lots of time outside, enjoying the natural beauty of our Texas home. 2020 has been a time of uncertainty and restrictions, so getting out of our homes and under the blue skies will more than likely be at the top of your vacation itinerary, and because we want guests to enjoy every minute of their Texas escape, we’ve created this guide to natural Austin attractions. Beautiful, scenic, and impressive, these attractions are a joy to behold!
Barton Springs Pool
For most of our guests, when they think about a pool, they imagine a highly chlorinated, concrete-clad pool of sparkling blue waters, but when you visit Austin, Barton Springs Pool will immediately dispel that image! Created from crystal-clear spring waters that feed into the limestone base, this popular swimming hole is unlike any you have ever seen before. Surrounded by grass and trees, there’s no chlorine sting when you dive under the waters, and the tiny fish you see swimming by keep it exceptionally clean. Located at 2131 William Barton Drive, the springs get too chilly to swim in during parts of the year but are still worth a visit to explore their unusual beauty.
McKinney Falls State Park
Tucked away between Onion and Williamson Creeks, McKinney Falls State Park is a natural attraction you will never want to leave. Offering trails that lead alongside bodies of water and through wooded areas, it can stay cool in the sweltering months of summer as the trees provide shade, and preservation efforts make it a safe refuge for wildlife. Hikers often come across a variety of bird species doing their walks, and during the spring you may even spot a shy doe and her sweet fawn. Fishing is a popular activity in the park and reflecting pools offer photo opportunities, but it’s the falls that will take your breath away and use up most of your camera battery. Offering an upper and lower fall area, the turquoise waters falling over the stones are a serene and tranquil sight to behold. Swimming is allowed when the weather is warm enough.
Sometimes the history surrounding a natural attraction can be even more fascinating than the attraction itself, but with Enchanted Rock, the history and the beauty of the site are equally magnetic! It’s a bit of a drive from Austin to Fredericksburg where Enchanted Rock is located, but the pink granite hilly outcroppings that make up the attraction make it worth the trek. Offering incredible views of the Texas Hill Country and the perfect spots for watching the sun set over the valley, early Native Americans have spun quite a few tales about the noises that emit from the Enchanted Rock and the flashes of light often spotted at the summit.
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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.
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Austin is a wonderful vacation destination with much to see in the way of outdoor attractions. Even if you’ve come for some of those great outdoor activities, you’ll want to check out a few of in the Austin indoor attractions we’ve listed below.
Austin Indoor Attractions – Vigilante Gaming Gastropub
The name of this place speaks for itself! It’s a gaming bar with dozens of hit, award-winning tabletop games to choose from, from Splendor to Taboo to Cards Against Humanity, which makes it automatically twice the fun of any regular bar. You don’t just come here for a drink or two; you come here when you want to have an absolute blast with your family and friends.
Blazer Tag Adventure Center
If you want a fast-paced afternoon of fun to get the blood pumping, filled with laughter, strategy, alliances, and double-crossing, Blazer Tag Adventure Center is the place for you. Games are 20 minutes long, so it’s a short and sweet way to fill a slice of the day between bigger activities. Or, since it’s so cheap, you can stay for a while and play game after game! Tickets are $8.99 per person, per game. This is one of the more popular Austin indoor activities among the locals and tourists.
Austin Maze Rooms
If you’ve never done an escape room, it’s an active game (typically lasting around an hour) you play where you’re locked in a room with your party and you must use the context clues and elements within the room to solve the puzzle and make your escape. It’s a wild time, and it’s perfect for families or groups of friends. At Maze Rooms you can choose between The Shed (dinner party horror theme, 2-4 players), Spy Safehouse (Soviet espionage theme, 2-7 players) and Pharoah’s Tomb (archaeological explorer theme, 2-6 players). Prices are $30 per player or $45 each for exclusive groups of 2.
Austin Bouldering Project
This is a great way to get moving and get your exercise in while still escaping from the summer heat outside! Go rock climbing with the comfort of A/C at Austin Bouldering Project. You can participate in an adult bouldering class if you’re new to the sport, book a group climb if you’re bringing a large group, and even try out yoga and fitness workshop if that’s your thing. An adult day pass here is $18, while kids/students are only $14.
Come and experience all the wonder of skydiving—indoors! Flyers can be as young as 3 years old, with no upper age limit, so this is an experience of a lifetime that the entire family can enjoy. Enjoy a gentle and safe flight in the wind tunnel with experienced flyers to guide the way at every step, and make sure to check out the VR too while you’re there! The basic first-time flyer package at iFly starts at $59.95. This is one of the most exciting Austin indoor attractions to experience.
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It’s not easy to experience all of Austin on a short visit, especially when you only have three days to explore this amazing city. There are so many things to do, experience, and enjoy. We’ve come up with a three-day plan that can guide you on your short getaway. You can pick and choose from the Austin attractions below to suit your needs and interests. We’ve included a few must-see Austin attractions for anyone visiting this place for the first time.
Austin Attractions – Zilker Metropolitan Park Attractions
When you’re looking for green space, Zilker Park is the first thing that pops up on any tourist map or travel agent’s brochure. This is not a regular park either; it spans over 351 acres of lush green areas that surround Lady Bird Lake. Here you’ll find everything you need to spend a day in the arms of nature. Picnic areas are abundant and so are the recreational facilities. Enjoy walking trails, volleyball courts, disc golf courses and many others.
Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge
You might wonder what’s unique about a bridge in Austin and what makes it a popular landmark for tourists and locals alike? The answer is bats! Bats live under the bridge and come evening they fly out seeking food. It’s a wondrous sight to see all those bats flying about in these beautiful formations. Bats feed on night insects like mosquitoes, which is one reason the locals love and cherish the Congress Avenue Bridge bats. There are even tours specifically designed to help you see the bats!
The cultural influences of Mexican, Latino, and Latin American cultures on Texan life are visible and undeniable. Mexic-Arte Museum celebrates all forms of these influences and displays them with pride. The exhibits include photography, painting, sculpture, and other mixed media forms.
When you want to find a standpoint that gives you a comprehensive view of the city of Austin so that you can take it all in one glance, Mount Bonnell is the place to be. At the highest point on the mountain, you can see as far as the Colorado River. It’s an ideal place for photo-ops, although you will have to do a bit of climbing to reach the summit.
This is just a small sample of all that Austin has to offer, but it provides a good start for your three-day excursion. For more information about other Austin attractions and to book your stay in the city, call us today! Check out these fun holidays in Austin, Texas!