20 Excellent Experiences For Every True Austinite (and our visitors!)

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Very often, nowadays, I get asked the question, “What are some cool things to do in Austin?,” or “What MUST I do when I visit Austin?” Not a simple question to answer, considering the wealth of amazing opportunities, cool experiences and off-the-beaten path fun to be had here in the Capital City.

I sat down the other day and began a list of all the unique recommendations that I have passed along during my time living here. Thought I would compile that list and share with you. Keep in mind, by no means is this compilation IT. There’s so much more out there. However, I can promise you copious amount of laughter, fun and happiness by checking out any and all of these below.

Enjoy and happy exploring, gang!

20 Excellent Experiences For Every True Austinite (and our visitors!)

1) Attend a University of Texas Longhorns football game

2) Take a dip in Barton Springs Pool

3) Check out an evening bat flight from the Congress Avenue Ann Richards Bridge

4) Drop a quarter in the jukebox and grab a Lone Star at the Horseshoe Lounge

5) Breathe in the panoramic views from atop Mount Bonnell

6) Pay homage to a true guitar legend at the SRV Statue

7) Enjoy pure gluttony at the Friday Pork Chop Lunch at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

8) Experience Stand Up Paddle Boarding on Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake

9) Partake in Sunday Chicken Sh*t Bingo at Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon

10) Gorge yourself in amazing breakfast tacos at Cisco’s on the east side

11) Two-Step to your heart’s content at a classic Texas dance hall, the Broken Spoke

12) Experience seared meats like to no other (and the fun of the line) at the mecca I know as Franklin Barbecue

13) Attend a full weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival out at Zilker Park

14) Take a tour of the stunning beautiful Texas State Capitol building

15) Absorb the wonderfulness of Sunday Hippie Church at Maria’s Taco X-Press

16) Attack one of the best hamburgers in all of Austin (and one cool bar) at Casino El Camino

17) Attend a Wednesday of free, live music during the Summer at KGSR’s Blues on the Green at Zilker

18) Take the tour to the top of an Austin landmark and soak up the great sights from atop the UT Tower

19) Witness a taping of Austin City Limits at the new ACL Live at Moody Theater

20) Feast your eyes on the spectacular views and awesome sunsets at The Oasis on Lake Travis


  1. Good stuff Randall!

  2. Thanks for the top 20 Randall! I’m getting ready to move to Austin and I love checking out your blog. You do a wonderful job of incorporating well-known hot spots and the smaller, hole-in-the-wall places.

  3. Awesome post, Randall!

  4. Dorothy Metting says:

    Most Excellent.. Did i miss a “great dog park/ or doggie friendly Bar”??Just speaking for Sir Shinerman and suggestion. Woof.

    Dorothy Ann Metting

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. Look at you! This is awesome. I love the Stand-up Paddle Boarding pic – good times!

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