Take some time to explore South Austin - a place where hippie meets fancy, original meets contemporary and artsy meets outdoorsy.

natural Texas garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Courtesy of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Marvel at and learn about the beauty and diversity of Austin’s native plants and wildflowers.

Peter Pan Mini Golf
Pick up a putter and go a few rounds at this quirky BYOB putt-putt course.

Jane Ko and friend posing at Greetings from Austin mural at Roadhouse Relics
Greetings from Austin mural at Roadhouse Relics. Courtesy of Jane Ko.

Roadhouse Relics and Greetings Mural
This vintage-style neon gallery and home of the “Greetings from Austin” mural is a two-for-one tourist stop.

Austin Art Garage
If you’re on the hunt for an Austin piece, this gallery is all local.

Wine bar at Infinite Monkey Theorem winery
 Courtesy of the Infinite Monkey Theorem.

Infinite Monkey Theorem and LeRoy & Lewis
This funky winery features canned wine, crosswords and some legit barbecue from pit masters Leroy & Lewis.

Odd Duck
Sit down to New American eats from James Beard-winning Chef Bryce Gilmore.

Cherry Gelato in a waffle cone from Dolce Neve
Courtesy of Dolce Neve.

Dolce Neve Gelato
Authentic gelato is served in an adorable bungalow.

Aviary Wine & Kitchen
Aviary has been a cult favorite for wine lovers and locals since its days as decor shop/wine bar. Recently revamped as the full-service restaurant, Aviary’s warm approach to hospitality and signature sense of humor has not been lost. When you dine at Aviary, you become part of the family.

Radio Coffee and Beer patio at night
Radio Coffee & Beer. Credit Regan Hackleman.

Radio Coffee & Beer and Veracruz
Nosh on an award-winning Veracruz taco while you sip a craft coffee (or beer) on the expansive patio.

Barton Springs, Zilker Park and Botanical Garden
Zilker Park is home to natural-fed Barton Springs Pool, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Zilker Botanical Garden and the kid-pleasing Zilker Zephyr.Backbeat oysters and happy hour cocktails

Backbeat. Credit Jane Ko.

Settle into swanky surrounds with a craft cocktail on the peaceful rooftop.

ZACH Theatre and Long Center for the Performing Arts
Check the calendars for these thriving theaters for concerts, musicals, original works and dance, especially the beautiful Ballet Austin and summer Austin Symphony Orchestra picnics.

dish Sway Thai.
Courtesy of Sway.

Venture into the exotic at this modern eatery spicing up Thai with a twist.

SoLa After Dark
On South Lamar, enjoy the big sounds of Motown at The Highball with Matchmaker on Mondays, take a two-step lesson at Broken Spoke on Tuesdays, and settle down for some sweet tunes at Saxon Pub any evening.