If the urban hubbub is too much, go west. With its rolling hills, gorgeous views, scenic drives, elegant resorts, waterfront restaurants and multiple lakes, you’ll see an entirely different side of the city. Take a break and make it a lake day in West Austin.

Hula Hut patio from Lake Austin in west Austin Texas
Courtesy of Hula Hut.

Dining

Find everything from Indian and Nepalese fusion dishes at Saffron to locally roasted coffee in a waterfront setting at Mozart’s in West Austin. Plus, find the original location of local legend, Tacodeli, on Barton Skyway. The restaurant caters to the local breakfast taco craze that Austinites can’t resist, serving up favorites like The Otto (Organic refried black beans, bacon, avocado and Monterrey Jack cheese in a flour, corn or wheat tortilla) until 3 p.m. everyday.

The Grove & Lola SavannahRelax with a glass of wine on the tree-shaded patio or pop next door for a quick coffee.

Hula HutSay aloha to Mexican-Hawaiian fusion at this family-friendly lakeside eatery.

County Line Bar-B-QueRelish waterfront Texas-style barbecue and an all-you-can-eat option for you hungry folks.

Biderman's Deli: Head to Far West Blvd. for Jewish-style favorites like bagels and lox, matzo ball soup, latkes and corned beef sandwiches.

Graceland GroceryA roadside stop for breakfast tacos, locally brewed Cuvée Coffee and back patio outfitted with picnic tables and a Do-Rite Bar-B-Q walk-up window.

Hippie Hollow Park at lake travis in austin texas
Hippie Hollow Park.

Outdoors

Austin is pretty as a picture, and you’ll likely want to take a few. Head to Pennybacker Bridge out on 360 to get a perfect sunset snap, hike Mt. Bonnell’s 100+ steps for a bird's-eye view of the Hill Country and Lake Austin, or drop in at Mayfield Park and Preserve for photos of their famous peacocks.

Lake Austinone of our most beautiful and accessible water features. Locals bring their boats here to ski, fish and sun during the day, and dine on the water at night.

Lake Travis: This lake lies little further west, part of the Highland Lakes. Enjoy the day fishing, boating, picnicking, camping, zip lining and swimming.

Hippie Hollow: Go au naturale and explore Hippie Hollow, a clothing-optional park.

Bee Cave Sculpture Park: Take in seven acres of rotating sculptures situated amongst towering oak trees and a spring-fed pond.

Red Bud IsleTake the trail or kayak down to this haven for happy off-leash dogs.

Frog sculpture in garden at Bee Cave Sculpture Park
Bee Cave Sculpture Park. Credit Photobright.

Entertainment

The Hill Country music spectrum offers the likes of old school Austin relics like Nutty Brown Amphitheatre– Merle Haggard graced the stage once upon a time – that offer a country music fix, and jazz shows with dinner service at One World Theatre.

Austin Tour Company: Enjoy transportation to the Deep Eddy Distillery in Dripping Springs every Sunday, departing from downtown at 1 p.m. Expect three hours of touring and sipping at this local vodka producer’s digs.

Clarksville Historic District: Sprinkled throughout the Clarksville Historic District, among quaint cafes and small boutiques, are a host of state-of-the art galleries that would impress that most knowledgeable of art aficionados.

Jester King BreweryIf you have a hankering for an ale, head out to the tasting room at Jester King Brewery. This local legend is known for its spontaneously fermented beers and ever-rotating tap list.

The Contemporary Austin - Laguna GloriaTake in some culture al fresco with a trip to this contemporary art museum and outdoor sculpture garden offering exhibitions and permanent installations on a lush 14-acre site along Lake Austin.

Oasis, TexasGorgeous views of the water and a multitude of local businesses makes this the perfect spot to shop, eat or enjoy a craft beer at Oasis Texas Brewing Company as the sun sets.

Pool at sunset at Lakeway Resort and Spa near Austin texas
Courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Resorts

Enjoy luxury spa treatments, lovely accommodations and a variety of family-friendly activities at Lake Austin Spa Resort, the newly renovated Omni Barton Creek Resort & SpaHorseshoe Bay ResortLakeway Resort and Spa and the new Miraval Austin.

Looking for more lodging in West Austin? Learn more about our nearby hotels and resorts here.