If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Austin has a lot to say. The city is full of “Insta-worthy” views that would make anyone with a camera phone and a social media account go crazy. Feel free to snap and share any of the great moments you have in Austin, but here is a list of essential pictures to capture during your time in town:
What better way to show off how much you’re enjoying Austin than to share what’s on your plate. Austin’s restaurant scene has been growing and is becoming one of the top foodie destinations in the country. Whether it’s a big heaping tray of Central Texas barbecue or a carefully-crafted plate of New American fine dining, Austin’s food scene is as photogenic as it is delicious.
Paddle Boarding Lady Bird Lake
This dammed section of the Colorado River flows through downtown Austin and offers tons of entertainment for paddlers of all levels. Get one of the most beautiful views of the downtown skyline from your kayak, canoe or paddleboard. The lake offers easily accessible recreation and multiple access points. Start by renting your watercraft of choice from shops like the Rowing Dock, and Texas Rowing Center before starting off on your expedition.
“I love you so much” Mural
1300 S. Congress Ave.
Located on the side of Jo’s Coffee on South Congress, this sweet mural is a local landmark for couples and friends alike. The simple declaration of adoration quickly went viral in 2010 when a local musician spray painted a love letter to her partner, the manager of Jo’s Coffee. Don’t miss the chance to get a picture in front the iconic mural - whether solo or with your soul mate.
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
The stomping grounds for numerous annual events like Kite Festival and Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker offers one of the best views of downtown, along with volleyball courts, a miniature train, the Zilker Botanical Gardens and the iconic Barton Springs Pool. Snap a pic with your pup during a picnic in the park, or go for a splash in the clear spring-fed water and sunbathe along the pool's populated grassy hills.
Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
100 S. Congress Ave.
Don't miss the opportunity to witness Austin's unofficial mascots, the Mexican free-tailed bats, fly into the night. This spectacle is a fan favorite for visitors and locals alike, viewable from the water or from the bridge itself most evenings from late March to early October. The Congress Avenue Bridge became an unexpected host to North America's largest urban bat population in 1980 , and since then the population has grown to an estimated 1.5 million bats annually.
Nearby Swimming Holes
Venture just outside the city limits to find a wealth of natural swimming holes in the Texas Hill Country. Make your reservations in advance for stunning spots like Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs or Jacob's Well Natural Area in Wimberley. Limited activities such as hiking are currently available at Jacob's Well and Hamilton Pool Preserve, although swimming is NOT currently allowed. Bring your swimsuit, your waterproof phone case and your crew for an afternoon dip in some of the most pristine and wonderous waters in Texas.
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