When you think of Austin you may think of a couple of things. First, it’s the capital of the great state of Texas and second, it’s the home of many talented musicians. But that’s just the beginning. Austin has a rich history with world-class museums, beautiful outdoor spaces and one-of-a kind shopping. Whether you’re a longtime resident or visiting this beautiful city, we’ve made a list of things that everyone should check off their bucket list.

1. Congress Avenue Bridge

Everything is bigger is Texas, right? Well, Austin has the world’s largest urban bat colony. Every summer night, hundreds of people gather around the bridge to see over 1 million bats spiral into the summer sky. People can visit the Statesman Bat Observation Center that has a dedicated area to view the unusual, yet fascinating sight. To learn more about this species check out http://www.batcon.org/

 

congress avenue bridge

2. Donn’s Depot

Oh. My. Donn! From students to retirees, this one of Austin’s most unique nightspots. It is housed in an old Missouri-Pacific train depot and the seating areas are made up of real train cars. There is live music six nights a week, ranging from country to modern folk/pop. Now, if there was an award for best bar restroom, the ladies room would win it all. The red caboose has bizarre carpeting with a ladder that allows you to climb up into a sitting area to spy on the dancers and the bands. It wouldn’t do justice describing the culture and diversity on here, so check it out  for yourself!

donn's spy window

donn's bathroom

3. Bull Creek Park

Attention all dog lovers! If you haven’t already, you need to visit this doggie heaven. It’s comprised of 32 square miles full of trails, scenic cliffs and waterfalls. This is an “off-leash” park for a good reason. There is a creek that runs through the park which makes for great doggy swimming. So grab your dog and a tennis ball and dive into the Bull Creek Park!

 

bull creek park

4. Austin City Wide Garage Sale

Everyone loves a good garage sale. But what if you can go to one that consists of many vendors all in one space? You don’t want to mess with Austin’s City Wide Garage Sale. It consists of antiques, collectibles, and all kinds of knickknacks. This is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. You’ll never know what you will find!

city wide garage sale

5. Mayfield Park

This historic park is ideal for weddings, business conferences, retreats and workshops. The 21 acre reserve is located in the middle of Austin and creates a beautiful harmony. It consists of a historic cottage with colorful gardens that have palm trees and water lilies. Let’s not forget to mention the beautiful peacocks that greet you.

peacock mayfield park

6. Peter Pan Mini Golf

This course has been an Austin icon since 1948. It’s known for its giant Peter Pan and T-Rex. There is a bizarre theme that makes you notice something new every time you go! This is the perfect place for all ages. Adults especially like this course because it is BYOB! That’s right, enjoy a couple of cold ones while playing mini golf. It’s located downtown just south of the river.