1. Start your day off right with some breakfast tacos.
Your taste buds will thank you for diving right into Austin culture the minute you wake up.
2. Do the Time Warp and see a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema hosts a very special interactive screening on Saturday nights. If this is your first time experiencing the show, you might want to check out this helpful link so you know what to expect. ;)
3. Explore the nightlife on East Sixth Street.
4. Food encore! Grab some finger-lickin’ BBQ from The Salt Lick.
It’s a little bit outside of Austin, but the drive is worth it. Also, it’s B.Y.O.B, and they don’t take credit cards (but they do have an ATM on premises), so make sure you come prepared.
5. Check out some live music — Austin is the live music capital of the south!
Depending on when you’re traveling, check out Austin City Limits or SXSW. Both festivals are totally fun, but completely different. ACL is three days long, in the fall, and takes place in beautiful Zilker Park. SXSW usually takes place over a week in the spring, mixes in films, and events are spread out in venues throughout the city.
6. Fly over Lake Austin.
Anything with the tagline “Fly like a bird, swim like a dolphin” gets two big thumbs up. Rent a Flyboard or a Jetovator and have an awesome day out on the lake.
7. Share a giant drink with new friends at The Jackalope.
Ya know what they say: Everything’s bigger in Texas, and cocktails at The Jackalope are no exception. Grab some pals and drink up!
8. Looks like it’s time to eat again!
After you’ve finished your ginormous margaritas, pop into Kerbey Lane Cafe for some late-night queso. This ain’t your mamma’s dip. No, this dip is three layers of magic and combines guac, queso, AND pico de gallo.
9. Do some bat watching.
We know you might be saying to yourself: “Why would I want to see bats?” And the answer is: “Because bats are friggin’ awesome!” Every year, thousands of pregnant bats migrate to Austin and hang out for a few months to raise their pups. You’ll want to head to the Congress Avenue Bridge around sunset to see them emerge.
10. Go on a brewery tour… or three.
11. And then there’s always chicken shit bingo at Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon.
Which is exactly what you think it is and kind of gross, but maybe also a little entertaining? At least you’ll have a story to tell!