Whenever you encounter a big metropolitan city, the area surrounding it is usually lumped in. This is certainly the case with Austin, Texas, which is why if you’re curious about the fun things to do in Austin, Texas, you may very well be engaging in activities outside of the Austin City limits (see what we did there… LOL).
If you live in or near Austin, you’re living in quite the golden age because there is almost a gluttonous amount of really fun stuff to do in this part of central Texas. What’s more, Austin has been growing as more people have heard about its coolness, which means that more people are starting to explore the smaller towns that are on the outskirts.
If you’re trying to squeeze every bit of fun out of Austin, Texas, it’s time you embraced the short drive lifestyle and got a load of these awesome excursions:
Lockhart is Barbecue Country – Franklin Barbecue has given Austin residents quite a big head when it comes to who’s king of the grill, but a short drive out to Lockhart will make the knees of all barbecue lovers buckle. If you’re up for a fun challenge, get some friends together and have a bite at Smitty’s, Kruez, and Black’s one right after another. You might be hurting on the drive home, but it’ll be the best hurt ever.
San Antonio & How Texas Became A State – Perhaps the greatest battle cry ever (“Remember the Alamo!”) was born out of tragedy at this mission in the heart of Texas. The Alamo is such a part of the city of San Antonio that you may miss it in the middle of the busy city’s hubbub. You’ve seen it many times on school trips, but it really comes to life as an adult.
It’s Getting Hot In Here – Did you know that Texas summers are hot? Well, did you also know that complaining about them doesn’t do any good? With summer comes swimming season in the Lone Star State. Try your hand at the fancy water parks like Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, or make a day of checking out some swimming holes.
Flex Your Artistic Muscle – Austin is an epicenter for artist and art in general, but there are a number of people who say it’s a little played out. Beat the “I-can’t-find-no-art” blues by traveling to Wimberley, TX. You’ll find art for art’s sake that isn’t pretentious or elitist.
Some Truly Great “Hootch” – Driving out to Dripping Springs, TX will leave you a little confused as they regard themselves as the “Gateway to the Hill Country”, a claim just about every small town around Austin makes. That said, Dripping Springs has been making some noise in the beer, wine, and spirit market, leading many experts to believe this town is on its way to a boom in the near future.
Finding fun things to do in Austin, Texas is actually pretty simple so long as you’re up for anything. You may find that leaving your little bubble will open your eyes a bit and let you see a side of Texas that was just under your nose.