The Austin Bucket List

The Austin Bucket List: 30 Things You Must Do Before You Die

Do you have things that you want to do before your bidding final farewell? No matter how hard it is, you will leave no stone unturned to do them before meeting your doom. Ask a traveler what he or she wants to do. His/ her bucket-list will surely be filled with visiting new destinations, trying out adrenaline-based adventures, walking down the paths less treaded, sampling a unique local delicacy, or taking a trip down the memory lane at one of the historic sites. What if I tell you (believing you love traveling), you are going to get these all in Austin. Yes, you read me right. Austin, the state capital of Texas, is well-known for its eclectic live-music scene centered on country, rock, and blue. It is an inland city bordering the Hill Country region.

Whether you are planning your vacation with your gang or have yet to plan your trip to Austin, I have made it easy for you. In this blog, I will run you through the Austin travel bucket-list that has 30 amazing things you would love to do before heading to heaven.

Nestled at the point where the Colorado River leaves the Edwards Plateau, Austin, the second-largest state capital in the country, was founded in 1839. It was named after Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas”. The state capital city is known for the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum, and the University of Texas. There’s more to see and do on this incredible tour to Austin.

Austin Travel Bucket List – Visit Austin, Top Things to Do Before You Die


Let’s dive in deep and unearth some of the known things that you may find fascinating to try.

  1. Drinks at the Cloak Room:


Some say the bartender is cranky, some say she’s super-friendly. Why not visit there for a drink and confirm how the bartender is? The ambiance of the Clock Room is superb, so is the service.

  1. The Fun of Cold Beer and Hilarious Spanglish Banter at La Perla:


This upscale boutique is a great place to sneak into and enjoy a cold beer while your friends witness some hilarious Spanglish banter. La Perla is believed to be the essence of “Old East Austin” as it brings cold beer and Latino culture into one place.

  1. Revel in Jazz Music at Elephant Room:


Revel in its old-school appeal when you are at Elephant Room. This is an underground jazz bar with nightly live music. And don’t forget about the draft beers and wines by the glass.

  1. BBQ Road Trip:


Does this need any explanation for someone who calls road the home?

  1. Munch on Homemade Enchiladas and Bread at Dart Bowl:


The full-service bar in Austin is open from Monday to Friday and Sunday & Sunday and offers Austin’s favorite homemade enchiladas. People would love to come to this place for family gatherings, high fives, communal shoes and balls, and shared pitchers of beer.

  1. Grab a Mini-cooler at Franklin Barbecue to Enjoy Mouthwatering BBQ:


One of the best locations in the United States for delicious barbecue. Long lines form for pulled pork, brisket, and other smoked meats.

  1. A Breakfast Taco Crawl:


It should have almost everything including La Cocina de Consuelo, Mi Madres, Joe’s Bakery, Tyson’s, and Mi Trailita.

  1. Mt. Bonnell Inspires Awe in You:


Also known as Covert Park, Mount Bonnell is one prominent attraction point alongside the Lake Austin. Admire the breathtaking vistas when you decide to make a not-too-far trek. The mount bequeaths astounding views of the city of Austin and the surrounding hills.

  1. South by Southwest:


Why should you catch previously-recorded SXSW Sessions when you can go live?

  1. Stroll through Texas State Cemetry:


If you love walking and strolling, what better place should be you than the Texas State Cemetery. Before you walk on the well-manicured gardens, have some tacos and enjoy a margarita at Takoba. Just blocks east of the State Capitol, this ground is the final resting place for Legendary Texans, Legislators, Senators, Governors, Judges, and Congressmen.

  1. Witness Wildflowers in Bloom:


Austin in spring is super-gorgeous. One instance of it is when you visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It displays 650 native Texas plant species on nature trails and in gardens. Take in the outstanding valleys and meadows bursting into a colorful carpet in the Texas Hill Country.

  1. Rock a Rainy Day:


A few raindrops cannot ruin your good time in the city. Places like West Sixth District (go shopping), Whole Foods Market (grab a glass of wine), Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (for art-house flick), and BookPeople (wander the bookshelves) have plenty of things to offer.

  1. Attend a Spring Festival:


The Moontower Comedy Festival, Fusebox Festival, Austin Food + Wine Festival, Pecan Street Spring Festival, West Austin Studio Tour, and Hot Luck Festival should be considered.

  1. Make Splash at Swimming Hole:


Twin Falls lures people who want to make a splash at a swimming hole. It requires a short trek of about a half-mile and little climbing. Hiking further would fetch you Sculpture Falls.

  1. Dine Alfresco:


Grab your table at P6 if you want to not just relish great food but some stunning views.

  1. Hot Dog Night at a Round Rock Express game:


How much would you appreciate hot dogs on warm summer nights?

  1. Go on Craft Cocktail Hop:


Experts would suggest starting at Garage and then moving to East Side Showroom, Isla, Peche, and Whisler’s.

  1. Dare to Get in Naked at Hippie Hollow:


This is going to be pretty challenging to convince your friend to get in naked here. Located on the shore of Lake Travis in northwest Austin, Hippie Hollow Park is the only legally recognized clothing-optional public park in Texas.

  1. Go Two-Stepping:


Which one would you love to attempt – the East Side-cool of the White Horse Saloon or the more classic vibe of the Broken Spoke?

  1. Celebrate Christmas All Year:


At Lala’s Little Nugget on Justin Ln, it’s Xmas all year long. The jukebox includes tunes primarily from the '50s, the tree and lights are always up, and the regulars are chock-full of dad jokes.

  1. Drink German beer at Scholz Garten:


Beer, brats, and bowling -- it’s been open since 1866, and although it often caters to the UT football-viewing crowd, it’s a great spot for nostalgic beer-drinking any night of the week.

  1. Go to a Taping at ACL Live:


If you enter often, you have to win tickets at some point.

  1. Catch a show at the Continental Club:


The "grandaddy of music venues," the Continental has been featuring Austin’s brightest talent since 1957.

  1. Tantalize Your Taste Buds with the Best Pizza in Austin:


From big thin slices of NYC-style to Detroit-style deep dish, dive deep into the outstanding pizza scene in Austin.

  1. Tip Woode Wood:


Probably, you have seen him, have you? He provides the greatest soundtrack when you stroll through the Lady Bird Lake hiking trail. Apart from runners and bikers, Wood also serenades dogs, squirrels, and many others.

  1. Compare Tacos at Local Favorites:


Are you more of a Tack Mex lady or a Torchy’s girl? You have got to clear this at local favorites. Maybe, you will love Papalote.

  1. Donn’s Depot Attracts Ladies:


Why so? If you haven’t been to this little place and spent some time, ask your girl to accompany you. Donn’s Depot is a fantastic little bathroom attached to a divey piano bar on West 5th St.

  1. Camp in Emma Long Park:


Been staying at Austin vacation rentals and now want a genuine camping experience? Well, for that you don’t even need to leave the city limits. Ask your vacation home rental owner to provide gear and stock up on supplies – you are all good to go to sleep under the stars. With sites available on a first-come and first-serve basis (primitive camping starts at $10), you may like to upgrade for some extra running water and waterfront spots. Before you grab your spot on the camping sites, leave your glass containers and cigarettes for a more authentic experience.

  1. See Albino Peacocks at Green Pastures:


For avid hikers and trekkers, Green Pastures has been a phenomenal destination. Your trek would bring you the most luscious views of the flock of peacocks roaming the grounds. The best time to see the peacocks roaming is just before sunset. Also, marvel at the beautiful birds.

  1. Listen to the Austin Music Syllabus:


Yes, Austin is home to many big-time musicians. Gary Clark Jr.’s Blak and Blu, Bob Schneider’s Lonelyland, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s Texas Flood, Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger, and Shawn Colvin’s A Few Small Repairs should be in your collection.

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