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The Ultimate 2022 Bucket List for Austin Newbies

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Austin has an unlimited amount of wonderful sights to see and enjoy from landscape to various local businesses around the city! From shopping along historic South Congress to hiking up to the tippy top of Mount Bonnell, Austin is home to wonderful scenery and a quirky sense of pride. Check out our ultimate bucket list to newbies that are visiting Austin or call it their new home.

Find out why Austin is known as “Bat City” when you go on a little tour beneath the Congress bridge. Bats are known to congregate and fly out into the sky in a spooky frenzy! Book a boat tour for this must-see Austin bucket list item.

📍Congress Ave, TX  78704

South Congress Ave. stretches for miles and is known for a variety of local shops that make Austin famous for its quirkiness. Check out local boutique Aviator Nation street wear, the original Joe’s coffee, and Lucy in Disguise vintage and costume shop to name a few.

📍South Congress Ave.

Austin, TX 78704

If you’re ever craving NY-style pizza in Austin, you have to visit Home Slice Pizza. Check this bucket list item off by visiting the original location is right in the heart of South Congress.

SUN-THURS | 11AM-10PM

FRI-SAT| 11AM-11PM

📍1415 S. Congress Ave.

Austin, TX 78704

Austin’s newest mural is already attracting photographers and ‘grammers alike. The colorful Tau Ceti mural stands tall on the corner of Brazos and 2nd Street and is Austin’s tallest public artwork.

📍E 2nd St. & Brazos St.

Austin, TX 78701

bucket list Austin

While strolling along South Congress Ave. you have to visit the original Jo’s Coffee for some coffee or their famous frosé. On your way out, a true christening of Austin lifestyle wouldn’t be complete without visit to the “I Love You So Much” mural!

📍1300 S.Congress Ave.

Austin, TX 78704

Scoot around downtown Austin with a little speed when you rent any one of the many bikes or scooters parked around the metro area. Whether you use Bird app, Lime, or Uber, you can find tons of transportation options!

📍Downtown Austin

If you haven’t dined at Kerbey Lane Café have you really been to Austin? Satisfy this bucket list mealtime at Kerbey Lane’s famous breakfast joint known for their famous queso and tons of comfort food classics. Try any one of their locations for a solid meal!

📍Multiple Locations

As one of the oldest operating businesses in the heart of South Congress, Güero’s Taco Bar is a must for your Austin bucket list. With one of the best patios to enjoy dining outdoors, Güero’s offers delicious taco combo meals and tons more!

SUN-TUES | 11AM-9PM

WED-SAT | 11AM-10PM

📍1412 S. Congress Ave.

Austin, TX 78704

Enjoy a true Texan summer when you paddleboard along Lady Bird Lake. If you should need a paddleboard, the rowing dock on the waterfront offers reasonable paddleboard rentals for hourly/daily use!

SUN-SAT | 9AM-6PM

📍2418 Stratford Dr.

Austin, TX 78746

For your summertime bucket list, check out Barton Springs natural pool right off of Zilker Park for an enjoyable afternoon of sunbathing and swimming. Due to the pandemic peak hours of visitation may require a reservation. Check the website for more information!

📍2131 William Barton Dr.

Austin, TX 78746

Probably the best and most well-known park in Austin, Zilker Park is centrally located and expansive. As the annual host of Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park offers wide-open spaces for Frisbee, dog-friendly play, and outdoor sports!

📍2207 Lou Neff Rd.

Austin, TX 78746

For some giant burritos and classic margaritas, you’ll want to check out Chuy’s! This Austin staple has multiple locations, but the original is situated right along Barton Springs Road in the heart of downtown Austin.

MON-FRI | 11AM-9PM

SAT | 11AM-12AM

📍1728 Barton Springs Rd.

Austin, TX 78704

bucket list Austin

Right along Barton Springs Road you can also find Austin Eastciders restaurant location. Enjoy tons of pizza options, pub snacks, and their entire selection of locally brewed cider flavors.

TUES-THURS | 11AM-10PM

FRI-SAT | 10AM-11PM

SUN | 10AM-9PM

📍1530 Barton Springs Rd

Austin, TX 78704

Take in the sight of the majestic state capitol when you visit downtown the green grounds of the Texas State Capitol. You can also see beautiful views of the capitol building along South Congress.

📍1100 Congress Ave.

Austin, TX 78701

Austin is known for its barbecue and there are tons of options. Though the best barbecue for your bucket list has to be La Barbecue or Micklethwait Craft Meats. Fresh, juicy, and hot daily barbecue options await you!

Micklethwait Craft Meats

📍1309 Rosewood Ave.

Austin, TX 78702

La Barbecue

📍2401 E Cesar Chavez St.

Austin, TX 78702

Take in the waterfront of Lady Bird Lake when you take a stroll or bike the Lady Bird Lake Trail. Flat trail pathway make this bike ride make this an easy breezy afternoon out.

📍Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

Austin, TX 78704

Take in the natural wonder of Austin by hiking one of the many greenbelts. The most expansive and well-known is the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Accessible through many points near downtown Austin, Barton Creek Greenbelt is a must for your nature bucket list!

📍Various Access Points

bucket list Austin

Check out this new man made piece of natural artwork when you visit Austin. Pease Park Treehouse artistically mimics a seed pod you might see on the forest floor. Feel part of the woods when you walk around inside its 575 square foot space.

SUN-SAT | 5AM-10PM

📍1100 Kingsbury St.

Austin, TX 78703

Observe the history of Austin infrastructure when you visit the Pennybacker Bridge. This steel arch bridge offers scenic views for cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians crossing the bridge.

📍5300 N. Capital of Texas Hwy

Austin, TX 78730

Take in the views of downtown Austin and Lady Bird Lake from high up when you visit Mount Bonnell. This hike is free and accessible to anyone and you can find plenty of parking nearby!

📍3800 Mount Bonnell Dr.

Austin, TX 78731

For more of the best spots in Austin, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok @StuffToDoInAustin! Check out the UNATION app to find more awesome stuff to do in Austin.

Hailey Way

Hailey Way

An alum of University of Washington's Journalism program, Hailey's cultural beats include technology, style, and the arts. Writing eventually transitioned into editing content for SEO best practices in balance with brand storytelling. As a digital marketing strategist, she wears many hats consulting clients in B2B/B2C small business, e-commerce, film, cosmetology, and lifestyle brands. Since 2018 Hailey has been a contributing style editor for Gabriel & Co. New York. She currently resides in Austin, where she enjoys thrifting, exploring local businesses, pop up events, and nature.

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