Austin February 22, 2018
11 Places Around Austin That Are Better Than Anywhere Else In The Country
We all know that Austin is great, but have you really stopped to admire it lately? With its gorgeous waters, thrilling music, and scrumptious food, Austin is easily the coolest city in America. We are Texans, after all, and we exude an enormous amount of pride about our capitol city. These 11 places around Austin are better than anywhere else in the country.
1. Lady Bird Lake
When the sun sets over the Colorado River, you'll feel a quiet peace wash over you. Lady Bird Lake's pristine views can't be beat, and they're best enjoyed by kayak or paddle board.
2. The Broken Spoke
Two step the night away at Austin's oldest dance hall. Swanky apartments and retail centers surround this iconic bar, but the Broken Spoke still feels frozen in time. Hang out by the jukebox and order some scrumptious chicken fried steak. Who knows, you may even happen upon the redheaded stranger while you're there. The Broken Spoke can be found at 3201 S Lamar Blvd.
3. Franklin Barbecue
Franklin Barbecue is widely regarded as the best barbecue in the world, but you'll have to wait in line for it. Sure, you'll be starving by the time you reach the counter, but the smokey brisket is so worth it. Franklin Barbecue is located at 900 E 11th St.
4. Enchanted Rock
Day trips to Enchanted Rock are good for the soul. This massive pink granite dome is home to some of the most breathtaking Hill Country views in the Austin area. You can find this spectacular getaway in Fredericksburg, Texas.
5. Antone's Nightclub
Antone's has been the home of the blues for nearly 40 years, and it's credited with launching Stevie Ray Vaughan's career in the '80s. Hop over to 305 E 5th S to hear exhilarating live music seven nights a week.
6. Waterloo Records
While most technology chains have stopped stocking their shelves with CDs and records, Waterloo holds on strong. This place is so much more than just a music store; Waterloo Records keeps the Austin music scene thriving. Stop by for one of their free in-store performances and peruse the shelves. You'll love what you'll find at 600 N Lamar Blvd.
7. Hamilton Pool
Summers were made for Hamilton Pool. Bask in the vibrant sunshine and cool off in the crisp water. This oasis has gotten wildly popular over the last few years, so reservations are required in advance. Hamilton Pool is tucked away in beautiful Dripping Springs, Texas.
8. Mount Bonnell
Lake Austin is a wondrous sight to see, and when you reach the top of Mount Bonnell the views get even better. A quick, steep hike will lead you to a blissful getaway.
BookPeople, Texas' largest independently owned bookstore, is located at 603 N Lamar Blvd. Book lovers will adore the staff's hand-written recommendations lining the shelves, and there's no shortage of titles to peruse. BookPeople is also known for their star-studded lineup of guest speakers. Musicians, comedians, and former presidents have all stopped by!
10. Barton Springs Pool
The water is a chilly 68 degrees, but that doesn't stop locals from jumping off the diving board and making a splash. There's no place like Barton Springs Pool.
11. ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Home to the longest running music television show in history, The Moody Theater is like nothing else in the world. Even when you're sitting in the top row, the atmosphere remains cozy and intimate. The sounds ring out in beautiful clarity, and the shows remain etched into your memory. If you haven't seen a concert at The Moody Theater yet, head on over to 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd and purchase a ticket.
What’s your favorite place in Austin?