These 9 Austin Activities Will Really Make You Feel Like A Texan
Even though it’s the capital, Austin rarely feels like Texas. The massive skyscrapers and hectic hustle might make you long for the visions seen in classic Western movies. If you’re searching for rolling hillsides and epic ranches, you can still find them near Bat City. These nine Austin activities will really make you feel like a Texan.
1. Find the perfect pair of boots at Allen's
This gigantic store has more than 4,000 pairs of boots, so you're certain to find something that piques your interest. They also have amazing cowboy hats and belt buckles. You'll feel like shouting "Yeehaw!" when you walk into Allen's at 1522 S Congress Ave.
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2. Take a day trip out to LBJ's ranch.
The "Texas Whitehouse" is a must-see. Knowledgeable guides will lead you around the former president's estate and tell tales of all of the LBJs (because even his dog was named Little Beagle Johnson). The tranquil grounds will make you feel like you're a million miles away from it all, but you're only about an hour outside of town. LBJ's ranch is located at 199 Park Rd. 52 in Stonewall, Texas.
3. Climb Enchanted Rock
Native Americans believed this gorgeous pink granite dome had a touch of magic to it, and it's easy to see why. The glistening rock often makes a whistling sound, and it's fueled Texans' imaginations for centuries. This view is exactly what you'd think of when you imagine Texas' expansive rolling hills. Drive down to Fredericksburg and experience the wonder yourself.
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4. Ride horses through these stunning Texas trails
Maverick Horseback Riding offers lessons for the beginner and advanced horseback rider. You'll love galloping through these serene settings. When the bluebonnets are in season, you can really soak up that Texas beauty. To learn more about Maverick Horseback Riding, visit their
5. Tour the Texas State Capitol
Why not be a tourist in your own city? Austin is full of incredible places, and nothing beats the grandeur of the state's capital building. Free tours are offered every hour, and they're full of fascinating information. Even if you've already seen the capital, it's always worth a second (or third) look.
6. Eat a hearty bowl of chili at The Texas Chili Parlor
While you're in the neighborhood, stop by this iconic local restaurant. Guy Clark immortalized this joint in his classic song, "Dublin Blues," but it's the scrumptious menu that keeps people coming back for more. You'll find The Texas Chili Parlor at 1409 Lavaca St.
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7. Two-step at The Broken Spoke
Nothing screams "Texas" like two-stepping on a country dance floor. The Broken Spoke hasn't changed much through the decades. They still have the same delicious chicken fried steak and amazing live music. It's not uncommon to spot Willie Nelson hanging out by the jukebox. The Broken Spoke sits at 3201 S Lamar Blvd.
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8. Eat a steak at The Original Hoffbrau Steakhouse.
If you ever wanted to travel back in time, pay a visit to the original Hoffbrau Steakhouse. This restaurant has served Austin since 1934, and they still have that nostalgic charm. Their menu is simple — just different sizes and cuts of steak. Each meal comes with mouthwatering potato wedges and a fresh salad. You can't get much better than this. The Original Hoffbrau Steakhouse is located at 613 W 6th St.
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9. Take a day trip to the oldest dance hall in Texas.
Gruene, Texas is nothing short of dazzling. In addition to the lovely boutiques and restaurants, it's also home to Gruene Hall. This massive dance hall still has a magnificent music calendar. You'll get a little taste of Texas' past at this one-of-a-kind venue. Gruene Hall is located at 1281 Gruene Rd. in New Braunfels, Texas.
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What are your favorite Texan activities?
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