Located near Austin in the heart of Texas, the Texas Hill Country has an array of eco-systems and is very fertile. The area encompasses 25 counties and is littered with explorable small towns, bed and breakfasts, tree-dotted canyons, spring-fed rivers, gentle hills and rolling vineyards.
For those looking to plan a trip on a budget, Austin has many worthwhile attractions that are also free. From visiting historical monuments to exploring local art to seeing the world’s largest urban bat colony in action, you won’t have to spend a dime. To add some complimentary activities to your itinerary, here are some suggestions.
For those who love the peaceful feel of a beautiful park or garden, Austin is full of them. With so many choices, from urban parks to nature preserves to wilderness areas, it can be difficult to decide where to spend your day. To help, here are some suggestions.
While Austin has much to offer visitors, sometimes it’s nice to have a change of scenery. Ziplining over scenic lakes, viewing endangered animals, visiting preserved missions and immersing yourself in hillside landscapes are just some of the experiences that are possible right outside of the city. To help you plan a worthwhile day trip from Austin, here are some suggestions.
For travelers who love to eat, Austin is where you’ll find high-quality Tex-Mex, juicy BBQ, strong margaritas and innovative breweries and beer bars. While the eclectic city also offers options like Japanese, Greek and Brazilian, their most iconic flavors come from chipotle salsas and mesquite meats paired with a refreshing libation.
One interesting and slightly spooky experience to have in Austin, Texas, is seeing the bats. The city, which is nicknamed “Bat City,” is home to the largest urban bat colony in the world. During the spring and summer months, thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats take up residence at the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, located above Lady Bird Lake.
For those wanting to efficiently explore Austin, the city features many ways to get around. To do as the locals do, rent a bike from Mellow Johnny’s and see the city as you cycle. Austin, a very health and fitness-focused community, is home to five different greenbelts offering mountain biking experiences, as well as 166 miles of bike lanes and over 4,500 city-installed bike racks.