Things to Do in Austin, TX

Discover the fun that awaits you in Austin, TX! From rockin’ concerts to lip-smacking barbecue to a clothing-optional park, there’s more than one way to keep it weird in Austin.

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Key Bar

Key Bar

According to Instagram, Andy Cohen loves Key Bar. For a few bucks, you can sip a beer and sit on the same barstool as America’s famed talk-show host. 960 1280

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County Line on the Hill

County Line on the Hill

Texans love their barbecue, a fact confirmed by the popularity of the County Line on the Hill. Julia Roberts has been spotted eating at the restaurant's location on Bee Cave Road. 960 1280

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Jo's Coffee

Jo's Coffee

The Jo’s location on Second Street is a great place for celebrity sightings and strong coffee. Two famous Hollywood studs, Luke Wilson and Taylor Kitsch, have stopped by during South by Southwest. 960 1280

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The Driskill Grill

The Driskill Grill

Inside the luxurious Driskill Hotel, you’ll find the Driskill Grill. A 10-time recipient of AAA’s four-diamond rating, this drool-worthy restaurant has hosted none other than Paula Deen. 960 1280

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Bess Bistro

Bess Bistro

Owned by Sandra Bullock, Bess Bistro is a charming underground speakeasy with cozy booths and sexy lighting. Occasionally, the Oscar winner works as a guest bartender, serving up signature cocktails such as the Champagne Bess cocktail. 960 1280

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Uchiko

Uchiko

This hip, posh Japanese restaurant is owned by Tyson Cole, who has appeared on "Iron Chef America." The menu has an impressive sake selection, as well as sushi and sashimi that will exceed expectations. 960 1280

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Trio

Trio

Brunch at Trio is a bucket-list item for anyone in Austin. This restaurant, tucked inside the Four Seasons, is a favorite spot of Giada De Laurentiis, host of "Giada at Home." 960 1280

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Jeffrey’s

Jeffrey’s

Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has dined at Jeffrey’s Restaurant. This New American restaurant is an Austin classic. 960 1280

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Qui

Qui

The Season 9 winner of "Top Chef", Paul Qui, owns this quirky and eccentric restaurant for devoted foodies. Try the tasting menu for an unforgettable dining experience. 960 1280

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Guero’s Taco Bar

Guero’s Taco Bar

Everyone loves tacos, especially from Guero’s Taco Bar. This quaint and spicy diner has hosted famous guests from Ryan Gosling to Bill Clinton. 960 1280

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Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

This Oklahoman park (the only one of the list not in Texas) is a six hour drive from Austin and offer miles and miles of hiking. Another big draw is the bison herd that roams the land here; these majestic beasts can be seen grazing throughout the park. On your way out, be sure to drive to the top of Mt. Scott for 360-degree views of the land below. Bonus: this is the only park on the list that doesn't charge an entrance fee! 960 1280

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Pedernales Falls State Park

Pedernales Falls State Park

I like to refer to this state park as a jungle gym for adults. Pedernales Falls is more about creating your own path rather than following set trails. Climb around the limestone cliffs and bluffs that make up the bulk of the land; or if you happen to visit during the heat of the Texas summer, take a dip in the river that runs through this park. Being only thirty miles outside of Austin, this park is perfect for a day trip or a weekend where you'd rather spend your Sunday enjoying the sun instead of spending hours driving home. 960 1280

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Pace Bend Park

Pace Bend Park

This is one of the closest parks to Austin, but with 400+ campsites, you're always able to get away from others and enjoy some solitude. It's best enjoyed during the summer when you can take full advantage of the cliff diving that makes this place famous. Get there early in the day and get yourself a campsite along the nine miles of shoreline, as this park does not take reservations. 960 1280

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Mustang Island State Park

Mustang Island State Park

Stretching five miles along the Gulf Coast of Mexico, this state park offers a few RV spots, but what you really want to do here is pitch your tent right on the beach. No hiking trails, no mountains to climb, this place is all about relaxing in the sun and enjoying the waves. 960 1280

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Caddo Lake State Park

Caddo Lake State Park

In a bayou cloaked in history and mystery, you can pitch your tent under towering pines and bald cypress trees with low hanging Spanish moss. It's one of the only natural bodies of water in the state, so be sure to rent a canoe and paddle yourself through the swamplands that divide Texas and Louisiana. Just be sure to watch out for the alligators.  960 1280

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

The most ambitious of all Austin weekend trips, and probably one that should be saved for a three day weekend at the minimum, is Big Bend National Park. This Texas national park has it all: the Chisos Mountains, The Rio Grande, and the Chihuahuan Desert — an ecosystem for every explorer. After hiking to the top of Emory Peak, the highest point in the park, be sure to take a dip and relax in the 105-degree hot springs located within the park. 960 1280

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Amistad National Recreation Area

Amistad National Recreation Area

Go here if you want to camp in true solitude. This reservoir has shores in both the USA and Mexico, so bring your passport if you plan on paddling across the border. With more than 65,000 surface acres, Amistad is a haven for fishermen and water sports enthusiasts, but come night time, the place is empty. Pitch your tent anywhere along the 547 miles of shoreline and enjoy complete isolation.  960 1280

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Mikey Roe in the kitchen at Frank

Mikey Roe in the kitchen at Frank

Mikey Roe in the kitchen at Frank, home to "the ultimate trinity" of booze, bands and artisan sausages. 960 1280

  

Mikey talks to customers at Frank

Mikey talks to customers at Frank

Mikey talks to customers at Frank, where he's introduced to the Jackalope: custom-made antelope, rabbit and pork sausage, with cranberry compote, sriracha aioli and cheddar cheese. 960 1280

  

Chi'lantro's kimchi tacos

Chi'lantro's kimchi tacos

The food truck Chi'lantro's kimchi tacos are a big hit with Austin’s college scene. 960 1280

  

Chi'lantro's kimchi fries

Chi'lantro's kimchi fries

Chi'lantro's kimchi fries are the ultimate in late-night fusion food. 960 1280

  

Mikey talks to a customer at Sam's BBQ

Mikey talks to a customer at Sam's BBQ

Mikey talks to a customer at Sam's BBQ -- the go-to spot for late-night Texas barbecue. 960 1280

  

Mikey films outside of Sam's BBQ

Mikey films outside of Sam's BBQ

Mikey films outside of Sam's BBQ. The restaurant offers their succulent ribs and brisket until 3 a.m. 960 1280

  

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin

This bridge in Austin is a well-known hangout spot where spectators gather to watch bats. 960 1280

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Mikey outside the Magnolia Café

Mikey outside the Magnolia Café

Mikey talks to a band outside of the 24-hour Magnolia Café, where musicians and roadies eat after their gigs wrap and the last amp is packed ... usually around 3 a.m. 960 1280

  

Mikey at Magnolia Café

Mikey at Magnolia Café

Mikey talks to a band at Magnolia Café, where even the employees are musicians. 960 1280

  

Mikey jams out with The G.O.A.T.

Mikey jams out with The G.O.A.T.

Mikey jams out with The G.O.A.T., a regular in Austin’s Dirty Sixth district. 960 1280

  

Miguel's Cuban Café food truck

Miguel's Cuban Café food truck

Mikey eats a Cubano at Miguel's Cuban Café food truck. 960 1280

  

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