Things to do in Austin
Catch a game of American football
It would be a crime not to mention that college football is one of Austin's most beloved pastimes. The University of Texas' football team, the Longhorns, are one of the nation's best sides with several Rose Bowl awards under their belt. If you like sports, it's worth checking out a game at their looming 100,000-seat arena (tel: +1 512 471 7437; www.texassports.com).
Get in line at Franklin’s Barbecue
How you feel about queuing five hours for smoked meat really depends on how you view the life-affirming qualities of incredible brisket. But to get a meal at legendary local eatery, Franklin's (www.franklinbarbecue.com), you are going to have to be patient. Open for lunch from 11am until they sell out, you will need to get in line by 7am at the latest. Closed Mondays.
Hike the Barton Springs Greenbelt
Located near Barton Springs Pool, the Barton Springs Greenbelt (tel: +1 512 477 1566; www.austinparks.org) offers hikes through the city's most green spaces. Walkers, joggers and dog owners love this area for its beauty, shade and swim holes. If you're looking for a country spot in the middle of the city, this is your place.
Hire a party barge on Lake Travis
Since Austin fluctuates between desert and humid climates, it's important to take stay hydrated. Lake Travis, located roughly 20 minutes outside of the city, offers Mediterranean-style views of multi-million dollar homes in the Hilly Country. At Lakeway Marina (tel: +1 512 371 6852 9887; www.lakewaymarina.com) you can rent everything from tubes to paddleboards, ski boats to party barges.
Kayak along Lady Bird Lake
One of Austin's greatest selling points is Lady Bird Lake, the river-like lake that snakes through Downtown Austin. Rent a kayak from Zilker Park Boat Rentals (tel: +1 512 478 3852; www.zilkerboats.com) and paddle through town, waving to the locals on their lunch breaks. Single and double kayaks, canoes and paddleboards are all available.