Everything You Need to Know About Spring in the Weirdest City in Texas

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Some people know it as “Hippie Haven”. Others know it as the “Live Music Capital of the World”. Some simply know it as “ATX”. We’re talking about the up and coming, picturesque, Texas capital: Austin.

With world famous music festivals, restaurants that will make foodies feel as though they are in heaven, and plenty of reasons to “Keep Austin Weird”, this city in the heart of the Lone Star State has something that can engage everyone.

What to Do:

SXSW

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual festival for interactive media (March 11-15), film (March 11-19), and music (March 15-20). This year, X Ambassadors will be headlining and there will even be a night devoted to K-POP!SXSW

©Nev Brown/Flickr

Hamilton Pool

When the dome of an underground river collapsed, Hamilton Pool was created. Pack a picnic and go swimming in this natural swimming pool surrounded by waterfalls.Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool | ©Leon Bovenkerk/Flickr

Watch migrating bats from Lady Bird Lake

Rent a boat or cross Congress Bridge at Lady Bird Lake to watch 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats as they migrate as far as the Yucatan and Mexico City.Lady Bird Lake, Austin

Austin | ©Patrick/Flickr

Hippie Hollow

If you’re feeling extra adventurous and courageous, take a chance on Hippie Hollow Park, the only legally recognized clothing-optional public park in all of Texas!Hippie Hollow, Austin

My shoe at Hippie Hollow | ©Matthew Rutledge/Flickr

Longhorn Caverns

Riddled with legends and mystery, this geological masterpiece is by far one of the most unique places in the world.Longhorn Caverns, Austin

Longhorn Caverns | ©Jason Kaechler/Flickr

Where to Stay:

Red Roof Plus+ Austin South

– The Red Roof Plus is located within 6 miles of Zilker Park, the University of Texas at Austin, and Downtown Austin
– Budget hotel!!
– Free parking and a heated pool on-site
red roof

Sleep Inn & Suites Austin – Northeast

– This low key hotel is just 6 miles from UT Austin and just 9 miles from Lady Bird Lake
– Another budget hotel!!
– Free parking, weekday happy-hour drinks, and a hot breakfast buffet are available
sleep inn

Quality Inn & Suites

This modern hotel is less than 2 miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and less than 10 miles from the Austin Convention Center.
– Free breakfast!
– All-day coffee and a shuttle to the airport
quality inn

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Fancy shmancy hotel that is just 7 miles from the Zilker Botanical Garden and 8 miles from the Austin Zoo
– Upgraded rooms have balconies and some even have jacuzzi tubs
– Eleven on-site tennis courts, world-class golf courses, and indoor AND outdoor pools with poolside bars!
omni

Where to Eat & Drink:

Polvos

Get drunk on their famous, life-changing margaritas, salsa, guacamole, and nachos
Polvos, Austin

Polvo’s | ©Jim Renaud/Flickr

SPIDERHOUSE

Come for the coffee, stay for the hipsters at this bar/cafe joint just next to the UT campus.
Spiderhouse, Austin

Spider House 1 | ©Jonathan Smith/Flickr

Franklin BBQ

You may be waiting in a painfully long line, but there are few things in life worth the wait like a meal from Franklin BBQ
Franklin BBQ, Austin

Cutting the Magic | ©jpellgen/Flickr

Nubian Queen Lola’s Cajun Soul Food Cafe

As the Austin Chronicle so eloquently put it, Nubian Queen Lola‘s serves up the best Cajun food “this side of heaven”.
Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food Cafe

Nubian Queen Lola’s Cajun Kitchen | ©Kent Wang/Flickr

Dirty Sixth

Sixth Street is part of the entertainment district, known both for its history as well as its crazy, fun, and bad-decision-filled nightlife.
Dirty Sixth, Austin

6th Street Action in Austin Texas | ©John Rogers/Flickr

So, for a great trip to kickoff spring, go Keep Austin Weird!

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