With nicknames such as "Bat City", "Waterloo", "City Of The Violet Crown", "The Capital City", "Hippie Haven", "Blueberry in the Red State", "Live Music Capital of the World", and "River City", and with its unique and ever popular slogan "Keep Austin Weird", is there really any reason to vacation any place else? Austin is a one of a kind gem. There's just nothing else like it. Its diverse culture, landscape, events, original and quirky attractions, phenomenal food, and laid-back energy make it an ultimate staycation location for just about any single, couple, or family.
Whether you're new to the area, or were born and raised here, Austin offers so much to see and do. And if you're looking for some Austin staycation ideas to experience on your next hiatus from work or school, look no further.
Austin is bursting at the seams with sumptuous cuisine, and who doesn't love good food? The Salt Lick BBQ, Iron Works BBQ, Stubb's Downtown, the Broken Spoke, Ramen Tatsu-ya, and Chuy's are all fun options for tasty meals. Or, if you're up to venturing out just a bit beyond the city's limits, a trip to Rosie's Tamale House or Verona Ristorante Italiano surely won't be regretted. Dine-in or take it to-go for an at-home gathering.
Austin is absolutely thriving in the craft beer industry, and The Oasis, Celis Brewery, and Thirsty Planet (to name a few) are some of Austin's finest.
MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT, & NIGHTLIFE
Austin has numerous venues for live music and entertainment. With the Austin360 Amphitheater, Moody Theater, Nutty Brown Cafe, Whitewater Amphitheater, Broken Spoke, Emo's, the Flamingo Cantina and many others located along Austin's downtown 6th Street, there's never a shortage of performances to take in.
IPlay Austin offers a range of fun activities, from indoor bounce houses, to games, and climbing structures.
SWIMMING HOLES, HIKING, & OTHER ACTIVITIES
Find your perfect swimming spot, hiking trail, and more at Barton Springs, Deep Eddy, Hippie Hollow (clothing optional), Pace Bend Park, The Barton Creek Greenbelt, Lake Austin's Pennybacker Bridge (overlook), and Zilker Park Disc Golf Course.
ICONS & CULTURE
No tour of Austin would be complete without visiting the Willie Nelson - Janis Joplin Mural, The Tejano Monument, the Statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata, the Uncommon Objects store with its cowboy on a jackrabbit, and the Bremond Block Historic District with its awe-inspiring architecture.
Lastly, but far from least, is the originality that is Austin. To truly get lost in the city's energy, you must also see its uncommon characteristics and beauty. The arch-shaped artistic structure of 1,300 Bicycles named "Forever Bicycles", the Giant Fork with Attachments, the Austin Toy Museum, the Museum of the Weird, the Fairy Alley, Austin's bat cave at dusk (or, rather, the "Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge"), and (for Dazed & Confused fans) the Top Notch Burger & Moonlight Tower.