Boating on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas

Extended Stay & Play

For those lucky enough to extend a business trip into a slightly longer Austin stay, an endless menu of diversions await.

 
Whether traveling solo or with family, a relaxing romp through Austin packs an experiential punch with so much delicious food and fun, it might require a return visit to capture all the magic.
 

The Perfect Day

Morning
Kick the day off right with a breakfast taco and iced turbo from Jo’s on South Congress. Snap a photo in front of the iconic “I love you so much” wall and jaunt down South Congress Avenue, dipping into treasure troves like Lucy in Disguise, Uncommon Objects, Tesoros, Allens Boots and more.
 
Midday
Before leaving the South Congress strip, stop for some classic Austin tacos at Torchy’s or a proper sit-down meal at Café No Sé. Enjoy a leisurely post-lunch cocktail in the comfy South Congress Hotel lounge, and then head north on a rented B Cycle for some civic exploration.
 
Take a free tour of the Texas Capitol, stroll around the grounds, and then bike up to the LBJ Presidential Library for an immersive history lesson on one of the state’s most well-known public figures.
 
Evening
It’s imperative to catch as much live music as possible while in the city known for just that. Pick up a free copy of the Austin Chronicle anywhere around town or log onto Do512.com for the night’s hottest happenings.

Savor a robust Italian dinner at Juliet, seafood at Parkside, oysters at Clark’s, or simple comforts at Galaxy Café (great for those with kids in tow).
 
Once you’ve chosen a nightlife spot — say, the Elephant Room for some underground jazz, Antone’s for the blues, or The Continental Club or Saxon Pub for all the guitar licks a person can handle — settle in and enjoy the sound.
 

Outdoor Pursuits

With an impressive network of lakes and trails perfect for hiking, biking, water adventures and good old-fashioned sun worshipping, Austin is a veritable mecca for those who love the outdoors.
 
Spend some time discovering the Barton Creek Greenbelt, where joggers, hikers, climbers and swimmers all converge year-round. Take the family to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and spend an afternoon immersed in natural beauty and expert botanical guidance. For a physical challenge with a beautiful payoff, climb the limestone stairs to the top of Mount Bonnell and let the view take your breath away.