Headed to Austin, Y'all (Texas)

Hello All,

We are headed to Austin, TX, US for Jan '24.
We have THsitters staying in our home.

We didn’t use THS rather an AIRBNB since we are taking our kitty along and have various family members joining us over the month.

Anyone have any Austin suggestions?

We would tavel max 4 hours round trip outside of Austin to “sight see.”



I also like history, so find the Alamo and missions interesting. I’ve also enjoyed the Capitol tour. But I did those long ago and haven’t recently repeated, though I’ve visited Texas many times over the years.

These small towns also have interesting history, as well as terrific barbecue:

If you go during spring instead, the wildflowers will be in bloom: Fredericksburg Bluebonnets | Wildflowers in Texas Hill Country.

BTW, Waco is within your parameters, but it’s not to everyone’s taste. Worth considering. Personally, I like whiskey/whisky, so enjoy stuff like this: Balcones Distillery - Stay in Waco.

@Maggie8K Thank you. We do enjoy a good whiskey!

@HelloOutThere you must visit Rainey Street whilst you are in Austin. Hubby & I love it there, it’s a hub of wonderful bars, restaurants and entertainment :slightly_smiling_face:

We enjoyed playing outside Jenga when we last visited! :sweat_smile:

The bat bridge Bats in Austin, TX | Bat Watching Information & Excursions

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Home is where the litter is!

1st hotel for Ollie. He’s wigged out but hanging in there.


We used to live in Austin and we loved visiting Waco.

You can go to the Whole Foods flagship store. And see Lake Travis, it’s just gorgeous, reiminiscent of the California coast. My husband’s cousin, an Austin native, took me to a restaurant overlooking the lake, it might have been Oasis. Loved it. Thanks to a THS sit, I got to see Austin.


Oh cool!
As much as I am a WFM fan, I did not know about the flagship store.

I do like to check out the WFM’S when we travel! Tx!

Good thing we got king beds on our stops to Austin!

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How nice to have a cat that travels well!


Be sure to stroll around Town Lake AKA Lady Bird Lake trail. Mt Bonnell has a great view.
Museums: The Blanton and the Bullock History Museum can be done the same day. There’s also the LBJ library and museum. Umlauf Sculpture garden, Zilker park and a peek at Barton Springs pool can all be done in an outing. The diehards will be swimming, but much too cold for me!!
I don’t think you will see bats this time of year. If you have some grocery shopping to do, check out Central Market.
Have some tacos! There’s plenty of brewpubs and a variety of good food in Austin.
For an out of town adventure, consider Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Caverns. Closer in, Pedernales State Park.

@Kelker great suggestions! Thanks for taking the time to post!

Broken Spoke for dancing. Mount Bonnell for the view. Congress street bridge for bats. Dovetail Tattoo if you are looking for ink. Elephant room for jazz. Zilker Park for open space. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Austin’s Kew Gardens!). Mother’s for vegetarian and old-school hippie vibe. Amy’s for ice cream. McKinney Falls State Park for hiking. Pretty much anywhere for tacos and beer. All of that is in or near Austin. You can catch a wine tour into the hill country. The wine’s just OK but the scenery is awesome. In under four hours you could get to beautiful San Antonio, the beaches of Corpus Christi, Dallas (yawn), my home town of Houston (ick), or 'bout half way to El Paso. But in 4 hours you can’t get out of Texas in any direction. Maybe check out Bandera if you want to drive a bit. Cowboy Capital of the World. But Whacko? Not sure why so many people recommend it. Unless you like sitting in your car watching eternal freeway construction. Or can catch a Baylor game. But they don’t play in January.

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Great suggestions! Look familiar?