Things To Do Around Austin While You Enjoy Your Extended Stay

Dating its origins back to the 1830s, Austin is the capital city of Texas, and it’s named after Stephen F. Austin, one of its founding fathers. It’s among the most populated cities in the U.S. and one of the top destinations to have fun while enjoying an extended stay at your corporate apartment. You can engage in many outdoor activities throughout the year, even from July to November, when temperatures range from 57°F to 97°F.    

Here, we discuss some attractions and sightseeing destinations you’ll love during your extended stay in Austin.  

1. Visit Parks Near Your Corporate Housing 

Take your family to a park in Austin to discover lush swimming holes and easy nature trails. For example, Zilker Park has a blooming botanical garden where you can smell the roses, and St. Edwards Park has an old-fashioned rope swing at the swimming hole.  

You can take the kids to see the peacocks at Mayfield Park, which was initially a summer retreat in the early 1900s for Allison Mayfield, a prominent politician in Austin. Another excellent alternative for families is Mueller Lake Park, where you can eat a healthy snack at the food trucks while the kids enjoy the large playground.    

2. Take a Water Tour  

One of the famous Austin activities entails starting your day with the only land and water tour in the city hosted by Austin Duck Adventures. The excursion begins as a drive-through from downtown Austin and goes through Congress (for a view of the Texas Capitol) before ending at the Red River.  

Lake Travis offers a chance to boost your adrenaline and access one of the best sceneries for taking photos, especially when zip lining. Waterloo Adventures on Lake Travis makes Austin unique by combining Waterworld, Total Wipeout, and Gladiator to offer unparalleled excitement.  

On the other hand, Lake Austin’s Devil’s Cove involves tying small boats to create a scenic dance floor for an intimate night out.  

3. Eat-Out at Local Restaurants  

If you always cook at your corporate housing premise, try a taste-test tour. Whether you want a taco for breakfast in one of the local Mexican restaurants or BBQ with happy hour margaritas, there are plenty of options available.   

Some of the authentic Mexican restaurants include: 

  • Matt’s El Rancho

  • El Arroyo

  • Guero’s Taco Bar

  • Franklins BBQ

  • Terry Blacks BBQ

  • Salt Lick

Experience more of the landscape at Hill Country, which is 45 minutes away from the city, where you can eat the legendary brisket at the famous Salt Lick.  

4. Go for a Hike 

One of Austin’s treasure trails is located in the Barton Creek Greenbelt, consisting of Sculpture Falls, Twin Falls, and the Flats. If you want to mingle with the crowds, go to the Flats, but Sculpture Falls is a better alternative if you prefer solitude. You can also marvel at the waterfalls at the Twin Falls or engage in other outdoor Austin activities, such as mountain biking and rock climbing.  

Another great activity is hiking to the top of Mount Bonnell, the highest peak within the city, to view the picturesque sunset and a panoramic view of Austin. Although the West Lake Hills has a higher elevation, they cannot rival the excellent picnic area and giant staircase of Mount Bonnell.                              

5. Visit Outdoor Markets 

Enjoy Sundays outside your corporate housing and still stay ready for work on Mondays by going to the outdoor markets to buy fresh produce or vintage and unique products. You can shop for the various items available while enjoying hot coffee from the nearby restaurants.  

Austin has more than 40 markets, and some of the best include:  

  • Boggy Creek Farm
  • Barton Creek Farmers Market
  • JBG Farmstand
  • SFC Farmer Market Downtown
  • Lone Star Farmers Market
  • Texas Farmers Market at Mueller  

These markets operate year-round from 9 am to 4 pm, giving you an authentic way to connect with the farmers and local artisans.                      

6. Experience Live Music  

Even amid a pandemic like Covid-19, you can still enjoy music in many places around the city safely in compliance with the CDC’s recommendations. You can discover some new acts at the Hotel Vegas or catch renowned celebrities at The Far Out Lounge every week. Furthermore, from July to August, the Zilker Summer Music Festival hosts a lineup of emerging and established artists at the Hill Country Galleria. 

Every Wednesday, Guero’s Taco Bar at Oak Garden hosts many musicians as part of the live series from Sun Radio. If you’re a classical music fan, head to the Long Center’s lawn on Sunday evenings for a free symphonic experience.  

Austin is a great city to live, work, and visit because of the many activities. If you recently moved into corporate housing in Austin and you’re looking for fun things to do, this list offers a great start.