Big Fun on a Little Budget in Austin, Texas! Some FREE and Inexpensive Things to Do

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249
https://activerain.com/droplet/4j6v

 

If you are looking for some fun things to check out in Austin, Texas without spending a lot of money, you might want to check out this list that I compiled with my wife.  As a father of three young children, I am always looking to maximize our fun without breaking the bank.  Enjoy!

 

Mount Bonnell - This is one of the highest points in Austin, and it is open to the public.  Since you have to climb a mega-staircase to get to the top, it's great for exercise, has a great view for miles, makes a great romantic picnic spot, and... it's free!  It overlooks Lake Austin and some of the gorgeous waterfront estate homes.

 

 Barton Springs Pool - Free during colder weather, when there are no lifeguards, but still very cheap during the summer.  This natural spring swimming pool has a constant year-round temperature of 68 degrees. Brrr!  I haven't been there to swim in years, but it is definitely invigorating.

 

UT Tower - Closed for many years after the 1961 Charles Whitman shooting incident, the tower's observation deck is now open again to the public.

 

Governor's Mansion - Visit the Governor of Texas' home for free.  Why not?

 

 

LBJ Library - This top-notch facility is on the University of Texas campus.  A library with documents from Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency, plus a museum of many interesting and beautiful artifacts of LBJ and Lady Bird's lives.

 

Zilker Park - The playscapes, fields, Botanical Garden, and parking at Zilker are free.  The train is not.  The Umlauf Sculpture Garden charges a small fee for people over 6 years old, but the cost is more for tours or workshops.  This is considered Austin's version of Central Park, since it is located next to downtown.  This is home to the annual Trail of Lights during the Christmas season, and it also plays hosts to concerts and events with some regularity.

 

 

Lake Travis - Try swimming or fishing in Lake Travis for fun. There are lots of options here - sailing, jetskis, speedboat rentals, Volente Beach, and more.

 

Feeding Ducks at the Arboretum - Go to the Arboretum shopping center, and climb on the fun cow sculptures (made of stone.)  Then, take some stale bread down the small, stone path that goes down to the pond, so you can feed the ducks.  Our kids love this particular adventure!

 

 

Tour the State Capitol - Don't forget to bring some unsalted nuts for the squirrels and stale bread for the pigeons on the grounds of the capitol building.  Go inside for a tour of the classically designed building, including paintings of past governors.  Here, you can also see the legislature room where Texas laws are made.

Bicycling

Congress Avenue Bats - Yes, you read that right.  Austin is home to the largest bat colony in North America, and they live underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge.  Right before dusk, go to the bridge and wait.  They start coming out slowly at first, then begin flooding out.  It looks like a smoke trail going off into the distance.  The bats' squeaking is very high, but you can hear it.  I would recommend that you stand above the bridge, not under it.  There are also boat tours offered to take advantage of this event.

Austin Farmer's Market - From their website:  "There are plentiful prepared foods, farm products turned into jams, salsas and honey, and hand-made crafts. Chef's demos, children's activities, and live local musicians make supporting local growers fun!"  Check the link above for times, location, and parking details.

 

If you are considering buying or selling a home in the Austin, Texas area, give me a call anytime.  I would love the chance to help.  I can be reached via cell at 512-796-7653 or email at jason@austintexashomes.com.  My primary Austin Texas real estate website is www.austintexashomes.com.

Posted by

 

If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Location:
Texas Travis County Austin
Tags:
austin real estate
relocation package
austin texas real estate
free things to do in austin

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainer
130,162
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN
This is a great idea! We often forget about the free attractions. I may have to compile one of these for Atlanta. Zilker Park look incredible! The bats would be cool to see, from a distance!
Mar 22, 2008 09:24 AM #29
Rainmaker
643,145
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Jason, I have loved Austin since we went to visit friends there in the mid1970's (we were very young; by the way) and got lost and couldn't believe the beautiful hill country we found.  You have put together a great affordable list of things to do.

 

Mar 22, 2008 12:39 PM #30
Ambassador
1,240,616
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

RICH - Thanks!  I thought it turned out really well.  Make your own list, as you indicated.  The bats are best observed from a boat or on top of the bridge.

MARCHEL - That sounds like a fun trip that you took.  The hill country is lovely, especially this time of year.  Thanks for your supportive comments!

Mar 22, 2008 01:36 PM #31
Ambassador
1,023,021
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

We could have used this list when I visited my daughter at grad school at UT.  Well, she's in Dallas now, so who knows - maybe we'll go back to Austin for a weekend sometime, so I'd better bookmark this.

Mar 22, 2008 02:13 PM #32
Ambassador
1,240,616
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
MARGARET - Thanks for bookmarking!  I definitely could have used this list when I first moved here years ago.  I hope you have a great Easter!
Mar 22, 2008 02:18 PM #33
Rainmaker
283,761
Dave Woodson
Dave Woodson - Chesterton, IN
Not the Average Agent
I need to see Austin and soon, I always liked Texas.  It seems like a great place to live
Mar 22, 2008 02:38 PM #34
Ambassador
1,240,616
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
DAVE - Come on down!  It is a really great place to live and work.  Happy Easter!
Mar 22, 2008 02:40 PM #35
Rainmaker
551,960
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com
Jason, I hope to visit my brother in the next year or so in Hutto and while there, we will definitely have to check some of this stuff out!!!
Mar 23, 2008 10:19 AM #36
Ambassador
1,240,616
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
JEREMY - If your brother lives in Hutto, that is VERY close to where I live, in north Pflugerville.  I hope you have a wonderful Easter!
Mar 23, 2008 10:21 AM #37
Rainmaker
1,248,513
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Jason:

Great localism post. This was a really great idea. Good pictures too. Hope you have a great week.

Mar 23, 2008 11:55 AM #38
Ambassador
1,240,616
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
ALAN - Thanks, man.  I think it turned out the way that I was hoping.  Talk to you soon!
Mar 23, 2008 04:47 PM #39
Rainer
68,600
Sandra Carlisle (Ayers)
Berkshire Hathaway California Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Real Estate Marketing & Sales
My son would LOVE the bats.  I will definitely take him to the bridge when we go.  I assume to recommend standing on top because of the bat guano???  I'd like to avoid that...
Mar 24, 2008 05:10 AM #40
Ambassador
1,240,616
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
SANDRA - You got it.  That's a whole lotta guano.
Mar 24, 2008 08:18 AM #41
Rainer
22,029
Misty Thomas
Houston Realty - Crosby, TX
Realtor Crosby, TX
Excellent post! I am planning a trip soon with my husband to Austin and this list will come in helpful! Thank you for posting!
Mar 25, 2008 12:44 AM #42
Ambassador
1,240,616
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
MISTY - That is terrific to hear.  Let me know if you have any questions, and I'm sure you will enjoy your visit.
Mar 25, 2008 02:21 AM #43
Rainmaker
102,702
Liz Carter
Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life! - Katy, TX
Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)
Hi Jason, congratulations on being in our top ten roundup and being #2 on AR :)...I can hardly wait till you are #1!  I will be celebrating with you BIG TIME...HURRY!  Time is running out on the contest and naming our mascot,
L & M's THE EYES OF TEXAS contest to find the best old church in Texas
02/20/2008 12:22 AM - (54 comments)
See you soon,Liz
Mar 25, 2008 05:31 PM #44
Rainmaker
643,145
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

 

 

Hi Jason, just stopped by to tip our hat to you for a great post.  Congratulations on  being in the Top Ten Texas Roundup, Liz & Marchel (L & M), Texas Real Estate Group

Mar 26, 2008 04:12 AM #45
Ambassador
1,240,616
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
LIZ & MARCHEL - Thanks to both of you for stopping by.  I was happy to make your Roundup!  I hope you both have a terrific week, and thanks for your compliments.
Mar 26, 2008 04:28 AM #46
Rainmaker
216,878
Lucky Lang
Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate

Jason,

I've done many of these things but will have to check the rest out in the future when we visit Austin.

Thanks and take care,

Lucky :)

Mar 30, 2008 11:17 PM #47
Rainer
38,371
Sheree Holsey
Sold Buy the Sea Realty - Hampstead, NC
I am Happy to Help You Find your Way Home!

I miss Texas Terribly. Thanks for all the info!

Jan 17, 2014 05:31 AM #48
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Ambassador
1,240,616

Jason Crouch

Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Ask me anything!
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information