How does one capture Austin’s uniquely quirky brand of fun? Head to our favourite places to go in Austin to liven up your Instagram feed.
Fire up your Instagram app and discover vibrant murals all over the city, quirky restaurants galore, and a diverse offering of live music venues. We’ve got the most Instagram-friendly places to go in Austin.
Venture to Austin’s lively entertainment district, Sixth Street, and visit many of the city’s iconic institutions like Stubb’s BBQ (rumour has it, this famous venue will soon be changing its name to Liberty Lunch), Alamo Drafthouse, the Driskill Bar (daily happy hour from 4:00 – 7:00 pm), and comedy theatre Esther’s Follies.
Texas State Capitol
They say everything is bigger in Texas and the Texas State Capitol building is no exception. The massive, insanely beautiful red granite building is a stately symbol of the Lone Star State and is one of only a few state capitol buildings even taller than the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Tip: Go inside and snap a photo of the dome’s interior!
Zilker Park is a must on any list of places to go in Austin. Besides boasting incredible skyline views and interesting attractions throughout the park (we’re looking at you, botanical and sculpture gardens), the park is home to notable festivals throughout the year, such as Austin City Limits and Blues on the Green. What’s more Instagram friendly than festival fashion with a hefty dose of Austin’s signature flair?
Waiting in the winding queue at Franklin’s Barbecue is a rite of passage for visitors to Austin. Get there early, bring friends, a cooler, a good book, whatever will help you pass the time because once you get to your long-awaited reward, you’ll realize it was 100% worth the wait. You’ll definitely want to capture this Austin staple to share on Instagram — it’s all part of the experience.
If you could only visit one spot in Austin that truly captures the city’s unique vibe, it better be the South Congress neighbourhood. South Congress has been tirelessly working hard to “Keep Austin Weird” with its eclectic shops, food trucks, and cultural venues. Be sure to wander and try to spot the area’s abundant murals, including the Love From Austin mural at Magnolia Cafe.
Congress Avenue Bridge
Congress Avenue Bridge is one of the most unique places to go in Austin, but for a surprising reason. The world’s largest urban bat colony has decided to set up camp here each summer. Crowds gather to watch the bats head out each evening around dusk. The swirling black tornado of bats might just make for one of the most unique Boomerang video opportunities ever.