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Moving from a small town in South Central Ohio to Austin was huge for me. On one hand, I loved living there and truly miss it. Trust me. There is nothing that you can’t find in Austin and I mean that. If you didn’t know? Keep Austin Weird is the city slogan, and believe me…it fits. Unfortunately, Austin can also be uber expensive if you’re not careful. That’s where I come in though! These 7 budget friendly things to do in Austin will keep your budget…and your family happy!
Zilker Metropolitan Park – Not only is spending the day at Zilker Metropolitan Park kid-friendly and fun, but it’s also FREE! My Tom and I actually had our first date here so it will always have a special place in my heart. It is 351 acres and you can swim in the spring-fed pool while having a family picnic on the shoreline. There’s a playground for the little ones and a great hiking trail too. Tired of walking? Jump on the mini train for a ride or the Zilker Botanical Gardens or just take a lazy stroll through them.
See the Mexican Free-Tailed Bats at Congress Bridge – It’s quite a sight to see 1.5 million bats fly out from underneath the Congress Bridge every night at dusk, but it’s a sight you must see. You can rent a boat for the best vantage point or head over to the nearby park to watch.
Fun fact: These bats eat roughly 15,000 pounds of insects each and every night. Wow!
Take in a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse – If you ask Hollywood A-Listers and just about anyone in Austin where the best place to see a movie is, they will tell you the Alamo Drafthouse. They not only have new releases but also do movie marathons and they bring back cult classics to boot! Sit back and enjoy great craft beer and food in this eclectic movie theatre. (LOL we had our second date here)
Eat at Franklin BBQ – If you average how long you have to wait in line just to get into Franklin’s, the cost sorta works itself out. It is one of those places in Austin that is a Must Eat At or you can’t really say you’ve experienced Austin!
Bella Vista Ranch– Take a break from the city and experience life at a softer pace at Bella Vista Ranch. It is just south of the city and is known for its olive oil and winemaking. Tours are $15 each and there is a tasting room for you to sample your way through their wines and olive oils. (This would be super romantic as a date!)
Go Hear the Music! – Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World! Most shows are free and you can find music being performed in bars up and down 6th Street. Not only will you hear music in bars and nightclubs, but also at the grocery store and at the park! Just keep in mind that 6th street in the evening isn’t exactly kid friendly.
I Scream, You Scream – Take a tour of Austin’s own, Amy’s Ice Cream. The tours are free Monday through Friday and end with a scoop of handmade ice cream for $2. Tours can book up a month out, so make your reservations early!
Heading to Dallas soon? I can help you there too! Check out these 7 Budget Friendly Things to Do in Dallas!
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