Austin is a city that is a mecca for foodies, a city full of music, life, and tons of culture. When the weather gets warm or keeps you from enjoying the outdoors there are plenty of indoor things to do in Austin.
A fun surprise a few weeks before the trip we found out I was pregnant. That changed our itinerary just a hair which meant more indoor activities.
Here are a few indoor things to do in Austin, Texas that are a great way to experience the city. This page does contain affiliate links.
Everyone agreed to go try out the holy grail of BBQ joints in the whole U.S.of A, Frankin’s BBQ. I am so glad we decided to do this right out of the gate because the line is seriously two hours long at 10 am!
So grab a chair (they have folding chairs you can use) get a drink ( they sell beer and water while you are in line) and relax as you wait for some truly outstanding BBQ.
By the time you get to where you can see the food, you are ready to order one of everything off the menu. Then you are contemplating taking some home for later. So we may have done just that, minus the carryout.
DAMN GOOD BBQ
Now I’m not going to say we were proud of how much meat we put away, but it was an impressive amount. We should have gotten a free t-shirt and our group photo on the wall.
I could swear that at some points during the duration of the trip the smell of BBQ could be smelled seeping out of the sewers. Needless to say, still worth it and a bucketlist thing to do in Austin Texas. It was so superb that my friend brought the Franklin BBQ cookbook for her father, a BBQ fanatic, who had to then immediately start working his way through each savory recipe.
One Of The Top Indoor Things To Do In Austin Texas: Eat And Drink Everything
Voodoo donuts, why yes, I’ll have three. Food truck tacos?! Two of those are a mid-day snack! Pizza anytime and all the time and I’ll wash it down with chicken tikka marsala at the G’Raj Mahal.
Oh, and I can’t leave out the gourmet grilled cheeses, loaded tater tots, more pizza and even more tacos that I consumed in my short time there.
Speaking of tacos, you haven’t experienced Austin until you have had some amazing food truck tacos in this delectable city.
Whole Food Flagship Store
Located right in the heart of Austin is the Flagship Whole Food Store. In a pathetic attempt to eat healthy we did venture here and got a handful of healthy snacks, beers, and other fun treats to take back to our Airbnb. It is worth a visit since they have such an enormous variety of things that will make you drool.
Visit the State Capitol Building
We happened to be there before Halloween and they were offering a Rest in Peace Tour, which told the story of the capitol building and the ghosts that haunt it. It is a free tour and worth the time to go and check out, plus you might learn something.
If you aren’t the “tour in a group” type of person, download the brochure and do a self-guided tour.
Don’t be shy about talking with the staff. By striking up a conversation with the security office he let us in a little secret and took us to an employee who gave us a special behind the scenes tour of the Governor’s reception room. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Talking with locals can really make your travel experience memorable. The State Capitol Building is beautiful and a stop should be one of your things to do in Austin Texas.
Go to the Midnight Cowboy on 6th Street
As I ate my mediocre street pizza, likely my third slice of the day, I pondered what the hell I was doing here. Seriously, someone in a bikini just walked by…oh no…that was her actual top for the evening. *sigh* as I looked down at my maternity Mumu covering my ever-growing pooch, I needed more pizza to handle this.
There was a respite for my weary old pregnant soul though. In the midst of the sea of bachelorettes and frat brothers, there is a secret bar hidden away called the midnight cowboy.
This bar is truly unique as it doesn’t have a sign outside and you can only access it by being buzzed in. There is a red light outside that will come on if they have tables available.
After you are buzzed in you magically enter another world. You have been transported into a vintage speakeasy that offers handcrafted cocktails and is serene enough for you to have a conversation with those around you.
No loud music, no loud drunks and they had cozy booths to sit. Sitting is highly valued and revered to the pregnant. Everyone got amazing cocktails made tableside and they were even able to whip up an enticing non-alcoholic spritzer for yours truly.
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Indoor Things To Do In Austin Texas: Create Your Own Austin Brewery Tour
A super fun joint that hosts live music and has a variety of games that customers can enjoy while they partake of the hoppy goodness. After an exhilarating game of exploding kittens over some drinks it was time to move on. Be sure to check out the distributing area of the brewery, it’s quite impressive.
Pro Tip: Get a flight to sample the different options that each brewery has to offer or it can be split up among the group to avoid getting drunk faced in a hurry.
This was hands down a favorite of the group, and I will admit for someone who wasn’t drinking this was a great brewery. They did sell things other than beer, but per my comrades, this is the place to go! Fair warning, this place is huge!! Outdoor covered seating and selling food aka pizza put this place at the top of my list.
This brewery just happened to be conveniently located next to the Cat Cafe that was a must-see destination. Just expect decent beer and tight spaces here, nothing to write home about.
Last Stand Brewing Company
This brewery was a little bit of drive, so combine this with a trip to Jester King because they are in close proximity. They also sell the epitome of gourmet drunk food here. Loaded tater tots and grill cheese…I died and went to carbohydrate heaven. The crew enjoyed the beer, but the best-kept secret isn’t the brewery, but the gin distillery across the street.
STOP AT REVOLUTION SPIRITS FOR THE BEST GIN YOU WILL EVER TASTE!
The entire group raved about how delicious and flavorful the gin was. When my best girlfriend who is a well-respected gin connoisseur, declared it to be the best gin she has ever had, we had to buy a bottle to take home for me to try in a few months.
Skip forward 10 months, in honor of me having my first sip of the nectar we threw a gin opening party. I must say that I concur with my fellow travelers, it was beyond amazing. That is coming from someone who is not a gin drinker. Get there and try it for yourself and then bring me a bottle back!
Blue Cat Cafe’: A Fun Indoor Thing To Do In Austin Texas
day-old kitty litter and cat urine! That is not the case my friends. While slightly hokey this place is a must-stop on any cat lovers itinerary. Not only are some proceeds going to support your furry feline friends, but you can also adopt some of the cats as well.
Please note that the cafe does not stink. However, if you have cat allergies stock up on the Zyrtec before entering. Otherwise, you will look like Will Smith in Hitched.
Be sure to pick yourself up some amazing cat ears…you should never leave home without them!
Learn the Two-Step at the Broken Spoke
They do offer quick lessons on how to do the two-step and other line dances, which we accidentally missed. We did manage to muddle our way through a few songs, but onlookers judged us privately.
This was such a fabulous indoor thing to do in Austin. They even offer a pregger punch for those not looking to partake, which was pretty darn good. To cap off our evening we two-stepped right into Torchy Taco’s, because hey, dancing and being pregnant works up an appetite!
If you are looking for a really unique and beautiful place to stay go to the Driskill Hotel. It can be expensive so if your budget doesn’t allow for it, stop in at the bar. Walk around and enjoy the grandeur of this historic hotel.
A Great Outdoor Activity In Austin
When the rain breaks we recommend venturing over to Hamilton Pool Preserve.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
If an out of shape pregnant woman was able to do it without dying in a cactus patch, so can you. You can hike all around the pool which offers plenty of selfie opportunities and photo opts. There are a few things to consider:
1) There are certain months where reservations are required to go to the pool. Double-check the official website.
2) There is a fee per vehicle so be sure to have the money to pay because there is literally not much around the preserve except vast wilderness.
3) Bring water because it’s hotter than a hoochie coochie out there.
4) Get your camera, your selfie stick and go pro ready for some amazing photos and take in this natural wonder
Most of all, remember no matter what things you do in Austin Texas have fun and stay curious!!
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