Whether you’re a longtime resident or just trying to hang like a local during SXSW these are the things that everyone should check off their bucket list in ATX. Mostly they involve eating drinking and natural beauty — that’s how we do it in Texas. Courtesy of BuzzFeed.


  1. Pack a picnic and head to gorgeous natural swimming grotto Hamilton Pool.

    This magical place on earth was formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed leaving a ring of waterfalls and a gorgeous natural swimming pool.


  2. Watch cute old people two-steppin’ at the Broken Spoke.

    This dusty dance hall is a touch of authentic Texas 10 minutes from downtown Austin. If you get to see Dale Watson play you’re doubly lucky.


  3. See the city’s 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats emerge from underneath the Congress Bridge at dusk.

    The best vantage point for the bats is to just stand on the Congress Bridge but there are also boats you can rent out and hills to picnic on. Afraid of bats? Learn more about them because they are actually awesome and the population under the bridge eat 10000–20000 pounds of insects and pests each night (!).


  4. Jump into the giant year-round 70-degree spring-fed heart of the city Barton Springs Pool.

    That chill you’ll feel when you first get in is just your heart filling up with the positive vibes that enchant this entire natural place.


  5. Watch the fireworks over Lady Bird Lake or Lake Austin from a tiny boat.

    Literally the most romantic thing you could ever do probably in life.


  6. Witness the burnt orange insanity of a University of Texas home football game.

    Texas loves its football. If UT isn’t your jam the bleachers of any Austin high school game are also the perfect way to spend a Friday evening.


  7. Do the full loop of the Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail.

    If you’re into running it’s a joy. If you’re not bring some stale bread for the ducks geese and swans that like to chill nearby.


  8. See a show or a summer movie at the historic Paramount theater.

    The theater was built in 1915 and woo boy is it beautiful.


  9. Admire the spring splendor at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

    First Lady Johnson was a fierce conservationist who loved wildflowers and spent much of her life working to preserve wild spaces. Remember her and take in all the beauty one heart can handle in one fell swoop at the Wildflower Center named in her honor.


  10. Dig through stacks on stacks on stacks of wonder at the Austin City Wide Garage Sale.

    If you love thrifting or antiquing your eyes will go as wide as saucers as soon as you walk in the door.