My sister, Denise Richter, recently wrote a book titled 100 Things to Do in San Antonio Before you Die. There is a similar book about Austin, which has me thinking that maybe this is the way we map out our summer plans, and explore our great city while we are at it!
After living in Austin for over 20 years there are things that I love to do with my family, along with things I love to bring visitors to see when they journey to our fair city. Following are the top five things I am familiar with and love to go to or do in Austin.
Dance the Two-Step at the Broken Spoke. Whether you have lived here a LONG time or just got here, dancing at the Spoke is a must do. Usually any night of the week is a worthy night of dancing at the Broken Spoke. If you get there early, the chicken fried steaks are delicious, so you can do dinner and dancing all at the same spot.
Hike to Sculpture Falls. This is an obvious choice. Not only the proximity to our neighborhood makes this a great thing to do, but because of the proximity, you can stop whatever you are doing at any given time, and march on down to the falls. Man oh boy will it change your frame of mind to commune with nature and relish the fact that we are lucky enough to call Austin home.
Eat at Home Slice Pizza on S. Congress. There is plenty to do all up and down South Congress, but making a special trip to go to Home Slice and have their amazing pizza makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Even if you have to wait for your table, it is a chill atmosphere hanging outside on the back patio while the kids play ping pong and you sip on a cold beer taking in the vibe of South Austin in all its goodness.
Free Music Outdoors. On Wednesdays at Guerro’s Outdoor Patio SUN Radio lines up several local bands to enjoy, or Blues on the Green at Zilker Park throughout the summer and Shady Grove has Thursday nights at the Grove. Wherever it is, we live in the Live Music Capitol, so get out there and support local music!
Town Lake Trail. Now known as Lady Bird Lake, I love going for a walk around the lake. Usually I run in to quite a few people I know out visiting with friends, gearing up to go rowing, or making their way to the new boardwalk to check it out. It is a great adventure in the heart of our city that makes it easy to be active with all that the area has to offer. Walking the three-mile loop with a friend is a nice alternative to coffee or lunch, as you catch up with each other and get in a good exercise.