Rainey Street Historic District
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The Rainey Street Historic District is one of the most unique places to go in Austin.
Formerly a residential neighborhood of old bungalows and southern-style ranch houses, its been converted into a hip, trendy community with bars, bistros, pubs, cafes, restaurants and even a speakeasy or two.
Lights are strung between houses and porches that have been transformed into outdoor dining spaces.
Live music spills out of the buildings.
In true Texas style, youre never far from a cold beer, especially at night when the sun sets and the cowboy boots get propped up on tables.
The Rainey Street Historic District is located in downtown Austin, so if youll be touring the hot spots of the city, consider a detour into one of the coolest little neighborhoods in Texas.
You wont regret it!
Address: Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701, United States
Be Cute At Austins Rainbow House
Ive died and woke up in Instagram heaven.
Cute Nail Studio actively encourages you to come to see their bright and awesome salon!
This unique rainbow building just off East 6th is a wonder to behold.
Clever marketing by the Cute team and they are kick ass on Insta too.
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- 1211 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
One for the adults, the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is the most-visited distillery in the US, where they produce a number of moonshine flavors including Apple Pie, Blackberry, Peppermint and, of course, Original Moonshine. If the rain is falling, take a tour of the distillery followed by a tasting of the different types of moonshine on offer.
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Watch An Indie Film At Alamo Drafthouse
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The Alamo Drafthouse is a unique movie theater that got its start in ATX and evolved into various locations in the city and many across the U.S. If you’re in downtown Austin, that outpost is in a funky vintage theater. While its slightly smaller than most Alamo theaters, you can expect all the same fun stuff: goofy quote-alongs, quirky theme nights, and food and drinks delivered to your chair. Choose the balcony seats for the best view.
Venture On The Ann And Roy Butler Hike
Those looking to get some exercise while seeing a mix of lovely natural and urban spots will enjoy the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. This popular path passes by Lady Bird Lake, a 416-acre reservoir, as well as Austin neighborhoods, buildings, and cultural attractions. One option is to start your journey at the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, with views of downtown Austin and the Colorado River. The popular 10-mile trail is named after the city’s former mayor and his wife.
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Mysterious Mansion Of Gatlinburg
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If the weather in Gatlinburg means there is no chance of thrills on the mountain, head to the Mysterious Mansion for thrills of a different kind. This is Gatlinburgs oldest and scariest haunted house. You can explore on a self-guided tour through its dark halls, hidden rooms and secret passageways a rainy day attraction for the brave!
Things To Do In Austin When It Rains
AUSTIN — Cloudy skies and wet weather send most Austinites running for cover. What can we say? We’re an outdoorsy, sunshine-loving bunch.
Most of the Capital City’s attractions involve swimming holes and food truck patios — but when guests come to town during rare, dreary weather, we still want to show them the best of our city.
So whether you’re entertaining family or just need to get out of the house, we’ve rounded up some things to do in Austin when it’s raining.
Going to the movies may be one of the more obvious, dry activities, but Alamo Drafthouse takes it to a whole different level. Sip on adult shakes, munch on restaurant-quality food, and enjoy a cellphone-free theater.
While Austin isn’t necessarily known for its museum scene, there are some gems that are worth checking out. The Blanton Museum of Art on the edge of the University of Texas at Austin campus features a variety of contemporary art. For a dose of state pride, there’s the Bullock Texas State History Museum across the street . Also conveniently located on the UT campus are the LBJ Presidential Library and the Harry Ransom Center.
Chicken Shit Bingo
Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon has been keeping Austin weird for over a decade. Every Sunday night, patrons test their luck on a makeshift bingo board by buying a square and waiting for a chicken to deposit the goods on it. Even though CNN named it 2015’s must-see quirky destination, locals have been placing bets for years.
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/ Check Out A Library
You remember libraries, right? Those big thing with books made out of paper? Well, Austin has one of the newest and best libraries in the world, right in the heart of our city.
Austin Central Library not only has six floors of books you can check out, but its designed for visitors to spend hours there. Im always blown away by the architecture and design of this beautiful building. Dont miss out!
The library includes 14 shared learning rooms where you can hold meetings. There are computers for use everywhere, and space for just simply lounging.
Whether its at a table among rows of books, or on one of the decks overlooking Lady Bird Lake, or on the rooftop, make yourself comfortable and get as productive as you wantwhile avoiding the weather.
Get Snap Happy Street Art In Austin
There is a lot of street art in Austin but unfortunately, much of it is spread quite far apart. Close to downtown, you can catch:
- The I Love You So Much Wall on So Co .
- I Hate You So Much Wall on Rainy Street .
- Lets Band Together heart on East 6th Street.
- Historic 6th Mural at 5582 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, 78701.
- Ninja Style graffiti on Lamar Boulevard Bridge.
- Pop Art Girl at Colorado St. and W 5th Street ?
- Tau Ceti triangle at Brazos and Second.
A little further afield is the famous:
- Jeremiah the Innocent at 21st and Guadalupe.
- Youre My Butter Half at 2000 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
We were really disappointed to see that Hope Outdoor Gallery at Castle Hill has now be closed down. This is where we got our wedding photos taken.
Rumour has it that Hope will be reopening at a spot near the airport. If you like street art why not visit us in Fife, Scotland! This lesser-known area of our home country has an emerging scene worth checking out.
We never made it to the Cathedral of Junk but if you like art and trash it might be worth a quick visit if passing by .
Some of the murals are quite spaced out so this electric bike tour can cover more grounds than by foot.
Back at South Congress, youll see a large gathering at the end of a shop this is the I Love You So Much wall.
As the story goes, the artist spray painted the message, I love you so much, on her girlfriends shop wall after they broke up.
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Bullock Texas State History Museum
Opened in 2001 as the official history museum of the State of Texas, we engage the broadest possible audience to interpret the continually unfolding Story of Texas through meaningful educational experiences. We also collect and archive first-person stories about Texas through the Texas Story Project, because the memories and experiences of Texas people, places, and objects contribute to a better understanding of the generations that came before us.
The Bullock Museum is currently open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If youre not into a history museum, Bob Bullock also has an IMAX Theatre.
1800 Congress Ave, thestoryoftexas.com
Unique Things To Do In Austin Today
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When I say Texas you think of cowboys and Conservatives, right? Wrong! Say hello to Austin the hipster Texas city in The Lone Star State. Just over 950, 000 people reside in Austin and during our three visits, weve met around 30 of them and one even married us. Yes, you heard that right. Craig and I love this city so much we got hitched by Lady Bird Lake on Lou Neff Point. Heres our guide to unique things to do in Austin today, which are awesome! Visiting for Christmas? Heres our festive guide too.
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Sweet Music Can Soothe Your Stormy Soul
Just relax, friend. Photo: Flickr user Alexandre Normand, CC licensed.
Stressed or annoyed by the rain? Slightly deficient in vitamin D from the cloudiness? In these dark and dreary days, you need to take care of yourself. Whats our prescription? Music, of course. Head into Waterloo Records & Video and treat yourself to a new album. Like only a local company would, Waterloo will happily allow you to listen to entire CDs on-site before you purchase them to ensure that you are totally satisfied with your choices. Waterloos Our Picks list is a excellent place to start your search.
Maybe youd rather see a concert? Use this handy list to locate your favorite live music venues and figure out whos playing when.
Eat Breakfast At Juan In A Million
The first thing to do in Austin is to grab a Tex Mex breakfast and Juan in a Million is the legend you get to meet.
Not only does the ex-high school teacher, Juan Mezas sell no frills, great homemade food, he also greets every single customer at the door with his signature handshake! Now that is a personal welcome.
Our taxi driver said one day he drove past and couldnt believe the size of the line, Juan had just made it to the big screen.
Casey Webb from the notorious hit TV show Man v Food had taken on the challenge to eat eight Don Juan tacos stuffed full of eggs, potatoes, bacon and cheese.
Think you can make it on the Juan of Fame? Webb managed four and a quarter
Tell us how many you manage in the comments below!
- 2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
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Play A Round At Top Golf
While maybe not the best option if its a torrential downpour or freezing cold, Top Golf is still a great semi-indoor option on a drizzling day in Austin! Also perfect for people like me who have no idea how to golf!
Hope you enjoy these 17 Rainy Day in Austin Activities! Stay dry today, yall!
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Take Your Dogs With You
West AustinWe all know whats really important in any potential relationship: What does your pet think of them? Get the party started by toting your furry friend along with you on your next date, and bonus points if your paramour has a dog of their own . Red Bud Isle, perched on the west side of Lady Bird Lake, is the ideal off-leash location for your meet-cute. Afterwards, the four of you can get your fill at one of Austins best dog-friendly bars and restaurants.
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Observe Austin’s Famous Bats By A Bridge
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Austin’s most famous flying mammals make an appearance nightly from March to October, when 1.5 million bats fly out of the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue bridge just before sundown.
The best vantage point is the walkway on the east side of the bridge, but you can also bring a blanket and enjoy the show from the hillside below the bridge. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also rent a canoe or kayak and watch the bats from the water.
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Hollywood Star Cars Museum
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Want to sit behind the wheel of the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard, Back to the Futures DeLorean or even the Batmobile? At the Hollywood Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg there are vehicles from over 50 years of cinema and television history, which also includes iconic cars from the Fast and the Furious film franchise and Paul McCartneys Cadillac.
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Make A Splash At Barton Springs
Barton Springs is a natural spring for the public to sunbathe around, kayak, and swim in. Or sunbathe on your kayak as I saw some girls do.
Located in Zilker Park, there are two options for the pool. The first is to pay to use the swimming pool style spring which has a nice grassy hill to sunbathe on. The sun can get pretty powerful so remember your factor 30.
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The second option is to use the area next door for free.
Dont make the mistake we did take the turning before the bridge and use the concrete hill for sunbathing. We were stuck on the muddy and stony ground which was fine with a towel.
The locals will laugh and ask if you went into the water
We walked there from the HI Hostel which took around 50 minutes and then cycled back. Save some cash a pack a picnic.
- 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
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If youre going to hurl yourself through the air at 30 miles per hour, you might as well book the best, and thats Lake Travis Zipline Adventures.
They boast the longest and fastest ziplines in the entire state of Texas!
Their lines arent the only things that they have going for them, however.
They also offer food, lodging and transportation for guided tours through the beautiful scenery of Austin.
Whether youre looking to rent a cabin for the weekend or just lounge on a private beach for the afternoon, this company can arrange everything for you.
Do you dare to fling yourself off the tree tops?
Do you dream of sunbathing on a quiet, unoccupied stretch of sand?
You could be having an exhilarating near-death experience as early as this weekend!
Address: 14529 Pocohontas Trail, Volente, TX 78641, United States
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The Salt And Pepper Shaker Museum
A world first, the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg is the only one of its kind on the planet. With more than 20,000 sets of salt and pepper shakers to explore, youll also discover amazing stories. This includes why one shaker costs $60 million and the reason why in some countries a saltshaker has less holes than a pepper shaker .
Indoor Activities To Enjoy When Austin Weather Forces You Inside
May 20, 2019 by Jonas White
As we know, Austin is built for outdoor hanging. There are outdoor and rooftop bars, restaurant patios, as well as all the bike and water activities you could possibly want. But sometimes outside just isnt in the cards.
Maybe its that torrential downpour that came out of nowhere. Or maybe its the summer heat that has you scurrying for shelter, trying to keep your cool under a sun that has no pity and takes no prisoners.
Whatever the weather event, its important and sometimes necessary to have an indoor backup plan. As you may have guessed, The Austinot is here to help. Below youll find our top eight indoor activities in Austin. So stay dry, stay cool, and have fun!
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Rent A Private Movie Theater
Alamo DrafthouseFor long-term lovers celebrating an anniversaryor those willing to shell out some extra bucks to really wow their dateconsider taking in your own personal screening at the Alamo Drafthouse. Yes, thats rightone huge movie theater to yourselves, with a full menu of food and drinks to order from while you enjoy the film of your choice. The Alamo Drafthouse does make you choose a movie from a pre-selected list to watch but, with everything from classics like Casablanca to throwback nail-biters like The Thing in stock, picking your cinematic poison will surely be easier than deciding on your next Netflix binge.
Dont Let A Little Rain Stop You Ms Adventure
Ms. Adventure tries indoor skydiving. Photo: Flickr user Groupon, CC licensed.
Were willing to bet that you outdoorsy, adventurous types are feeling more than slightly stir-crazy. Dont let Mother Nature steal your thunder! There are plenty of indoor Austin activities that you can do to expend some of your pent-up energy and experience that adrenaline rush youre dreaming about.
Want to go skydiving? Its totally possible inside, thanks to iFly, a company who uses wind tunnels and aerodynamic flight suits to simulate the exhilarating feeling of true skydiving. Youll experience a similar rush if you spend a day at one of Austin Rock Gyms two facilities. For $15, you can learn bouldering at the North gym which regulars affectionately refer to as the NARG or classic indoor wall climbing at the SARG. Make sure to factor in $12 for gear rental into your adventure budget unless you have your own climbing shoes, harness, and belay device.
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Wander Along South Congress
Dirty 6th is a cool, messy street full of filthy bars and definitely one of your first stops for things to in Austin at night but if you are looking for a street that is laden with seriously gorgeous looking people , see SoCo.
South Congress is lined with lots of vintage shops and delicious eateries.
On Saturdays, a pop-up market sells artwork and jewellery. Look out for the topless cowboy on a horse. Yes, that happens.