City Spotlight: Things To Do in Austin

Congratulations on your move to Austin! You’re now a resident of Texas’ capital city and hotbed for great art, live music and phenomenal food. While you adjust to keeping things weird (Austin’s motto) and an overwhelming amount of burnt orange, here are a few of Move For Free’s favorite things to do in Austin.

Franklin BBQ
There are a lot of great BBQ joints in Austin but our favorite, and one of the most respected in the country, is Franklin BBQ on 11th Street. Bon Appétit named it the best BBQ restaurant in the country, and it has also graced the cover of Texas Monthly and the New York Times. Everything is delicious here, especially the pork (which explains the high praise from the northeast, where pork is the main BBQ meat). If you’re heading to Franklin on a Saturday, get there early. Lines will begin forming around 8 or 9 in the morning, and it’s not uncommon for them to be sold out by lunchtime.

Barton Springs Pool
A popular way for Austinites to escape the Texas heat is with an outing to Barton Springs Pool. Located in the heart of Zilker Park, this man-made pool spans three acres, and the water averages a cool 68 degrees year round. The pool is fed and filled by one of the largest springs in Texas. Its consistent temperature makes it a great spot for year-round swimming. It is also home to the Barton Springs Salamander, an endangered species that safely coexists with the pool’s swimmers. (The pool is undergoing some renovations, so make sure and check that it isn’t temporarily closed when you plan on visiting.)

Enjoy live music
How can you not recommend live music when welcoming people to the Live Music Capital of the World? Austin’s nickname is 100% deserved, with hundreds of bars, clubs and restaurants all featuring live bands on a nightly basis. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Antone’s and The Broken Spoke, but it’s hard to go wrong with just about anywhere.

It’s hard to narrow down the things to do in a city like Austin. There are so many great aspects of this city. So get out there and enjoy it!