Austin is one of those cities that you want to sit back and relax while you are there. The capital of Texas can be one of the most relaxed vacations or weekend trips you can make.
Austin is worldly renowned for their live music venues and gorgeous state parks.
During the day you could take a tour of the state capital or visit downtown Austin. But why be indoors when you could spend the day outside in a relaxing environment.
Zilker Botanical Garden
This botanical garden is located in the massive Zilker Park which is minutes from downtown. When you are here, you will be surrounded by 26 acres of gorgeous green plants and waterfalls. At the gardens, you will find several individual themed areas to view. The must-see garden is the Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden that was built by Isamu Taniguchi when he was in his seventies. The garden hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 pm daily with the exception of the major holidays.
McKinney Falls State Park
Located approximately 12 miles south of downtown Austin McKinney Falls State Park is a relaxing well maintain park. You can enjoy an easy hike to the falls while sitting on the bank of Onion Creek. Or a more popular past time is jumping from rock to rock as you make your way around the falls. If mountain biking is more your thing, you will thoroughly enjoy the scenery. If you plan your day trip well, you should pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic under the mature trees.
Nightlife in Austin
When in Austin do what the locals do and relax with some live music. Austin is the live music capital of the world. There are more live music shows put on there than anywhere else. We literally could write a book about the live music scene but instead will highlight two of the popular venues.
Hosting live music since 1955 the Continental Club is an iconic Austin club. They offer nightly live shows and a wide variety of genres including country, jazz, rock, and soul music.
This nightclub is so popular that it can often sell out shows. Antone’s has been around since 1975 and is located in downtown Austin. The list of famous musicians that have played there over the years is insane. There is limited seating so if you want to relax you should get there early.
The Next Morning
So, you hiked in the beautiful Austin Parks, and you spent the night listening to live music at one of the hundreds of locations across the city. The next morning it’s time to relax and enjoy some you time. Austin is home to two favorite spas.
Viva Day Spa
An upscale day spa with three locations located around Austin they offer spa packages that will make you wish you lived here. Viva Day Spa in Austin offers multiple spa packages to keep you relaxed and melt away your stress. The Viva Premier Spa Package is a six-hour spa treatment like you’ve never experienced before.
Lake Austin Spa
The Spa at Lake Austin is located within a resort. Day guest will enjoy a luxurious spa in a tranquil setting. They offer a full day spa experience that comes with massage, facial, and other healing services. If you have time to enjoy, the rest of the resort do it. This resort is located in a gorgeous setting and has many amenities.