Austin, of the “Keep Austin Weird” catchphrase, truly lives up to its name. The eclectic blends of arts and culture, independent to the core and perpetually evolving, that make this city what it is on a daily basis could very easily be defined as “weird.” However, we happen to firmly believe that these characteristics also serve Austin with another well-earned descriptor: awesome. And while it’s entirely possible that a whole honeymooning agenda for Austin could be built upon this city’s restaurants and foodie adventures alone, we think that the course of true love must also run through a series of local sights not originating in a kitchen.
Of course, Austin has all of the basics: museums, traditional local attractions, and UT sporting events. The Blanton Museum of Art is one of the best museums in town, and has the largest art collection in Central Texas with a special focus on contemporary Latin American art. Meanwhile, local art can be found in spades when you and your love sign on to the East Austin Studio Tour – an annual self-guided tour and opportunity to study the work of hundreds of artists in Austin.
Also unique to Austin are the city’s incredible (we’re talking both size and aesthetic) Capitol Building, which is located right downtown, and an experience that, while it might not scream “romance,” is certainly worth making time for: the Congress Bridge bats. Home to the largest urban bat colony in the world, the Congress Avenue Bridge is an attraction that draws nightly summertime crowds. Visitors and locals alike gather to watch up to 1.5 million bats emerge in mass from beneath the bridge, taking flight to collect their evening meal. Summertime honeymooners should also take note of the city’s favorite ways to beat the heat – natural spring-supplied Barton Springs Pool and water activities on Lady Bird Lake.
However, we’re utterly convinced that the local nightlife – and constant rotation of local festivals and cultural events that roll through town – are exceptional and entertaining alike, whether you’re an active participant or simply embracing the opportunity to people-watch. A night out of 6th Street is a must, and Blues on the Green, Austin’s largest free concert series, is a top event held at well-loved, Zilker Park. SXSW and Austin City Limits (the longest-running music program in television history) are other local hits in the music and culture scene of the “Live Music Capital of the World.”