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The Most Instagrammable Places in Austin

Aesthetically, Austin has it all: iconic street art, unique architecture, and an eye-catching skyline. 

So you can’t be blamed for the irresistible urge to emblazon your Instagram with all of the images that illustrate the glory of living in Austin. If you want to embrace that practice to the fullest and really go to town, here’s a round-up of the most Instagrammable places in Austin.

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden

605 Azie Morton Rd

The ultimate Austin spot to achieve zen and tranquility, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden presents plenty of photo ops to play statue or get some enviable greenery shots.

Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Rd.

Get green thumb envy and enjoy plenty of Austin’s finest wildlife at the Zilker Botanical Garden. Perfect for garden themed photo ops and fairy picnics.

Update: Open with advance reservations required.

Red Bud Isle

3401 Redbud Trail

Part amazing dog park, part hidden gem, Red Bud Isle is reachable via car, paddleboard, or kayak. The perfect place to take a swim with your 4 legged friend or watch the sunset.

Barton Springs Pool

2201 Barton Springs Rd.

Austin’s favorite natural spring is a little piece of utopia. Cool water, lounging on the grass, and epic scenery make it the ideal place to get your summer grams on. 

Update: Open with limited capacity.

The Top of Mt. Bonnell

3800 Mt. Bonnell Rd.

The best views in the city are only a hop, skip, and jump away…well actually a leisurely climb along some stairs. But the climb is worth it for the most far-reaching views in the city.

Franklin’s BBQ

900 East 11th St

The lengthy lines at the ever so popular Franklin’s BBQ are well worth the wait for the juicy, tender goodness. Grab a cooler, some chairs and be prepared to get in line for meat heaven.

Update: Dining room closed, but curbside pickup service available.

Uncommon Objects

1602 Fortview Rd

Uncommon Objects Antiques and Vintage Shop is basically one giant store of Instagram opportunities. Bedecked with everything from a wall of antlers to taxidermy, antiques phones, signs and more; get ready to play cross-century dress up.

The Texas State Capitol

1100 Congress Ave

Get a healthy dose of Texas history with a tour through the stately Capitol building. Plus plenty of opportunities to pose with Bush portraits and historical statues.

Update: Temporarily closed to tourists and visitors.

You’re My Butter Half Mural

2000 E. MLK Blvd

Another great piece of street art, another chance to proclaim your love. Located on the side of the Greater United Austin Building, this bright mural is worth a stop in this neighborhood.

“I Love You So Much” at Jo’s Coffee

1300 S Congress

The “I love you so much” sign on the side of Jo’s Coffee has become the most iconic piece of street art in Austin. Perfect for engagement photos, wedding photos, or just waiting for coffee.

The W Hotel Pool

200 Lavaca St

The W Hotel rooftop pool is one of the hottest hangs in the city, literally bc it’s that much closer to the sun. Get your tan on all year round and ogle the B-list celebrities as you look down upon the plebeians of downtown Austin.

Update: Hotel is open but pool is temporarily closed.

Lamar Pedestrian Bridge

Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

The pedestrian bridge connects the north and south parts of Lamar along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. Expect tons of fit Austinites jogging, scenic pup pics, and perfect sunsets.

The Long Center

701 W Riverside Dr

The Long Center Performing Arts Center is not only one of the most picturesque views of the city but also hosts some of the best artistic acts. Stop by for a selfie, stay for a ballet, musical, concert, or Do512’s own Sound & Cinema movie series all summer long. 

Zilker Park

2100 Barton Springs Rd

Home to ACL, the Kite Festival, and many a Sunday volleyball game; Zilker Park is the pride and joy of Austin. From popular ‘Gram Zilker Bark to pics of Barton Springs or the Greenbelt, Zilker is sure to be tagged in many of your photos.

University Of Texas Tower

110 Inner Campus Dr

The statuesque tower is right smack dab in the middle of University of Texas. A focal point of the university to pay homage to football wins and other feats.

Update: Open, but all visitors need to complete a COVID-19 symptom screening online before entering campus.

Hi, How Are You

408 West 21st St

Daniel Johnston’s classic image has adorned this campus-area wall since 1993, when the Sound Exchange record store commissioned Johnston to paint a mural of his 1983 album cover, which had become widely recognizable after Kurt Cobain wore the image on a t-shirt during Nirvana’s promotion of Nevermind. When in Austin be sure to get your photo ops in here. 

Auditorium Shores at Town Lake

800 W Riverside Dr

The Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial is located at the intersection of Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail (South 1st and Riverside), first installed in 1994 and often has flowers and other devotions at its base. Plus, great views of the Austin skyline from this spot. |CONTRIBUTED BY PAGE JENSEN-SLATTENGREN

Need Gifts?

The holidays are quickly approaching and two staple Austin events are here to help in the holiday gift purchasing department. Things may look a little different this year, so be sure to check out their respective websites for instructions on how to attend.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

November 13, 2020 – December 24, 2020
Blue Genie Art Bazaar – 6100 Airport Blvd.
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show held in Austin. Open again for more than 15 years, the free Bazaar features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists – with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Foundation.


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A Christmas Affair

November 17, 2020 – November 22, 2020
Virtual Event
The Junior League of Austin’s A Christmas Affair hosts approximately 200-vendors in a themed shopping extravaganza which includes parties, children’s events, a private shopping brunch, and the season’s biggest celebrity, Santa!

The A Christmas Affair 2020 team is proud to announce an exciting reinvention of the annual, iconic holiday event. After analysis of current directions from local and state authorities, and keeping the safety of our volunteers, merchants and guests in mind, A Christmas Affair: Felicidad will be a fully virtual event and marketplace. 

Now in its 45th year, the five-day holiday gift market kicks off the giving season each year and hosts more than 150 regional and national retail merchants. This year, The Junior League of Austin will use a platform that will allow the JLA to support small businesses from around the country and create interaction experiences for its virtual attendees.   

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins & More Pumpkins!

Orange Pumpkin on Brown Hay Near Gray Carriage

Fall time brings cooler temperatures and pumpkins on display all over town, beautifying homes, porches, and storefronts in shades of orange and gold. Before you pick out the perfect pumpkin to turn into a Halloween jack-o-lantern or delicious pie, head to one of the many different Austin pumpkin patches offered around town for a fun autumn outing and family-friendly experience! Note: Make sure to check out the individual locations COVID-19 restrictions.

Barton Hill Farms Pumpkin Patch – 1115 FM 969, Bastrop

Barton Hills Farms is the perfect place to enjoy an autumn day! Get your fall family photos under the cottonwood trees or take a stroll through rows of beautiful pumpkins ready to be picked. Check out their 3.5 acre Scooby-Doo corn maze then take a break and relax on a swing beneath a shady tree by the Colorado River.

Buda United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch – 767 Main St., Buda

Admission to this pumpkin patch is free, welcoming all to come by and visit, including furry, four legged friends. The decorated patch serves as a great backdrop for family photos.

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch – 120 Natures Way, Elgin

Don’t be confused by this farm’s name; it does have a pumpkin patch! During the month of October, they host man “Fall Fun” days as well as a Pumpkin Festival that is full of hayrides, pumpkin decorating, animals, and photo ops. Aside from activities, delicious food can also be enjoyed, including Texas BBQ and baked goods.

Evergreen Farms Christmas Tree Pumpkin Patch – 242 Monkey Rd., Elgin

Evergreen Farms is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities! Take a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where you will hung for mini pumpkins that are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with great concessions and other activities and games!

Leander United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch – 107 SW Dr., Leander

Full of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, Leander United Methodist Church’s pumpkin patch has the opportunity for plenty of photo ops as well as scavenger hunts, stickers, and activities for the whole family! Hear stories told by a professional storyteller while sitting around a campfire while you make your own s’more! The stories will be fun for children, teenagers, and adults alike. Be sure to get there before dusk!

Manchaca United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch – 1011 FM 1626, Manchaca

Fall is an exciting time of year at Machaca United Methodist Church in South Austin. Their annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat is back and better than ever! Come stroll through their pumpkin patch, decorate cookies, and take advantage of their many photo opportunities. Enjoy a Movie in the Patch with the family on October 18th, showing It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

South Texas Maize Pumpkin Patch – 911 US-90, Hondo

A family adventure with food and fun for all, in Hondo, Texas! Spend a scenic, fall day at the farm at South Texas Maize Pumpkin Patch. There are so many activities to participate in including finding your way through a 7-acre maze, going on a hayride, sliding down a MatterCorn slide mountain, riding a twin cow train, unlimited jumping on a two Corn Pop-Poppers, and so much more!

Sweet Berry Farms Pumpkin Patch – 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls

One of the Hill Country’s favorite farms is back with their annual Harvest of Fall Fun! Come out with family and friends and enjoy hayrides, mazes for all ages, pumpkin painting, scarecrow stuffing, face painting, horse rides, flower picking, sand art, a barrel train, and berry bounce! There is no entry or parking fee! All you need to do is pay for your pumpkins and any activities that you want to do.

Texas Pumpkin Fest – 10930 E. Crystal Falls Pkwy, Leander

Pumpkins, gourds, pony rides, and more! This Leander, Texas festival attracts visitors near and far every fall. Dress up the kiddos for a photo op on the hay pyramid. Get creative and join in on pumpkin painting while you enjoy one of their many food vendors.

The Jersey Barnyard – 3117 TX-159, LaGrange

The Jersey Barnyard is back again for its annual pumpkin patch. Make new family memories full of fun farm experiences. Enjoy a farm tour on the tractor and give your pumpkin a smile at the pumpkin painting station. The Jersey Barnyard also has a variety of fall décor to take home including Jack o’ lanterns, specialty pumpkins, squash, gourds, decorative corn, corn stalks, ceramic pumpkins, mums, and fall bedding plants.

The Robinson Family Patch – 3780 White Owl Ln, Temple

Come and spend the day at the Robinson Family Farm with your family and friends! There is never a dull moment at the Robinson Farm. With over 20+ attractions, you will find yourself enjoying the fall farm life for hours. Search through their corn maze, take a hayride, and pick out that perfect fall pumpkin for your and your family.

Austin Local, October 2, 2020

Austin’s Floating Cinema!

Looking for something to do in Austin while maintaining social distance – how about going to the movies while floating on the water?  Austin’s idea of a drive up movie theater.

Floating Cinema is coming to Austin for one week starting September 23rd.  This unique cinema is made up of 12 to 24 mini-boats that hold up to 8 people.  Movies are going to be a mix of golden oldies and new releases and there will be free popcorn for all!

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Austin’s Population Boom Slows A Little, As State Continues Torrid Pace

On March 22, the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of its July 2017 yearly population estimates, and what they reveal shows that while Texas continues to be a red-hot destination for newcomers, the Austin-Round Rock area is adding fewer people than in years past.

The bureau analyzed population growth beginning July 1, 2016 through July 1, 2017 throughout the U.S., and then broke the figures down by metro region. In 2017, Austin-Round Rock area dropped in rank among the 10 fastest growing regions in the U.S., going from No. 8 in 2016 to No. 9 this year.

In their report, the bureau notes this drop is due to a drop in “net migration,” which translates “to less people moved here last year than the year before.” In 2017, the Austin area welcomed 55,269 newcomers, a drop from the 58,301 that moved here the year before.

Though it’s a drop of more than 3,000, the population gain was enough to keep Austin-Round Rock at the No. 9 spot among the top 10 largest gaining metro areas. Our Texas neighbors Dallas-Fort-Worth-Arlington and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land took the Nos. 1 and 2 spots in this category, respectively.

Also falling in ranking is nearby Hays County. In 2016, the county took the top spot among fastest growing counties in the U.S. This year, it fell to fourth place.

Despite Austin’s slight decline, the state of Texas is still in demand. Among most populous counties, both Harris (Houston) and Dallas counties rank among the top 10 in the nation and among the largest gaining. And when it comes to fastest growing counties, Comal, Hays, and Kendall make up three of the 10 spots, coming in at Nos. 2, 4, and 5, respectively.

Houston and Dallas also appear among the most popular metropolitan areas in the country, too. With a population of 7,399,662 (an increase of almost 145,000 people from 2016), Dallas-Fort-Worth-Arlington comes in at No.4. Not to be outdone, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land comes in right behind in the No, 5 spot, with a population of 6,892,427. The New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago metro areas took the top three spots, respectively.

Info courtesy of: Katie Friel and the U.S. Census Bureau

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