From our Experience Manager, Danielle Houtkooper

Are you ready to FALL back in love with your city? Take some time to try out some fun fall activities this season! Austin is a town with unlimited things to do on any given day or night. Check out these fun things to do in the City of the Violet Crown.

1. Sunset at Mount Bonnell

Photo by Kyle Sun
Mount Bonnell, or Covert Park, sits along the beautiful Colorado River. Take your pick of climbing the 100 stairs to the top, or taking the ADA friendly ramp, and check out the beautiful views that Mount Bonnell has to offer. Widely considered the tallest point in the city, the picturesque park is the perfect place to watch the sunset, and see the beautiful skies and sights surrounding Austin. Take a picnic, but be sure to clean up after yourself!

2. Bat Bridge

Photo by Ashley Park
Popular amongst visiting tourists, checking out the bat bridge may seem like something to avoid for the seasoned Austinite. But, sitting along the edge of Townlake near the bridge gives you a whole new vantage point. Walk along the path near the Line hotel, and find yourself a nice place to sit. The bats are vastly unpredictable, so while many will give up, you’ll have the perfect view to see the Mexican Freetail bats fly off into the night. Once you’re done, you’re already downtown and ready to see what else the night has to offer.

3. Rooftop Cocktails

Photo courtesy of Chase Daniel via Eater Austin
With the heat starting to die down, it’s definitely patio season. Enjoy it with a rooftop cocktail at one of the great bars or restaurants the city has to offer. There are some beautiful spots atop some of Austin’s finest hotels, including:
-Azul Rooftop (The Westin Austin)
-Edge Rooftop (JW Marriott)
-Second Bar and Kitchen Rooftop (East Austin Hotel)
-Upstairs at Caroline (Aloft Austin)
-P6 (The Line)
You won’t be disappointed by the view or the cocktails at any of these spots.

4. Reading in the downtown Austin Public Library Garden

Photo by Patrick Wong/ via Austin Public Library
Speaking of rooftops, in the heart of downtown lies the beautiful Austin Public Library. There’s so much to see in the space, it would take all day to write about it. But, something that is a must do is reading upstairs on their rooftop garden patio. There’s plenty of comfy seats to snuggle up in as you dive into a good book. The library is open until 8 pm on Monday-Thursday, and until 5pm on Friday-Sunday. There is a convenient parking garage, and even a cafe downstairs to grab a coffee before you head up.

5. Live Music Crawl

Photo courtesy of Ashley Park
Fall is a great time for music in the Live Music Capital of the World! With so many touring bands coming through, you can see a new show every night of the week. Join Austin Detours on a Live Music Crawl as we take you to three different venues to check out a wide variety of artists crooning their way through the night. These crawls are specially planned to include different types of music so you can get a little taste of everything. The Crawl meets at the Hilton Austin, departs in a Mercedes sprinter van, and takes you all over the city. We handle the cover charge for the venues, and we always tip the band. The Live Music Crawl happens Wednesday-Friday every week. Tickets are only $85, book today! 

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