Free Yoga Day began in Austin, an example of the city’s “Keep Austin Weird” slogan designed to promote its small businesses. Bat City also has turtle races, a Cathedral of Junk, yard art and plenty of other unique sights and traditions. Aside from being Texas’ state capital, it’s also the Live Music Capital of the World. Just when you think you understand what Austin’s all about, you might want to rethink – weird.
Finding cheap airline tickets is always a first step (unless you like the idea of a road trip). We’re always looking for the best deal on round-trip basic economy fares, with departure and return spaced about a week apart.
Austin does not lack for inexpensive eateries. Experiment to your tastes, but these are our picks:
Fricano’s Deli on Nueces Street serves “award-winning sandwiches” and salads; specialty sandwiches like the Italian club or Paul’s spicy Reuben run $5.95 for a half or $8.25 for a whole, and the big spinach salad is under $8. You can custom order, too.
For healthy, Asian and beautifully prepared foods with lots of options, try Koriente Restaurant and Tea House on East 7th Street; from pan-seared ahi tuna to shiitake tofu or japchei, $11 has you covered.
Go Local Austin
Depending on where and how long you plan on visiting, you may want to investigate the Go Local Austin card or key tag. For $15, it provides various discounts in 10 categories: arts and entertainment; beauty; food and drink; health, fitness and outdoors; home and garden; pet; retail; services; weddings, events and lodgings; and workshops, schools and classes. Check the website for current participating attractions and businesses. AustinTexas.org also has insider coupons
Free Things To Do
The American League of Bicyclists awarded Austin gold status in late 2015, listing the community as one of the most bicycle-friendly in the nation. Austin B-cycle allows you to rent bicycles all day long for half-hour stints to tour the city, which has “more than 250 miles of bike lanes, including 30 miles of protected and buffered bike lanes” as well as the “crown jewels of our urban trail network, like the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, the Boardwalk and the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge.” Austin is also SpinLister-friendly, with loads of individual bike rental listings.
“You can all go to hell; I will go to Texas”
― David Crockett