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Archer's Favorite Things to Do In Austin + The Domain

  • . Pecan Street Festival

    This quintessentially Austin festival beckons musicians, artisans and craftsmen alike. One of Austin’s most iconic thoroughfares becomes an open-air market brimming with a plethora of things that make Austin weird and wonderful. Leave some room in your bag to bring home a unique treasure.

    Photo courtesy of Will Taylor, LostinAustin.org.

  • . Bakery Lorraine

    The French bakery right around the corner from Archer Austin offers handmade breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch items, as well as bakery delights. The quiche lorraine gets extra points for including caramelized onions along with the bacon and gruyere, and the croque madame is a local favorite. Take a dozen Parisian macarons home to share (or not).

    Photo courtesy of Misha Hettie.

    Domain NORTHSIDE Visit Website 512.300.0300

  • . Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café

    Breakfast anytime? Yes, indeed — especially at Sweet Paris. Founded in Houston with the mission of “reviving the art of eating crêpes,” they make beautiful breakfast, sweet and savory crêpes (and waffles, eggs, milkshakes, salads, paninis and Nutella drinks) that are meant to be enjoyed anytime. 

    Photo courtesy of Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café.

    The Domain Visit Website 512.551.3979

  • . Veracruz All Natural

    Owned by two sisters from the restaurant’s namesake city in Mexico, Veracruz has been recognized by the Food Network as serving one of the best five tacos in the U.S. While tacos are great anytime, the breakfast tacos get a shoutout for their homemade corn and locally made flour tortillas. To try: the El Tradicional or the vegetarian Migas Poblanas. Wash it all down with an icy aguas frescas or smoothie.

    Photo courtesy of Ryan Meyers.

    Address Visit Website 512.363.5917

  • . La Barbecue

    This serious contender for Austin barbecue acclaim grew from a wildly popular food truck to an equally popular brick-and-mortar — and while there still may be a line, you can take turns grabbing a drink at several great neighborhood bars. Pulled pork and the 1.5-pound beef ribs are the stars of this show; bring a napkin.

  • . Uchi

    Frequently cited as one of the best restaurants in Austin, if you’re craving sushi, Uchi is the place you want to be. Expertly prepared sushi and Asian staples are served up in a hip Zen atmosphere. Visit the award-winning Uchiko, the "child of Uchi" down the road for traditional Japanese offerings with new flavors and textures.

  • . Culinary Dropout

    Free-spirited and undefinable, this Domain NORTHSIDE eatery offers one of the premier patio experiences in Austin. Sip an expertly made cocktail while playing yard games or knock back a few cold ones and cheer on your favorite team — Culinary Dropout is a great example of why Austenites love patios. 

  • . Celis Brewery

    Born in Belgium and brewed in Texas, Celis craft beers derive from its proprietary Belgian yeast strain. The three core beers — White, Juicy IPA and Pale Bock — are complemented by such seasonal selections as Raspberry, Grand Cru, Dubbel Coffee Porter and Lime Berliner Weisse. Visit the Old World-inspired Copper Kettle Taproom and taste both old and new Celis recipes.

    Photo courtesy of Celis Brewery.

  • . Viva Day Spa

    Right around the literal corner from Archer, Viva Day Spa is a traditional spa and med spa in one. A selection of 10 award-winning spa packages includes the Celebration Package (Swedish massage, hot stone massage, custom designer facial and deluxe pedicure — served with wine and chocolates), a Manadatory Spa Package for Men and a Couples Massage. Noninvasive med spa treatments include injectables and fillers, laser treatments, skin rejuvenation and body contouring.

  • . Nordstrom

    This leading fashion retailer of clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and kids is just steps from Archer's front door. No two Nordstrom retailers have the same product mix, so a shopping spree at Domain NORTHSIDE is likely to result in a different shopping bag. For guests staying at Archer Hotel Austin, the Nordstrom personal stylist will ensure delivery of clothing selections to the Archer concierge, who will hand-carry them to the guest’s room. 

  • . Chanel Fragrance and Beauté

    The world-renowned French luxury house Chanel brings its Fragrance and Beauté boutique into the heart of Domain NORTHSIDE, just around the corner from Archer. This first-in-Texas specialty shop focuses on skincare, makeup and Les Exclusifs de Chanel fragrances, as well as small leather goods and sunglasses.

  • . Drybar

    Blowouts are practically a woman's rite of passage, and nowhere are they perfected more than at Drybar. Don’t expect a cut or color — blowouts only (and that’s a good thing). With a playful menu of such cocktail-inspired names as the Mai Tai (effortless hair) and the Dirty Martini (tousled and textured), its specialization shows. You'll leave looking every bit as exquisite as you feel. 

  • . Austin Shaker

    A bartenders’ liquor store, the Austin Shaker is owned and operated by Dave and Kiki, both hailing from the bar industry. Patrons find curated spirits, craft beers and wines alongside hard-to-find bitters, amari and vermouth. Specialty bar tools for professional and not-so-professional bartenders line shelves beside vintage glassware at this neighborhood gem. Photo courtesy of Austin Shaker.

  • . Waterloo Records

    Continually listed by Austin Chronicle readers as the best record store in town since its opening in 1982, Waterloo lets customers listen to any album before buying it and takes returns for any reason up to 10 days after purchase. Owned, operated and staffed by true music lovers, the store buys and trades gently used vinyls, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays and cassettes and hosts in-store performances by artists across all genres. Photo by Spencer Selvidge, courtesy of Waterloo Records.

  • . Governor's Mansion

    The official residence of Texas governors and their families, this local landmark was targeted by an arsonist in 2008 and no longer offers interior tours to the public — but it's definitely still worth a drive-by.

  • . Josephine House

    A cozy, upscale bungalow serving up the best breakfast burger in Austin? You bet. The focus on local, seasonal ingredients means that it's not available year-round, but when it is — it's worth the reservation. 

  • . Blanton Museum of Art

    "You Belong Here" is the tagline for the museum's reimagined permanent exhibits, and we couldn't agree more: You belong here. Housing a wide array of art that ranges from renaissance to modern, the Atrium’s Stacked Waters — a 3,100-sq.-ft. wall art instillation — wows the senses by playing with space, light and perception; it's worth the trip in and of itself. 

  • . Swedish Hill

    A deli, café and bakery all at once, Swedish Hill is inspired by those in London, New York and California. Fresh-squeezed juice and Coffee Manufactory coffee complement (among other goodies) bagel sandwiches, ricotta and fig toast and a Swedish breakfast: maple pork sausage, rotisserie potatoes, sunny-side-up eggs, house hot sauce and a Parker House roll.

  • . Épicerie

     

    This charming French-American café and grocery that’s inspired by Louisiana flavor profiles is a sweet little find for breakfast or brunch (or lunch or …). Guests rave about the authenticity of the beignets — crispy, sweet perfection — as well as the French onion soup and cured salmon toast. Its boutique grocery is mini but mighty, with European wines, syrups, comfits, chocolates and a nice selection of cheeses.

    Rosedale Visit Website 512.371.6840

  • . Austin Beerworks

    Austin Beerworks has two goals: to consistently brew exceptional craft beers and to build community in the town they love. Six core beers and a variety of limited-release seasonal brews are served c-c-cold at the tap room, and visitors can tour the brewery. Bring the kids — there’s a bermscape for them, big communal tables for the entire gang and the Can-tina (a food truck with good grub that pairs well with a cold can or two).

    Photo courtesy of Andrew Yates.

  • . Mia's Tapas Bar

    Whether you choose beets and gorgonzola, pork belly and salsa verde, or spicy seafood capellini, experience all the flavors of Italy with none of the guilt of the traditionally large portions.

  • . BookPeople

    Living in Austin, if you have not been here, you are doing it wrong. Staff picks help you find new authors and sort through the classics. And self-published authors can bring their books in-house via a consignment program.

  • . Austin Wine Merchant

    Locally owned and operated since 1991, this purveyor of fine wines, spirits, beers, accessories and gifts prides itself on being “more than your average bottle shop.” An urban garden greets guests, and the knowledgeable staff is ready to help find just the right selections. Check out the weekly complimentary wine tastings, and bring an extra layer to don while perusing the options — the inside temperature stays around 65 degrees year-round to keep the wines at their best.

  • . Jeffrey’s

    This undeniably luxurious French-American restaurant is a happy-hour hot spot. Enjoy well-crafted discounted cocktails 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. — and while you’re there, try the truffled eggs; you won't regret it.

  • . Little Longhorn Saloon

    Famous as a honky-tonk country music venue, this saloon showcases live music (and happy hour) six nights a week — think country, folk, rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll. It’s also the original home of the sort of bingo that involves chickens (yes, that’s the one). Sundays 4 - 8 PM, the chicken picks the winning numbers, but really, everyone’s a winner at Little Longhorn.

  • . The Cloak Room

    The ominously dark Cloak Room is a no-frills historic drinking den infamous for its under-the-table political dealings in the late '80s. Since then, it’s become a favorite for its eclectic atmosphere and array of patrons, whether college students or politicians.

  • . Midnight Cowboy Modeling

    Housed in a building with an interesting and colorful (to say the least) history, this establishment's classic cocktails aren’t done better anywhere else. Typically by reservation only, passers-by are only allowed into the bar if they know the Secret Password. Archer is great at keeping secrets — just not this one.

  • . Rainey Street

    A short but super street to visit and kick back with a cold brew, cocktail or glass of vino is Rainey Street. This historic district is chock-full of bungalows-turned-bars with overflowing charm and patrons. Day or night, stop by for a bite to eat from one of the many area food trucks, listen to some live music, grab a hot, fresh mini donut at Little Lucy’s and wash it down with any of the 50+ Texas beers at Craft Pride.

    Photo courtesy of Craft Pride.

  • . The Oasis

    Its motto from the early days, "Create Without Reservation," still applies. The Oasis is quaintly Austin — queso, live music and outdoor eating. A venue in itself, the nearly 2,500-seat restaurant offers views unavailable anywhere else in Texas.

  • . Elephant Room

    A soulful riff on the classic piano bar, this underground jazz club plays music seven days a week. Old-fashioned ambiance and the music of a forgotten era allow you to slip away from your daily obligations and lose yourself, at least until 2 AM.

  • . The Continental Club

    Open since 1955, this rockin’ music hall is one of the longest-running venues in all of Austin. With such icons as Stevie Ray Vaughan having graced the stage, it's not hard to see why. The wide array of musicians coming through makes it a venue for any music lover, regardless of taste. 

  • . White Horse

    This popular music venue is known for its incredible tacos and even better live country music. This honky-tonk has been featured on Condé Nast Traveler as one of Austin’s best music venues; come for the great music and stay for the dancing. 

  • . The Mohawk

    Named for the Native American culture of the Northeast (not the haircut), this bar and live-music venue is quaintly Austin. Driven by a tribe of Austenites who crave eclectic, local music, The Mohawk brings it to you in spades.

  • . Broken Spoke

    Part restaurant and part music hall, the Broken Spoke is all Texas. Known as the last great honky-tonk, it features supper, live music and cold beer. Bring your boots and get ready for a two-stepping good time.

  • . Sunrise on Mount Bonnell and Mayfield Park

    If you're looking for romance in Austin, look no further than Mount Bonnell. Take a moment and cruise out of the city lights to experience one of the most romantic spots in all of Texas. The view from the summit offers resplendent sunrises and serene sunsets worth sharing with that special someone in your life. Close by is the 23-acre Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve. Wander through the lush gardens, admire the historic, picturesque cottage, watch peacocks strut their stuff and take a walk along 21 acres of scenic hiking trails.

  • . Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

    Wild Basin consists of 227 acres of Hill Country woodlands owned jointly by Travis County and St. Edwards University. With 2.5 miles of trails and the Wild Basin Creative Research Center, the preserve is home to the endangered Golden-cheeked warbler, as well as many native wildlife and plant species.

  • . Zilker Park

    Take in an amazing view of the Austin skyline, or enjoy walking the trails and gardens or swimming in the natural springs of Zilker Park. This 350-acre park is ideal for soaking up the local sun and is adored by locals and visitors alike. 

  • . HELM

    Dedicated to producing premium U.S.-made footwear, HELM has a boot for every occasion. Whether for your wedding day or a night on the town, these artistically created boots will last for years.

  • . Dance With Me

    Salsa, tango, hustle, swing, waltz, rumba, foxtrot, kizomba — you name it, Dance With Me teaches it. Go with a group, a partner or by yourself and learn to dance or enhance your skills. The studio offers private dance lessons and group dance classes taught by dance instructors with multiple teaching certifications.

    Photo courtesy of Dance With Me.

  • . Dripping Springs

    Known as both the “Wedding Capital of Texas” and the “Gateway to the Hill Country,” Dripping Springs is 25 minutes west of Austin. Historic Mercer Street has old-time storefront architecture, quaint boutiques, the Barbershop (a “no-frills Beer and Wine bar” serving plenty of craft beers on tap) and the aptly named dripping springs on the west end. Tour the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead Museum. Then check out the myriad of wineries, breweries, distilleries and tasting rooms.

  • . SoulCycle

    Fitness and fun are steps from our front door. SoulCycle is indoor cycling reinvented: Dim lights, epic spaces and rocking music combine to create an environment where you can clear your head and get a body-sculpting workout.

  • . Congress Avenue Bats

    Experience an unforgettable evening on the Congress Avenue Bridge. From spring to early fall, witness more than 1.4 million Mexican free-tailed bats that call the Congress Bridge home. Watch from the bridge itself, or take an adventure straight from the water on a boat tour. It’s an encounter you will share through the ages.

  • . CorePower Yoga

    Located in Domain NORTHSIDE, this is yoga with a twist. Focusing on traditional yoga poses and philosophy, and jazzed up with cardio, free-weights and ab exercises, you'll leave more peaceful, but also toned and sweaty. 

  • . Jose Luis Salon

    An acclaimed hair and skin care salon, Jose Luis Salon is an Austin favorite. Co-owner and master stylist Jose Buitron trains his staff in cutting and coloring, while co-owner Bill Pitts adds his expertise in skin care therapy. Along with a range of salon services, clients benefit from a Frequent Blowdryer program. The salon also features an in-house boutique that offers jewelry, accessories and gifts.

  • . Sprinkles Cupcakes

    Sprinkles takes the ever-popular cupcake and pushes it to innovative, new heights. With an ever-rotating selection, be sure to check its website for the week’s offerings. All delicious, but we suggest Cuban coffee and triple cinnamon — sweet with the perfect balance of spice. When your late-night craving hits, swing by and make a withdraw from its famed cupcake ATM. Slide your credit card and make your cupcake selection, and out pops fresh, individually packed cupcakes; 24/7. 

  • . Amy’s Ice Cream

    An Austin institution, Amy's has been scooping up happiness since 1984. Made famous for its Mexican Vanilla flavor, there's no better way to cool off on a hot Texas day than with Amy's.

  • . Tiff's Treats

    An ode to the American dream, Tiff's Treats started with two people, an apartment and an idea: Give people great cookies whenever they need them. You can taste its humble roots in every warm and chewy cookie. The best part? Its delivery service will not only ship cookies to your door, the cookies will be warm when they arrive. Go ahead and sell your oven; Tiff's has your baking covered.

  • . Voodoo Doughnut

    Serving wacky, creative and over-the-top doughnuts, this eclectic shop adds to the charm of Sixth Street. It serves more-traditional doughnuts, but we always recommend springing for the extraordinary.

  • . Jo’s Coffee Shop

    Jo's has great food, local coffee and some of the best people-watching in Austin. All three locations are great, but there's something about the original on South Congress. While there, make sure to take a selfie in front of the iconic “I love you so much” mural.

  • . Cow Tipping Creamery

    From a food truck to two separate brick-and-mortar locations, Cow Tipping Creamery is quickly redefining soft-serve. With ever-changing menu items, it focuses on perfect soft-serve with gourmet toppings and mixes. 

  • . Outdoor Voices

    Outdoor Voices brings the attention and care of high fashion to active wear. The quality and fit is perfect for athletileisure, grueling workouts or just binge-watching Netflix. 

  • . Escape Hour Austin

    This 70-minute immersive escape room challenges friends, family members, co-workers and partygoers alike to work together in order to “escape the room.” Whether in Dead Man’s Cove, part of the Lab Rats team, trying to Escape the Manor or navigating through another experience, you’ll test your brain, collaborate to escape and wonder where the time went.

  • . Topgolf

    Golf meets your favorite local hangout in the nation’s premier golf entertainment complex. Kids and want-to-be professionals alike can have fun playing one of several addictive point-based golf games. If swinging a club isn’t your thing, stay strokes above par lounging in the heated/cooled “bays” that are ideal for enjoying the extensive food and beverage menu while the kids (big and small) work on their game. 

  • . Pinballz

    The original Pinballz is chock-full of classic pinball machines and arcade games, modern video games, ticket and redemption/award games and a Zombie Crisis Escape Room Challenge. Grab a bite to eat at the Replay Café and go for the Family 4-pack (four $25 game play cards, plus one bonus $25 game play card) or the Eat & Play (four $10 game play cards, plus one large pizza and four soft drinks).

  • . Scout & Molly’s Boutique

    Domain NORTHSIDE is now home to Scout & Molly’s — a charming, experiential boutique with a diverse range of brands and styles. Customer favorite brands include AG, Gentle Fawn, Sanctuary and Tolani, which suit the casual Austin lifestyle to a T. The owners and staff offer expertise, guidance and an honest opinion, ensuring that each customer experience is fun, memorable and refreshingly fashionable.

  • . Kick Pleat

    Austin has a reputation as a casual town, this Downtown adjacent shop assures that any woman will be equipped for tonight, tomorrow, and that big event next week.

  • . By George

    A high-end boutique featuring curated finds for both men and women. You'll be shopping holding a shirt by a burgeoning local designer, only to fall in love with a vintage timepiece minutes later.

  • . Sunroom

    This ultraluxe, chic boutique specializes in urban, bohemian women's apparel — a must visit for anyone wanting to channel an authentically Austin vibe. 

  • . RH Austin, The Gallery at the Domain

    RH is a curator of design, and The Gallery at the Domain brings its vision to life on an epic scale. Commanding four levels and more than 60,000 square feet, this innovative retail space feels as much like a grand home as it does a furnishings destination. With spotlighted collections from RH Interiors and RH Modern, an interactive Design Atelier — offering guidance from professional interior designers — as well as a lush Rooftop Park & Conservatory with heritage olive trees, this is a store worth visiting for pure inspiration.

  • . Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

    Founded with the ambitious goal of making the world a more comfortable (and stylish) place, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams have done just that. Focusing heavily on the comforts of travel, it's quite possible you've experienced their work and not known it. Their enviable style can spruce up any space; it's a fun walkthrough for inspiration and a must-visit for those looking to redecorate.

  • . Austin Rock Gym

    Austin Rock Gym is an adventurous way to burn some energy. Expect arm-shaking, heart-pounding fun that'll put a smile on anyone’s face. At the only rock-climbing gym in Austin, knowledgeable instructors will get you to the summit — exhilarating if you’re an advanced climber or a first-timer.

  • . Movies in the Park

    Movies in the Park is celebrating its 25th year with a throwback: This summer, return to the long hair and baggy clothes of the '90s. "Aladdin," "A League of Their Own" and "Wayne's World" are a few of the features you can expect in this year's movie series. This family-friendly event put on by the Austin Parks Foundation takes place in a different park each week, so make sure and check its website for the full schedule.

  • . Tommy Bahama Home

    Enjoy complimentary Tommy Bahama coffee while browsing through home décor inspired by island life. Offering custom furniture, upholstery and décor collections that are relaxed yet refined, Tommy Bahama promises to “bring the island home.” Photo courtesy of Tommy Bahama Home.

  • . Spartan

    Spartan offers carefully edited home accent and décor pieces. The objects you’ll find are beautiful but functional, and all at a reasonable price. 

  • . The Thinkery

    Traveling with children? The Thinkery provides a fun, educational environment for younger kids to experience and explore. With 10 galleries that include 3-D printers and soldering irons, who knows? Maybe you'll just learn something, too.

  • . SXSW®

    Discovery is the name of the game at The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals. Each spring, the action takes place in downtown Austin. Highlighting what’s great and new in the interactive, film and music industries, the 10-day SXSW event has topped more than 70,000 registered attendees from across the world. 

  • . Austin City Limits Music Festival

    For two consecutive three-day weekends in October, Austin’s Zilker Park transforms into a musical mecca with eight stages and more than 125 performances. The ACL Eats Food Court offers bites, sips and sweets from some of Austin’s most-loved restaurants, and the Art Market is the place to pick up something cool to remember your weekend by. 

    Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman, courtesy of ACL Music Festival.

  • . Formula 1™ United States Grand Prix

    Just southeast of downtown Austin, Circuit of the Americas™ is home to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. The 3.41-mile counterclockwise racetrack has 20 turns, a 133-foot hill at Turn 1 and a 251-foot observation tower. The track also surrounds the Austin360 Amphitheater — the largest permanent outdoor amphitheater in Central Texas.

  • . Pedernales Falls State Park

    This outdoor oasis is ideal for nature lovers looking to camp, hike, mountain bike, bird watch, ride horses, geocache, picnic or swim, tube, canoe or kayak in the Pedernales River. Just 38 miles northwest of Austin, the 5,212-acre park is home to a variety of Texas Hill Country wildlife.

    Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife.

  • . Lucy in Disguise With Diamonds

    With a 1984 opening on April Fool’s Day, this now-8,000-square-foot emporium overflows with adult and child costumes, masks, wigs, props, makeup, accessories, decorations, hats, shoes, jewelry, glitz and gaud. As one local writer quipped: “It’s Woodstock meets Las Vegas.”

  • . Flower Child

    With an entire menu of made-from-scratch, farm-fresh options, healthy eating in Austin is a delicious adventure. Start with a soup or toast topped with tomato or crushed avocado. Then choose from bowls, grains, greens and wraps — add a protein if you'd like. Wash it down with an organic cold brew or kombucha (both are on tap). At Flower Child, you'll nourish your mind, body and soul.

    Domain NORTHSIDE Visit Website 512.777.2493

  • . Fonda San Miguel

    Since 1975, Fonda San Miguel has transformed into a colonial-era hacienda that serves an authentic interior Mexican cuisine. Surrounded by art and lush greenery, guests enjoy the famous enchiladas, camarones en crema de chipotle and cheviche las brisas — knowing that they need to save room for crepas de cajeta — crepes sauced with a rich goat milk caramel and toasted almonds and served with goat milk and cajeta ice cream.

  • . Bass Concert Hall

    Attracting the world’s finest performers, the Bass Concert Hall ranks among the elite performance halls in the country. With massive facilities and famous productions, this is the theatre for enthusiasts.

  • . Zach Theatre

    The longest-running theatre in the state of Texas, it's anything but old-fashioned. With ever-changing shows, community outreach and classes, it's worth your time to peruse the schedule of this local gem. 

  • . Paramount Theatre

    The home of SXSW, the Paramount hosts more than 200,000 visitors a year. Visit this cultural hub of Austin for screenings or curated films, live music and, of course, theatre productions. 

  • . Central Library

    The six-floor, 200,000-square foot Central Library earned its Platinum LEED Certification and a Time Magazine's World's Greatest Places nod in 2018. Along with 14 shared learning rooms,140 public-use PC and Mac computers, 150 self-check electronic devices and 50 large screens, the library has gallery space for temporary art exhibits, an event center and space rentals, the Cookbook Bar and Café, a gift shop, the Local Seed Library and reading porches that overlook Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake.

  • . Bullock Texas State History Museum

    This museum features three floors of Texas History Galleries with artifacts that span more than 16,000 years, as well as an IMAX Theatre, special-effects theater, on-site parking, café and museum store. Just a few blocks north of the Texas State Capitol, the museum offers programs and events all year, including film screenings, lectures and discussions, drop-in preschool programs and large-scale community events.

    Photo courtesy of the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

  • . Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

    Nestled between Austin's Zilker Park and Barton Creek, the garden and outdoor museum features more than 200 sculptures, paintings and drawings of American sculptor Charles Umlauf. Every third Saturday of the month, a docent leads small public groups through the garden; tours are included in the price of admission, and the bronze sculptures are washed and waxed, ensuring a hands-on experience ideal for visually impaired and other kinesthetic learners.

  • . Zilker Botanical Garden

    Part of downtown Austin’s Zilker Metropolitan Park, Zilker Botanical Garden’s 26 acres of varied topography allows for a variety of habitats with native, hybrid and exotic plants. Open to the public most days year-round, the Garden features (among others) Pioneer Village, Butterfly Trail and Garden, Daylily Beds, Children’s Garden and Prehistoric Garden.

    Photo courtesy of Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

  • . Mexic-Arte Museum

    Founded by three artists in 1984, the nonprofit Mexi-Arte Museum offers cultural and educational programs and exhibitions and presents art by both established and emerging artists from the United States, Mexico and Latin America. Its permanent collection includes The Serie Print Project Archive, the Ernesto F. de Soto Collection, Taller Grafica Popular Print Collection, ceremonial and decorative dance masks and rare books.

  • . Pennybacker (360) Bridge

    Austin’s 360 Bridge (aka the Percy V. Pennybacker Jr. Bridge) was begun in 1979 and officially opened for traffic in December 1992. Crossing over Lake Austin, the award-winning, steel-arched, rust-finished bridge has no support columns — a benefit for boaters and water skiers.  Hike to the top of the overlook to see the bridge with downtown Austin and scenic vistas as the backdrop.

  • . Long Center for Performing Arts

    Both inside and out, the venues and performance spaces at Long Center for Performing Arts showcase the best of what Austin’s creative community has to offer. Including a stunning grand concert hall with advanced acoustics, a more-intimate black box studio theatre and a concert park with a killer view of downtown Austin, this landmark performance center entertains Austinites and visitors alike.

    Photo courtesy of Long Center for Performing Arts.

  • . Fredericksburg

    Seventy-five miles southwest of Austin is Fredericksburg — a charming town with German roots and plenty for visitors to enjoy. Whether family outings that include historical walking tours, interactive exhibits and geocaching in Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, romantic stops at picturesque wineries, art galleries and fine dining options, or artsy shopping excursions followed by German food explorations, Fredericksburg doesn’t disappoint.

  • . Magnolia Market & Silos Baking Co.

    The brainchild of Joanna and Chip Gaines, Magnolia is a Texas day trip worth the easy drive from Archer Hotel Austin. Magnolia Market at the Silos is a home décor adventure influenced by NYC boutiques and inspired by Gaines’ Texas roots. Shoppers delight in the unique finds, on-site bakery, tasty food trucks, Seed Supply, raised garden and central lawn with plenty of yard games for family fun.

  • . Austin Food + Wine Festival

    This three-day festival celebrates food, wine and spirits with culinary demos and competitions, beverage tastings, top chefs and book signings — plus fab live music and plenty of festival swag. Auditorium Shores becomes Austin’s food and drink mecca, with signature bites from top-rated restaurants and sample sips. Ages 21+ only.

    Photo by Sydney Gawlik, AFW 2019.

  • . Blues on the Green

    Once a month throughout each summer, the east end of Zilker Park is home to ACL Radio’s Blues on the Green. This free community event is family- and pet-friendly, with attendees sprawling out on blankets and lawn chairs for a relaxed, musical evening. A variety of restaurants, vendors and booths are on hand, so come hungry and enjoy the show.

    Photo courtesy of Ariana Quiroz. 

  • . The Peached Tortilla

    With a menu inspired by “simple Southern comfort food with an Asian flair” and paired with yummy cocktails, the Peached Tortilla is open for lunch Friday and Saturday and for brunch on Sunday, as well as dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The lunch menu focuses on tacos, tostadas and bowls — Korean Steak & Eggs Bowl, Chicken Paid Thai Taco, Brisket Hash to get your mouth watering — along with something cold and creative to wash it down.

    Photo courtesy of Inked Fingers.

    Allandale Visit Website 512.330.4439

  • . Barton Springs

    A three-acre pool entirely fed by natural underground springs, this 70-degree watering hole is ideal for year-round swimming. Once you're done, enjoy the plentiful greenspace and educational Splash! Exhibit.

  • . Peter Pan Mini-Golf

    This Austin landmark overlooks Lamar and Barton Springs and has been a laidback haven for family fun since 1948. The much-loved Peter Pan and giant T-Rex keep watch as players navigate the two mini-golf courses. Reserve a table, bring cash only, plus a cooler with drinks and food, then have a ball.

  • . Round Rock Express

    Less than 20 minutes northeast of Archer Hotel Austin is Dell Diamond — home to the Round Rock Express. This Minor League Baseball team is a Triple-A Affiliate of the Houston Astros. Take a friend, a date or the family to Dell Diamond and root, root, root for the home team.

    Photo courtesy of Round Rock Express.

  • . Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

    With five zips across more than a mile of canyons and Lake Travis, this family-friendly adventure is one to remember. Sign up for the 3-hour Zipline Tour, which includes all necessary equipment, boat transportation, water and a light trail snack — plus access to private lake-front property where you can picnic, play games and relax in the provided hammocks.

    Photo courtesy of Lake Travis Zipline Adventures.

  • . Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

    Part of the University of Texas at Austin and the official Botanic Garden and Arboretum of Texas, the center uses native plants to restore and create sustainable, beautiful landscapes. Book a guided tour, take a free audio tour, hike to the top of the Observation Tower and grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink at the Wildflower Café.

    Photo courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

  • . Hamilton Pool Preserve

    March 1 - October 31, Hamilton Pool Preserve and its 50-foot waterfall welcome visitors to admire its unique pool, collapsed grotto and canyon. A rugged quarter-mile hike leads from the parking lot to the pool, where guests with reservations may swim (depending on conditions). Guided hikes on Saturday mornings are limited to the first 20 people, who may catch a glimpse of the federally endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler.

  • . Orangetheory Fitness

    The best one-hour workout in the country — Orangetheory's focus is on the heart. If you manage to stay in "the orange" long enough, your body is guaranteed to keep burning calories for up to 36 hours after the workout ends. That's not a bad return. 

  • . Austin Rock Gym

    This bouldering gym includes a 24-foot bouldering wall called The Big Pig and workshops for all climbing levels. Sign up for a belay training course, functional sport climbing or intermediate or professional training programs. The gym also partners with White Star Mountain Guides & Climbing School for outdoor climbing experiences.

  • . Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail and Boardwalk

    Hugging the southwestern edge of Lady Bird Lake, this popular 10-mile hike-and-bike trail is a lush urban path that includes a 7,250-foot boardwalk featuring seven viewing areas. One highlight is “Belting It Out” — an installation of 36 cast bronze, western-style belts along the boardwalk’s railings. The boardwalk is open daily 5 AM - midnight.

    Photo courtesy of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

  • . Hill of Life Trail

    The Hill of Life Trail has another name to those in the know: The Hill of Death. At one point, this infamous trail rises nearly 300 feet vertically in just over a third of a mile. Not to fear — many of the other trails offer a more-moderate experience.

  • . Allens Boots

    Since 1977, the flagship Allens Boots — the one with the big red boot above its entrance — has been outfitting Texans, musicians, celebrities and anyone else hankering for authentic Western wear. Along with boots in just about every style and color (fringe, filigree, inlay, burnished, embroidered, stonewashed — you get the idea), they have hats and quite a few belts to complete the look.

  • . Uncommon Objects

    A self-described "emporium of transcendent junk,” Uncommon Objects means it in the best possible way. It's perhaps one of the most-fun stores to walk though in all of Austin. If you have a discerning eye, you may spot your new favorite treasure. 

  • . Maufrais

    Looking for a fabulous custom hat, along with an only-in-Austin experience? You’re in luck at Maufrais on South Congress. Right next door to (and having the same owners as) Allens Boots, the specialty store offers a variety of hat shapes, colors and styles. Personalize yours with hand-sourced accessories or host a unique event for up to 30 people in the back room — we’ll tip our hats to that.

  • . Austin Zoo

    The Austin Zoo isn't your typical gallery of exotic creatures. Rescue and rehabilitation is top of mind at this animal-saving sanctuary. All animals are either being nursed back to health or rescued from terrible situations. Of special note: The zoo features plaques that tell the animal's often-harrowing stories. While you won't find the diversity common at many larger zoos, many visitors find the connection to the animals ultimately more rewarding.