Austin is geared towards the outdoors. Even in the blazing hot summer, the mornings and nights are consistently outdoor-friendly. You may want to duck inside during the heat of the day, but you can reliably enjoy your favorite trail in the morning and your favorite coffee shop + beer garden at night.
But today, it is 37℉, the November rain is here — and my brother is visiting town expecting nice weather. 😆
Here’s the quick list of things I put together for him to do while stuck in “sunny” Austin during a bout of winter. It’s kind of specific to him, but you might like it too.
👉 See also: Places to play around Austin
Crux Climbing Center – bouldering, etc. I even learned yoga at the original south one.
Punch Bowl Social – an entertainment “complex” in the middle of downtown; it’s a chain, but it’s cool what they’ve done in this historic building.
The Contemporary Austin – a small but amazing modern art museum downtown – very close to Punch Bowl Social. ^
The Blanton Museum of Art – another modern art museum downtown, this one featuring Ellsworth Kelly’s Temple for Light called “Austin”.
The Texas State Capital – leave politics aside for a bit and just enjoy this amazing 1882 building and surrounding park with panoramic views down Congress Avenue.
Violet Crown Cinema – a great artsy movie theater with good food and a stylish bar. Dare I say it’s even better than the Alamo Drafthouse?
Toy Joy – a fun little toy store across the street from Violet Crown. ^
Whole Foods flagship store – lots of good food, a nice rooftop patio in sunnier weather, but there’s also a bar in the back by the meat.
The Mean Eyed Cat, yeah, there are lots of bars around town, but this is the the Johnny Cash bar. 🙂
Cidercade – games & wings by the lake. I’ve never been, but I’ve hear it’s fun.
Pinballz – a classic arcade (they have a couple of locations).
Playland Skate Center – a retro rollerskating rink near Pinballz. ^