Escape the heat with Our favorite indoor activities in Austin


Austin is an amazing place for outdoor adventures, but often it's just too damn hot. With lots of cafes and shops, you can always find some small oasis of AC, but your best bet for a sweat-free afternoon is too bring your activities inside. You'll notice our recommendations are very art-heavy, which can't be helped.

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Whole Foods HQ

Visit Whole Food's headquarters at there mothership location on N. Lamar. This location is like Austin's piazza, you'll see outdoor yoga, youngters on dates, and senators now and again. A change meeting at Whole Foods was one of the main reasons Jason and Megan got back together. Jason was eating sushi and Megan was eating a salad with chop sticks. We had a seamless conversation but didn't make any plans to see each other again. A few weeks later Jason reached out again. 

The Texas State Capitol

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the capitol building. It's the largest in gross square footage of all state capitols and is the second biggest after the U.S. capitol in Washington, D.C.

Jason and I worked here for the Spring session of 2011 and got to see some of the most startling women's rights issues (this was the session before Wendy Davis's famous thirteen-hour-long filibuster). Our short stint helped both of us determine politics wasn't the route for us.

Blanton Museum of Art

Blanton is our favorite art museum in Austin, with a beautiful blue stairs entrance. With the right light you feel like you are walking through water. Imfamously, the original architexts for the art museum were the reknowned Herzog & de Meuron firm, however due to creative differences, they resigned and the building is what you see today by another architect. 

Yard Dog Art Gallery

Funky little art gallery off South Congress main drag, also owned by one cool former colleague of the bride. 

The Thinkery (KIDS)

Never been here but it looks super cool and interactive for kiddos in town. 

Chicken Shit Bingo | Little Longhorn Saloon

It's all in the name. It looks like it's only on Sundays so you'll miss this one-of-a-kind opportunities. Maybe next time you are in ATX!

The Contemporary Austin

Like the name, contemporary art in Austin with locations down town and out by the lake. 

Mexic-Arte Museum

Traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latino art. We weren't able to visit when we lived here so hoping this time round. 

George Washington Carver Museum

The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, interpretation, and exhibition of historical and cultural material reflecting all dimensions of experiences of persons of African decent living in Austin, Travis County, Texas, and the United States. The museum is also a key source of information on the history and celebration of Juneteenth. 

O. Henry Museum

Preserved Victorian cottage where short story writer "O. Henry" resided with his wife and daughter.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Visit the original Alamo Drafthouse located in downtown Austin, and kick up our heals while you watch a great movie with food and drink (including beers) brought to you when you put up a card. This movie theater is infamous for kicking people out for bad movie-going etiquette, so no talking, please!

LBG Presidential Library

While we've never attended ourselves, you can go see the library and museum of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States

The Bullock Texas State History Museum

Great place to catch an IMAX in Austin or learner about the history of Texas, with several special exhibitions as well.

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