22nd birthday in Austin

Austin Travel Guide

We just got back from our trip to Austin last week and it was SO fun!! I strongly recommend having your local friends double as a tour guide because this city has a lot to offer! We did everything from shopping, to going out, to exploring hill country and floating a river. I am including our full itinerary below as inspiration for your next trip. There are a few things you will not want to miss if you are planning a trip to Austin, TX!


We got in late afternoon so we ran some errands and then went to dinner. Wesleys cousin and I went to Hopdoddy, a great place for burgers (get the truffle fries!!) and margs! Wesley and Abi went to Scholz Beer Garden and had German food, they recommend the pretzel appetizer!


Friday was my birthday, yay!! But I am 22 and officially an adult so we started out with work, ew. At noon, the fun started so we got ready and headed downtown. This was Fridays agenda:

  • Shopped around South Congress (Kendra Scott Flagship, Lucchese Boots, etc)
  • Grabbed Pizza for lunch at Home Slice (YUM, get the margherita) 
  • Reserved a 24-hour LIME scooter pass. This is a MUST. It was $10-$12 in the app so we paid upfront and had access to them all day! We rode 20+ miles throughout the day and it saved us time, energy, and money + was so much fun.
  • We were typical tourists, and stopped for a drink and purchase at the Yeti Flagship store
  • There is cute shopping on 2nd street, so we rode the scooters downtown and adventured through some more stores before we headed back home to get ready for dinner!
  • My birthday dinner was at Taverna, it is an Italian restaurant downtown and the vibes were so good. It was a loungey type restaurant, so we ordered a couple drinks and hung out. Their birthday dessert came with a HUGE sparkler and was extra, just like me hahaha. (I recommend the blood orange margarita!)
  • We ended the night out on Rainey St. It is a whole street of old houses turned bars and each one had its own theme! The bars were covered with young people and security so overall, it felt very safe! We had a great time and took advantage of the food trucks lining the street before we went home.  


  • It was a slow morning getting up but we kicked it off with breakfast tacos at Don Darios (YUM and so inexpensive!)
  • Then we headed out to Barton Creek Greenbelt for swimming. The area was so pretty and not crowded at all! Bring chacos to wear in the water so you don’t hurt your feet on the rocks! It is really really dog friendly so bring the pups and lunch and stay for several hours
  • This night we stayed in and cooked dinner at home, played board games and did all the wholesome things


Our last full day 🙁 It rained quite a bit so our plans changed a little but we still had a full day of breweries and wineries! Here was our list (some we didn’t get to go to because of the rain, but still check them out!)

We really enjoyed Jester King because it had a nice covered area mostly outside and the weather was great. They have dozens of beer on tap as well as their own wine. I loved their raspberry sour and elote!

Next time we go to Austin we have to visit some more distilleries and wineries because Hill Country is full of them. If you visit Austin and try any of my recommendations, let me know what you think!

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