Take some time to explore South Austin—a place where hippie meets fancy, original meets contemporary and artsy meets outdoorsy. LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER: Marvel at and learn about the beauty and diversity of Austin’s native plants and wildflowers. wildflower.org ROADHOUSE RELICS AND GREETINGS MURAL: This vintage-style neon gallery and home of the “Greetings from Austin” mural is a two-for-one tourist stop. roadhouserelics.com PETER PAN MINI GOLF: Pick up a putter and go a few rounds at this quirky BYOB putt-putt course. peterpanminigolf.com DOLCE NEVE GELATO: Authentic gelato is served in an adorable bungalow. dolcenevegelato.com INFINITE MONKEY THEOREM / LEROY & LEWIS: This funky winery features canned wine, crosswords and some legit barbecue from pit masters Leroy & Lewis. austin.theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com RADIO COFFEE & BEER / VERACRUZ: Nosh on an awardwinning Veracruz taco while you sip a craft coffee (or beer) on the expansive patio. radiocoffeeandbeer.com, veracruz.com BACKBEAT: Settle into swanky surrounds with a craft cocktail on the peaceful rooftop. backbeat-atx.com SWAY: Venture into the exotic at this modern eatery spicing up Thai with a twist. swayaustin.com ZACH THEATRE & LONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: Check the calendars for these thriving theaters for concerts, musicals, original works and dance, especially the beautiful Ballet Austin and summer Austin Symphony Orchestra picnics. zachtheatre.org, thelongcenter.org, balletaustin.org ODD DUCK: Sit down to New American eats from James Beard-winning Chef Bryce Gilmore. oddduckaustin.com AUSTIN ART GARAGE: If you’re on the hunt for an Austin piece, this gallery is all local. austinartgarage.com BARTON SPRINGS/ ZILKER PARK/BOTANICAL GARDEN: Zilker Park is home to natural-fed Barton Springs Pool, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Zilker Botanical Garden and the kid-pleasing Zilker Zephyr. zilkerpark.org SoLa After Dark On South Lamar, enjoy the big sounds of Motown at THE HIGHBALL (thehighball.com) with Matchmaker on Mondays, take a two-step lesson at BROKEN SPOKE (brokenspokeaustintx.net) on Tuesdays, and settle down for some sweet tunes at SAXON PUB any evening (thesaxonpub.com).
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